Lawson Heights School is dedicated to learning and success for all its students. Located in Saskatoon's north end, our school enrols students from prekindergarten
to Grade 8. Our school is committed to providing students with opportunities to learn in, about and for nature as we are a nature-based learning school. Our classes have been enjoying the outdoors with regular community learning walks, trips to local parks and the Meewasin riverbank. Our prekindergarten and kindergarten
students wear green pinnies when they leave the school. If you see them on your travels, be sure to wave and say hi. They love to meet community members and feel like they are a part of the larger community.
At Lawson Heights School, we strive to create a welcoming, engaging, inclusive and safe learning environment for all students. At our school all are welcome and will find a place where they feel known, valued and believed in. Lawson Heights maintains a well-established and strong relationship with our parents through our Home and School Association and School Community Council
, both of which have long supported the school. The Home and School Association regularly sponsors activities that strengthen our school community. Research tells us that when parents are well-informed and supportive of their school's work their children not only enjoy school more but also achieve at a higher level. That is why together we're better!
A high but attainable standard of student learning and achievement has been established at Lawson Heights. To accomplish this goal, our staff has designed an industrious learning environment for all students. Our academic program is strengthened by what the recent research tells us about the most effective instructional strategies. Our staff is committed to their own professional learning and seeks ways to practice new learning methods and techniques in their classrooms. The strongest educational learning is achieved when interested teachers work together collaboratively, practice together and support each other. In recent years, the science of reading has been an area of focus for teacher learning and has allowed for the introduction of evidence-based strategies to engage students in becoming strong readers and writers. These skills ensure that students are better prepared as lifelong learners.
Another focus of teacher learning has been in the area of nature-based learning and land-based teaching. Nature-based learning involves experiences in, about and for the outdoors. All students will benefit from exploring the curriculum with this lens. This approach to curricular learning includes a range of educational practices linked to improved academic achievement, holistic wellness, personal development and environmental stewardship in students.
These practices may include:
- Outdoor learning experiences
- Nature-focused inquiry (in and out of the classroom)
- Play-based, forest school approaches to early learning
- Indigenous land-based learning
- Place-based learning
- Ecological and garden education.
Outdoor and indoor learning environments collectively support child development. The nature-based learning program supports students as they build language and communication skills, learn to co-operate with others, make new friendships and prepare for future learning in the school environment.
Within our building there is also a Before and After School Care
program, an initiative organized by an independent parent board that extends our school's safe and caring environment from 7:30 to 8:50 a.m. and 3:25 to 6 p.m. daily. The Extended Day program provides students with a variety of before and after school activities in which to participate.
Lawson Heights is a busy school with a powerful focus on learning for all. We offer countless activities to enrich the lives of students! Drop by or call us