Schools
Schools

A common question from parents moving into Drumheller, is "What are the options for schools in the Valley?".  Drumheller has a few options for public schooling.  There are the public schools and the Catholic school system (which is also a "public" school but usually require the students or parents of the students to be baptised Catholic).

There are a couple of choices when it comes to your child's education in Drumheller.

Greentree School (403.823.5244) offers Kindergarten to Grade 6 programs.  For more information and to arrange a tour, call Principal Erin Campbell-Bently or visit their website at www.greentreeschool.com Greentree School is located behind the Coop in Drumheller.  The school yard is massive with large field areas, a big playground that is less than 10 years old, and there is an outdoor classroom space at the front of the school.  This school offers full or part time kindergarten with strong focuses on literacy and numeracy.  The school also offers intramural sports, afterschool sports, many clubs, choir, band, art experiences, student council, hot lunch and breakfast programs, before and after school care, and virtues programs.  They also arrange for many in school events- in line skating lessons, Calgary Opera performances, visiting bands, and the like.  They arrange for field trips around the province and also have swimming lessons offered as part of the phys. ed program.



Drumheller Valley Secondary School (403.823.5171) offers Gr. 7-12. For more information and to arrange a tour, call Principal Curtis LaPierre or visit their website at www.drumvss.ca  The DVSS recently moved into the newly renovated school at the east end of town.  There are many programs offered both for academic and trades oriented programs.  They have unique partnerships with places like the Tyrrell Museum for paleontology classes.  They also have a dynamic sports program with basketball, volleyball, golf, football, etc. being offered.



St. Anthony's Catholic School (403.823.3485) offers Gr. K-12 programs.  For more information and to arrange a tour, call Principal Joanne Akerboom or visit their website at www.stanthonysschool.ca The school is currently located in Riverside but a new school is being built on North Dinosaur Trail.  Currently, it is situated on a large, flat piece of land with a large playground, baseball diamonds, and field space.  They offer a variety of faith based programs in a progressive learning environment.  This school also offers full and part time kindergarten programs many clubs and sports, breakfast program, etc.



The Valley is serviced by two different school boards- Golden Hills School Division (Strathmore) and Christ the Redeemer School Division (Okotoks).

All of the schools offer a great selection of programs.  Please contact the schools directly for information on their school day, calendar, program offerings, and the like.

When it was time for my own children to go to school, I wasn't sure which school to place them at.  So, I decided to visit each school, meet with the principal, go for a tour, ask about their programs, and basically just tried to get a feel for each school and see where my children would best fit.  I also asked neighbors and friends to hear what their thoughts were and what they best liked about their child's school.

All of the schools are great and you really can't go wrong with one over the other.

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