State-of-the-art education is provided in School District #59 (Peace River South). All grades are provided through a network of 15 elementary, middle and secondary schools, which are located in the City of Dawson Creek and surrounding rural areas.
Dawson Creek is also the administrative centre for School District #59, providing comprehensive education across the entire South Peace District including the communities of Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, Rolla and Pouce Coupe. School District #59 is recognized as a provincial leader in education technology. All schools are equipped with an advanced telecommunications system that allows for skill development in the information technologies including audiovisual and media arts. This system is also used to provide a sophisticated distance education program, grades K – 12, for rural residents or for those students who choose or need home-based education. Students graduate from this “Electric Ed” with the same provincial certificate as that provided by a regular secondary school. School District #59′s Career Education program provides a smooth transition from school to the workplace. Career Ed offers three pathways for students in grade 11 and 12 to gain valuable career knowledge and skills, co-operative education, secondary school apprenticeship and career preparation programs.
The School District is also a provincial leader in special needs technologies and services, including children with behavioral or learning disabilities, as well as the special challenges of gifted students. The French Immersion program, which began with just 19 children in 1983, has now graduated eight classes.
Public Schools in Dawson Creek
- Ecole Frank Ross Elementary (English/French Immersion)
- Canalta Elementary
- Crescent Park Elementary
- Tremblay Elementary
- Parkhill Elementary
- Central Middle School
- South Peace Secondary Grades 10-12
- O’Brien Education Ctr. Secondary Alternate
The South Peace Region has three Private Schools that provide alternative learning environments from K – 12.
Post-Secondary, Continuing & Special Education
Northern Lights College & University of Northern British Columbia
The Dawson Creek Campus of Northern Lights College is one of eight campuses that serve the largest geographical area of any educational institution in the province. Despite the size of the college region, tuition rates remain among the lowest in the province. Class sizes are small and every student receives personal attention. Several specialized programs delivered on the Dawson Creek Campus are unique to the region and even the country. UNBC offers a number of courses in Dawson Creek. UNBC and Northern Lights College regularly publish a joint calendar listing up-to-date course offerings at both institutions.
Chiron Learning Centre
#101, 1001-102 Avenue
Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2B9
This training centre for adults is designed for people who have lower literacy levels and require more time spent on math, reading, writing, and computer skills.
South Peace Child Development Centre
9001 10th Street
Phone: 782-1161 Fax: 782-4487
The Child Development Centre in Dawson Creek is one of several pediatric rehabilitation facilities in British Columbia to which infants and children, from birth to age nineteen years, may be referred for assessment and treatment of disabilities or developmental delays. Services provided by the South Peace Child Development Centre include:
- Therapy Services: Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Therapy and Physiotherapy
- Family Support Services: for families with children who have special needs: social worker support, family education and parent groups.
- Respite / Lifeskills program: for children with special needs.
Sprott-Shaw Community College
Sprott-Shaw Community College is opening up a small campus at 1300 104 Avenue to teach Residential Care Attendants.