St. Ann's Academy (Kamloops)

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St. Ann's Academy
205 Columbia Street
Kamloops, British Columbia, V2C 2S7
School type Independent
Founded 1880, present school built 1910
Superintendent Ms. Kelly Tries
Principal Mr. Shawn Chisholm
Vice Principals Mrs. Joanne Leggett (Elementary)
Mr. Byron Green (Secondary)
Grades K-12
Enrollment 600+
Language English
Mascot Crusader

St. Ann's Academy is a Catholic school, under the administration of CISKD (Catholic Independent Schools of Kamloops Diocese) school board.[1]

The school is co-educational, offering academic, fine arts, and business programs, as well as athletic, performing arts, and other extracurricular programs, for students from grades K to 12.


St. Ann's Academy was founded in 1880 by the Sisters of St. Ann. The present site was selected and purchased by the Sisters in 1910.[2]

St. Ann's Academy remained a high school until 1970, unable to keep up with the changing demands of B.C.'s curriculum, it reverted to an elementary school.[2] The Sisters continued to administer the school until 1978. Although the Sisters of St. Ann's, from the city of Victoria's St. Ann's Academy founded the school, they no longer teach there.

In 1980, Bishop Adam Exner asked the Congregation of Christian Brothers to open the high school section and in September 1981, St. Ann's Academy became a high school again.[2]

Feeder Schools[edit]

  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Kamloops
  • BMasterTempt School for the Gifted - Falkland
  • St. Ann’s Academy (Pre-school to Grade 12) – Kamloops
  • Saint Ann's Elementary School – Quesnel
  • Saint James Elementary & Middle school – Vernon
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School – Williams Lake

Independent school status[edit]

St. Ann's Academy is classified as a Group 1 school under British Columbia's Independent School Act. It receives 50% funding from the Ministry of Education. The school receives no funding for capital costs.[3] It is under charge of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kamloops.

Academic performance[edit]

In 2012-2013, St. Ann's Academy Elementary is ranked 1st of 982 elementary schools, in the province of British Columbia, by the Fraser Institute.[4] St. Ann's Academy Secondary is ranked 78th of 293 high schools, in the province of British Columbia, by the Fraser Institute.[5]

Academic Departments
Performing Arts
Social Studies
Christian Education
Information Technology
Physical Education
Visual Arts

Athletic performance[edit]

St. Ann's is an associated member of BC school sports. It competes, under the name 'Crusaders', in the following sports:

  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Golf
  • Wrestling
  • Badminton
  • Track & Field
  • Speed Swimming
  • Flag Football
  • Ping Pong

Artistic programs[edit]

Performing Arts Visual Arts Trades
Rising Stars Elementary Choir Photography Sewing
High School Choir Painting Foods/Cooking
Jazz Choir (Grades 10-12) Sculpture Computer Programming
Junior Band Year Book Wood Working
Senior Band (High School)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Catholic Independent Schools of Kamloops Diocese school board
  2. ^ a b c History of St. Ann's. Retrieved on 2012-05-05.
  3. ^ Independent Schools Overview. (PDF) Retrieved on 2012-05-05.
  4. ^'s_Academy/Kamloops/Report_Card.aspx Fraser Institute report on St. Ann's]. Retrieved on 2014-05-05.
  5. ^ Fraser Institute report on St. Ann's. Retrieved on 2014-05-05.

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