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School District No. 60 (Peace River North)

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School District 60: Peace River North (incorporated on April 12th, 1946) is located on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains in the northern tip of the Canadian Prairies. The region’s economy is both prosperous and expanding. This positive economic outlook is based on the petro-chemical, renewable energy, agriculture, forestry, tourism and commercial/service industries. District schools provide education services to approximately 6000 students in a catchment area covering 93253.59340 square kilometers.
Our schools range in size and number including an Open Learning School, three two-room rural schools and four kindergarten to secondary grade schools.
The major center, Fort St John, hosts seven modern elementary schools with an eighth opening in 2020, two middle schools, and one large senior secondary school. There are also three elementary schools in the surrounding communities of Taylor, Charlie Lake and Baldonnel. Our newest K-6 school, Margaret Ma Murray Community School, opened September 2018 with a secondary sized gymnasium and daycare. These additional spaces were made possible through partnerships with the City of Fort St John, BC Hydro, and the Ministry of Children and Families. The in town grade 10-12 high school, North Peace Secondary, includes a 200 student grade 10 project based learning campus called the Energetic Learning Centre.

We are in the process of building a new school near the Fort St John Hospital for K-6 students that is tentatively scheduled to open in September 2020. This school will serve approximately 500 students and will have an onsite Daycare and other multipurpose space.

We have identified need for additional new schools at the middle and secondary level as well as replacement schools to the Ministry of Education. We continue to work positively with the Ministry of Education on future facility planning and construction.

The district also hosts a Distance Education school called Key Learning, serving a wide area of northeastern BC, increasingly southern BC, and parts of the Northwest Territories.

Our district’s student population is diverse. Indigenous students make up nearly 20% of our student population. Many other countries and cultures are represented within our ELL students, our International Students and the remainder of our student population. The district’s character is equally diverse, with a blend of rural and urban philosophies and the distinct provincial perspectives of two strong provinces; Alberta and BC.

There is also a strong northern influence within our community philosophy that values personal resilience, the sense of entrepreneurial spirit, and hard work. “Get ‘er Done” is a common refrain in the region.

The district is committed to providing safe learning environments and a quality education program to all students.

Highlights of our educational programs include a commitment to early intervention, French Immersion, inclusion-based student support services, a band program, the meaningful integration of technology, the Aboriginal Student Support Worker Program, an Outdoor Education site, and a strong focus on transitions to careers as evidenced in the Secondary School Apprenticeship and Dual Credit programs.