About Northern Lights School Division

Jurisdiction Profile

On January 1, 1995, Lac La Biche School District and Lakeland Public School Division merged to create Northern Lights School Division No. 69 (Ministerial Order #141/94)

Northern Lights consists of 27 schools widely dispersed over a geographic area of 14,800 square kilometres. Our schools are located in Bonnyville, Cold Lake, Lac La Biche, Glendon, Plamondon, Ardmore, Caslan, Iron River, Wandering River, Pine Meadow Hutterite Colony, Kikino Metis Settlement, Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement and Fishing Lake Metis Settlement. We also operate the Youth Assessment Centre in Lac La Biche under a contract with the Alberta government.

In 2001, Northern Lights School Division No. 69 won the Alberta School Boards’ Association Premier’s Award for School Board Innovation and Excellence for its literacy programs. NLSD was named a finalist for the same award for its Metis Culture and Heritage Project at Caslan School in 2004 and for its Student Leadership & Global Awareness Project (operating in all NLSD high schools) in 2008. Northern Lights was also part of the Success in Schools for Children and Youth In Care: Provincial Protocol Framework, which won a Silver Level Premier’s Award of Excellence in 2011.

Our Vision

“Improving Our World, One Student at a Time”

Mission Statement

“Working Together to Help Every Student Learn & Excel”


Each and every person can learn and should be provided with an opportunity to learn;
Students and staff are entitled to a safe and caring learning environment;
Education is everyone’s responsibility;
Stakeholders should have opportunities for meaningful involvement.


Passion for Learning
Mutual Respect and Trust
Increasing Leadership Capacity

Our Goals

In addition to the goals set for the division by Alberta Education, Northern Lights School Division’s 2015-2018 Three-Year Education Plan includes three goals specific to Northern Lights that we will be focusing on:

  1. NLSD will improve literacy and numeracy competencies;
  2. NLSD will improve communication, engagement and partnerships;
  3. NLSD will support programs which promote a healthy lifestyle and sound mental health.