Moving to Peachland: Part 2
Peachland Education Amenities
"Where will my child go to school?" is a common question that arises when considering a move to a new location. Access to schools, libraries and other educational amenities is important for your child's well-being and future success. Or, perhaps you or someone in your household is interested in attending post secondary school or a trade school in the future to further enhance an existing career or to change careers altogether. Whatever the case may be, it is helpful to know what's available in the area before moving; therefore, Part 2 of our Moving to Peachland Series will cover educational amenities and programming in and near Peachland.
Education Amenities in Peachland
There is one school within the District of Peachland, Peachland Elementary, that serves approximately 400 students grades K-6. According to the school's principal, Ross Hett, "the school's learning culture is centered in kindness, where each child is supported in their learning journeys by a caring and dedicated team of teachers and support staff."
Peachland Elementary is part of Central Okanagan Public Schools, District #23 (SD #23), serving roughly 180,000 students throughout Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, Lake Country, and the Regional District of Central Okanagan.
Peachland Elementary is located just off of Highway 97 behind the Peachland Village Mall at 5486 Clements Crescent. In 2018, the school received provincial funding to build a new playground, which opened for student use in September of 2018. Parents and guardians of students attending Peachland Elementary are invited to attend Peachland's Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meetings, which typically take place on the second Tuesday of each month during the school year. School bus transportation is available for a fee through the school district.
For students ages 3 to 5, the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club (OBGC) in Peachland operates a preschool program at Peachland Elementary. OBGC also facilitates an after school club for students ages 6 to 12. The program runs at the Historic Primary School building (5684 Beach Avenue) from 2:30-6:30pm and engages students in activities to enhance skills in the arts, sports, and personal growth. Drop-ins for youth, Parent's Nights Out and other recreational programs are available through OBGC.
Peachland has a small public library located in the Peachland Village Mall at #40 - 5500 Clements Crescent. The library provides access to books (digital and hard copy) as well as visual and audio media available throughout the Okanagan Regional Library system. The library hosts events for all ages to engage the public including children's story time, Summer Reading Club, an adult book club, and more.
Middle & Secondary School Near Peachland
As there are no middle or secondary schools in Peachland, students must travel to West Kelowna to attend public school (typically about a 15-minute drive). Students grades 7 through 9 attend school at Glenrosa Middle School, located at 2974 Glen Abbey Place in West Kelowna. Glenrosa Middle was established in 1994 and now serves nearly 500 students. The school relationship with Daiichi University Haruhigaoka Junior High School, a sister school in Japan, through which the schools facilitate a cultural exchange program for students and staff.
Mt. Boucherie Secondary School serves the student population grades 10 through 12. Located at 2751 Cameron Road in West Kelowna, Mt. Boucherie Secondary has approximately 1,500 students in attendance from the Peachland and West Kelowna area. Students come from diverse backgrounds representing 26 countries and multiple First Nation, Métis and Inuit nations, allowing for a culturally-rich learning environment that offers a comprehensive range of academic, athletic, artistic and leadership development opportunities.
It is possible for students to attend a school outside the catchment area; see the SD #23 website for the following information:
A French immersion program is available through SD #23; students must enter the program in Kindergarten or grade 1.
Private Schools Near Peachland
The following private schools are also in the area:
West Kelowna & Westbank
Okanagan Montessori School - West Kelowna Site (Preschool Ages 3-6)
1162 Hudson Road, West Kelowna, BC
Our Lady of Lordes Catholic Elementary School (Grades K-7)
2547 Hebert Road, West Kelowna, BC
sənsisyustən House of Learning (Grades K-6, open to all students)
1920 Quail Lane, Westbank, BC
Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School (Preschool, Grades K-12)
950 Academy Way, Kelowna, BC
CEFA Early Learning Kelowna (Ages 1-5)
#100 - 590 McKay Avenue, Kelowna, BC
Heritage Christian School (Grades K-12)
907 Badke Road, Kelowna, BC
Immaculata Regional High School (Grades 8-12)
1493 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna, BC
Kelowna Christian School (Grades K-12)
Preschool and Elementary: 3285 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC
Middle and High School: 2870 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna, BC
Okanagan Christian School (Grades K-12)
1035 Hollywood Road South, Kelowna, BC
Okanagan Montessori School - East Kelowna Site (Preschool Ages 3-6 & Elementary Ages 6-12)
3439 East Kelowna Road, Kelowna, BC
St. Joseph Catholic School (Grades K-7)
839 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC
Studio 9 Independent School if the Arts (Grades K-12)
1180 Houghton Road, Kelowna, BC
Willowstone Academy (Preschool & Pre-K, Grades K-9)
4091 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC
Summerland Montessori School (Preschool & Pre-K, Grades K-5)
10317 Prairie Valley Road, Summerland, BC
Unisus School (Day and Full-Time Boarding School for Preschool, Grades K-12)
7808 Pierre Drive, Summerland, BC
Concordia Lutheran School (Grades K-6)
2800 S Main Street, Penticton, BC
Holy Cross School (Grades K-8)
1298 Main Street, Penticton, BC
Penticton Centre for Exceptional Learning (Penticton EXCEL - for students with high-functioning autism)
#120 - 3547 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton, BC
Post-Secondary & Trade Schools Near Peachland
There are two major post-secondary institutions in the area: the University of British Columbia's (UBC) Okanagan campus and Okanagan College, both of which are located in Kelowna, about a 30 minute drive from Peachland. UBC's Okanagan campus, located at 3333 University Way in Kelowna, serves almost 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, offering 62 undergraduate programs and 19 graduate (Masters and PhD) programs.
Okanagan College's Kelowna campus, located at 1000 K. L. O. Road in Kelowna, serves 5,500 students, offering a variety of first and second year university transfer courses, two bachelor degree programs (Business Administration and Computer Information Systems) and two associate degree programs (Arts and Science). There is another Okanagan College campus location located in Penticton (583 Duncan Avenue West), also about a 30 minute drive from Peachland, as well as an Okanagan College Centre in Summerland (13211 Henry Road), offering some continuing studies programs, about a 15 minute drive from Peachland.
There are also a number of trade schools in the area, some of which include:
Academy of Learning Computer & Business Centre
#101 - 1740 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC
Canscribe Career College
#340 - 1632 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna, BC
Career City College
#201 - 1634 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC
#10 - 1753 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna, BC
MC College (Hairstyling & Esthetics)
#100 - 1875 Spall Road, Kelowna, BC
Okanagan Cosmetology Institute
358 Main Street, Penticton, BC
Sprott Shaw College
#200 - 546 Leon Avenue, Kelowna, BC
2603 Skaha Lake Rd, Penticton, BC
Vancouver Career College - Kelowna Campus
1649 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC
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