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W. H. Cushing Workplace School

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Grades and Programs: K-3

School Hours: AM: 8:30 ~ 11:25 PM:1:00 ~ 3:25

School Location

130 - 7th Avenue SW
Calgary AB
T2P 0W4

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W.H. Cushing Workplace School is located in the core of downtown Calgary at 130-7th Avenue S.W. The school is on the main floor of TELUS' Len Werry Building, and the classrooms overlook the LRT tracks. Kitty-corner to the Bay and across the street from Central United Church, downtown is at our doorstep.

About the School

The Workplace School concept originated in 1995 through a partnership between AGT (now TELUS) and the Calgary Board of Education. The first of its kind in Canada, the school has been established as a public school in the downtown core. The school links the children's learning environment with the parent's work environment and downtown resources, thus creating a unique learning setting.

We are now in our fifteenth year, with three grade classes and two kindergarten classes.

Parents who work downtown find that the school's location and partnership with on-site child care allows them to be more closely involved with their child's learning on a daily basis.

About School Name

W.H. (William Henry) Cushing figured prominently in Calgary's early history. A business and political leader, W.H. was active in educational and philanthropic work in the city. He served on City Council from 1890 to 1904 and was Mayor of Calgary in 1900. W.H. later became Minister of Public Works in the first Cabinet of the Alberta Legislature. He played a key role in building Calgary's and Alberta's first telephone system and was responsible for the installation of the first automatic telephone system in 1909. W.H. served for eight years as a trustee for the Calgary Board of Education. He died on January 25, 1934.

School Mission

The mission of the W.H. Cushing Workplace School is to bring children, parents, business, community, and educators together as lifelong learners.

School Vision

The vision of the W.H. Cushing Workplace School is to provide excellence in teaching and learning. The pursuit of excellence will be encouraged and fostered through a high level of commitment, interest and intensity of academic pursuits.

W.H. Cushing Workplace School, we believe that:

  • Our fundamental commitment is to serve the learning needs of individual children.
  • Children are unique, competent learners who come to school with diverse experiences.
  • Children should be regarded generously, with respect and honesty.
  • Children need to be engaged in conversations, which build shared understandings.
  • Children learn best when they are purposefully involved and when their imaginations are engaged.
  • Quality Learning takes time and is optimized with in-depth investigations.
  • Educational experiences need to be varied and balanced, encompassing a variety of disciplines and presented in a sensible, integrated, cohesive fashion.
  • Teaching and learning occur across a broad spectrum of contexts.
  • Diversity is to be fostered, respected and valued.
  • The strong relationships among the business community, home, school and on-site child care program are essential to our partnerships.
  • Responsibility for learning is shared among all stakeholders.

  • School Motto

    Linking the worlds of work and school

    Unique Points

    • Located in a commercial setting within the downtown core
    • Close alliance with the on-site child care program
    • Increased opportunities for daily interaction with working parents
    • Increased opportunities for involvement with downtown resources and venues (Glenbow Museum, Calgary Public Library, Art Gallery of Calgary, Prince's Island Park, James Short Park, Central United Church, Olympic Plaza, Eau Claire YMCA)
    • Use of venues is integral to the development of curriculum

    Student Enrolment (September 2013 )
    Total Enrolment: 100

    KindergartenGrade 1Grade 2Grade 3

    Su-Anne Anderson
    School Board Trustee: Trina Hurdman
    CBE Ward: Ward 7
    Chief Superintendent: David Stevenson
    Area: Area IV
    Director (Area): Calvin Davies
    Notes for Substitute: Modified Calendar


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