Programs

Preschool

Through a variety of social and learning experiences, children begin their educational journey in a caring and holistic environment where they create, explore, discover and problem solve through PLAY.

Currently offered at Pat Hardy Elementary School in Whitecourt.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten establishes the foundation for learning in your child’s future years. Children must be five years old on or before December 31 of the given school year to be eligible to start Kindergarten in Northern Gateway Public Schools. Kindergarten programming promotes child development in early literacy; early numeracy; citizenship and identity; personal and social responsibility; physical skills; creative expression; and community and environmental awareness.  Complete details on Kindergarten programming are available on Alberta Education's website Curriculum Express for Parents.

To register your child for Kindergarten, complete the Student Registration Form.

Kindergarten is offered at all primary and elementary schools in the Division.

Learning through the Arts

Currently offered to students in Grades 6, 7 and 8, Percy Baxter's Learning through the Arts program offers students the opportunity to learn and engage in their core subjects through a fine arts context. This popular program sees students combine their academic learning with hands-on, arts-based activities like sculpting traditional pottery when studying Aboriginal culture in Grade 6 Social Studies, constructing 3-dimensional models of the human body in Science, participating in cultural and arts-based outings to places like the Citadel Theatre and workshops at the Alberta Art Gallery, not to mention Artistic Algebra and Geometrical Picasso projects.

Currently offered at Percy Baxter Middle School.

Music and Band

Research tells us that learning music facilitates learning in other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. From language development and using multiple skill sets to creative development and enjoyment, music provides the opportunity for students to build their musical skills and explore their creativity and self-expression. Choirs and Glee Clubs operate at schools throughout the Division.

Band programs currently offered at Onoway Jr/Sr High School, Harry Gray Elementary School and Hillside Jr/Sr High School. 

Hockey Academy

Hockey programs are offered as part of the Hockey Canada Skills Academy, giving students the opportunity to continue their learning of core curriculum while pursuing their passion and learning hockey skills during option classes.

Currently offered at Percy Baxter Middle School. 

Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

Programming supports students who learn well through on-the-job training and want a career where they work with their hands. A variety of opportunities exist for students to gain work experience, accumulate hours toward a ticket while attending high school full-time and get a head start on completing the first year of apprenticeship training.

RAP is offered at all high schools in the Division.