In British Columbia, approximately 32% of the students in the public K-12 education system attend schools located outside of the Greater Victoria, Lower Mainland, and Kelowna areas, many in very small communities that use school facilities as a hub for community activities.  No two school districts in British Columbia are alike – some have large numbers of students with schools located in high density urban areas, some have a combination of both urban and rural schools, some cover an expansive geographic area with significant distance in between individual schools, and some have very small numbers of students located in remote, isolated areas far from larger urban centres.

Operating schools and educational programs in rural communities presents a range of challenges and opportunities for school districts, families, communities, and other stakeholder groups – the purpose of this work is to learn more about the promising practices that are already underway within the public K-12 education sector in British Columbia (both educational and operational), determine whether there are opportunities for improvement, and share this information broadly across the province.