About our School:
The settlement’s elementary school has an excellent staff, allowing our youth to obtain a great learning experience. The teachers of Elizabeth Settlement generate an open atmosphere for the children to feel free and comfortable while at the school.
The school operates under the Northland School Division # 61 in Peace River, Alberta. The building has nine classrooms from ECS to grade eight and can accommodate 115 students.
The school employs nine teachers, one special aid assistant, one part-time secretary and one principal. A Cree language program has been ongoing since the 1980s to preserve the youth’s connection to their native language. Since the late 90s, the school has built-in several new classrooms, as well as a new kitchen; allowing students to enjoy a hot lunch without ever leaving the school. Our principal and teachers strive to make our children’s learning experience rewarding and would like to see all the youth succeed.
After completing grade eight, students may go on to the Assumption Jr/Sr High School or the high school located in the Cold Lake Energy Center. Post-secondary education is available locally at the Portage College (also in the Energy Center) or its counterpart in the Bonnyville Centennial Center.
Settlements need to develop a well-educated and trained work-force that can compete with Alberta’s labour market. In doing so, our member’s family incomes increase substantially and their standards of living can broaden. Our settlement does have funding and bursary programs for members; mostly geared toward post-secondary schooling, but also for trades training and/or placement within industries the settlement is partnered with. We are encouraging our members to get involved in education and trades to benefit themselves and the community’s economic growth. Programs are also available if members need tickets or even work supplies to begin their employment. The ultimate goal is to create a well-educated and highly skilled work-force that is both resilient and self-sufficient.