Schools & Education

High Quality Public Education

Canada spends more per capita on public education than any other country in the G8. Canadian public primary and secondary (K-12) schools are free, accessible and offer a high quality education. In fact, the majority of Canadian parents choose public education for their children. The British Columbia Ministry of Education governs the administration, partnerships and operation of B.C.'s educations system.

The Central Okanagan School District serves approximately 190,000 citizens living in Kelowna, Lake Country, West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and Peachland. It is the 5th largest and one of the fastest growing school districts in BC.

The student population is served by 43 elementary, middle and high schools offering programs in English and French Immersion, as well as free early childhood education programs.

Private and Independent Schools

The Central Okanagan has a number of private schools offering educational services for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12: Aberdeen Hall; Heritage Christian School; Immaculata Catholic Regional High School; Kelowna Christian School; l'Ecole de l'Anse-au-Sable; Lakeside School Kelowna; Okanagan Christian School; Kelowna Montessori; Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School; St Joseph Catholic Elementary School; Studio 9 Independent School of the Arts, Willowstone Academy.

Post-Secondary Education

University of British Columbia Okanagan

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a top 40 university in the world and top 6 in North America. UBC’s Okanagan campus has a student population of approximately 8,600 students in over 90 undergraduate and graduate level programs.

Kelowna General Hospital has been designated as a teaching hospital with a UBC Medical School Clinical Academic Campus for both instruction and research.

Okanagan College

Okanagan College’s four established campuses – Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton – and several other educational centres located throughout the Okanagan offer a wide variety of degree, technical and continuing education programs to more than 10,000 students.