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    School Philosophy

    Ekota is the Cree word for "the place to be." We believe that with the shared commitment of students, parents, and staff we create a safe and caring professional learning community in which every student achieves superb results.


    Our school now has a new logo with the collaboration of our students, parents, school and District staff including other community members.

    In this logo design, the soaring eagle signifies the strength and courage of all students and the new, great heights they will reach. The eagle’s wings and tail form the shape of an E—the first initial of Ekota School. Beyond the eagle, the circle marks the school as a gathering place, where students share their stories, discover their passions and achieve success. The colour arrangement reflects natural growth. The yellow, blue and green depicts the sun shining on our river and land. Similar to the way plants require water and energy to flourish, Ekota students are given the knowledge and encouragement they need to grow.  

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Ektoa is a medium sized elementary school in the heart of the Knottwood community.  Staff, students, parents and community work in partnership to provide high quality learning experiences in a safe and caring environment. 

At Ekota School we provide comprehensive academic programming for all students, including those with diverse learning needs, such as children who speak English as a Second Language and those children who have specific learning disabilities. We provide 3 half-day Pre-Kindergarten programs, Kindergarten, grade 1 to grade 6 programming and a District site for Learning Strategies from grades 3 through 6. 

Along with a strong focus on academics, student learning is enriched through various clubs, special events (artists-in-residence, author visits, music and theatrical performances, field trips, etc.) and School Council sponsors several school-wide events each year.  Our school promotes quality daily physical fitness activities and we are lucky to have a Breakfast Club program that provides every student with a snack each morning.  This is made possible by the Ekota Fundraising Society in collaboration with our School Council as well as a number of volunteers and community partnerships.

At Ekota, there is an emphasis on reading and writing based on the Foundations of Literacy approach.  Each day, we have a commonly scheduled Guided Reading time in which students receive reading instruction at their reading level.  There is a strong emphasis on collaboration at Ekota and teachers spend time working together to plan and prepare for students. Numeracy intervention time is available to classes in our Response to Intervention model (RTI). RTI is a process used to support students who benefit from additional learning guidance. 

We strive to inspire students see their potential as well as prepare them to be good citizens and leaders in the community.  We aim to equip students through teaching, modeling and coaching to be proactive and able to govern their own behaviour. Students receive adult guidance to identify tools to support creating solutions to problems, to understand the need to be kind to others, and the capacity to build their ability to autonomous in solving problems. 

We believe that the shared commitment of students, parents, and staff creates a safe and caring space where families and the community are supported and in return, support our school. This model strengthens families, ensures all voices are heard, and inspires high quality educational practices. With these conditions, all students achieve superb results.