Dawson Creek is proud of our education system and facilities. Within the Dawson Creek public school system there are several elementary schools, a middle school and a secondary school inside municipal limits. Outside city limits several elementary schools serve the rural areas surrounding Dawson Creek. Private schools in the Dawson Creek area consist of one elementary school and two K-12 schools. The Northern Lights College Dawson Creek campus provides academic and technical training to students from throughout the area.
Dawson Creek Public Schools
Peace River South (SD #59) is a progressive school district that serves Dawson Creek and its surrounding rural areas as well as the communities of Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge. The administration offices are located in Dawson Creek. K-12 programming is offered at 20 schools with an approximate enrolment of 3,600 students.
The core business of SD #59 is ensuring a quality education for each learner with the core value of continuous learning for all. The District is committed to meeting each student’s learning needs aligned with their developmental level, professional development for staff and providing a rich learning experience for all learners.
Educational initiatives include a strong early learning program, a primary project focused on literacy and numeracy and inquiry based learning opportunities. An early French Immersion program is offered in Dawson Creek (École Frank Ross). Chetwynd also offers a Montessori option at Don Titus Elementary.
Partnerships with industry and Northern Lights College (NLC) enable the District to offer careers and trades education to students K-12. Dual credit options in trades and technical programs are offered in partnership with NLC.
Students at all levels have the opportunity to participate in outdoor and experiential learning activities in a wilderness setting at the Pat O’Reilly Outdoor/Environmental Studies Centre located at Gwillim Lake.
For more information, visit www.sd59.bc.ca.
Public School Enrolment (September 2018)
Canalta Elementary: 240
Other Schools Nearby: 1497
Private School Enrolment (September 2018)
Mountain Christian School (K-12): 188
Northern Lights College
Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4G2
Fax: 250-782-6069 Campus
Northern Lights College (NLC) is ‘B.C.’s Energy College’, in northeast British Columbia, covering an area of more than 324,000 square kilometres. NLC has three provincially-designated Centres of Training Excellence: the B.C. Centre of Training Excellence in Oil and Gas that includes a full-sized oil rig and simulated wellsite on the Fort St. John Campus; the Centre of Clean Energy Technology or “Energy House” with LEED Platinum certification; and the Centre of Excellence in Aerospace, a 26,000 square foot hangar on the Dawson Creek Campus that houses a diverse range of aircraft and helicopters.
At NLC, students have a number of options, depending on their chosen career paths. Students can earn a one-year certificate, a two-year diploma or associate degree or complete upgrading courses to get their high school diploma. Associate degrees can be used to transfer to the third year of degree programs at provincial universities. The South Peace Campus located in Dawson Creek also provides dual credit programs to local high school students.
In August 2016, construction of a state-of-the-art $33 million facility was announced that expanded the existing Energy House and Campus Centre buildings to create new training spaces for the welding, carpentry and wind turbine maintenance programs. The project is funded by contributions from the federal ($14.57 million) and provincial ($14.57 million) governments, with remaining $3.39 million coming from Northern Lights College and industry partners including Canbriam Energy Inc., Encana Corp., Shell Canada and TransCanada Ltd. The new building will support the Foundation Trades program at NLC, which has enrolment intakes in September and February.
In October 2016, $1.9 million in funding was announced by the provincial government for the creation of 639 new seats in the trades and apprenticeship programs.
For information on NLC or any of its programs, check the website at www.nlc.bc.ca
University of Northern British Columbia
The University of Northern British Columbia provides educational opportunities in Dawson Creek and area via their Peace River-Liard Campus (located in Fort St. John) as well as in conjunction with Northern Lights College.
For more information about courses and programs available out of the Peace River-Liard Campus, visit www.unbc.ca/peace-river-liard.
Peace River-Liard Programs and Courses
- Bachelor of Social Work
- Masters of Social Work
- Masters of Education
- Counselling Specialization
- Multidisciplinary Leadership Specialization
- Special Education Specialization