Our Learning Story
Chute Lake Elementary School (CLE) has a population of 471 students who have strong readiness skills and supportive families. Our school opened its doors in 2009 with a strong sense of purpose focusing on the whole child and who they would become in life, not just during their school career. We considered the big picture of learning and together with the school staff and community we embarked on a journey that led to the development our school mission statement. We have currently as a community updated our mission statement and vision to match our continued transformation to place students at the center of their learning and to emphasize that all of us (staff, students and parents) are a community of learners.
Our school growth plans have centered on living our mission and vision of developing collaborative, inquiring, resilient, and inclusive young people who help make a better world by being adaptive, creative, and critical thinkers. Our school motto is to "Lead with Kindness." Over the years, our students have engaged in a variety of learning opportunities such as "Making Thinking Visible (MTV) strategies, Critical Thinking, inquiry based learning, the Learning in Depth (LiD) program, Passion Projects learning through play, experiential learning, learning through our Natural World and blended learning. Learning strategies have been carefully selected through the collaboration of the school teaching staff, parents, students and learning partners to align with our focus on curiosity and thinking.
Chute Lake Elementary also has had the privilege of being a "hub school" for the Central Okanagan. This means that our school has opened its doors to educators within and outside our district to help others learn and grow their practice. We work closely with our district Instructional Leadership Team to incorporate evidence informed, best practice for teaching and learning. We follow the OECD 7 +3 Principles of Learning, The Spirals of Inquiry and the First People's Principles of Learning to guide our practice. Our "scan" data helps to understand where our learners are at, what is inspirational and meaningful for them and what our next steps as a school learning community should be.