Alpine P.S. opened its doors to serve its neighbourhood and community in September of 1975. It backs onto a forested area and the playground of a neighbouring school. The school was originally built for the Strasburg Road/Block Line area and now serves an increasingly diverse community of students from the city of Kitchener.
Approximately 290 students ranging from junior kindergarten through to grade 6 attend Alpine of whom about 100 are bused to school. In recent years the enrolment numbers have fluctuated as the school included students from the Laurentian West area prior to the construction of W. T. Townshend P.S. and Williamsburg P.S. Grade 6 graduates continue their educational journey at Laurentian Senior Public School or W. T. Townshend Public School, and from there they attend Cameron Heights C.I.
The staff at Alpine is a talented and energetic team of administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals and support staff who work collaboratively as a professional learning community. Each team member is a dedicated, qualified and caring individual who is focused on helping students experience success. Alpine staff members participate in a variety of professional development activities on a regular basis. These activities include professional training in literacy, numeracy, science and technology, computers, assessment, anti-bullying initiatives and various other programs. Alpine’s teachers take pride in their profession and many of them hold, or are working towards, specialist certifications in various disciplines. Staff members strive to plan and implement comprehensive programs that are based on the Ontario Curriculum and use a multi-disciplinary approach to address the learning needs and styles of all the school’s students.
The focus at Alpine is to provide quality education to all students in a caring environment. This focus can be broken into two categories-Caring and Student Learning; both which fall in line with the board success plans of learning, caring and connecting. In the “Caring” category the staff focuses on the social, emotional and physical well being of Alpine students. Such programs as breakfast club, student helper teams, spirit days, and grade 6 camp, are important to developing a sense of belonging and affiliation for Alpine students. Staff members believe this foundation is necessary if students are going to be able to meet their academic potential. In the “Student Learning” category the staff focuses on the academic well being of Alpine students. The staff has identified what they believe is truly important to focus on across all areas of the curriculum in order for Alpine students to be successful in life and meet their potential. This focus helps the staff to cover the curriculum in a way that reinforces the skills needed in order for students to achieve their academic best.
Parents and Community
The School Council is a group of devoted parents and Alpine staff members. The council provides leadership and support by partnering with Alpine staff to help organize and support school events. The Alpine School Council symbol is a triangle representing staff, students and parents. The focus of School Council is to help connect Alpine with the community and to fundraise for initiatives to assist in achieving this end. The council meets monthly in the school library and all parents are welcome to attend.