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School Philosophy

The motto of Grace Martin School, “Giving life to learning,” illustrates our belief that each student is unique. We understand that students learn differently and strive to meet the needs of each student. Our school provides the regular elementary program as well as Literacy, Opportunity, and Sakinah Circle, an alternative program using the Quranic world view to support learning. In addition, students in the regular and Literacy program also receive French instruction. Those in the Sakinah Circle Alternative program receive Arabic language instruction.

At Grace Martin, students participate in physical education classes three times a week. Teachers may also assign daily physical education activities in their classrooms such as “shake breaks”, yoga-type exercises, or by taking students outside. We also provide literacy supports through a blend of English Language Learning and Balanced Literacy. One hour of Balanced Literacy is assigned four days a week. Students may also receive assistance in numeracy such as Math Intervention, at least two times a week. Moreover, our quality teaching and learning are also supported through a number of community partnerships such as Capital Health Services, Breakfast Clubs of Canada, and Homework Club.


We believe:

  • That learning involves intellectual, emotional, creative, musical, social, physical and technical experiences.
  • That students need to experience challenge and success in a safe, caring learning environment that promotes strong character.
  • That parents are partners in education.