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Grande Prairie District and Curriculum

Students in Grande Prairie are taught following the curriculum designed by Alberta Education. The curriculum is a framework for teaching and learning in all subject areas across the grade span. It describes the learning objectives and measurable goals that students need to achieve in order to become proficient in the subject. In English, the goals of developing critical reading, writing and communication skills is built through reading across genres, writing for different purposes, and analyzing the different elements of text. Emphasis is placed on this subject as it supports learning in all areas and the development of various types of literacy such as scientific and cultural literacy.

We currently cover the following Grande Prairie-area school district: Grande Prairie School District, Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools.

Schools in Grande Prairie include:

Swanavon Elementary School is located at 8908-100 Street, Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 2K4. Swanavon Elementary School covers Kindergarten through sixth grade. Contact Swanavon Elementary School at (780) 532-8885. The staff at Swanavon Elementary School do everything in their power to offer diversity in programming to meet the needs of all students, both in and out of the classroom. They also believe that family engagement is critically important, as well as engaging the school council. Swanavon Elementary School has a culture of high expectations for all, a safe and caring environment, and importance in belonging to a community. Their mission is to build a community of lifelong learnings who strive for success. They provide opportunities through meaningful instruction that contributes to this goal. To ensure your child is receiving the optimal amount of education, make sure to check out our information on our tutors who offer homework help.

Roy Bickell Public School is located at 10410 Royal Oaks Drive, Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 8L5. Roy Bickell Public School covers kindergarten through eighth grade. Contact Roy Bickell Public School at (780) 830-3286. Roy Bickell Public School is named in honour of Roy Bickell, an innovator, explorer, entrepreneur, and a community contributor through his lifelong dedication to improving the local resources, education, and attractions. The Bickell family settled on a farm north of DeBolt in 1928, where Mr. Bickell was born two years later. He grew up working on the family farm and sawmill. During his life he was heavily involved in humanitarian efforts, as well as many local community projects. Mr. Bickell always had a joke to tell, a thought provoking puzzle to pique your curiosity, a hand to extend in aid or sound advice to rely on. He was an extraordinary man who dedicated his life to creating a difference in the community through education, history, business, community service and fossil collecting. They are proud to have Mr. Bickell as their namesake, and students and staff strive to uphold the values of innovation, exploration, entrepreneurship, contribution and community spirit that embody his legacy.

Bridge Network Outreach School is located at 9625 Prairie Road, Grande Prairie, AB. Bridge Network Outreach School covers grade 7 through grade 12. Contact Bridge Network Outreach School at (780) 539-0950. Bridge Network Outreach School is ideal for students who aren’t finding success in the traditional school setting. They have programs that emphasize individualized instruction, support the needs of students, and do academic upgrading to get better marks in courses they have already taken. Additionally, they have programs that enable students to develop positive social and learning skills, and are ideal for students struggling with the social and emotional pressure of a conventional school. These programs are also focused on improving attendance with the intent of students returning to a traditional school once they have built their tools. Bridge Network Outreach School employs various means to disperse their instruction, such as online, distance education, off campus, and onsite instruction.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Grande Prairie District Curriculum

The schools in Grand Prairie use the curriculum that was developed by the Alberta Department of Education and it provides an organized overview of learning requirements in all subjects across the grade span. The learning goals within each subject, as laid out by the curriculum, represent what needs to be learned in order for a student to become proficient in the subject area. The expectations are written broadly so that teachers can use a variety of strategies to deliver the objectives.

There are individual curriculum designed for the specialty programs that students in secondary schools take like Environmental Education or Information Technology. Students work on projects that look at various opportunities to create a business, be it local, national, or global in scale. Learners determine methods for brainstorming ideas as well as examining the feasibility of new ideas. In all these programs, the curriculum also lays out what a student will need to learn in order to master the subject so that they may move on towards their next steps in academic or career pursuits.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Grande Prairie Educational News

  • Early Language Program - The district is now offering pre-K and Kindergarten-Grade 6 French Immersion Programs. Families who are interested need to contact the district to enroll their children in the programs. Students are instructed in both English and French in the Immersion Program.
  • Music Instruction - Students in the Grand Prairie District benefit from a history of strong music instruction and performance. Students receive in-class instruction beginning in elementary school and as they progress have opportunities to join in band, orchestra, or choir.
  • Scholarship Opportunities - A very wide range of scholarship opportunities exist for students in the area. Information about what is available can be found on the Grand Prairie Composite High School website. These scholarships provide anywhere from a small contribution to the costs of college to more substantial awards.

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About Grande Prairie, Alberta

Grande Prairie, Alberta is located in the south of Peace River Country, about 500 km from Edmonton; Grande Prairie is relatively large, covering an area of 132.7 km2 . Grand Prairie has a population of 63,166, and is the seventh most populous city in Alberta. Major industries present in Grande Prairie include oil and gas, agriculture, food services, and forestry. Grande Prairie was founded as a farming village, so it is only fitting that it be the largest industry present today. Peace River Country, the name for the surrounding area, is the northernmost farming region in North America, where the extended periods of summer daylight are credited for helping the crops. Grande Prairie is also a part of the CANAMEX trade route, which links Canada, the US, and Mexico together.

Grande Prairie was named for the land it was founded on. The earliest recorded reference to the prairie was in 1824, but it took until 1880 for a permanent establishment to be formed. By 1912, it was home to a bank, hotel, post office, and land office. Grand Prairie prospered in the 1930s as it was able to escape the drought conditions that existed further south. In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the City of Grande Prairie recorded a population of 63,166 living in 23,676 of its 26,204 total private dwellings, a change of 13.5% from its 2011 population of 55,655. With a land area of 132.73 km2 (51.25 sq mi), it had a population density of 475.9/km2 (1,232.6/sq mi) in 2016. The population of the City of Grande Prairie according to its 2015 municipal census is 68,556, a change of 36.5% from its 2007 municipal census population of 50,227.

Grande Prairie Museum & Heritage Village

Set in Muskoseepi Park, the Grande Prairie Museum is Grande Prairie’s one stop destination for local history. The museum is home to both temporary and permanent exhibits, including first homesteaders and traders who contributed to the development of the Peace Region. Visitors can explore a replica paleontological dig site, that features locally found bones of an Edmontosaurus. They also display prehistoric stone artifacts, transportation artifacts, military displays, and more. The current feature exhibits include an exhibit about the remarkable contribution the land surveying profession has made to the history of Alberta, an exhibit about one of Grande Prairie’s longest standing businesses, and an exhibit showcasing artifacts and interpretive displays of the pioneer. A central feature of these exhibits is a re-creation of an early surveying camp which tells a story through the letters and artifacts, including photos and items from past local surveyors. Grande Prairie Museum started collecting artifacts in 1969, and the museum has since grown to have 55,000 items in their collection. The first paid employee to work in collections started working in 1999. For more information, please visit their website located here.

Grant Berg Gallery

The Grant Berg Gallery is owned and managed by the artist Grant Berg. The gallery has works from roughly 45 artists at any one time. Their collection includes works on canvas with acrylics and oils, carvings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, photography and more. You can even explore the gallery online for free through an innovative new 3D mapping technology. The Grant Berg Gallery is Grand Prairie’s only art gallery, and it focuses on original artwork, oil, acrylic, and watercolour paintings, stone, bronze, and steel sculptures, as well as limited edition photographs. Most of the artists represented therein also take commissions, and many of the artists are local, provincial, and even nationally known. Some of the works on display are even for sale!  The gallery also prides itself on being Grande Prairie’s home for custom framing of quality artwork and treasured photographs alike. They have a huge selection of quality frames and museum quality mats. For more information, please visit their website here.

Interesting Facts

  • Grand Prairie fared very well in the economic downturn in the 1930s, as it did not experience the same drought that many of its southern neighbours did.
  • When the discovery of the Elmworth Deep Basin Gas Field was announced in late 1977, Grande Prairie’s already strong economy accelerated to “boom” status. Rents skyrocketed and a housing crisis fell upon the city in the fall of 1979. Construction increased dramatically as well as housing costs. The “boom” status lasted for about 5 years before the crash in 1981.
  • Grand Prairie is also known as the “Home of the Trumpeter Swan”, which has escaped the endangered species list since the city’s incorporation in 1958.

Chalk Talk: The Role of the Career Development Curriculum

The career development and occupational studies curriculum introduces students to the foundational skills required for success in the workplace. Students learn how to effectively and efficiently gather data from multiple sources in order to inform an opinion about a topic. They work with technology to devise a presentation of information to small groups. Problem solving skills are acquired, with students responsible for devising an appropriate plan for overcoming workplace-related difficulties, such as a change in deadline. Students also learn about and develop essential personal qualities. Leadership skills, communication skills, and collaborative skills are emphasized, as students work together to solve problems related to the workplace. Students acquire an appreciation for managing resources and information as well, particularly with regard to accomplishing long-term goals.