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  • School Philosophy

    School Philosophy

    At Garneau school we recognize that each child has an innate capacity from which to grow.  Learning is inspired through nurturing authentic relationships with people, community, the natural world, and ideas. We are dedicated to cultivating meaningful and innovative learning, and fostering academic integrity.

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  • Garneau Program

    Garneau Program

    Garneau (Community) Program

    Garneau School’s kindergarten to grade six program supports in-depth learning focused on 21st century knowledge, skills and attitudes. Students learn competencies such as collaboration, creativity and communication through an inquiry and project approach to learning. Literacy and numeracy are central to instruction in all classes. Our Garneau program provides children with meaningful opportunities to be active participants in their learning.


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  • Sciences Program

    Sciences Program

    The IDEAS (Inquiry, Design, Environment, Arts, and Sciences) Lab is part of EPSB's Sciences program. It is a grade K to 6 program that provides an environment for in-depth learning focused on 21st century knowledge, skills and attitudes.  Methods informing the IDEAS Lab instruction are ‌project approach‌ and inquiry-based strategies.  Through this approach to learning, competencies such as collaboration, creativity and communication are developed. The IDEAS Lab is grounded in an educational philosophy which is a distinctive feature of the culture and style of instruction:

    Children learn best when:

    • teachers are responsive to individual learning needs and interests
    • children are interested in what they learn
    • there are opportunities to learn in depth, building on everyday experience
    • there is provision for active investigation, observation and discussion
    • children's inquiry is guided by their own questions and desires to learn
    • children can interact first hand with people, objects, places and events
    • children can represent their learning in a variety of ways
    • learning is memorable rather than memorized

    The IDEAS Lab is organized in combined grade groupings providing many benefits to students including strong opportunities for collaboration and leadership.

    We use our version of the 3 R's (Research, Relationships and Representation) as the foundation for promoting learning that is relevant, meaningful, and diverse. To view the FAQ document click here.

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  • Acknowledging People and Place

    Acknowledging People and Place

    We acknowledge that we are on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting grounds, gathering place, and travelling route to the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene and Nakota Sioux. We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.

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Garneau School is a welcoming school community that is home to two programs, the Garneau (Community) program, and the IDEAS (Inquiry, Design, Environment, Arts, and Science) Lab, which is part of the EPSB Sciences program. Both programs deliver the mandated Alberta Programs of Study through rich educational experiences for all children.  The IDEAS Lab, continues the great legacy of the Child Study Centre by embracing the educational pedagogy of the Project Approach, a variation of the project-based learning. Students from both programs come from a variety of backgrounds and communities, as they join to form the learning community at Garneau School. Our parents value the family atmosphere, quality education, cultural diversity, and collaborative approaches to learning.

Our learning community is diverse, and the uniqueness of each member is celebrated. We have several regular school-wide events; Terry Fox Run,  Harvest Ball-O-Fun, Winter Concert, and Pancake Breakfasts. Students, parents, and staff work together to create a warm and welcoming learning environment.




Welcome to Garneau School.

At Garneau School our classrooms and school learning spaces are flexible and engaging. Students access technology to interact with the world around them and support inquiry and investigation. Our learning spaces reflect our belief in communication and collaboration with each other, the community and world around us. We believe learning is active and interactive.

Children’s investigations frequently take them outside the school building and into the surrounding neighborhood.  Garneau School is ideally situated to encourage first hand investigations of the program of studies with easy access to Edmonton’s River Valley, University of Alberta, Parliament Building, unique local businesses, and the LRT connecting us to the city core.

We value relationships and rely on collaboration from all our partners; including students, parents, staff and community members. We honour student voice, as children are actively involved and engaged in their learning, and parent voice as we work together to create learning opportunities that are valuable to each child.


Yours in partnership,

Jon Paul Cooper, Principal

Garneau School, Inspiring Curiosity

School Philosophy

  • At Garneau school we recognize that each child has an innate capacity from which to grow. Learning is inspired through nurturing authentic relationships with people, community, the natural world, and ideas. We are dedicated to cultivating meaningful and innovative learning, and fostering academic integrity.

School Visions

  • Reader
    • Garneau students embrace reading while critically considering the perspective of others and connecting their ideas to literature.
  • Writer
    • Garneau students confidently craft their writing with purpose, using multiple skills to effectively inspire diverse audiences.
  • Mathematician
    • Garneau students masterfully and accurately use mathematical skills to creatively explore and persevere as problem solvers in the world.

Ideas Lab Vision

  • We develop responsible citizens skilled in communication, collaboration, problem solving, creativity, innovation and empathy. Our integrated research projects empower learners to forge deep personal connections across the curriculum and into the wider world.

Registration Information


If your child is new to Edmonton Public Schools, you can register for school online. Visit the Division website to learn how to register for school.


You will need to pre-enrol on SchoolZone to tell us the school you’d like your child to attend next year. Find important dates and deadlines and learn more about pre-enrolment, which opens between March and April each year.

If you have questions about registering for school, contact the school office. 


Garneau School is full in planned classes in Kindergarten to Grade 6 in both the Sciences Program (IDEAS Lab) and Community Program for the 2020-2021 school. If you have recently moved into the attendance area (click here to check) or have any questions please contact the office. 




Registration Questions and Answers

Here are some frequently asked questions about Garneau School. If you would like to ask a question or have a conversation with the Principal please use the form below.