Mission Statement

Our school community respects individuality and holds creativity in high esteem; we deliver an innovative educational experience nurturing the wellbeing of our students.

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The Kimberley Independent School is a Group 1 Independent School nestled in the East Kootenays in beautiful Kimberley, BC. We offer an outstanding K-9 school program as well as prekindergarten options and after school care.


The KIS curriculum meets or exceeds Ministry of Education guidelines. There is a strong focus on core subjects as well as daily French instruction following the AIM language program.


The Kimberley Independent School offers daily physical activity including outdoor education opportunities and inter-scholastic sports.

Childcare spaces


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Small class sizes

Kimberley Independent School is CLOSED until further notice.

As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, students and families will be provided with a weekly communication from KIS that provides an update on the past week’s activities and an overview of the goals for the upcoming week. Our hope is that regular communication will reduce the understandable anxiety students and families may be facing.

We realize that this is a stressful time and everyone has concerns and questions. Moving from classroom learning to a distance learning model in a very short time is a challenge, and the KIS is working continuously to ensure that students have equitable opportunities to learn from home. KIS staff are committed to ensuring that every child has the necessary tools for this program to succeed, and stay safe, connected, active and well.

We know that our commitment to strong relationships between educators, students, and families will be critical to our students experiencing success and well-being. It has been truly heartwarming to hear the extremely positive and appreciative responses from our parents and students regarding efforts our educators are making. We know our students miss the school staff they interact with on a daily basis, and that our staff miss their students, too – which is why connecting is so important!

Please contact Principal Kari Johnston if you have any further questions or concerns regarding this matter.

Principal Kari Johnston will keep all existing families posted via email and Facebook of any further updates from the ministries.

For all other matters please contact Ash Strachan, Operations Manager hr@kis.ca


Registration is open for the 2020 2021 School year.


for Kindergarten to grade 7 students.

2020 2021 Registration Form 2020 2021 Registration Form (761 KB)

Registration for Pre-K opens soon.

Existing KIS families - Registration opens April 6th 2020 @ 8:00am

New families - Registration opens April 21st 2020 @ 8:00am

(Please note Registration Forms will not be accepted prior to these times)

We will open to the public on April 21st as scheduled on a first come first serve basis between 8:00am and 3:00pm.

Please ensure that you have:

Registration Form completed and signed.

All supporting documents (see Check List)

Registration & Supply Fee of $200 per child.

Registration Forms are available for printing on our website.

We ask that everyone practice social distancing during this time.

Payment methods

Cash, Cheque (payable to Kimberley Independent School) or eTransfer to hr@kis.ca prior to 3pm on the 6th.

Registration is not considered complete without all of the above.

Due to Covid-19 circumstances Volunteer cheques will be due prior to September 11ththis year. If you are unable to obtain a photocopy of any documents please

take a photo with your smartphone and email it to hr@kis.ca

2020 2021 PreK Registration Form 2020 2021 PreK Registration Form (764 KB)

Why choose KIS?

Small class sizes of maximum 16 students

BC Certified Teacher and Full-time Education Assistant per classroom

Daily French Program

Music, Visual and Dramatic Arts integrated into weekly learning

Flex Friday offering skiing/snowboarding/mountain biking/cooking/hiking/STEM and more

Spring and Fall, full-day, once a week Outdoor Education at local camp.

6 weeks of swimming lessons at KAC

6 weeks of rock climbing at Spirit Rock Centre

2 school buses available daily for external educational field trips or sports programs