School and Child Care-Williams Lake


In British Columbia, both the provincial government and local boards of education manage the public school system from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Children start elementary school at age 5 and secondary school in Grade 8.

The provincial government funds the education system and sets the legislation, regulations, and policies that make sure every school meets provincial standards and every student receives a high-quality education.

For more information about the Ministry of Education, visit the website at:

Schools in the Cariboo

Williams Lake is part of Cariboo-Chilcotin School District 27. There are a variety of choices for schools available including French Immersion and in Williams Lake, private schools with religious affiliations. There are special programs in School district # 27: Nature Kindergarten, lntergenerational program , grade 7 outdoor education, hockey skills Academy, French immersion, ACE IT industry training for high school kids, Heavy Metal Rocks, RCMP Academy, Secondary School Apprenticeship.

For detailed information about public schools, programs, bus routes, school calendar and more visit the website at: or call 250-398-3800

For more information about private schools, contact them directly.

For children 0- 5 years old

For children under five years old, there are a variety of preschool and early years programs. A Strong Start Centre is a school-based, early learning parent participation program and provides a new gateway to lifelong learning. Located in local elementary schools, Strong Start Centres offer a free learning program for children under 5 years old. Parents and children attend these programs together.

Williams Lake Early Years Centre, is a one-stop online hub for information on programs and services available to families with children 0-5 years old in Williams Lake. There is information on drop-in programs, childcare options, preschools, prenatal classes and child health and development. Click here for more information.

Post-Secondary Education

At the post-secondary level, we have Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake Campus. They offer ample opportunities to extend education from Trades to Technology Diplomas, Nursing, University preparation and Associate Degrees. For more information