Deciding where your children receive their education is an important choice for many parents. Education lays the foundation for the future, preparing children for a life full of professional and personal achievements.
With Maple Ridge being a larger city in BC, choosing between all the different elementary schools can be a bit difficult. Those who choose to purchase a home in Maple Ridge benefit from a blend of natural scenery and modern amenities, making Maple Ridge a great place to raise a family.
Here is a look at some of top 6 elementary schools in Maple Ridge:
Blue Mountain Elementary School
Location: 12153 248th Street Maple Ridge
Blue Mountain Elementary is located next to Garibaldi Secondary School in Maple Ridge, BC. The school sits on an open piece of property in a rural area. Blue Mountain Elementary has 15 classrooms, a library, a gym, and an inspiration lab to supports students who require short breaks.
The staff at Blue Mountain Elementary are committed to providing their students with an excellent education as well as equipping them to become productive members of society and good people. The school works with families to ensure the best education program. There is a Parent Advisory Council (PAC) that assists staff and students. The Parent Advisory Council supports the school with time and money so the latest resources are available to the students.
There is a variety of after-school programs that are both fun and educational. The programs include activities such as yoga, art, “I am awesome” a wild and immersive outdoors program. These programs typically run for the duration of 4-6 weeks.
Yennadon Elementary School
Location: 23347 128 Ave, Maple Ridge
Yennadon Elementary School is one of the largest schools in the district with approximately 570 students. The school has implemented a “pod” model. This model consists of four classrooms that are built around a common area where students work. There are computers in each common area for the students to utilize. The ages in each pod differ to bring connections with each other. This provides mentorship and teaching opportunities for the older students while helping the younger students with a sense of belonging. Yennadon Elementary School is a place where they focus on the whole child.
There are a variety of athletic programs that are offered to the students. Students are supported to find and explore their passions and strengths through academics and social programs. The school encourages all members to conduct themselves in a way that shows Respect, Fairness, Responsibility, Honesty and Compassion.
Yennadon Elementary is one of the three Apple Distinguished Schools in British Columbia. Each student in grades six and seven are provided with an iPad to use at school and take home with them. Students in these grades are also offered the opportunity to participate in Cyberschool. Students interact with peers and their teachers through the Internet.
Golden Ears Elementary School
Location: 23124 118th Ave Maple Ridge
At Golden Ears Elementary, the students are encouraged to be positive and respectful in all areas of the school. The students are taught social problem-solving skills through “WITS” (Walk Away, Ignore, Talk About It, Seek Help), character education and enforces a “Hands Off Policy”. The school’s motto is: “Take care of yourself…Take care of others…Take care of the school!” Golden Ears Elementary prides themselves on their wonderful Fine Arts Programming. Students are able to discover the love of music, drama, dance, and musical theatre.
Laity View Elementary
21023 123 Ave, Maple Ridge
Laity View Elementary School is a French Immersion school from Kindergarten to Grade 7. The school has been in operation since 1979. The land was purchased over 100 years ago by John Laity. The land was developed for agricultural purposes, and the school is surrounded by farmland on one side and Volker Park on the other. The school follows a code of conduct, which is to take care of yourself, take care of and respect others, take care of our school and community and take off and respect our environment. The mission of the school is that all students are meeting their full potential in personal, academic and social areas in an environment that is safe and caring. They also have the goal that students have a sense of responsibility for themselves, others and for the community.
The school offers many after-school programs. BRICKS4KIDZis open to students in Grade 1 -7. This program allows kids to discover the wonders of space. They explore Kennedy Space Centre’s Launch Complex 39 and take a trip to the International Space Station. They also offer a Glee Club where the children learn and make music together. Participants will have the opportunity to sing in a group, perform a solo, and perform in the community. The Glee club boosts confidence and self-esteem and allows connections with their peers. The last program that is offered is Home Alone. This course is for parents and their 9-year-old children. This is a great course for parents to receive information and gain skills for their 10-year-old child about being safe and making good choices when home alone.
27471 112th avenue Maple Ridge
The school runs on a code of conduct. The code of conduct is in place to ensure that the school maintains a safe, caring and orderly environment for students to learn and grow. The purpose of the Whonnock ElementaryCode of Conduct is to encourage responsible behaviour, to cultivate a safe, respectful and welcoming learning environment, and to have transparent expectations of the student’s behaviour. The code of conduct implies to all members of the school community.
There are two after-school programs that are offered. The first one is for students Grade 3-7. It is a wild and immersive outdoor program that is provided in partnership with the University of British Columbia and offers a nature-focused education experience. Each session will have a unique hands-on theme. The second program offered is Emerald Roots. This program is for students in grades 1-7. Emerald Roots explore holistic nutrition and healthy living. Prepare to grow your own food, make delicious snacks and practice ways to sustainable living to protect the earth!
Kanaka Creek Elementary School
11120 234A Street, Maple Ridge
Kanaka Creek Elementary has established its code of conduct to ensure a safe, caring and orderly environment exists at their school. The school’s goal is that students develop socially responsible behaviour and the learning environment is one that is safe and welcoming. The children are expected to problem solve by using WITS. Walk Away – avoid problems before they have a chance to develop. Ignore – diffuse situations before they have a chance to escalate. Talk It Out – communicate how others’ behaviour is making them feel and asking them to stop. Seek Help-Seeking out an adult at any stage.
Kanaka Creek has developed a Me to We program. The program is designed to help students look beyond themselves to the outside world and take action to make it better. Each year the students make a goal to send money and suitcases of teddy bears, soccer balls and school supplies to different countries. The goal is to help build schools and better the lives of children.
Although these are our top 6 elementary schools in Maple Ridge there are still a bunch of other great ones such as Meadow Montessori Elementary School, and Glenwood Elementary School. For more information contact me at 604-341-9937 or [email protected].
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