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  • Sciences Program

    Sciences Program

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

    ~Albert Einstein

    Learning through Inquiry

    Inquiry engages learners in a dynamic process of being open to wonder as they come to know and understand the world around them. As a way of learning, inquiry is woven throughout all aspects of life and is essential to the way in which knowledge is constructed.

    In the Sciences Program, students work collaboratively to explore new concepts and deepen their learning in the sciences. They pose questions, research, explore, solve problems and make claims based on relevant evidence. Learning outcomes across the curriculum are carefully woven together to shape authentic and diverse learning tasks with real world connections.

    As student interest is foundational to success in learning, teachers support students in designing inquiry projects linked to curricula. For example: All students are expected to learn about life-cycles in Grade 3. Rather than all learning about the same animal, students in this program investigate an animal that inspires their interest. In order to deepen learning as well as explore scientific practices, part of the inquiry would involve bringing in animals to study, posing questions, finding answers and observing and classifying different animals (insects, mammals, fish). It could involve working alongside scientists who study animals or going on location to examine the habitats of different animals. Students, on a field trip or an outing with their family, will make connections between the inquiries at school and the world around them. Out of the wealth of information gathered, the students, with the support of their teacher, peers, and family, engage in critical thinking, making reasoned judgments and drawing conclusions. Ultimately, students gain a much deeper understanding of how knowledge is created in the science community.

    Literacy through Scientific Inquiry

    Inquiry based learning naturally enhances the development of literacy skills and places emphasis on  the communication of ideas throughout the learning process. Reading and writing is the foundation to all scientific literacy learning and is nurtured at both school and home. Using reading, writing, and a variety of technologies is critical to the development of multiple literacies and is vital to an inquiry-based approach to learning. Students are supported and encouraged to become confident, capable and responsible users of information. This includes:

    • Interpreting tables, graphs & diagrams
    • Filtering information on the internet
    • Gathering relevant resources from the library
    • Interviewing significant individuals
    • Accessing home and community sources of information

    At the completion of an inquiry project, students communicate what they have learned using a variety of multimedia formats, including:

    • Technology (photography, SMARTboards, video, google applications, SeeSaw, etc.)
    • Models and diagrams
    • Written reports
    • Artwork
    • Engaging videos and interactive websites

    Reflection is an integral part of inquiry and often leads to new inquiries, discoveries, curiousities, wonders and learning goals.

    Student Characteristics

    There are some common characteristics which are evident in students who learn best through science inquiry 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
    • Passionate about animals and the environment
    • Think with their words, their drawings, their heads and their hearts

    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!

     Sciences Kindergarten Registration - Click HERE to learn more about the Science Program!

    • Registrations for kindergarten is accepted beginning February 1, 2022, for children who will be five years of age on or before December 31, 2022.
    • 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, 2022, for children who will be five years of age on or before December 31, 2022. 
    • 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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UPDATE: April 28th, 2022 - Elmwood School is full in planned classes in Kindergarten to Grade 6 for our Sciences Program for the 2022/23 school year. We are currently still accepting registrations for the Chinese Bilingual Program in Kindergarten. 

If you are registering for Kindergarten or if you are new to Edmonton Public Schools, you must register online.


Welcome to Elmwood School! We are a diverse school offering programming options: Sciences, Individual Support Program, and Chinese Bilingual.

The Sciences Program at Elmwood School offers science inquiry programming which helps students build academic skills through investigation and collaborative learning. Students use critical and creative thinking to explore their passions and find innovative solutions to in-depth, real-life challenges. Kindergarten to Grade 6 students receive instruction in all subject areas with an emphasis on sciences. 

We are very excited to add the Chinese Bilingual Program to Elmwood School starting in the 2022-2023 school year, accepting registrations for both Kindergarten and Grade 1. 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. Registration begins in February 1, 2022.

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. 


UPDATE: April 28th, 2022 - Elmwood School is full in planned classes in Kindergarten to Grade 6 for our Sciences Program for the 2022/23 school year. We are currently still accepting registrations for the Chinese Bilingual Program in Kindergarten. 

If you are registering for Kindergarten or if you are new to Edmonton Public Schools, you must register online.


















Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at Elmwood School!

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 curiousity, 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