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Last Updated: 10/18/2021 12:03:40 PM EST

District Overview

“To provide students with equitable, quality educational opportunities in a safe, supportive environment through the efforts of a caring, professional team in cooperation with students, parents and communities.”

Regional Diversity

We have outstanding mountain scenery and outdoor recreation opportunities, along with the most hours of sunshine in BC. Cranbrook offers the services of a large city: a post-secondary college, junior hockey team, thriving arts scene and airport. The region also has 25 golf resorts, numerous lakes and the Fernie Alpine Resort, one of North America’s top 10 ski resorts.

Southeast Kootenay school district encompasses the communities of: Cranbrook, South Country (Baynes Lake, Grasmere, Elko, Galloway and Jaffray), Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford.

Specialty Programs

We offer an international education program, hockey academy, Learning through the Arts program and elementary band programs. Our secondary school athletic and fine arts programs are especially outstanding. We also offer transition programs and dual credit programs with the College of the Rockies. Our high school completion rate consistently ranks in the top five in BC.

Community Culture

Our community shares a love of the outdoors and offers a peaceful and healthy lifestyle. In our schools, we strive to provide the best possible educational opportunities for all students, and we are proud of the productive partnerships we have established with our Aboriginal community.

Draw for Employees

It’s tough to find people here who would prefer to be living somewhere else. The combination of big city services without big city problems is hard to beat!

Salary and Benefits

Teachers typically receive a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • medical, dental, and extended health plans;
  • group life insurance benefits;
  • teachers’ pension;
  • extended health benefits for dependents of deceased employees;
  • accidental disability insurance;
  • salary indemnity plan benefit;
  • supplemental employment benefits on maternity leave;
  • employee and family assistance programs.


Teachers in positions with special responsibilities, e.g. department heads, teacher consultants, teacher coordinators, counsellors, psychologists, alternate school teachers, speech pathologists, may receive a financial allowance of $2,000-$4,000 annually.

Teachers working in 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 each district’s compensation, salary, and benefits, please refer to Southeast Kootenay’s collective agreement.