William Reid School is located in Elbow Park. In addition to French Immersion, our school offers a strong academic program in all subject areas. Curriculum is enhanced through the integration of fine arts and Artist in Residency programs as well as through the use or our outdoor naturalization areas. The culture of our school is that of a welcoming place where everyone is important, cared for, and proud to be part of our small, tight-knit school community. Our French motto is “nous travaillons bien ensemble” (we work well together), and reflects how students, staff and parents all work closely together to make our school a great place for children to learn.
A collaborative culture that respects and values all voices. To support all learners to meet their potential within a collaborative culture.
Shared leadership and responsibility for student learning in an optimal learning environment that encourages all learners to meet their own level of excellence in a French Immersion setting.
Statement of Purpose
At William Reid School, parents, students and staff enter into a partnership to ensure quality learning for all in a French Immersion setting. We promote high academic expectations and strive for excellence, creativity, positive interpersonal relations and open, meaningful communication in a flexible, caring and safe environment.
Nous travaillons bien ensemble!
Who Was William Reid?
William Reid, the man, was born in Glasgow, Scotland on March 24, 1902. He immigrated to Canada at age 13 and completed school in Calgary. When he was young, he worked in the Kinsman Club and the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Later, he taught a night school class. His many hobbies included photography, gardening, slides and movies.
While working at Harvey & Morrison Chartered Accountants Ltd., William Reid became a chartered accountant and opened his own office in 1933. Because of his keen interest in education, William Reid served on the Calgary School Board starting in 1945. He was president of the board from 1946 until 1950. His interest in education also led him to chair the committee that brought a university to Calgary. William Reid died on March 30, 1952, and in 1954, this school was named after him.