Salt Spring Island Schools: Daycare to High School


Salt Spring Island Cooperative Preschool

A parent run cooperative preschool for 3-5 year olds. The teaching philosophy is learning through play. Parents take an active role in the classroom under the direction of a qualified Early Education Educator (E.C.E.) Located at 110 Aldous Road. For more information call 537-2114.

Blue Heron Daycare

Educational Daycare program with Qualified  experienced early childhood educators. Music and French. Nutritious snacks and lunch provided. 7:00-5:45pm.  Near Fernwood Dock.
Information :  Elizabeth Anne Turner  537 1373

The Little Red Schoolhouse Preschool

Offers a preschool program for 3-5 year olds with fully qualified E.C.E.’s. Located in the south end of the island on Beaver Point Road. For more information call 653-4343.   

Salt Spring Daycare & Preschool

A nonprofit society supporting island families for over 20 years. A year round flexible program for 3-5 year olds with fully qualified E.C.E.’s. Centrally located at 381 Lower Ganges Road. For more information call 537-2114.

Tree Frog Daycare

Built in 1993 by Fulford Harbour Childcare Society, Tree Frog is a community daycare for 0-5 year olds in separate infant/toddler and preschool programs. Offers flexible scheduling located in the south end at 215 Southridge Road. For more information call 653-4998.

Salt Spring Montessori

A licensed facility offering a preschool type program for 2-6 year olds. Directed by a qualified Montessori teacher, situated on 15 acres, 8 km. from town, with a child-centered learning approach. Art, music, and outdoor activities enhance the academic program, focusing on culture and nature. Located at 1930 Fulford-Ganges Road. For more information call 653-9228.

Family Place (not a daycare or preschool)

Family Place, located behind the Community Centre, and operated by SSI Community Services is a family focused drop-in and resource centre for young parents and children.  The center is open Monday to Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to noon as an informal meeting place and play area.  A regular schedule of educational workshops and special events  is locally advertised.  Private counseling and home visits by appointment.  Phone 537-9176.


The Salt Spring Center School

B.C. Ministry accredited, nondenominational, independent school offering small class sizes and a superb education, kindergarten to grade 9. Complete academic foundation, individualized progress, first class arts and theatre program, and development of positive personal qualities. Located at 355 Blackburn Road. For more information call 537-9332.

Public Elementary Schools

Fernwood Elementary

Located in the north end of the island offering kindergarten to grade 5. Some programs include the "Let's Grow For It" Greenhouse Program and Firebirds Leadership Group featuring school helpers, peer buddies and salmon enhancement. The three R’s-Respect, Reaching Out, and being Responsible. 

SaltSpring Elementary School

Is centrally located and offers kindergarten to grade 5. Some programs are an active leadership program and a Global Learning Community through education and fundraising for those less fortunate.

Fulford Elementary School

Located in the south end of the island offering kindergarten to grade 5. Strong commitment to children and nature through ecological learning. All students receive musical instruction twice a week.

Phoenix Elementary School

A small, family-orientated school located on a treed acreage near Ganges. Maximum enrollment of 42 in kindergarten to grade eight.  Safe, nurturing and open learning environment.  Welcomes and encourages family involvement.  Believes in a strong arts education.  Encourages exploration and respect for nature.  Allows for flexible attendance to accommodate home schooling needs.


Has over 300 students in grades 6-8.  Approximately 70 of these students are enrolled in the Late French Immersion program.  Practical Arts exploratories: woodworking, food preparation, textiles, forensic science, leadership, conflict resolution , orienteering, computer skill and environmental studies.  Fine Arts exploratories are: graphic arts, dance, theatre, and band instruction at all levels.


Gulf Islands Secondary School

The Gulf Island Secondary School services all of the Southern Gulf Islands. Youth from the outer islands are brought by water taxi each morning.  The school offers grades 9-12 with over 600 students and  68 international student.  Full academic programs in the arts and sciences.  Expansive fine arts and applied skill programs.  French Immersion as well as French & Spanish classes are taught.  All major athletic programs.

Phoenix High School

Offers grades 7-12 with approximately 35 students.  Self-directed and self-paced pursuit of graduation “Dogwood”.  Opportunities to explore areas of special interest.  Flexible scheduling with instruction in core Math and English.  Future Studies Program provides students with a fascinating amalgam of the sciences and humanities.  Small groups and individualized instruction.

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