District Overview

The core business of SD #59 is ensuring a Quality Education for each Learner with the core value of Continuous Learning for All.

The Peace River South School District (SD #59) is a progressive, forward thinking district located in the Northeast region of British Columbia near the Alberta border.  The district offices are centered in Dawson Creek and also include the communities of Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge.  SD #59 offers K-12 programs at 20 schools with an enrolment of approximately 3,600 students.

We have a strong belief in developing teachers, meeting students where they are, and providing a rich meaningful experience for all learners.

Regional Diversity

Our district, located in the Rocky Mountain foothills, was first settled by Aboriginal people who saw the potential that was here. Aboriginals represent about 25% of our population, and two Hutterite colonies within the district also add richness to our cultural base. The array of outdoor summer and winter sports is beyond compare.

Specialty Programs

School District 59 is recognized for its work in elementary literacy and aboriginal education.  Our work in collaboration with Dr. Janet Mort and Margo Southall have helped out our students achieve positive successes in literacy development.  Career Education and positive community relationships flourish across the district.  In additional to school based instruction and learning facilities, we have an Outdoor Education facility – which includes a world class climbing wall – that is truly the envy of the North.

Community Culture

Each community offers many possibilities to explore diverse interests. You may discover dinosaur fossils in Tumbler Ridge or learn chainsaw carving in Chetwynd. A vibrant performing arts scene exists in both the wider Dawson Creek community and in the high school, which is home to song writing, painting, genealogy and poetry clubs.

Draw for Employees

This is a superior place to build your career and life. From this rural area, you can reach large metropolitan centers within a half-day drive. Recreational opportunities are excellent – from the community multiplex and the many sports clubs to the incredible wilderness landscapes, streams and lakes.

Learn more about SD 59 from these employee testimonials (PDF – 522 kb).

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 Peace River South’s compensation, salary, and benefits, please refer to their collective agreement.

District Map

Whatever it Takes… One Student at a Time