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Grade: 
K-6
Address: 
3113 - 30th Avenue S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2B 0G9
Phone: 
403-777-8260


School Location

West Dover School is located in the southeast community of Dover, serving the communities of Dover and Southview. Grade 6 students from West Dover School move on to Ian Bazalgette School and then on to Forest Lawn High School.

About the School

West Dover School, located in the community of West Dover, serves families and students in the communities of West Dover and Southview. The community, composed of mostly single-family dwellings, is home to approximately 13,223 residents. More recently, new multi-dwelling buildings, which boast of mountain views, have recently been constructed.

The School is nestled in a very quiet and secure neighbourhood. There are no busy traffic arteries, which could impact the safety of our students. Instead, the playground is bordered by homes, the Community Centre and beach volleyball courts. West Dover School benefits from an active Community Association, several schools, day care centres, the City of Calgary parkway system and numerous sports organizations. The residents of this community represent a variety of ethnic groups. The School is a beautiful building complete with a large gymnasium, stage, music room, library, main computer lab, technology centres in the classrooms and library, studio and a total of 14 classrooms. Our library, centrally located in the building, embraces a beautiful space filled with natural sky lights.

The core curriculum, determined by Alberta Education, is enhanced by our learning through the arts curriculum, as well as, a balanced literacy program. This is the school's sixth year of integrating the arts within the instructional program. West Dover School's arts program is funded by the School Council, Alberta Initiatives for School Improvement grant, Alberta Foundation for the Arts grant and by Arts Capes grant. Our focus this year will be on "technology as an artform" partially funded by a Community Initiatives Program Grant. Students participate in an instructional program that is cross-curricular and infuses the arts with resident artists. Students receive a structured program (literacy and mathematics), as well as, project-based, inquiry learning through the arts. Students also receive instruction from teacher specialists in music, physical education and technology. Our purpose is to offer our diverse group of learners significant learning opportunities which are rich, process-oriented, and encapsulates students' different learning styles, by creating and implementing an arts-based learning committment to a partnership between students, teachers, parents and artists. Students' learning is represented through exhibitions, portfolios, museums and performance. Thus, our goal is to inspire an appreciation of learning through the arts for all students, staff and community members, by embracing authentic and sustainable experiences with the intent to advance student achievement.

West Dover School is worth visiting. Few guests leave without feeling embraced by the "joy for learning" as they witness happy students' zeal for engaged learning. Our focus on the arts sets us apart from many schools. We believe that these create opportunities which enhance and strengthen our students' learning in academic subjects. These ways of teaching and learning encourage more creative explorations and expression of what they know they are learning while forging connections with the wider world. West Dover students have experienced performance and exhibition on a grand scale. Some of these have included art exhibitions, production of an opera, and dance musicals.

"As processes for distilling certain kinds of personal meaning, the arts are vehicles for imaginative learning. As self-enablers, the arts involve students in exploring the life around them, past and present, and instructing and inventing the future. Through the arts, students see the common bond they share with people across different cultures who express themselves and communicate through their indigenous artistic expressions. In these ways, the arts enhance the capacities of students to participate significantly in their world. It's no wonder, then, that schools that give comparable attention to the arts are better schools."

Charles Fowler, 1994.

Much emphasis is placed on student citizenship encouraging students to engage in a variety of leadership opportunities. The Circle of Courage philosophy inspires the virtues of generosity, belonging, independence and mastery. The intent is to enlighten our childrens' futures, to become responsible, independent and intelligent adults so that they may be more tolerant, understanding and appreciative of humankind.

West Dover School offers a learning environment which is rich and dynamic. In addition to our regular population, it comprises a population that is 34% ESL, representative of 18 different cultures, as well as, special needs students who face learning challenges. Our learning environment represents children who are respectful and happily, engaged in their learning. The building's calm and serene environment embraces joyfulness experienced by the child, parent, staff and members of the community.


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