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Dr. Oakley School

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Grades and Programs: Special Needs

School Hours: AM: 8:35 ~ PM: ~ 3:05

School Location

3904 - 20 Street SW
Calgary AB
T2T 4Z9

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Dr. Oakley School is located in the southwest community of Altadore, serving the entire CBE community. Its mandate is to provide site- based, intensive literacy development for complex learners.

About the School

Dr. Oakley School was built in 1958 and is situated on 6.2 acres of land. The school is organized into seven multi-grade learning communities. Learning is supported by individual laptops with assistive technology, a very comprehensive resource centre, levelled reading materials, daily physical activity, two lunchrooms and a creative playground. Bus service is provided for all students. Dr. Oakley School is able to facilitate students' unique learning needs by providing four even instructional blocks of time through a modified school calendar.

About School Name

The school was named after Dr. Geraldine Oakley who was appointed medical health officer for the Calgary School Board in 1917 and held that position until 1935. Under her supervision, regular health clinics were held in Calgary schools. She was a pioneer in the area of health and education in this city. Dr. Oakley was personally very interested in school children, and the supervision of their health was a worthy objective to which she dedicated her life. Her motto was "Do it well." At the time of her death in 1948, Dr. Oakley was the assistant medical health officer for the City of Calgary. Dr. Oakley School was named in her honour on October 6, 1960.

School Mission

Our essential task is to engage in learning and teaching practices that are embedded within a literacy learning context.

School Philosophy

Dr. Oakley School is a system resource within the Calgary Board of Education. Its purpose is to support complex learners and their community schools. This support is provided in many ways, but the primary way is through the provision of an intensive literacy immersion experience in a congregated setting.

In order for effective learning and teaching to occur, we believe there must be a concerted effort to link all practices and activities at Dr. Oakley School into the creation of a learning community, a culture that has shared values, beliefs, and experiences. The eagle is the symbol of our goal toward independence. We hope that while each individual is able to achieve their potential, they will also feel a responsibility to the total school/learning community helping everyone to be the best they can be.

School Motto

The eagle is the symbol of our motto, "Dare to Soar." It represents our goal to work toward independence.

Unique Points

    Our learning environment provides opportunities for:

  • Students ranging from grades 3 to 9.
  • Students who are screened to enter for a short term intensive literacy instructional program.
  • Students to become active, independent, lifelong learners through a needs-based curriculum.
  • Students to develop a greater self-awareness and improved social skills.
  • Self-esteem considerations are pervasive to all that we do.
  • Students, parents, and staff to experience acceptance, support, and wellness.
  • Parents to enter into a partnership with the school to jointly meet the learning needs of their children. Parents actively participate in their child's learning and in a family reading program.
  • As a resource to the Calgary Board of Education, Dr. Oakley is a "Center for Inquiry" in student learning and staff development.
  • Involvement of outside partners such as the University of Calgary, Calgary Regional Health Authority, and the Calgary Learning Centre to enhance learning and teaching.
  • Note: All students are on an Individual Program Plan (IPP) and are supported in classrooms with modified teacher:student ratios (2:19).

Student Enrolment (September 2013 )
Total Enrolment: 133

Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grade 9

Catherine O'Brien-Cusano
School Board Trustee: Vacant
CBE Ward: Ward 11
Chief Superintendent: David Stevenson
Area: Area IV
Director (Area): Calvin Davies
Notes for Substitute: Early Dismissal Friday 1:00; Modified Calendar


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