Early Childhood Services
The Andrew School ECS Program consists of 475 hours of instruction per year. It is supported by a 0.534 FTE teacher and a very active volunteer roster. Additional Educational Assistant time is provided as well.
The students of Andrew School receive a staple of basic courses - language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education and health, and optional courses in art and music.
The focus in the elementary grades is placed upon a sound foundation in language arts and mathematics. A great deal of emphasis in language arts is placed upon reading, writing, and spelling. A Reading Month and Reading Week with related activities motivate students to read. A balanced approach to the language arts program at Andrew is the key to its implementation. Balanced Literacy provides a framework for early literacy instruction. It is designed to meet a range of students' instructional needs within a regular classroom.
In mathematics, problem-solving and basic computations are integral components of student learning.
Students in ECS are exposed to the educational use of computers. Computer time increases at each grade level. Students are expected to be able to generate written reports on the computer in language arts and social studies. The use of computers is introduced through subject areas and is not dealt with as an individual, isolated subject.
All students from ECS to Grade 6 have a swimming component to the Physical Education Program. The students are enrolled in six forty minute lessons during the early fall at the Vegreville Aquatic Centre.
Students are recognized in a number of ways. The annual Celebration of Learning recognizes the achievements of student throughout the year. Furthermore, throughout the year students are referred to the office to receive commendations for a variety of achievements and contributions.