Recent News 

RE: ONLINE LEARNING UPDATE for Gaagagekiizhik Elementary School and Bimose Community High School

September 4, 2020

Boozhoo Parents, Guardians, Students, and Community Members,

We have been given direction by our Board to delay our in-person school programming until September 21 st . Due to the high demand for online learning, the Chromebooks we have ordered for all students have not yet arrived. Our updated plan is to run with online learning on Sept 14th. Teachers have started to connect with all families to help bridge support and communication.

When students' Chromebooks arrive, we will connect with each family to arrange for delivery.

Please note that we are available, by appointment, for any one-to-one mental health support and counselling. This is to ensure we are taking every precaution needed to keep everyone safe. The required Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) will be worn during these appointments at all times. A full sanitization will be done before and after each appointment as well. If in-person mental health support and counseling is not feasible at the school, we can accommodate by utilizing Zoom video communication. If any one-to-one tutoring is required, we can facilitate this over Zoom video  communication as well.

If you have any questions, please connect with one of the principals listed below.

For Elementary:
Wendy McPherson - (807) 548-4912 ext. 102

For High School:
Darcy Wickham - (807) 548-4912 ext. 110

Return to School Survey: 2020/2021 School Year

August 10, 2020

Please fill this survey out for EACH student you have attending at Gaagagekiizhik School and Bimose Community High School. We need this information to properly plan for the health and safety of all our staff and students at the school. Surveys need to be completed by August 21 in order for students to return on September 8 (first day of school).

Bimose community High School Virtual Graduation

June 23, 2020

Boozhoo Everyone,

We would like to invite you and others to join us in honouring our graduating class of 2020 at our Zoom Webinar graduation ceremony. We will be live streaming this to our Bimose Community High School Facebook page as well. We have 9 graduates this year - 5 from in town and 4 from Shoal Lake 40. 

Graduation is on Wednesday, June 24 from 2PM-4PM.

MEMO: Gaagagekiizhik Elementary School & Bimose community High School

May 21, 2020

The Ministry of Education released a statement that all Ontario Schools will be closed for the remainder of this school year. As news comes in about how the new school year will look and a start date, we will let all our families know.

We would also like to say Miigwech to all our students and their families for your continued support during this time.

Covid-19 Educational Payment Benefit

April 9, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardians,

When applying for this, please remember that we are a private school and our name is seen as, Bimose Community High School


On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Ontario government announced that schools will remain closed to students until Monday, May 4, 2020, to protect the health and safety of students and staff. The decision to extend the closures was made on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. 

Please click here to view Memo sent to Students and Families

Anishinaabemowin Phrase of the Week

Wii'Ji' Gi-Maa-Maa?
(Help Your Mom)

Bimose Community High School

Phone: 807-548-4912    Fax: 807-548-5917    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Principal: Darcy Wickham

Darcy Wickham

Darcy Wickham, BCHS Principal

Principals Message


I am proud to be involved in a program that offers so many opportunities for our Anishinaabe youth. We are happy to see continued progress of our students. For three years already, students have graduated from Bimose Community High School. This is the crowning moment of their high school careers, both for our students, their families, and their communities.

Our program started with a very small number of students and has grown significantly. We offer a blended program where students experience regular classroom instruction for the majority of their courses while still having the flexibility of the alternative education independent study courses. We also have a very qualified staff to provide instruction to our students with areas of expertise that include Ojibway Language, Photography, Yearbook, Drama, Physical Education, etc. All our teachers are certified with the Ontario College of Teachers.

We share the building with Gaagagekiizhik School, an Anishinaabe emersion school ranging from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6, and our students are presented many opportunities to mentor and set an example for the younger students. We have monthly pow wows, feasts, and welcome Elders into the building to visit with our students. We provide a daily smudge for our staff and students which helps to start the day out with a natural calm and sets the tone for the day. We provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for our students as well as a student success plan that helps the students to discover and pursue the paths that they are interested in for their education and future endeavors.

Bimose Community High School offers many opportunities for our students for learning, community involvement, Anishinaabe culture and language enrichment. We welcome parents, guardians, and community partners to come to the school for a visit.


Our Goals

Bimose Community High School Will

  • Support the academic needs of all adults and at risk students in the Bimose Tribal Council member communities
  • Develop programming that helps enhance career opportunities
  • Develop programs that meet the cultural/traditional needs of our communities
  • Deliver educational programs that meet the specific learning styles of the learners in our communities
  • Support a learning model that is connected to personal growth

School Information

  • Eligibility
    Our alternative education program services youth from age 14 to 21. Funding options will be explored for each potential student.

    Students over 18
    Students who are over 18 and have been out of school for a year or more qualify for a program called PLAR (Prior Learning and Recognition) which allows them to do assessments in 5 content areas (English, Math, Science, History, and Geography) and when complete, it fills in all their grade 9 and 10 credits (up to 16 credits). PLAR gives students an opportunity to jump ahead in their education and be successful quickly.

  • Address
    Our school is centrally located near other high schools at 1450 Valley Drive in Kenora, Ontario

    We provide bussing for students in town with our own bus.  Bussing will continue to be available to students through their communities with delivery to our location.  If students are within walking distance they may request to walk or be picked up/dropped off.


  • Co-operative Education
    Students have the oppurtunity to work at either a paid placement or unpaid placement and earn credits towards thier graduation. This is a valuable program that allows students to gain work experience while also earning credits

    Extended Cultural Learning
    We are continually working to arrange programs where students travel to First Nations communities for cultural learning. Elders teach culturallearning and the way of the Anishinaabeg. Students can potentially earn credits after completion of Elders' teachings and the additional online work required.

    Hands-On Learning
    We are implementing various hands-on courses to engage the students in learning. We provide a safe and cultural learning environment where students take an active, hands-on role in thier own education and the betterment of thier communities.

  • We will report each month to the band on progress and attendance of each student. We try to be very accommodating of individual needs. We have independant study courses that allow students to work at thier own pace and complete credits quicker with the aid of the teacher when neccessary. Additionally, there are attendance incentives in place.

    Literacy Test
    We are registered with EQAO to offer the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) enabling students to complete this mandatory requirement for graduation with us. We also have a Literacy Course to help students complete this requirement. The Literacy Course fulfills the Literacy Test requirement and the student also earns a credit towards graduation.

    Incentives for Credit Completion
    We have incentives in place for every student who completes a credit. They will receive an incentive. If a student completes 8 credits throughout the year, they will receive 8 different incentives as well as the credits.

  • Graduation
    Our goal is to help students complete their required course credits for graduation while helping them with cultural, social, and physical education. Each student has a personalized assessment based on his or her academic history to properly determine the fastest, most effective route to graduation. An Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OOSD) requires 18 compulsory credits, 12 elective credits, 40 community service hours and passing of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).



School Office

Gaagagekiizhik School
1450 Valley Drive,
Kenora, Ontario
P9N 3Y4

Central Office

Bimose Tribal Council
598 Lakeview Drive,
Kenora, Ontario
P9N 3P7


School Office: 807-548-4912
 School Fax: 807-548-5917
Central Office: 807-468-5551
Central Fax: 807-468-3908

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