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  • Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) PROGRAM

    Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) PROGRAM

    "The important thing is to never stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

    ~Albert Einstein

    Elmwood School is excited to continue our work with the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program in the next school year. The STEM program is available for Kindergarten to Grade 6. 

    In the STEM program, students will learn to research and solve real-world problems in innovative ways, and gain a deeper understanding of each of the STEM fields and how they work together. To help decide if STEM is the right choice for your child, learn more about the program and what STEM looks like in Edmonton Public


    Student Characteristics

    There are some common characteristics which are evident in students who find success within the design-thinking philosophy and project-based learning. These include some or all of the following:

    • Imagination and curiosity
    • Flexible thinking
    • Strength in collaborating and communicating ideas
    • Ability to work independently and interdependently in diverse group settings
    • Persistence—the drive to understand the world
    • Creative and critical thinker
    • Socially skilled
    • Adaptable to change 
    • Open to working with a variety of tools, technologies, methods, and sources
    • Perseverance when faced with new challenges

    We encourage families to reflect on these characteristics and engage in discussions with school staff to help determine whether an inquiry approach to learning is appropriate for their child. 


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  • Registration



    If your child is new to Edmonton Public Schools, you can register for school online. Visit the Division website to learn how to register for school.


    You will need to pre-enrol on SchoolZone to tell us the school you’d like your child to attend next year. Find important dates and deadlines and learn more about pre-enrolment, which opens between March and April each year.

    If you have questions about registering for school, contact the school office.


    Learn more about our school

    Elmwood School does not have an attendance area. This means that students who attend Elmwood are enrolled in one of our Programs of Choice and not in a Regular community classroom based on proximity of address. For our Programs of Choice, if you live in Edmonton, you may be able to attend one of Elmwood School's programs.

    We'd be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please give us a call!

     STEM Program Kindergarten Registration - Click HERE to learn more about the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program!

    • Registrations for kindergarten is accepted beginning February 1, 2023, for children who will be five years of age on or before December 31, 2023.
    • Please follow the instructions above for registration. 

    Chinese Bilingual Kindergarten - Click HERE to learn more about the Chinese Bilingual Program!

    • Registration for kindergarten is accepted beginning February 1, 2023, for children who will be five years of age on or before December 31, 2023. 
    • Please follow the instructions above to register. 









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  • Chinese Bilingual Program

    Chinese Bilingual Program

    Come to Elmwood and join a Division-wide program with over 35 years of proven results and an opportunity to continue student learning from Kindergarten all the way to Grade 12! There is no previous knowledge of Mandarin Chinese necessary to attend. Please call the school to inquire about registering your child in our Chinese Bilingual program for the next school year!

    We are excited to add the Chinese Bilingual Program to Elmwood's already superb school culture.

    Benefits of learning Mandarin Chinese:

          Students benefit from learning a second or additional language as it:

    • Promotes problem solving, flexibility and creative thinking abilities
    • Encourages students to be global citizens
    • Enhances empathy and awareness of diversity and a greater sense of social justice
    • Expands career and travel options

    Instructional Focus:  

    Students in the Chinese bilingual program benefit from : 

    • An immersive experience with 50% of instruction in Mandarin Chinese and 50% in English 
    • A high degree of proficiency in the language 

    Learning Environment:  

    We offer to students of all ability levels :

    • A supportive, warm environment that invites risk taking and expression as students acquire language skills
    • Opportunities to experience Chinese culture in the school and larger community
    • Authentic language learning opportunities


    Please follow the links below for a comprehensive explanation of the program, general information, and registration procedures:

    Edmonton Public Schools Chinese Bilingual Kindergarten General Information Video

    EPSB Chinese Bilingual Kindergarten Information Package 




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For the 2023 - 2024 school year, Elmwood School is full in planned classes from Kindergarten to Grade 6 in the STEM program. We will no longer accept enrolment requests for these grade levels in this program.

Elmwood will be hosting two separate Open Houses for families to visit and learn about the Chinese Bilingual and STEM programs for the 2024/25 school year. There is also a whole Division Chinese Bilingual Open House at the Centre for Education on January 31st at 6:30pm. 

- STEM Open House: February 8th, 2024 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm.

- Elmwood Chinese Bilingual Open House: February 15th, 2024 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm.

You do not have to pre-register to attend the Open Houses. We do suggest that the Open House is mainly for adults as there is a formal presentation and it can be tricky for younger ones to sit through the entire event. 

Pre-enrolment for the 2024/25 school year opens on February 1, 2024. If you are registering for Kindergarten or are new to Edmonton Public Schools, you must register online.


Welcome to Elmwood School! We are a diverse school that offers three excellent programming options: STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), Individual Support Program, and Chinese Bilingual. It is important to note that Elmwood School is not a community school and only offers Alternative or Special Education programming options. 

We are proud to be the first elementary school in Edmonton Public to offer the STEM Program! This is a shift from the Sciences program that Elmwood has provided for many years however we feel that this is simply an evolution of the work that we already do with the students and school community. The STEM program supports students in learning with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students will learn to research and solve real-world problems in innovative ways, and gain a deeper understanding of each of the STEM fields and how they work together. 

We are very excited to continue to grow our Chinese Bilingual Program at Elmwood School and will be accepting registrations for Kindergarten and Grade 1 for the 2024/25 school year. The program is designed to provide children an opportunity to learn the Chinese language, in addition to the regular curriculum, and to experience the richness of both western and eastern cultures. Please contact the school office for information about registering for this school year. 

Elmwood School also offers an Individual Support Program that supports students with severe to profound developmental disabilities in grades 1-6. Elmwood's 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.

We have a large transportation zone to support our Programs of Choice so please feel free to reach out to the school to find out if you are able to access bussing for your child. Additionally, Elmwood Out-of-School Care is housed in Elmwood School if you require support with child care after the school day is done. 

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
















Principal's Message

It is my distinct pleasure to be the principal here at Elmwood School. We have an engaging and dynamic staff that strives to create learning opportunities fostering curiosity, challenge thinking to consider complex perspectives, and empower students to be leaders within their own learning. An emphasis is placed on creating an environment where students feel capable and feel connected. We believe that education is a shared responsibility between home and school and through a collaborative approach and consistent communication, we will all work together to maximize student growth and success.

We are looking forward to an amazing year with our students, families, and the entire Elmwood Community!

Jeff Neilson