Education in the Alberni Valley

Posted by Dave Koszegi on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 3:14pm.

School might be out for summer… but our students here in the Alberni Valley receive an education for a lifetime!

Situated on Vancouver Island’s Central West Coast, the Alberni School District 70 serves about 3800 learners in the communities of Port Alberni, Tofino, Ucluelet and Bamfield. Proudly residing on the traditional territories of Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations, the district embraces the integration of their culture, history, and language within all of our schools.

“Always learning -  Apprendre, toujourst - `akaasʔaqƛin huḥtaqšiiḥ”

The district offers eight elementary schools (Grades K-7), two secondary schools (Grades 8-12), one elementary-junior secondary school (Grades K-9), one alternate school (Eighth Avenue Learning Centre), and the CHOICES Distributed Learning program to support home schooled students.

Port Alberni’s new state-of-the-art high school, Alberni District Secondary School just opened doors to students in 2012.

"This state-of-the-art new school is one of the most impressive in the province, and its proximity to North Island College allows students to take advantage of an almost unlimited range of skills and trades training opportunities.” Don McRae, Minister of Education

Our Alberni Elementary and Alberni District Secondary schools offer Early French Immersion as an optional program.

Education doesn’t start and stop at the elementary and secondary school levels; the school district also works closely with our community partners to provide support for early learning and adult education. An Early Years Centre at EJ Dunn Elementary has been opened, and the Eighth Avenue Learning Centre provide services to adult learners working towards their high school graduation.

Furthermore, the school district works closely with North island College as well as many more post-secondary institutions; ensuring our students are set for a lifetime of educational success.

(School District 70) 

​A.W. Neill Elementary School K-7

5055 Compton Rd, Port Alberni BC V9Y 7B5

250.723.8151  250.723.5997 f

Co-Principal - Ron Behnke

Co-Principal - Darrin Olson

École Alberni Elementary K-7

4645 Helen Street, Port Alberni BC V9Y 6P6

250.724.0623  250.724.0600 f

Principal - Laurie Morphet

Vice Principal - Marc Fryer

​E. J. Dunn Elementary School K-7

3500 Argyle St, Port Alberni BC V9Y 3A8

250.723.7522  250.723.7557 f

Principal - Stacey Manson

Vice Principal - Maghen Girard

Bamfield Community School K-12

Gen Del 240 Nuhatch Rd, Bamfield BC V0R 1B0

250.728.3352  250.728.3350 f

Community School Coordinator

Principal - Dave Maher

​John Howitt Elementary School K-7

3867 Marpole St, Port Alberni BC V9Y 6Y3

250.723.7521  250.723.1674 f

Principal - Steve Brown

Vice Principal - Heidi Homan

​Maquinna Elementary School K-7

3881 Bruce St, Port Alberni BC V9Y 1J6

250.724.0512  250.724.0513 f

Principal - Darrin Homan

Vice Principal - Julie Dawson

​Ucluelet Elementary School K-7

Box 669 1350 Peninsula Rd Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0

250.726.7793  250.726.27323 f

Principal - Jaime Hansen

Vice Principal - Teresa Cameron

Wickaninnish Community School K-7

Box 220 431 Gibson Rd Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0

250.725.3254  250.725.3264 f

Principal - Drew Ryan

Vice Principal - Dani Shannon

Wood Elementary School K-7

4111 Wood Ave, Port Alberni BC V9Y 5E8

250.724.1132  250.724.1363 f

Principal -  James Messenger

Vice Principal -  Jayne Chase

Alberni District Secondary School 8-12

4000 Roger St, Port Alberni BC V9Y 0B1

250.723.6251  250.723.2126 f

Community School Coordinator

Principal - Rob Souther

Vice Principal - Carl Poole

Vice Principal - Nick Seredick

Vice Principal - Jeanette Badovinac

Cathy Cross

Ucluelet Secondary School 8-12

Box 40 1450 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0

250.726.7796  250.726.7710 f

Principal - Carol Sedgwick

Vice Principal - Mike Rhodes

Eighth Avenue Learning Centre: VAST Centre and CHOICES DL

2941 8th Ave, Port Alberni BC V9Y 2K5

250.723.3744  250.723.3711 f

Principal - Sean Petersen

Vice Principal - Julie Anderson 

School District 93 (Francophone)

Grands-cèdres school / École des Grands-cèdres 

5100 Tebo Avenue Port Alberni, BC V9Y 5Y6


Director: Johan Couttenier

If you’d like information on neighbourhoods, school catchments and any homes for sale in those areas - please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks for reading!


The Dave Team

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