Great neighborhoods and Good schools

September 1, 2017

As families gear up to send the kids back to school, they’re busier than ever.

Maybe you have relocated to the Shuswap over the summer, in which case WELCOME!  Or maybe your family is growing and you are looking into moving to find the right home, in the right location, near the right school.

A new house can mean more space, great neighborhoods and good schools. Follow these tips to find your dream home near the right school:

1.  Know your family's needs. Is your family growing? Is square footage the most important factor, or a large backyard? Make a list of exactly what you need in your family's new home.

2.  Review school information

3.  Look for parks and play areas

4.  Make a list of questions for your Realtor. Be prepared with the questions that will help you make the best investment. Ask about things that matter specifically to you and your family but also what matters for the home's future value.

Our School District

North Okanagan-Shuswap School District No. 83 is an area of 8,500 square kilometers located around the Shuswap Lake and North Okanagan. The school district encompasses the distinct communities of Malakwa, Sicamous, Grindrod, Enderby, Ashton Creek, Kingfisher, Armstrong, Spallumcheen, Falkland, Ranchero/Deep Creek, Silver Creek, Salmon Arm, Tappen, Sorrento, Celista, and Seymour Arm. The school district includes four First Nations bands. Comprehensive local education agreements and strong ties have been developed with the bands, which have resulted in both academic and cultural benefits. Because of the vast area the district has 16 community elementary schools, three middle schools and four secondary schools, and an educational outreach program.

The District Education Support Centre (DESC) is located at 341 Shuswap St. SW in Salmon Arm.  The office number is (250) 832-2157.

New to the school district? New student registration on Tuesday, August 29th from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at all of the schools.

Not sure which school your child will attend? Contact the Operations department, 250 832-9415.  You can also use this number for information regarding bus routes.

In addition to the Public School District, there is of course the option of Private schools as well.  In Salmon Arm we have, Kings Christian School- http://www.kingschristianschool.com/

Thinking about college?  Salmon Arm also boosts an Okanagan College Campus, inhttp://www.okanagan.bc.ca/Programs/Areas_of_Study/International_Education/Location/Salmon_Arm_Campus.html

According to Realtor.com, 60% of buyers say schools affect their decision.  I hope you find this information as a helpful guide in finding the right home, in the right location, near the right school.


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