Big Lakes County Educational Facilities

Big Lakes County is serviced by three public school divisions and one separate (catholic) school division. The County also has one band operated school, Mihtatakaw Sipiy School, located in Driftpile.



Public & Francophone School Jurisdictions:

High Prairie School Division No. 48: Located in northwest Alberta, High Prairie SD provides public to Falher, Donnelly, High Prairie, Joussard, Kinuso, Slave Lake and surrounding areas. The division operates 13 schools, has approximately 550 employees, and serves approximately 3,200 students.

High Prairie SD No. 48 - Schools in Big Lakes County
School Name Location Approx. Students Programs
E.W. Pratt High SchoolHigh Prairie240Grade 10 - Grade 12
High Prairie Elementary SchoolHigh Prairie350ECS - Grade 6
Joussard SchoolJoussard120ECS - Grade 6
Kinuso SchoolKinuso290K - Grade 12
Prairie River Junior High SchoolHigh Prairie200Grade 7 - Grade 9

Joussard School

Northland School Division No. 61: Northland SD provides public education to primarily First Nation and Métis students located across northern Alberta. The division operates 24 schools, has approximately 500 employees, and serves approximately 2,600 students.

Northland SD No. 61 - Schools in Big Lakes County
School Name Location Approx. Students Programs
Bishop Routhier School High Prairie 65 ECS - Grade 6
Gift Lake School Gift Lake N/A ECS - Grade 9
Grouard Northland School Grouard 90 K - Grade 9
Hillview School High Prairie N/A K - Grade 6


Pembina Hills Regional Division No. 7: Located in central Alberta, Pembina Hills RD provides public education to Westlock, Barrhead, Swan Hills, and surrounding areas. The division operates 15 schools, has approximately 800 employees, and serves approximately 3,800 students.

Pembina Hills RD No. 7 - Schools in Big Lakes County
School Name Location Approx. Students Programs
Swan Hills School Swan Hills 200 K - Grade 12


Separate (Catholic) School Jurisdictions:

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division No. 37: Located in northwest Alberta, Holy Family Catholic RD provides public education to Peace River, Grimshaw, Manning, McLennan, High Prairie, Valleyview and surrounding areas. The division operates 7 schools, has approximately 270 employees, and serves approximately 2,100 students.

Holy Family Catholic RD No. 37 - Schools in Big Lakes County
School Name Location Approx. Students Programs
St. Andrew’s School High Prairie 600 K - Grade 12


Northern Lakes College:

Northern Lakes College Sign

Northern Lakes College is a publicly-funded comprehensive community college in northern Alberta, Canada. The college provides quality educational programs and services which enable adults to continue their education, improve their employment opportunities, and enhance their quality of life.

The service region for Northern Lakes College covers an area more than 164,000 square kilometers and approximately 45 communities, including 10 First Nations Communities and 4 Metis Settlements. Overall, the school operates 26 campuses and employees approximately 275 people.

Campuses in Big Lakes County: Driftpile, East Prairie, Grouard, Gift Lake, High Prairie, and Peavine.

In the 2015-2016 academic year, there were 1,100 students enrolled at the college and 530 graduates.