our division

Pembina Hills Public Schools is a close-knit community where neighbors know neighbors and our staff know our students. We are very proud of the welcoming atmosphere in our community schools. We create positive learning environments where students are comfortable and safe and where parents are encouraged to be involved in their child’s education.

Proud to serve over 50,000 students across Alberta 
Through the wonders of technology, our small rural school division crosses boundaries to educate more than 50,000 students.

We teach:

  • 3,800 students in 15 community schools including two Hutterite Colony Schools and two outreach schools.
  • 7,800 students, from within and beyond our borders, enrolled in our Vista Virtual School
  • 45,000 students taking courses through the Alberta Distance Learning Centre

Our region
Our students live in Swan Hills, Woodlands County, the County of Barrhead, the Town of Barrhead, Westlock County, the Town of Westlock, the Village of Clyde, the south-eastern portion of the M.D. of Big Lakes and the southern portion of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River.

Our mandate and purpose
Our mandate is to deliver an education program consistent with the Alberta School Act.
Our purpose is to ensure the delivery of an excellent education to our students so they become ethical citizens who contribute to society.

Our history 
Pembina Hills Public Schools is the result of a 1995 merger of three school boards: Westlock School Division No. 37, the County of Barrhead No. 11 and Swan Hills School District No. 5109.