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Welcome to Similkameen Elementary Secondary School

SESS is a small, thriving school serving students from grades 5 through 12.  We are situated in the picturesque Similkameen Valley in southern British Columbia.  SESS is located in the village of Keremeos and also includes students from the surrounding communities of   Hedley to the west, Olalla to the north, as well as Cawston and Chopaka to the south east. Depending on the year, up to 450 students attend SESS, part of School District #53.

We challenge and support our students to do well in their courses, offering a solid program that prepares students to continue their studies at university or college or to go on into a trades program. We have had students who have attended universities in Canada and the United States with full scholarships and, with a building emphasis on trades, we have been very successful at the Skills Canada competitions from construction to culinary arts.

We offer a range of extra curricular sports options for our students including cross-country running, volleyball, basketball, soccer, swimming and golf. Our band program is offered from grade 6 through grade 12. We also have a strong visual arts program and industrial arts programs in woodwork, metalwork and automotive repairs.

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Items from the blog...

Arts in May

This was the 2nd annual celebration of the Arts at SESS. Below are some pictures from the event.

Curriculum Redesign

April 27, 2016

The curriculum in British Columbia has undergone some revision and redesign. In this “concept-based competency-driven approach to learning,” (https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/rethinking-curriculum) the focus is on content (wh

Boys Soccer

October 9, 2015

The Boys Soccer team took on the team from Boundary. It was raining, but the boys played hard, proudly showing off their new jerseys.

It was an entertaining game and the boys played well, ending with a win. 

Jazz in the morning

October 8, 2015

Staff and students were treated to some jazz music as they entered the building this morning. Mr. Falk had his students set up their combo in the foyer of the school and entertained all who were arriving at school. It was a nice start to the day.

Thanks Mr.

Math Contest

Some students will be heading up to Okanagan College in Kelowna on May 1 to take part in the final round of the BC Secondary School Math Contest 2015.  These students have already proven themselves during the preliminary round, and will now face off against the top students in the Okanagan.

Besides an


Principal: Cate Turner

email: cturner@sd53.bc.ca


Similkameen Elementary Secondary School
830, 2nd Avenue
Box 410
Keremeos, BC V0X 1N0
250-499-2411 (fax)