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Last Updated: 6/16/2024 2:03:31 PM EST

District Overview

The Cowichan Valley School District (SD 79) is home to 16 elementary schools, 4 secondary schools, and a collection of open and distributed learning programs that cater to our diverse student population. We also offer career and trades training programs to students, allowing them to kick-start their future career or explore options early on.

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We provide quality education

Schools in the Cowichan Valley provide quality education to more than 7,800 students in a predominately rural area. We have schools in Lake Cowichan, on Thetis Island, in Chemainus, Crofton, Mill Bay, Duncan, North Cowichan, Shawnigan Lake, and Cobble Hill.

We are a progressive school district offering world-class instruction and a rich diversity of engaging programs to inspire success for every student, and bring communities together to learn, share, and grow.

In SD 79, we believe every child can learn, and we believe that it is important to engage children in their learning—from the moment they start school, to long after they graduate.

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We are a leader in the new BC curriculum

SD 79 is leading the way in implementing the new B.C. curriculum and is recognized as an innovative district when it comes to teaching and learning opportunities.

Partnerships are very important to us, and are at the centre of much of what we do. Many of the unique learning opportunities available to our students are available because of partnerships with post-secondary institutions, local businesses and community organizations.

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Our Vision and Mission

Vision: Educational excellence for everyone, everywhere, every time.
Mission: Empowering tomorrow’s learners, today.

SD 79 students and employees learn and work on the traditional and ancestral lands of the Malahat, Lake Cowichan, Quw’utsun, Halalt, Penelakut, Stz’uminus, and Lyackson people.

Draw for Employees

The Cowichan Valley offers a serene, easy-going lifestyle amid magnificent forests, mountains, lakes, rivers and ocean inlets. Our surroundings, community and dedication to learning and living support individual and team success. Come share our aspirations to create caring, responsible and accomplished learners!

Within our school community, employees are encouraged to collaborate, learn and grow with one another as we work collaboratively towards student success.

Salary and Benefits

Teachers working in Cowichan Valley’s remote and rural schools may also receive a recruitment allowance and an annual retention allowance. Learn more about teacher salaries with the Salary Finder tool.

For specific details about Cowichan Valley’s compensation, salary, and benefits, please refer to their collective agreement on the BCPSEA website.