Alberta AdaptAbilities Association serves families with special needs children and youth by providing a variety of programs that target the development of the whole individual: socially, physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Schools, clinics, swimming pools and more—the amenities families need are in ample supply in Walkable Edmonton.
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MacEwan University's School of Continuing Education is open to the public to enroll in non-credit sources from bookkeeping, to website developing, painting and cooking. The campus is also home to the Conservatory of Music, where music lessons and performances happen year-round in the 50+ private music studios and four recital halls.
Kindergarten to Grade 12 instruction is offered entirely in French as a first language. A Catholic focus is available for those wishing to integrate faith into their child's education. All of the academic programs are in accordance with Alberta Education's curriculum.
It's the first playground in Edmonton’s downtown core. The new slide, swing and balancing structure are in the R. J. W. (Dick) Mather Memorial Park. The playground joins the long-standing gazebo and it's also a favourite place for dog owners to bring their pets for playdates.
A Kindergarten to Grade 9 school providing Alberta curriculum within a Catholic faith context. The school also runs the MTC Hockey Academy program for Grades 4-9. It assists young hockey athletes to pursue their sport and education in a faith-based learning environment.
A health care complex housing a variety of services. A family medical practice, physiotherapy and sports medicine practice are available by appointment or via walk-in. Occupational Health Services are only accessible by appointment. A pharmacy is also on-site.
Specialized programming for students with learning disabilities in grades two to 12. Students are taught in small classes, usually 12-14 students per class. The focus is on empowering pupils to understand their strengths and challenges while developing strategies to encourage learning.
A community centre for bike enthusiasts with second-hand bikes for sale, bicycle rentals and workshops.
Part of the network of University of Alberta campuses, Enterprise Square is home to the institution's Alumni Relations, Faculty of Extension, Museums and Collections School of Business and more. The building also houses commercial tenants including Citytv/OMNI and TEC Edmonton.
An International Spanish Academy with half of the instruction given in Spanish and the other half in English. Core subjects including Math, Spanish, Physical Education and Health are taught in Spanish while Social Studies, Science and English Language Arts are given with English instruction.
Kindergarten to Grade 6 students can participate in either the Garneau (Regular) program or the Child Study Centre (CSC) program. Both programs deliver the mandated Alberta Programs of Study but the CSC is organized across grades to encourage students to collaborate and lead. All students are involved in several school-wide events including the Terry Fox Run, Holiday Concert and Pancake Breakfasts.
The elementary school offers kindergarten to Grade 6 instruction. King Edward also provides the elementary Interactions Program. This program assists students clinically diagnosed within the autism spectrum by focusing on supporting students to gain socially appropriate communication and behaviour patterns in the classroom and beyond.
A university preparatory school, the Grade 10-12 classes challenge students to cultivate academic discipline and excellence. Although academics are a central focus for the 350 student body, there are also extracurricular clubs, activities and sports teams available.
Perhaps known best for its commitment and participation in athletics, the grade 10-12 program offers a variety of programs and activities for its students. In addition to the core academic program, there is German Bilingual Program. Scona also runs Career and Technology Studies for students interested in participating in the Registered Apprenticeship Program to prepare for life after secondary school.
Skating and hockey programs, drop-in shinny and public skating are all available at the Tipton Arena. Run by the City of Edmonton, the facility has four dressing rooms, automated skate sharpening machine, vending machines, large lobby and seating for 350 spectators.
An innovative place for the learners of all ages. Patrons can borrow books, music, movies from the massive collection as well as access many services and programs. The Makerspace provides technology and guidance to make books, films, record podcasts, make animations and more. The Outreach Program, staffed by registered social workers, helps clients find social support and much needed assistance.
*It's in a temporary location at Enterprise Square while the original location is renovated
The town square of Edmonton. The massive, paved, tree-lined gathering place hosts events year-round including the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, the New Year's Celebration, The Works Art & Design Festival, Taste of Edmonton plus more. The City of Edmonton is committed to enlivening the site with fitness classes, light saber training, break dancing and other programs for all ages.
A well-loved park visited by residents throughout the year. The rink is the place for ball hockey and bicycle polo during the warmer months and skating and shinny in the winter. Ritchie Park also has two paved tennis courts, a basketball court, a playground, spray park and open field with heaps of room to run and play.
A family-run veterinary clinic offering wellness exams, vaccinations, spay and neuter, dentistry, behaviour consults, puppy classes and pharmacy services. The practice offers a kid-friendly reception area and separate cat and dog waiting and exam rooms.
An all-girls junior high school where young women are empowered to lead and learn. The grade 7-9 is part of the Edmonton Public School board --- it is not a private school. It provides Curriculum Enrichment and Extension Days (CEEDs) to help students make connections between their classes and the world outside of the school walls.
Nestled on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is a small and intimate zoo that provides authentic and engaging animal experiences.
Kindergarten to Grade 6 students receive daily physical education, dance instruction and fine arts programs led by skilled teachers, guest instructors and artists-in-residence. Beginning in the fourth grade, students receive French as a Second Language instruction. All Grade 6 students participate in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program.
The Edmonton Rowing Club offers learn-to-row classes every summer that are designed to instruct all the basic skills needed to become a competent oarsman.