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Thu, 14 Sep, 2017

News item: School community impressed with education and reports students receive

Edmonton Public Schools received top marks from students, parents and community members in our District feedback survey, which was presented to the Board of Trustees during Tuesday's public meeting.

More than 30,000 students, parents, community members and staff took part in the survey that looked at the education and supports provided to students, the culture and environment at schools and safety. Some key highlights noted:

  • Community members feel our District provides quality education to students.
  • Parents and students both feel schools do a good job preparing kids for their next grade level.
  • Both parents and community members feel the top skills students need to enter the workforce are reading, working with others, oral communication, writing and thinking.
  • Teachers are the most useful resources students have when it comes to career planning.
  • Students feel safe at school, that they belong and that their schools are caring and respectful places.

“It’s important to our trustees that our schools are inclusive, welcoming and safe environments, so we are pleased to see results that reflect this,” said Board Chair Michelle Draper.

“We are also proud of the excellent education we provide our students and it’s gratifying to see students, families and community members are equally pleased with the great work happening inside our schools.”


Schools for mature communities in Westlawn, Britannia and Rosslyn were prioritized in our District’s 2018-2021 Capital Plan. Further engagement and feedback will be sought in the Britannia and Rosslyn areas, while the Board approved the Westlawn community’s preferred school concept choice, which would see a K-3 school at the Afton site for 400-500 students and a Grades 4-9 school at the Westlawn site for 500-650 students.

The next regularly scheduled Board meeting will be held in November, after the municipal election. A brief organizational Board meeting, where the chair and vice-chair will be chosen, will take place in late October.