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8:20 AM - 2:40 PM


EQAO Results


Audrey Hensen - 905-549-4233 | Email


Simon Goodacre - 905.527.5092 x 2304 | E-mail Simon Goodacre


Ray Mulholland - 905.547.2237 | E-mail Ray Mulholland

Home and School President

Mrs. Nicola O’Connell

Administrative Office Staff

Ms. T. Crispo

Our School

Rosedale School is a JK to Grade Five school, located in the east end of Hamilton, near the Kenilworth access. The school is situated within the community of Rosedale, tucked in under the escarpment in the east end of Hamilton, near the Kimberley Street stairs. The school was built in 1953, and our enrolment hovers  just under 300 students. We are a feeder school to Viscount Montgomery School. Rosedale School  helps students to develop their character skills, to demonstrate continued effort in all aspects of their program,  and to promote academic excellence through monthly Character and Academic Awards Assemblies.

Student Success

Student Success is monitored through our School Self Assessment Process and School Improvement Plan that is developed in response to the learning needs of our students. Staff members are engaged in collaborative inquiry to enhance and strengthen their teaching practices through Professional Development inservices and Ministry initiatives. Teachers work as a team to analyze student work, DRA scores, and EQAO results to determine areas of strength and need. Teachers work with the Instructional Coach and Program Effectiveness Consultant to improve literacy and numeracy programming.  In the 2020-21 scholastic year, they will be examining effective teaching strategies to improve student learning in the area of Mathematics, in particular, making their thinking and learning visible. Teachers work in teams to examine student responses and give students opportunities to reflect on their own learning. Teachers differentiate their instruction to meet the varying interests, needs, and learning styles of students, and through release of responsibility, co-develop success criteria so that students’ expectations are clear. Teachers use on-going formative assessments and feedback to facilitate student learning. Students are given a variety of opportunities to examine their own work and the work of others  in order to move the learning forward. Teachers and students use technology as a tool to demonstrate and talk about their learning. In-school meetings are held regularly to identify students at risk and develop strategies and interventions to address student needs. Decisions to access system supports through consultations with Board personnel are also discussed at our in-school meetings. Parents are partners in the students’ learning and are invited to regular meetings.

Program Highlights

Teachers use a collaborative inquiry approach to improving their instructional practice by engaging in on-going job-embedded professional development opportunities. All decisions are funneled through the lens of the School Improvement Plan: budget, resources, and professional development. By aligning our efforts and best practices, we enhance our ability to improve student learning, particularly in the area of literacy and numeracy. We have implemented a Balanced Day Schedule to accommodate 100 minutes of literacy instruction. Rosedale students have access to assistive technology programs in their regular instruction. Our students prepare for the 21 Century by engaging in higher level critical thinking skills and using technology to develop their thinking.  Rosedale School Staff has been trained in effectively using Smartboards,  iPads, and Livescribe pens that have been allocated to every classroom to address the varying needs of all students.  We have high levels of expectations that are celebrated at our monthly assemblies. Interventions are put in place for our students at-risk such: Class Act in Kindergarten, Leveled Literacy Instruction and Structured Reading in Grade 1, and the Empower Reading Program for Grade 2. Our initiatives are geared to promote a positive school climate/ mental health and well-bring by assisting students with anxiety and enhancing their social skills.


Rosedale School supports the growth and development of the whole child through the following activities:

  • Primary and Junior Choir
  • Swim Team
  • Home Reading Programs
  • Book Fair
  • Cross Country
  • Track and Field
  • Grade 3 Swimming
  • Thanksgiving Luncheon
  • Holiday Concert
  • Fun Fair
  • Christmas Gift Shoppe
  • Play Day
  • Public Health Safe Schools Program

Before or After School Program or Activities

  • Cross Country
  • Track and Field
  • Primary and Junior Choir
  • Swim Team

Curriculum Focus

Rosedale School’s curriculum focus continues to be literacy and numeracy development.  We have analyzed DRA and EQAO assessments and have determined our area of need. Our focus in 2020-2021 for our Junior students is to develop students’ ability to solve multi-step problems in Mathematics and to show their thinkin. In our primary division our goal is to have all students reading by the end of grade 1. Teachers are using strategies to enhance students’ abilities to make their learning visible. To that end, teachers and students are using technology to examine student work samples and to determine next steps for improvement. Teachers will use high yield strategies such as ongoing assessment and feedback to move the learning forward. Teachers will use technology as a tool to engage students and to ask higher level questions, clarify, and extend student learning. Volunteers are being trained to assist students with fine motor skills and phonetic awareness. We work in partnership with parents and communicate student progress and next steps regularly.

Environment Focus

Rosedale School supports green initiatives in the school. Traditionally, we have engaged in numerous environmental initiatives such as the “Boomerang Lunch” to reduce waste and to encourage the use of recyclable containers.

Parent and Community Involvement


We thank the following community organizations for their support of our school:

  • Home and School
  • Faith Gospel Church


Rosedale School enjoys the benefits of having a high degree of parent and community involvement through our Home and School Association. Rosedale School works with parents and Board staff to refurbish a room to become our Parent/volunteer Resource Room. The Resource Room is a place for parents and community members to meet, have access to a telephone and a computer in the lab, and/or work on parent initiatives. The Rosedale Home and School parents, through their fund raising initiatives, equitably support students and teachers with resources aimed at improving student achievement and access to experiences which will broaden their understanding of the world around them. The following activities are supported through the efforts of our parent community:

  • Movie Nights
  • Gift Shoppe
  • Christmas Cake Raffle
  • Easter Cake Raffle
  • Fun Fair
  • Transportation for School Trips
  • Thanksgiving Luncheon
  • Purchase of Technology and School Resources
  • Phys. Ed Equipment
  • School wide concerts
Updated on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
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