Starting September 2016
The Calgary Board of Education is excited and proud to open a new centre to focus on early intervention for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students aged 3 to 8 years old. The program will provide early learners with a strong foundation for future academic success.
The Aboriginal Learning Centre will open for preschool, kindergarten and Grade 1 students in September 2016. The program will grow to add Grade 2 in the 2017-18 school year and Grade 3 in the 2018-19 school year. The program will open in its own space at Valley View School (4105 – 26 Ave. S.E) in September 2016 and move to the newly renovated building (the former Harold W. Riley School at 3743 Dover Ridge Dr. S.E.) when it is ready later in the 2016-2017 school year.
To make the transition to the new Aboriginal Learning Centre as easy as possible, students will be placed in classes together with their teacher(s) who will move with them. Once at the newly renovated site, the most significant change for students will be their new surroundings as their classmates, teachers and learning will remain the same.
Supporting our youngest Aboriginal learners
Programming at the Aboriginal Learning Centre will provide early intervention through a holistic, strength-based, early learning environment. We want our students to build a strong academic foundation in a learning environment that reflects and nurtures their Aboriginal identity.
By providing our students the best possible start to their educational journey and supporting school-to-school transitions when students move from the Aboriginal Learning Centre, our goal is to improve Aboriginal students’ long-term success in school and prepare them to live in both worlds.
A community gathering place
The Aboriginal Learning Centre will become a learning hub for the greater Calgary-area community, as well as for CBE staff and students. It will be a gathering place for Aboriginal Ceremonies, cultural celebrations, programs and events. We want to deepen community, staff and student knowledge and understanding of First Nations, Métis and Inuit histories, cultures, contributions and ways of knowing.
The Aboriginal Learning Centre will work closely with and be guided by the advice of community Elders. It will also maintain and build key partnerships to enhance educational opportunities for the CBE and community.
Unique program and benefits for Aboriginal students
This unique and innovative early learning environment will provide:
- Opportunities for families to be involved and help shape the future growth of this exciting learning journey for their children.
- Holistic, strength-based, personalized, experiential learning opportunities.
- An early childhood development preschool for Aboriginal children aged 3 and 4 years old.
- Full-day kindergarten for Aboriginal children.
- Curriculum taught through a diversity of Aboriginal perspectives and experiences to build a strong sense of Aboriginal identity and a strong academic foundation.
- Onsite services and supports for registered students and their families.
- Student transportation – yellow school bus service.
- New modernized facility, with Circle of Nations Learning Collection and Aboriginal community programs.