Our School

McKenzie Lake School follows the traditional calendar. There are approximately 410 students enrolled in the school, from kindergarten to grade four.  In addition to these classes we also have two Enhanced Education Support classes.


We learn best when:

  • we believe in ourselves
  • in a positive and safe environment promotes risk-taking
  • diversity is valued and addressed
  • we actively construct our own knowledge
  • learners are engaged in meaningful and relevant experiences . we assume the role of teacher as well as learner
  • connections to real life situations are made
  • responsibility for our own learning is taken
  • by interacting with our environment
  • when there is collaboration between the family, the school and the community
  • learning is enjoyable
  • accomplishments are recognized and celebrated
  • positive social/emotional growth is fostered
  • we understand ourselves as learners

School Motto

  • Take care yourself
  • Take care of each other
  • Take care of this place

Historical Background

McKenzie Lake Community is named for an early settler in this area. The following information was obtained from the City of Calgary archives:

  • Among the first settlers in the southeast area of Calgary, Jas McKenzie came west from Montreal in 1882, several years before the arrival of the railroad. He filed a homestead in Section 32, in the centre of the McKenzie area, and was one of the first settlers on the east side of the Bow river.
  • When the arrival of the C.P.R. in 1884, and the Calgary-MacLeod Railroad in the 1890’s, many more people arrived from the east and settled in this area. It quickly became a prosperous farming area, situated on good farmland with easy road access to the rapidly growing city of Calgary to the northwest.
  • Construction of McKenzie Lake School began in July, 1995 and was completed in May 1996. The school opened for the first day of teaching and learning on August 12, 1996. The Official School Opening was held December 12, 1996.
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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 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​.

RT @UsihChristopher: Province seeking feedback through a survey (link embedded in document). “The feedback will help us refine the draft K-6 curriculum before it is implemented across the province. All elementary students will be learning from the new curriculum in 2022-23.” https://t.co/YulPHp7Iyc

RT @Andrea_sm3: Our grade 4 HUB buddies and Miss. Stone taught us how to make catapults as part of their study on simple machines. @mckenzie_lake @Justine18836875 #wearecbe #cbehub @dmmccomish @KenzieRushton https://t.co/oBPQ0vBdsP

Thanks to School Council for providing supper on own Student Conference evening. Our teachers are so appreciative!! @MLSCommunity @dmmccomish @MckenzieKinder1 @sarahdreger2 https://t.co/Rh3F852ira

RT @MlsSkill: Our EES classes have been working hard to make their own story based on "Dear Zoo." They are superstars at recreating their sentences in our predictable chart writing work! @mckenzie_lake #wearecbe #inclusion https://t.co/TnGIjyR9Yu

What a fun day it was!! https://t.co/AJ2gx21B8J