We are honoured to be learning on the Traditional Territory of the Sḵwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw and St’át’yemc Nations.
Superintendent’s End-of-Year Message to Families
Recently, I had the pleasure of attending all of the graduation ceremonies throughout our Sea to Sky School District. Looking at the faces of our students, I was reminded of our kindergarten students on their first day of school. The feelings are similar: excitement, pride, and maybe a touch of uncertainty. Whether it is a child’s first day of school, or last walk across the stage, or any one of the days in between, it is truly a privilege to be part of their journey.
Together with you and our staff supporting 16 schools and more than 5,000 students, we have had an eventful year and continued to accomplish great things. We started the year by welcoming 450 new kindergarten students, an additional 133 students to our overall population, and a newly elected Board of Education.
Our ambitious improvement efforts have resulted in our graduation rates for all students, students of Indigenous ancestry, and students with special needs rising consistently over the past eight years and continuing to rank among the highest in the province. Our grade-to-grade transition rates have improved similarly, and our suspension rates have dropped sharply. More of our students are staying in school, engaging with their learning, and graduating with much improved life chances.
As we celebrated these successes this year, it was equally important to pause and ask ourselves, “What else do we know?” and “How can we provide further opportunities to enhance student learning in our district?”
Measles Immunization Catch-up Campaign
On March 20th, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Education announced the launch of a provincial measles immunization catch-up campaign for school age children across BC.
Running from April to June 2019, the goal of the campaign is to immunize as many children for measles as possible in grades K to 12. Clinics will be held in our schools before the end of the school year, with dates announced later in the spring.
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We look forward to welcoming your child in September!
Sharing Success: Our Latest Six Year Completion Rates
We’re pleased to share our graduation completion rates from the 2017-2018 school year. We’re proud of the amazing work of our graduates and grateful to all members of our school community who all contribute to the success of our students.
The Ministry of Education provides data on the percentage of students who graduate from high school within 6 years of entering grade 8. The following table shows our results since the 2012-2013 school year:
Year Resident Aboriginal Total
2012-2013 88.4% 72.8% 82.1%
2013-2014 92.9% 81.1% 81.7%
2014-2015 92% 77.9% 75.2%
2015-2016 89.9% 81.7% 79.8%
2016-2017 96.9% 86.1% 93.3%
2017-2018 100% 95.3% 97.3%
Sea to Sky School District Sees Huge Increase in Indigenous Graduation Rates – CBC News, June 25, 2018
As the end of the school year approaches and students across the province prepare for graduation, one district in particular is celebrating significant success.
Indigenous students in the Sea to Sky school district had a graduation rate of 86.1 per cent in the 2016-17 school year — up from 35 per cent in 2009.
That’s compared to a provincial average of 66 per cent for Indigenous students.
School District No. 48’s principal of Aboriginal education, Susan Leslie, says the high graduation rate is the result of a district-wide push to restructure their approach to learning.
“This is on every level,” said Leslie. “We’re led as a district by the goals and commitments that we co-created through our strategic plan.”
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