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Guiding Principles

Overview of the Four Guiding Principles of our School

Critical and creative thinking skills are central to our program.  Students are immersed in the use of thinking skills that are then used to investigate curriculum topics mandated by the Alberta Education Curriculum.

The application of Edward DeBono's Six Thinking Hats is taught from Kindergarten to Grade Six as well as additional thinking strategies suitable for particular grade levels.  These thinking skills are valuable tools that encourage students to grow in creative and critical thought patterns.

Students at River Heights are encouraged to make connections and build mental bridges between subject areas.  This integrated approach to learning facilitates students independence as they develop ownership in projects and activities involving more than one curriculum subject.

We believe that activities encouraging children to make clear plans, organize ideas and resources, investigate topics, share their learning with others and reflects on their progress, challenge students to become more responsible for their learning and to grow in independence.  Meaningful Integrated Technology serves as a vehicle for many of our integrated activities.

River Heights Elementary provides parents with one option to consider as they make a selection best suited to meet the needs of their child and his/her learning style.  By making this deliberate choice, parents and children are demonstrating a commitment to the education philosophy and goals of our school.


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