Joliette Elementary School is located in Saint-Charles-Boromée, just north of Joliette, and serves the English community in the northern Lanaudière region. We are proud to have moved to a brand new building in September 2012, and offer our 280 students state-of-the-art classrooms, a full gymnasium, a treehouse library, a computer lab, a resource room and a wooded playground.
Our students are drawn from within an 85 km radius of the school from dozens of surrounding municipalities. Our school provides English education to children who are legally eligible. Most of our students travel by bus which may include several transfers provided by both Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board and la Commission scolaire des Samares.
Joliette Elementary now offers a daycare service at the beginning and end of each school day.
Our focus is to provide quality education for our students with an emphasis on spoken and written English. To this end, the majority of our curriculum is taught in English; 100% in kindergarten and approximately 75% in grades 1 through 6. Language Arts, Drama, Social Studies, Technology and Science, Math, Physical and Health Education, and Ethics and Religious Culture are offered in English. French as a Second Language and Visual Arts are offered in French. Students who arrive from outside Quebec receive support in French through a special year-long program - Mesure d'Accueil.
Students with special needs have an adapted and/or modified curriculum based on their Individual Education Plan (IEP). Students with a government code receive academic support from an Attendant. A behaviour technician supports students in a non-judgemental manner by offering them new strategies toward making better choices. Professional services by a psychologist and a speech pathologist are available to our students. Our School Success Plan focuses on increasing English language proficiency for all students and supporting those who have added challenges in literacy through Resource help.
There is a very active Governing Board made up of school staff and parents. The Parent Participation Organization (PPO) solidly supports school activities with fundraising.