School Districts in Kootenay BC

The Kootenay region (or “The Kootenays” to locals) is nestled in the southeastern portion of the province, and it’s the location of seven school district employers.    Two geographical features dominate the area:  mountains and water, and both make for some pretty spectacular scenery as well as some great opportunities for outdoor adventure. Historically, mining has always been the primary industry in the Kootenays; however the region also thrives on agriculture and forestry.

Kootenay BC school districts serve students in Castlegar, Trail, Grandforks, Rossland, Nakusp and other neighbouring communities.  The largest school district in the region is Southeast Kootenay School District followed by Kootenay Lake School District, Kootenay Columbia School District, Rocky Mountain School District, Boundary School District, and lastly Arrow Lakes School District.  In total, the region enrolls almost 19,000 students while employing 1,267 educators in the 2015/16 school year.


Originally settled by miners, rail workers and pioneers, the Kootenays are steeped in history. There are more than 50 ghost towns in the mountains and valleys, and it is not uncommon for hikers to come across sunken paddlewheelers and abandoned miners’ shacks. Trek into the backcountry here, and you never know what you might discover!


With its snow-capped peaks in winter and idyllic lakeside summers, the Kootenay region attracts those who love being outdoors. People in the Kootenays like to live a little quieter, and residents are known for their laid-back attitude. Much of this region is still undiscovered country, and residents spend their weekends canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and skiing. For those looking to explore outside of the province, Alberta is just a short drive away.

Select a school district to learn more about specific career opportunities in the Kootenay region.