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    School Philosophy


    Every Child, Every Day… No Exceptions


    Elmwood School is a place where every child belongs.

    • We believe in the instructive power of our environment to invite, engage, ignite and inspire.
    • We believe in the wonder and imagination of children and the process of inquiry that leads them into new discoveries.
    • We believe in relational work and the possibilities it nurtures.
    • We believe that beauty is found in diversity, and we celebrate the promise each child and family brings to our school and community.

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Welcome to Elmwood School!

Inference, experiment, describe, classify, observe, interpret, compare, analyze, predict, conclude, investigate, explore, explain, justify… are just some of the words or vocabulary you will hear in our classrooms and hallways on a daily basis.  These words or vocabulary directly relate to the scientific inquiry teaching approach that Elmwood School prides itself on but are also used to span across the entire curricula! Elmwood offers a Science Alternative Program where our programming supports students in building academic skills through investigation and hands-on learning to understand how science shapes our world. As a school philosophy, we design and embrace science inquiry learning so that students learn through in-depth studies of real-world problems that they care about and are interested in. This teaching approach gives students the opportunities to harness their passion and explore real-life problems. This passion and exploration leads to innovative solutions and deep learning. We encourage critical and creative thinking through a science lens.

Elmwood School also offers two programs that provide programming for students with developmental delays or disabilities. Our Pre-Kindergarten program supports children who have a first language other than English or mild, moderate or severe delays in their development to build their strengths and skills in a playful, language-rich environment.. Our Individual Support program supports students with severe to profound developmental disabilities in grades 1-6. The inclusive school community provides numerous opportunities for all students to interact with one another - through classroom activities, buddy groups, school-wide assemblies, and special events.

Elmwood School is an exciting place to be! We look forward to learning with you and your child.

Principal's Message

I believe that students learn through ownership of their learning through targeted provocations that challenge students’ wonder and understandings of their world. I believe that each student has the opportunity to thrive and demonstrate personal excellence. I am delighted to be the principal in the dynamic learning environment at Elmwood. Teachers create environments that engage students’ curiousity, challenge their thinking to consider complex perspectives, and empower students to take responsibility for their learning. Students engage within and beyond their classrooms to make a difference in our world.

I believe that each one of us - staff, parent, and student - all impact student success. With teamwork toward student achievement, I believe we create a learning space for students that promotes wonderment, curiosity, and a desire for life-long learning.

Learning Together,

Auriana Burns