Kimberley Independent School


Our Vision

We are a vibrant, non-profit, inclusive school community where students are nurtured to learn and grow through creative and intellectual exploration. The Kimberley Independent School provides high-quality academic learning in an environment that fosters positive relationships with peers and community.

We Look Closer

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

Our Approach

KIS is a small, vibrant K-9 Independent school, tucked into the heart of the Rocky Mountain Trench.  We pride ourselves in a loving and caring environment where children feel safe and heard.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to contribute to the programs that we offer.

Principal's Message

Thank you for your continued efforts to help us mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.  Coming off a 2 week self-isolation for some of our students and staff, I wanted to do a quick follow-up with families. I am pleased to welcome back everyone who was isolating and doing at home learning.  We were able to avoid any cases of COVID 19 due to the possible exposure by following our protocols and the recommendations of MOH. It is more important than ever to follow the protocols we have in place. 

An important part of our plan is staying home when symptomatic or showing  signs of any type of illness.  I know this is a very difficult time for families, but this is such a critical time, and I want us to stay vigilant so that we can keep students and staff as safe as possible.  We are grateful for your cooperation and support.

I also want to reassure families that KIS continues to be a safe place to be.  We have protocols in place that go above what is required.  Interior Health was very pleased with our practices and commended us for doing so well. 

Finally thank you to our staff who continue to deliver a solid educational experience for our students during these times.  


- Ms. Kari


Child Care

Childhood is a time for play, imagination, and discovery. In each of our child care rooms we've created a child’s world, rich in possibilities and unlimited potential. We recognize the powerful
impact that early childhood environments have on children, which is why our program reflects a wondrous world that captures a child's imagination through an ever-changing environment and
learning resources.

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Kindergarten to Grade 9

We offer education with a vibrant approach that takes students out in to the community and surrounding areas, to learn, to do and to grow. We think beyond traditional learning and KIS
students are given the opportunity to learn subject matter in deep and lasting ways. This approach combined with daily French and extracurricular activities gives students a solid and well rounded education where students flourish day after day.

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What Parents are Saying

KIS Did Not Disappoint!

I moved my son to KIS in grade 2 as I wanted him to have the smaller class size. KIS did not disappoint! With an EA in every class and the smaller class, he was able to have more one on one time to meet his needs.

Daris K.


When Parents & Child Love

Their School.

We choose KIS because for us it feels like the extension of our home. We are grateful for our child to experience high quality place-based learning and the many opportunities to spend time outdoors. We value KIS’ strong focus on emotional literacy and the development of all the  soft skills and abilities that are taught in addition to academics that we feel are contributing to our child growth and make her well-equipped to embrace the world she lives in. But most important of all, we choose KIS because our child loves her school.

Emilie & Herve


Small Class Sizes & Supports

Each Child's Needs

We were so grateful when we moved to Kimberley to find a school that embraces outdoor learning, has small class sizes and is able to support each child's needs. My son was so excited to learn to read in Kindergarten! The teachers & staff are dedicated to the student's growth and successes; as well as creating an environment that is inclusive, joyful, creative and a positive learning experience.

Bonnie M.


KIS has been the best decision

Putting my daughter in KIS has been the best decision I’ve made so far. The office staff is always helpful and the school is doing a wonderful job navigating the covid situation.  

As for Lana, she is growing so much.  She is noticeably more empathetic, curious and social. She is a happy kid   She loves her teachers and is having wonderful experiences. I couldn’t be happier and have full confidence that she is getting what's best for her.

Kat D.


Communication, Outdoor time,

and Even French.

Our oldest daughter is in her 2nd year of Childcare at KIS and she LOVES it!

She has made so many friends and has learned so much. I feel good about her kindergarten readiness both socially and academically. Her teachers are wonderful. I appreciate the level of communication they provide, the time the class spends outdoors, the field trips they take, the classroom activities they plan and execute, and the introduction to French the class receives. When our two younger children turn three we will choose KIS for Childcare!

Erin S.


Happy, Excited, Dirty and Tired 

The Child Care program has been absolutely incredible. Our son has grown, matured, made friends and learned a lot in the short time he has been at KIS. He is always happy in the morning and is excited to go play with his friends, see his cool teachers, and have fun indoor and outdoor every day. I drop him off excited, and pick him up tired and dirty, just like it should be! 

Danny P.


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73 101 Champman Camp

Kimberley, BC, V1A 1A5


Kari Johnston - Principal

Ash Strachan - Office Manager

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