Elementary School - Where it all begins
Elementary School at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School offers Kindergarten through Grade 6.
STS Elementary School students develop a love of learning in a safe, nurturing, inquiry-centred, and technology-rich environment. Grounded in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) students learn to challenge themselves and apply critical thinking strategies to enable them to meet their potential in all areas. Discovering their skills and knowledge in art, French, music, physical education, and a wide-variety of clubs promotes a well-balanced education.
Students have the opportunity to explore our beautiful rural campus learning and playing in the fresh, open-air and also participating in our Outdoor Education program. These activities develop curiosity, independence, and an appreciation for our natural environment, while building lasting friendships and memories.
Elementary Fast Facts
- Kindergarten = 2 classes each with 16 students
- Grade 1 = 2 classes each with 16 students
- Grade 2 = 2 classes each with 18 students
- Grade 3 = 2 classes each with 18 students
- Grade 4 = 2 classes each with 20 students
- Grade 5 = 3 classes each with 18 students
- Grade 6 = 3 classes each with 20 students
- Subjects studied: English, French, math, science, social studies, physical education, art and music
From the Blog
In Alberta, we are fortunate to have an abundance of educational opportunities and school choice. Even amongst the independent school options, there is a wide variety of missions, programs, and focus-areas. To help you set your child on the right path, we've taken a step back and compiled this objective list of questions you can use to evaluate each school you are considering.
Grade 5 classes recently made their annual trek to the Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area to learn more about becoming Stewards of the Land. Students developed a strong awareness that the Cross Conservation Area represents a significant attempt to take action to make our world better, and that the Cross family are true Stewards of the Land.
STS is happy to celebrate the accomplishments of Grade 6 student, Rayne P. '25, who was honoured this passed Monday for her National level win in the Royal Canadian Legion Contest.
In Grade 1, students have been exploring how structures connect people and communities, and have been using their research skills to understand how structures are built.
After twenty years of teaching in six different schools, I have worked with thousands of students of various ages, in various settings, and have always hoped that I'm making a positive impact in these young peoples' lives. Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) is the first school where I regularly see tangible evidence of this positive impact because it is the first place I've taught where it is the norm for student-teacher relationships to extend beyond the student's Grade 12 year; and where it is the norm for teachers and students to share life experiences.
Earlier this month seven STS students, from Elementary and Middle School, participated in the city-wide Calgary Youth Science Fair (CYSF), held at the University of Calgary Olympic Oval on April 5 and 6. This annual competition encourages and promotes ongoing interest for scientific principles and methods.
Technology-integrated learning at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir (STS) focuses on the 5 C's: collaboration, communication, critical thinking and computational thinking. The STS curriculum teaches students to be digitally-literate through the introduction of the fifth 'C', computational thinking. STS recognizes that proper technology integration and education is about the design of the learning experiences that not only help students strengthen their digital abilities, but to also help students think critically about what tool best enables their learning in different situations.