The James Bay Community School Centre is operated by the James Bay Community School Society, a non-profit organization, incorporated in 1977. The Centre’s primary focus is to provide the community of James Bay with affordable programs and services designed to meet the diverse needs of our entire community.

The facility at 140 Oswego Street is shared by the Elementary School and the Community Centre. The physical connection with the Community School facilitates the integration of programs and services between the Centre and the School. As such, many of our rooms act as school classrooms during the day and venues for recreation and leisure programs during the evenings and weekends. Shared space is a cornerstone of a well-integrated community school. This unique relationship is made possible thanks to a partnership between the Greater Victoria School District, the City of Victoria and the James Bay Community School Society.

Programs and services delivered at the James Bay Community School Centre have the following elements:

  • Community use of facilities
  • Supporting and enhancing student learning
  • Community connections and engagements
  • Community and Continuing Education
  • Integrated Services with Agencies and organizations
  • Family Support Services
  • Early Learning Initiatives
  • Youth Connections
  • Afterschool and Summer programs

We strive to provide programs to all community members, from preschool-age to seniors, focusing on health, fitness, continued education, creative arts and community connection. Our recreation and leisure programs, childcare programs, fitness and health courses, sport drop-ins, the community café, seniors’ dinners, community dinners, youth leadership, community meetings and general interest programs all enhance life in the James Bay neighbourhood. Our friendly staff will be happy to provide information on our programs and services and assist you in choosing the activity that is right for you.

What is a community school?

A community School is the hub of the community. It is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, youth development, family support, and community development leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.