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About SD79

The Cowichan Valley School District is home to 16 elementary schools, four secondary schools, and a collection of open and distributed learning programs. We also offer career and trades training programs to students, allowing them to kick-start their future career or explore options early on.

Schools in the Cowichan Valley provide quality education to more than 7,800 students in a predominately rural area. We have schools in Lake Cowichan, on Thetis Island, in Chemainus, Crofton, Mill Bay, Duncan, North Cowichan, Shawnigan Lake, and Cobble Hill. We also run the adult learning program at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre in Victoria.

We are a progressive school district offering world-class instruction and a rich diversity of engaging programs to inspire success for every student, and bring communities together to learn, share, and grow. In 2015/16, our school district had the second highest six-year completion rate (82.1%) in Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, next only to the Greater Victoria School District—this was an increase of 5.6% from the previous year. This accomplishment speaks to the capabilities of both our students and teachers.

In SD 79, we believe every child can learn, and we believe that it is important to engage children in their learning—from the moment they start school, to long after they graduate. SD 79 is leading the way in implementing the new B.C. curriculum, and is recognized as an innovative district when it comes to teaching and learning opportunities.

Partnerships are very important to us, and are at the centre of much of what we do. Many of the unique learning opportunities available to our students are available because of partnerships with post-secondary institutions, local businesses and community organizations.

The vision and mission for our school district, set by our Board of Education, is:

Vision: Educational excellence for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Mission: Empowering tomorrow’s learners, today.

We respectfully acknowledge that we are learning on the traditional and ancestral lands of the Malahat, Lake Cowichan, Quw’utsun, Halalt, Penelakut, Stz’uminus, and Lyackson people.

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