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Captain Meares Elementary Secondary School

Phone: (250) 934-6305

299 Alpine View


CMESS was built in 1972, and the elementary wing was added in 1976. CMESS has a full regulation basketball court/gymnasium, two computer labs, a home economics room, library, science lab, and five classrooms.


There is an elementary playground and a full-size softball and soccer field. In the elementary wing, there are six classrooms.


Currently, the teaching staff includes four full-time teachers and the principal, with some additional volunteers from the community offering extra-curricular activities. CMESS is a focal point for community events, as well as the educational centre for Tahsis adults.


CMESS offers kindergarten through Grade 12 education with small class sizes. Students have the opportunity to pursue the full BC provincial graduation program from Grades 10 through 12. Many CMESS students continue their education through post-secondary institutions in BC and beyond. Several bursaries and other financial awards are available to help students defray the cost of college or university.


CMESS students are able to participate in the Nootka Sound Outdoor Program through School District #84 which allows students to earn credits toward graduation, dual credit college credits, and industry certifications while engaging in wilderness pursuits and contributing towards traditional and modern stewardship projects. This unique board-certified program, offered outside the regular school timetable during weekends and holidays, provides students the flexibility of choosing activities that interest them at their comfort level.


CMESS also offer a StrongStart BC program which is an early learning program providing school-based early learning services for adults and their young children, aged birth to five, at no cost to families.  Both children and adults can benefit from StrongStart BC early learning programs – children have access to high-quality learning environments and benefit from social interactions while the adults who accompany them learn new ways to support learning, both at the program and at home. Learn More


Puddle Ducks Daycare

The Village maintains a public daycare located in the school (299 Alpine View).  The daycare is run by a fun-loving, caring coordinator , and accepts child-care subsidy recipients.