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School Profile

Bell Times

8:50 AM - 3:10 PM


EQAO Results


Jeff Zwolak - 905-561-0402 | Email


Umar Qureshi | Email


Estella Jones - 905.527.5092 x 2361 | E-mail Estella Jones


Carole Paikin Miller - 365.336.4480 | E-mail Carole Paikin Miller

Administrative Office Staff

  • S. Paonessa
  • A. Thersidis

Our School

Lake Avenue School is a full day kindergarten to grade 8 school in the east end of Hamilton. It follows a traditional school day. Our student population is diverse with many different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Approximately 86% of our students speak a first language other than English. We demonstrate a school environment that respects and accepts diversity. The school is committed to working together with the community to meet the needs of all of our students.

Programs & Services

Student Success Supports

  • Literacy Improvement Project Teacher
  • Math Facilitator
  • Learning Resource Teacher Intervention Model delivering reading intervention through Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) and Empower
  • 4 ESL Teachers
  • Partnerships with YMCA Settlement Workers in Schools, Public Health and the Riverdale Community
  • Parental support
  • Character Education
  • Student Mentoring Program
  • Parent and Family Literacy Centre
  • Leveled Bookroom
  • Nutrition Program provided by dedicated volunteers from four area churches

Program Highlights

  • Literacy Improvement Project Teacher
  • 4.5 ESL Teachers
  • 2.5 Learning Resource teachers
  • 1 teacher librarian
  • Specialist teachers
  • Instrumental Music program
  • Roots of Empathy
  • Full Day Kindergarten program with a teacher and Early Childhood Educator in every classroom


  • Environmental Club
  • Boys Reading Club(Grade 3 and Grade 6)
  • Drama and Media Club
  • LA Leaders
  • GO Girls’ group
  • FAB Girls’ group
  • Announcement Team

Before/After School Program or Activities

  • Junior and Senior Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Junior Choir
  • Sports Teams (Senior/Junior Basketball, Volleyball, Cross-country, Baseball, Track and Field)
  • Homework Club
  • Riverdale Recreational Centre (Breakfast drop in three mornings a week/after school programs)

Our School Plan

Curriculum Focus

  • Improved reading comprehension and writing skills in all subject areas
  • Improved student performance in higher order thinking skills
  • Climate of high expectations for our students and a belief that they can succeed
  • Continued implementation of Comprehensive Literacy in our classrooms
  • Problem Solving approach in Mathematics using the 3 part approach.

Environment Focus

  • Eco School
  • Recycling and Environmental Team
  • Student of the month awards assemblies
  • Clothes closet
  • Safe arrival program
  • Safe Schools Committee

Parent & Community Involvement


  • Riverdale Community Centre
  • Family and Parenting Literacy Centre
  • Health Action Team with Public Health
  • Riverdale Hub
  • Community Dental Health bus
  • Partnership with YMCA – SWIS
  • Nutrition program supported by four area churches
  • Start2Finish backpack program


  • School Council
  • Parent volunteers for school trips and events and in classrooms
  • Family Literacy Night
Updated on Monday, April 30, 2018.
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