Our School

Welcome to Jennie Elliott School

We are a dynamic learning community that is characterized by academic excellence, the building of responsible student behavior and strong partnerships with families. Students are both challenged and nurtured to develop their own learning strengths and they are constantly encouraged to take on leadership roles within the classroom and school at large.

Teachers, support staff and administration recognize the importance of ongoing focused professional development to ensure that all students receive quality instruction in all areas of their learning. Our goal is to build a learning community committed to professional development that supports best educational practice. Our central purpose is always student achievement.

Our learning community is strengthened through our partnerships with parents. Parents know their child the best and are able to support their child’s learning through clear communication with the teacher and by assisting with homework, home reading and project work. The school has an open-door policy with parents and also offers many volunteer opportunities within the classroom or school. Parents, teachers and administration always conduct themselves in a mutually respectful manner.

Sharing our History

Our school is named after Miss Jennie Elliott, a well-respected teacher who was known for her deep sense of humanity and her wide range of knowledge. Miss. Elliott was born in Arnprior, Ontario on Dec. 20, 1876. At 17 years of age, after attending Normal School, she began teaching in her home community. In 1900, Jennie Elliott showed her true sense of adventure and pioneering spirit by moving west to the Northwest Territories.

After teaching in small rural towns, she moved to Calgary where she taught Social Studies and History at Central Collegiate. She also briefly returned to eastern Canada to do a Bachelor of Arts degree at Queen’s University and she subsequently served on the executive of the Canadian Federation of University Women.

After 40 years of teaching, Ms. Elliott retired; however her dedication to public education continued as she served three terms as an elected Calgary Public Education trustee. Throughout her career, Jennie Elliott was dedicated to building high student achievement, respectful student behavior and strong partnerships between teachers and the community.

Jennie Elliott’s name is synonymous with excellence in education and she remains a strong symbol of our school's commitment to excellence.

Our School Today

Jennie Elliott School was initially built in 1962 however there were significant renovations and additions made a few years later. Today this large three level school has twenty-two classrooms for Kindergarten through Grade Six students in the regular program, plus one EES classroom for students with severe disabilities and five classrooms for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program. The school facility has large classrooms, a full sized gymnasium and stage, an expansive learning commons, music room, an inner courtyard and Before and After School Care program through a private provider.

The school site itself is very large (6.36 acres) and is equipped with two creative play centers, soccer fields, baseball diamonds and compound areas. Students enjoy these play areas during their fifteen minute afternoon recess and their free play opportunity during lunch break.

Student work is showcased throughout the school and parents are invited to take the time to view samples of student projects. This work is evidence of the pride that students take in their daily achievements. Learning at Jennie Elliott School is engaging, fun and purposeful.

Our School Mission

Jennie Elliott School is committed to being an inclusive, safe and caring school environment, where every student is provided with the opportunities to achieve personal excellence in academics, citizenship, character and personal development.

Our Vision

Jennie Elliott School seeks to develop compassionate, principled young people. Students will achieve both personal and academic excellence through inquiry-based learning and engagement in the local and global community. Jennie Elliott students will embrace lifelong learning and make significant contributions to our complex and changing world.

Parents, students, teachers, support staff and administration will work as partners. Their shared goal is to provide the best possible learning opportunities for children and to ensure that they develop leadership skills that will serve them today and in the future.

Our Motto

Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It!

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​​Our School's Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

We are committed to acknowledging and supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 94 Calls to Action specific to education. Our school, along with all CBE schools, made a TRC Commitment to Action. On June 21, we renewed our commitment, which can be found under Resources.​​

Acknowledging the Land

We would like to acknowledg​​e the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Nations, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani and the Kainai. We also acknowledge the Tsuut’ina and Stoney Nakoda First Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.​

​​​School Development Plan

​Each year, our school prepares a development plan with input from teachers, school staff, students and parents. We review many sources of data, including report cards, provincial achievement test results and school surveys. Based on this information, we create our plan identifying targeted areas for growth. Our school development plan is not meant to represent all of the work that takes place in our school, but rather it focuses on specific areas for improvement.​​​

​​​​School Improvement Results Report

Our school also prepares a results plan, which looks at our previous school year. It shows our students’ achievement and progress in meeting the goals and outcomes as set out by the CBE and Alberta Education, outlines some of the highlights of our school development plan and gives an overview of our school. You can look on the CBE website for system-wide results​.