Our School is located in the northwest community of Brentwood, just a few kilometers from the downtown core of the city. Brentwood School is the proud home of two programs. The majority of students attend our alternative program - the "Traditional Learning Centre (TLC) program". This program follows the Alberta Program of Studies and has a focus on direct instruction, critical thinking, and character education. The program utilizes core resources that are common to all TLC programs in the CBE.
French as a Second Language is provided through a locally-developed curriculum, in Grades 1– 3. Beginning in Grade 4, students follow the Alberta Program of Studies, French as a Second Language curriculum. Our school has a strong music program with specialist music teachers, beginning in Kindergarten. Students attending our TLC program come from the CBE's Area 1. The program at Brentwood currently serves students in Kindergarten to Grade 5. Grade 6 to 9 students are located at Thomas B. Riley School.
Communication, Sensory & Social Interaction (CSSI) Program
Brentwood is a NW location for CSSI. This program is for designated special needs students with severe communication and behaviour delays, often resulting from Autism Spectrum Disorders. This program provides instruction based on each student's individual program plan with opportunities for social interaction, group activities and integration into school activities as appropriate. Placement in this program is arranged through CBE specialists. We currently have 1 classroom which houses 8 students supported by 5 staff. Read more on our CSSI page.
The Circle of Courage is a model of youth empowerment designed by Brendtro, Brokenly & Bockern (1990), that we are using to guide our Character Education. In November and December teachers focused on developing an understanding of Mastery and the supporting character traits. In January and February we will be focusing on Belonging, as being a respectful part of a group. Be sure to check out our display in the front foyer to see how and what has been accomplished thus far.
The Circle of Courage presents a model adhering to the belief that when children are cared for, encouraged to work hard
and supported as students, academic achievement is increased. Development of positive cultures for learning and establishing of caring social relationships are vital. The four components of the Circle of Courage include: belonging,
mastery, independence, and generosity.
This year’s focus is on belonging. Belonging provides the motivation to live, learn and get along well with others.
Belonging includes being connected to the teacher, other students, the classroom and school. A sense of belonging is developed when the student: likes school and teachers, attends regularly, has friends, forms relationships with others, gets along with others, feels part of the school community, and cares for people. Teachers explicitly teach and model belonging lessons.
Regular homework is a requirement in the TLC program.
Homework assignments provide the time and opportunity for students to apply new knowledge following the in-class instruction. At times, teachers may assign a more long term project to be completed at home.
Parents are encouraged to discuss the child’s daily activities at school and to look over worksheets, books or assignments sent home. Parents are asked to:
- Ensure students have a specific location and time to complete homework so that it becomes a routine activity.
- Assist your children in accessing homework through D2L. Please notify the teacher if support accessing homework is required. Students will receive a letter at the start of the year outlining the process for accessing D2L.
- Be available to help with homework if your child is having difficulties. Also, please check that all homework is complete and review it with your children
- Communicate through the student agenda if there is a concern regarding homework.
Homework Length Guidelines
Kindergarten – 10 minutes per night
Grades 1, 2, 3 – 10 minutes per night
Grades 4, 5 – 20 minutes per night
(Note: these times are approximate. Depending on the pace that your child works, their homework may take more or less time to complete.)
Homework is assigned on Monday and is due back at school, completed on Fridays (or the last day of the week). It is important that students have the weekends to pursue non-school interests and be able to spend time with their family and friends.