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Arch Street School

Our School

Arch Street Public School (Grades JK to 6) provides a safe, supportive environment where student learning is the focus of an educational partnership among students, dedicated staff, parents, and the community. Strong emphasis is placed on quality programming that promotes the acquisition and development of literacy and numeracy skills, the foundations of future success. Our Four "R" Program encourages Respect, Responsibility, Recognition, and Relationships and fosters an appreciation of human values. The staff works with students and parents in a sincere and serious effort to help meet students' educational, social and emotional needs.

Our Students

Arch Street Public School has an enrolment of 195 students, representing cultural heritages and languages from many countries. We celebrate our diversity and work together in a positive learning environment with the goal of educating our students for success by inspiring learning and building citizenship.
  • Here are some comments from our students:
  • “People respect each other.”
  • "Arch Street School has nice teachers who are good to you.”
  • “I love all of the sports activities we have here at Arch.”
  • “There are lots of fun things to do at Arch Street School.”

Our Staff

Arch Street School has a caring and devoted staff. The teachers, educational assistants, early childhood educators, office staff and custodial staff work collaboratively to provide a clean, safe and caring environment in which the students are supported and encouraged in their academic and social endeavours.
The staff has expertise in numerous areas and is therefore able to provide a variety of programs, both academic and extra- curricular. The staff is continually being in-serviced about curriculum changes, effective instructional and assessment practices, advances and changes in technology, and health and safety issues. The focus of the staff is on excellence – for themselves as professionals and for the students as learners.

Our Community

Arch Street School has a caring and devoted staff. The teachers, educational assistants, early childhood educators, office staff and custodial staff work collaboratively to provide a clean, safe and caring environment in which the students are supported and encouraged in their academic and social endeavours.
The staff has expertise in numerous areas and is therefore able to provide a variety of programs, both academic and extra- curricular. The staff is continually being in-serviced about curriculum changes, effective instructional and assessment practices, advances and changes in technology, and health and safety issues. The focus of the staff is on excellence – for themselves as professionals and for the students as learners.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a safe and caring environment where, in partnership with the school community, our diverse students develop the knowledge, skills and values to reach their full potential.

Facilities and Resources

  • A library/resource centre
  • A teacher resource area for literacy and numeracy materials
  • Computer technology in every room
  • A computer lab for whole class lessons
  • A gym
  • A community park/schoolyard with a soccer area and three baseball diamonds
  • An indoor ice skating rink and a swimming pool next door at the Canterbury Community Centre
  • Arch Street P.S. is close to Canterbury and Hillcrest High Schools, where our students are invited for special arts and music performances
  • Arch Street P.S. is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator.

Programs and Services

Academic Programs 

  • Regular English with Core French
  • Full day Junior and Senior Kindergarten
  • The Junior and Senior Kindergarten children receive 20 minutes of Core French per day.
  • Grades 1 to 6 receive 40 minutes of Core French per day
  • System classes: Junior Learning Disabilities class, Primary Special Needs, and two kindergarten Autism Programs.

Classroom Organization

Arch Street P.S. is a junior kindergarten to grade 6 English program community school. Presently, there are two full day kindergarten classes, three primary classes, three junior classes, a Junior Learning Disabilities system class, a Primary Special Needs class and two kindergarten Autism Programs.

Special Education and ESL Programs

In order to meet the individual needs of some of our students, the Special Education Staff provide assessments, monitoring of classroom learning and modified programming for students. ESL staff provides special support to students who are new to Canada and who are learning to speak English, and extra skill coaching, particularly for literacy skill development. Our support teachers’ work in partnership with the homeroom teachers to deliver a Balanced Literacy program that includes small group guided reading.

Clubs and Activities

  • School Choir
  • Junior Recorder Group
  • Intramural sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball ), Indoor Ice Skating
  • Green Team / Earthcare Team
  • Spirit Days
  • Fund-raisers for charitable organizations
  • Cross-country, track and field
  • Knitting Club
  • Community Barbeque in June
  • Talent Show
  • Public Speaking Events
  • Spelling Bee
  • Geography Challenge
  • Reading Around the World Literacy Night
  • School Wide Activities

 

Safe Schools Initiatives

Students have a right to learn in a school environment which is positive, safe and free from disruptions which interfere with learning activities. At Arch, the FOUR "R" program (Respect, Responsibility, Relationships and Recognition), helps the students work cooperatively, make good decisions, and take positive actions that create an atmosphere favorable for learning. Students are expected to respect others and help to maintain a cooperative learning environment. Staff are in-serviced to implement “With All Due Respect”, a school-wide positive school climate initiative.
Other initiatives:
  • Celebration assemblies
  • School Wide Activities
  • Spirit Days
  • Social Skills/Self Esteem Groups
  • Reading Buddies
  • Skating Buddies
  • Safe & Caring Schools Implementation
  • Big Brothers / Big Sisters volunteers
  • Early Literacy Program
  • Artists in the school
  • Cultural Presentations with guest performers in the areas of music, drama, dance
  • Primary Storytelling and Junior Speeches
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