Acwsalcta School is an independent Nuxalk First Nations school in Bella Coola, British Columbia. We offer programs from Pre-School up and through to Grade 12. We also offer an Alternate Program for those that need to take a different approach to their education.
Our school features a beautiful, large open concept foyer/reception area where you can admire many different carvings and paintings done over the years by local artists. Out in front of the building are two intricate Totem Poles carved, painted, and raised by local Nuxalk people. The 2002-2003 Acwsalcta Graduates made one of the Totem Poles, while Alvin Mack and Lyle Mack made the other. We have state of a art full sized Gym with a rock climbing wall, stage, workout room, library, and fully equipped kitchen.
Our kitchen staff works hard to cook breakfast and lunch for approximately 200 students every day, cooking up delicious and nutritious meals to make sure our students are full and ready to learn. We have a Culture staff of about 6 Nuxalk teachers whose primary goal is to preserve and teach Nuxalk language, stories, dances, customs, and culture. Gloria Hans is our receptionist at the school and is always smiling and ready to help you in any way she can. As you walk around the school, you will see many pictures of community Elders, past and present, hanging on the walls. Community and culture is a large part of the mentality here at Acwsalcta.
At Acwsalcta, we believe in fostering a caring school climate that nurtures and encourages life-long learning with a culturally vibrant and involved community. We strive for excellence and are continually improving our standards and goals. We improve and promote the teaching of Nuxalk cultural skills and values, and we promote the use of twenty-first-century technology.
Our vision is to have our community be strong, healthy, proud, and self-reliant. We want Acwsalcta students to have pride in who they are, where they come from, and where they live. It is the goal of Acwsalcta School to provide access to quality educational experiences through the rediscovery and revitalization of traditional Nuxalk language and culture. A strong sense of identity rooted in traditional Nuxalk knowledge and teachings will produce students best to succeed in an academic, social, or work environment. At Acwsalcta School, students will experience a caring, safe, and nurturing environment, learn Nuxalk Language and Culture and Traditions and learn the skills and knowledge to thrive in Nuxalk and mainstream societies.