All of our schools provide high-quality academic and elective programming, resulting in one of the highest graduation rates in British Columbia. Our schools offer:
Modern, well-equipped classrooms, science labs, libraries, art studios, trade shops, culinary facilities and gymnasiums, which all have wireless access.
An exciting selection of academic and elective courses, including Advanced Placement courses, trades training and award-winning performing and visual arts programs.
A low ratio of international students, giving students a great opportunity to experience Canadian culture and to speak and learn English.
A full range of enriching extracurricular activities, such as athletics, school clubs, and student leadership activities.
Easy transition to Canadian and American universities.
Come study in Okanagan Skaha! Experience the rich Canadian culture in the scenic interior of British Columbia, join our community and receive an excellent education!
Program Established: 1985
Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester
Specialized Programs: French Immersion, Advanced Placement, Sports, Academy programs (Hockey, Soccer & Swimming), International Baccalaureate
Language(s) of Study: English
Total number of schools: 17
Middle/High schools for international students: 6
Total Students: 5,700
Total International Students: 122
International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
Nearest Airport: Penticton, BC
The Okanagan Skaha School District is located in the sunny interior of British Columbia, in the region known as the Okanagan Valley. The district includes the communities of Penticton, Summerland, Naramata and Kaleden, which are situated between two sparkling fresh water lakes, lush vineyards and orchards and majestic mountains. Surrounded by world class recreational opportunities and sensational scenery, the communities are well known for their beautiful weather, numerous beaches and healthy lifestyle.
The Penticton area has a population of 60,000 people with all the amenities of a larger city, but the friendliness and safety of a smaller community. The communities are primarily English speaking and offer diverse activities for those who enjoy the outdoors.
These communities are very popular, year round tourist destinations with warm, sunny summers and mild, dry winters. Spring and summer outdoor recreation activities abound: Golfing, tennis, hiking, mountain biking on the Kettle Valley Railway and floating down the river channel between Okanagan and Skaha lakes are all very popular. Winter recreational opportunities at Apex Mountain Ski Resort include down hill and cross country skiing; snowshoeing and sledding. The local airport is ten minutes from Penticton while the International Airport in Kelowna is less than an hour away by car. Vancouver is short a 4 1/2 hour drive from Penticton.
International students are placed in safe, supportive and family-oriented home stays where they can learn about Canadian culture and improve their English language skills. All students will be matched to a Canadian family in a comfortable home to ensure they have a quality home stay experience. Our International students are supported and supervised by a caring and professional school district team.
School Activities: Sports: volleyball, soccer, basketball, rugby, badminton, golf, field hockey and wrestling. Special Academies in Ice Hockey, Swimming and Soccer. Clubs: international, leadership, yearbook, fitness/weights, rock climbing & environmental. Fine arts: music, film, dance and theatre. Additional activity fees will apply.
Community Activities: Sports: soccer, softball, baseball, curling, hockey, figure skating, snowshoeing, swimming, tennis, golf, kayaking, fitness centres, flag football, rock climbing, hiking and cycling. Dance: ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, musical theatre. Music: most instruments and vocals. Martial Arts; Karate, Tai Kwan Do, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding and Cross-Country Skiing: Apex Mountain Resort in Penticton is one of the hidden gems of Canadian skiing. Apex is a full service destination with great weather, incredible terrain and the lightest champagne powder imaginable.
International Student Activities: An orientation program and airport pick up in either Kelowna or Penticton will be provided for all International students. Shopping trips, live theatre, hockey games, bowling, snow tubing, water tubing, skating, sightseeing trips. Activity fees will apply.