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Last updated on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

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Elementary schools in HWDSB offer a wide range of learning opportunities to prepare you for success in high school and beyond.

We talk about pathways for students approaching high school as a way to prepare them for their chosen post-secondary destination. Plans and destinations may change as you develop as a person, but planning your path, your way will help you be successful. Learn more in our 7-2-10 Transition Guide.

Explore our elementary school specialized programs below.

OUR PROGRAMS - click titles for details

Arts

HWDSB is committed to arts education having a central position in the educational experience of elementary and secondary school students. We aim to ensure opportunities are created for every student to participate in quality arts programming, regardless of geographic area, income level or special need. Our aim is to develop an appreciation of all of the arts in every student.

Learn more on our Arts page.

Basketball Academy

Offered at R.A. Riddell

The Riddell Basketball Focus is an outreach program that falls under the umbrella of the HWDSB Sport Academy. Designed to meet the needs of the highly motivated player in Grade 6, 7 and 8, the program focuses upon the development of a solid fundamental skill base necessary to grow in the game. The progressions in training will be inline with the Long Term Athletic Development Model utilized by Basketball Canada.

R.A. Riddell Application Timelines (for 2017-2018)
Parent Information Night January 19, 2017 5:30 PM
Application Due February 10, 2017
Packages Reviewed February 13 – 17, 2017
Email Notification of Results February 21, 2017
Sport Academy Welcome Evening May 9, 2017 5:00 PM

English as a Second Language

The Elementary ESL Program teaches children in grades 1 to 8 how to communicate in English effectively. A strong command of the English language will help make your child successful in Canadian society.

Learn more on our Elementary ESL program

French Immersion

HWDSB offers an Early French Immersion program beginning in Grade 1. It is designed to provide English-speaking children with opportunities to become skilled speaking in French as well as English. Classroom instruction in Grade 1 is given in French. An immersion program means that French is not only the medium in which subjects are taught, but it is also the means of communication between pupils and teacher in the classroom and, as much as possible, beyond the classroom. Research and experience show that early immersion leads to higher fluency in French while maintaining levels of competency in English and math.

Learn more about French Immersion and find elementary locations.

Grade 9 Student Transitional Education Program, STEP

Community and Continuing Education, in partnership with HWDSB’s Secondary Schools, is pleased to offer Grade 8 students the Grade 9 Student Transitional Education Program (STEP) each August at the HWDSB secondary school they are about to attend.The free program includes literacy and math instruction, the teaching of valuable learning strategies and is an opportunity for students to meet new friends and become familiar with their new school.

Learn more on our STEP website.

Hockey Academy

Offered at Tapleytown

The HWDSB Hockey Canada Skills Academy provides an opportunity for students to participate in the Grade 7-8 Hockey Canada Skills Curriculum, which will improve and develop overall fitness and hockey skills during the school day.  The program values student academic achievement within its structured, organized, active learning environment. Male and female students in the program grow through specific training on and off the ice.

International Languages

The Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 International Language program offered through Community and Continuing Education gives children an opportunity to learn and/or maintain a language other than French or English and to develop an appreciation and sensitivity to the cultural diversity within Canada.

International Languages (Elementary) classes provide academic instruction in languages other than English and French.

Learn more on our International Languages website.

Mandarin Transition Language

The Mandarin Transition Language Program offers students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5 programming using their first language. Students access curriculum content effectively by using Mandarin to clarify concepts and develop increased proficiency in English.

Located at Cootes Paradise Elementary School.

Native as a Second Language

Native as a Second Language programming enhances our students’ cultural awareness and improves their communication skills. When students develop the ability to communicate in a Native language, they are likely to experience increased proficiency in their first language. Learning a Native language will reinforce, not interfere with, the learning of English, French, or other languages.

The NSL program is not designed to make students fully bilingual; rather, the program offers students the opportunity to develop a functional command of a Native language, which can be expanded through further study or through contact with other speakers of the language.

The NSL program will provide students with learning opportunities that will enable them to:

  • Listen to and understand ideas and Native language under study
  • Express their experiences, thoughts, and feelings orally with clarity and confidence
  • Read in the Native language with growing proficiency
  • Write in the Native language with growing proficiency
  • Acquire and develop learning skills pertinent to language study
  • Improve their use of language through study, practice, and communication
  • Become familiar with the traditions, customs, social structures, history, geography, and arts of the pertinent Native language family, as well as those of other Native communities in Canada and North America
  • Develop an appreciation of the value of Native language and Native identity
  • Link their classroom experiences with life in their community

Reach Ahead

Reach Ahead programs offered through Community and Continuing Education are for students starting Grade 8. Programs run one night per week during the school year.

Learn more on the CCE Reach Ahead website.

SAGE - Scholastics, Arts and Global Education

SAGE is built around family participation and community building. Teachers and families work in cooperation, using innovative teaching methods to deliver the Ontario curriculum in an interactive, child-centred manner that emphasizes global education, arts and recreation. Students can continue this program at SAGE Quest at the middle-school level.

Offered at Strathcona

SAGE Quest

Designed for the middle school years, SAGE Quest recognizes the academic, emotional and social needs of this age group. The program goal is to develop independent learners and critical thinkers through a strong arts and science base.

Offered at Ryerson

Sport Academy

The Sport Academy at the middle-school level provides a supportive learning environment and flexible timetabling to allow students enrolled in the program the opportunity to significantly advance their athletic skills while achieving a high level of academic success. Students in both Sport Academies benefit from a strong partnership with McMaster University. These elementary programs can lead to the Sport Academy at Westmount secondary and to a Health and Wellness Specialist High Skills Major.

Offered at Hillcrest and R.A. Riddell elementary schools.

At Hillcrest, The Sport Academy is focused on Health and Wellness programming and soccer specific training. Hillcrest students access the new training facility where National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) certified staff will implement a cardio-vascular and strength conditioning program for student athletes. Students also benefit from a connection with SoccerWorld Hamilton.

  • Applications can also be picked up at the Hillcrest school office
  • Applications may be faxed (905-549-4812) or emailed to hillcrest@hwdsb.on.ca

At R.A. Riddell, The Sport Academy features two Specialized Learning Programs, The Basketball Academy and High Potential Athlete Program. This innovative learning program was created in 2006 to engage HWDSB student athletes by meeting their unique academic and athletic needs.  Student athletes from all over the district are welcome to apply to the R.A. Riddell Sport Academy.  Students will experience a continuum of training from this elementary program through to the secondary level at Westmount Secondary Sport Academy.

R.A. Riddell Application Timelines (for 2017-2018)
Parent Information Night January 19, 2017 5:30 PM
Application Due February 10, 2017
Packages Reviewed February 13 – 17, 2017
Email Notification of Results February 21, 2017
Sport Academy Welcome Evening May 9, 2017 5:00 PM

Strings Program

The HWDSB Strings Instruction Program is offered through Community and Continuing Education. The Strings Program provides an opportunity for HWDSB students in grades 4 to 8 to learn to play violin or cello. This program is a fee for service program and fees are payable at the time of registration.

Learn more on our Elementary Strings website.

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