Irvine School, a Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 9 school with a student population of 320, located in the rural town of Irvine, AB, 21 kilometers east of Medicine Hat. The geographic area the school serves is very large and includes students from farm, ranch and acreage backgrounds as well as the hamlet of Dunmore (a bedroom community of Medicine Hat). The majority of our students arrive by bus some that ride anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour from outlying areas. The school population is larger than the population of Irvine. Our school supports a staff of 22 teachers and 10 support staff members. Our students move on to Eagle Butte High School, our divisional high school situated in the hamlet of Dunmore.
“Irvine School nurtures academic and personal success through 21st century learning and through valuing global citizenship in a caring environment.”
“A Place to Grow”
- That by nurturing academic and personal success, our students will develop a dedication to life-long learning and be ready for 21st century challenges.
- Learning needs to be a constant.The world is a changing place and we will ensure students adapt and remain current with necessary skills and knowledge.
- Our students will do best in an open and collaborative learning environment; teaming school staff, parents and community in our commitment to fostering in our students responsibility, citizenship and leadership.
- Student-centered planning will provide our students with the best opportunities.
- Our students will benefit from having talented teachers with diverse backgrounds and expertise.
- Students learn best when they feel safe to take risks and feel supported in their endeavors.
Within and Beyond the Classroom
Our outstanding staff strives to provide opportunities for all students to achieve success. We recognize the critical role of our parents and community members in the education of our students. We engage our students by integrating community expertise into our classrooms, ensuring strong foundations of knowledge, and planning collaboratively to maximize opportunities for our students to learn and practice essential skills.
Programs we are proud of:
- Robust and leveled reading programs
- Literacy and numeracy support
- Learning assistance and counseling support
- Daily physical education including cross-country, skating, swimming, curling, volleyball and outdoor education
- DARE (through local RCMP)/Anti-bullying programs / Alberta Health Services – healthy eating initiatives (ie. Milk/water program & concession), student leadership roles ie. Gr. 6 lunch helpers
- Fine arts programming ie. Music, art, movement etc.
- Career and Technology Foundation (project based learning) to develop occupational knowledge, ie. Woodworking, equine studies, catering, community responsibility, photography, interior and graphic design, landscaping, golf, community service learning
- Special Education Support Personnel – daily availability
- Irvine School Student Union – planning student events throughout the year (school-wide color groups)
- Irvine School Parent Council – supporting school activities and programs
- Positive Playgrounds – organized games during recess to support social and developmental needs
- Irvine School Library action plan – structured research programs and access to a wide selection of digital and print resources