Nakusp Elementary School (NES) is a K-7 school located in the beautiful West Kootenay village of Nakusp, British Columbia. With its scenic views and endless outdoor opportunities, NES is surrounded by a pristine natural setting that provides excellent learning opportunities for its students. As such, the school motto “Learning is in our Nature” is very much a reality at NES. The NES staff is a very vibrant pedagogical group that actively participates in professional development to hone their teaching skills. Students at NES benefit from a group of excellent and devoted educators.
The school itself has a fully operational library, gymnasium, and computer lab. There is also one room that has been created into a wonderful “Stimulation Room” that caters to our students with diverse learning needs. However, the room has been widely used across the school for students who need a kinesthetic opportunity within their days. Teachers have been excellent at incorporating these supervised sessions into some of their students’ regular schedule. Attached to the building is a Strong Start classroom that offers a wide range of pre-school activities. The Strong Start incorporates lots of resources within the school to diversify the program and to provide a helpful transition for preschoolers who may be enrolled at NES in upcoming years. A full auditorium is attached to the school called “The Bonnington”. This space is used by the school daily and is also a venue for community events. The playground at NES provides a vast open field with an attached community forest. Nearest to the entrance of the school is an excellent community jungle gym that has just recently been upgraded thanks to an initiative from the NES Parent Association Council (PAC). There is also two large concrete play areas, one with tetherball poles and the other with basketball hoops.
Day to day, NES is a very busy place! Members of the community are in and out of the school constantly which really reflects the openness of the learning environment. Students are given ample amounts of opportunities to extend their learning outside of their classrooms. This is largely due to the staffs strong and positive connections within the community.
Bell Schedule for 2016 – 2017 School Year
School Starts – 8:58 am
Primary Recess – 10:30 to 10:45
Intermediate Recess – 10:45 to 11:00
Lunch – 12:15 to 1:05 pm
School Ends – 2:56 pm