School District No. 91 - Nechako Lakes

School District 91 manages an operating budget of $39.7 million (2004). It is the largest employer in the region, with 800 employees working in 22 schools, 5 adult centers, 3 alternate education sites and an internet-based Kindergarten to Grade 12 instructional program. The District covers 40,000 square kilometers with approximately 5,800 full-time learners.

For more information visit the School District 91 website.
For information about online education visit the eBus Academy website.

School District 91 operates the following schools in the Fort St. James area:

David Hoy Elementary School
4th Avenue West at Birch Street
Kindergarten to Grade 7
Max Marshall
250-996-8237 Phone
250-996-7973 Fax
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Sowchea Elementary School
2649 Sowchea Road
Kindergarten to Grade 7
Cam McCormick
250-996-8248 Phone
250-996-7860 Fax
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Fort St. James Secondary School
Grades 8 through 12
450 Douglas Avenue
Mike McDiarmid
250-996-7126 Phone
250-996-7708 Fax
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Fort St. James Adult Centre for Education
High School completion programs for adults
250 Stuart Drive East
Contact Information
Dalphena Snively
250-996-7712 Phone
250-996-8544 Fax

Private / First Nation Schools

Nak’albun Elementary School
Operated by Nak’azdli Band
Kindergarten to Grade 7
Rick Aucoin
250-996-8441 Phone
250-996-2229 Fax
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Five alternate religion-based private schools are also located in the Vanderhoof area.

Higher Education

College of New Caledonia - Nechako Region
The College of New Caledonia-Nechako Region (CNC-Nechako) serves 12 multicultural communities of varying size with a total population of over 20 000 in a geographical area covering 1 105 900 hectares – half the size of Vancouver Island. First Nations comprise 8 of the regional communities served. The First Nation communities include members from Nad’leh Whuten, Saik’uz, Nak’azdli, Tl’azt’en, Stellat’en, and Takla.

Focusing on quality programs and services, CNC-Nechako has been serving adult learners and our communities for more than 30 years. The role of CNC-Nechako is to equip learners to identify and meet the complex and evolving needs of their communities in ways that are culturally appropriate, economically and socially relevant, and wholly reflective of the adult learner.

CNC Fort St. James Campus
179 Douglas Avenue
Contact Information:
Ann McCormick
250-996-7019 Phone
250-996-7014 Fax

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University of Northern British Columbia

UNBC is located approximately 1 hour from the Stuart Nechako Region. UNBC has a total enrollment of 4,073 (2003/04), and is the northern hub of education for the province with new opportunities in science and management, and arts, social and health sciences.There were a total of 695 graduates in 2003/04, with 635 bachelors and 35 masters degrees awarded.

For more information visit the UNBC website.

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