Programs & Services

Fostering Success for All Learners

Aboriginal Education

School District 58 (Nicola-Similkameen) is proud to serve students from our six local Bands of the Nlaka’pamux-Thompson and Syilz-Okanagan Nation, the Metis Nation and from Aboriginal communities outside of our district. The Coldwater Band, Lower Nicola Band, Nooaitch Band, Shackan Band, Upper Nicola Band, Upper Similkameen Band, the Metis and School District 58 are mutually committed to the goal of personal success and the best education possible for all First Nations Students.

Alternate Programs

Alternate education programs are offered both in Merritt and in Princeton. In Merritt, the Kengard Learning Centre (KLC) houses a total of three schools – the Community Learning Centre (CLC) (an alternative education opportunity) , Continuing Ed (a program for adult learners) and SCIDES (a distributed education school). In Princeton, the Bridge Program (an alternative education opportunity) is offered.

French Immersion

Nicola-Similkameen School District offers Early French Immersion Program that begins in Kindergarten to grade 7 at Collettville Élémentaire and continues from grade 8 to 12 at Merritt Secondary School. Students in French Immersion are “immersed” in the French language while following the same BC curriculum as the English program. This program enables the non-Francophone students to acquire a working knowledge and proficiency in Canada’s two official languages.

Student Support Services

School District No. 58’s Student Support Services facilitates student development, wellness and learning by promoting an environment that allows students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes for life long learning and fulfillment. Schools, parents and community work collaboratively to ensure that every student is given the opportunity to fully participate in a broad, individually challenging educational program in a supportive and caring school environment.

How SD58 Supports Students

Supporting excellence in teaching and learning

Celebrating cultural diversity and the heritage of our communities

Fostering resiliency, resourcefulness, respect and independence

Inspiring curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking

Providing safe and nurturing learning environments for all students to achieve their full potential