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Last Updated: 5/21/2024 6:05:08 AM EST

School Overview

Why only learn behind a desk when you can learn outside? Why limit students to one building when we have a whole city to explore?

At the Balsam School in Kelowna, our city and nature are important classrooms. Our purpose is to continue to expand the depth of student learning at all grade levels through the purposeful and pedagogically sound incorporation of our community and nature as vital, comprehensive and integrated learning spaces. Our students build learning confidence and resiliency by pushing beyond the expected. Our students are always safe, but not always comfortable.

Mission, Vision and Values

We are a high-performing academic school that lives and breathes learning outside of the four walls of a school. Balsam is rooted in community, connected to nature and challenges convention.

Draw for Employees

Employees benefit from a breadth of experience they will find nowhere else, with the space to explore and experiment that is simply not available in a traditional school setting (whether public or independent).

Our high-performing team culture will push and support you to become your best. Finally, our teachers have a significant impact on the ongoing development of the school.

Why you’ll love it here

We are a school like no other. Many schools in BC incorporate nature into learning, but none incorporate the community (civic resources and community partners) and nature like Balsam does. Teachers looking for the challenge and joy of purposefully planning and leading deep learning experiences that integrate nature and our community are encouraged to apply to join our team.

Community & School Culture

School community

We are inspired by the work and philosophy of Kurt Hahn (Gordonstoun and Outward Bound) and the Udeskole (out of school) movement in Denmark. We embrace the incorporation of learning spaces beyond the four walls of the classroom and challenging ourselves to build resiliency. Approximately 50% of our time is spent outside of our school, learning and playing in nature and civic spaces.

Our community

There is no more beautiful city that offers more four-season adventures than Kelowna. Opportunities for outdoor recreation abound, from any activity that occurs on a lake (boating, paddle boarding, kite surfing, etc.), to golf, skiing and hiking. We have an abundance of farmers’ markets, artist’s studios, restaurants, theatres and wineries. There is very little you can’t do in Kelowna! The city is a lifestyle – fast or slow, you get to choose. And although the cost of living is very high, it is worth it.

How to Apply

You must hold or be eligible for a Certificate of Qualification or Independent School Teaching Certificate through the BC Ministry of Education’s Teacher Regulation Branch. We are looking for educators who have experience (and love!) working, learning in or exploring the outdoors.

Salary and Benefits

Salaries range from $55,000-$75,000, depending on experience. We offer extended medical benefits and a matching investment plan (either a TFSA or RRSP). Staff are supported to complete annual professional growth plans.