Enriched Program of Studies – For All Students
The Alberta Education program of Studies is the foundation for student learning; however the philosophy of the school is one of enrichment. Students at Jennie Elliott School are offered enriched learning experiences across the curriculum and through the many leadership and club opportunities afforded them. While academic achievement remains a cornerstone, staff, parents and students recognize the pivotal need for character development, responsible citizenship and personal challenge.
Strong literacy learning characterizes instruction across the grade levels. The use of a comprehensive balanced literacy approach ensures that students are provided instruction at their literacy level, while continually moving them forward in their reading comprehension. Our extensive library collection supports this best educational practice. Hands-on inquiry work, problem solving and research platform for students’ intercultural and global connections to learning. All classes showcase their learning through their annual Learning Celebration and assemblies. Learning Celebrations demonstrate inquiry based learning and a strong integration of technology and the arts. The school has made a very strong commitment to providing enriched classroom resources, with supplies ranging from robotics to laptops to acrylics.
Attention to character development and responsible citizenship is embedded in all aspects of school life. Teachers actively teach and model respectful behaviour, empathy and problem solving. Classroom and school behavioural expectations are clearly defined and discussed with students and our students are expected to demonstrate their commitment to good behaviour through their daily actions. Guests in our school continually note that the students at Jennie Elliott School are respectful of both peers and adults and that student pride in their work is continually evident.
Offering our students leadership roles in the classroom and the school at large actively develops student citizenship. Students work as library helpers, intramural organizers, student council and cross-grade mentors. Our extensive noon hour club program also includes activities such as Math Olympiads, Girls Club, Drama Club, Intramurals, handbells, craft, art, patrols, computers, leadership, and board games club.
Residencies, Speakers and Performers
One of our avenues for enriching school learning is to bring in outside experts to speak or work with our students. Thanks to School Council financial support, every grade is allocated funds to bring in outside experts to support classroom learning. Whether these experts are from the field of science, math or the arts, your child will be offered a unique learning experience.
At the school level, we also work to bring in children’s authors and school wide speakers/performers. If you have expertise that you wish to share with the school, please contact your child’s teacher or the office.