St. Joan of Arc typically has between 300 and 350 students, and offers education programs in prekindergarten, kindergarten and grades 1-8.
St. Joan of Arc has both an afternoon and a morning prekindergarten for students ages three and four. It is important to note that prekindergarten is a The Prekindergarten Program is a developmentally-appropriate early childhood education program for three and four-year-old children funded by the Ministry of Education. Entrance into the program is based upon an on-site intake meeting where the parents are asked about socialization, language and communication, physical development and family dynamics in relationship to their child. Then, the administrative team, along with the Prekindergarten teacher will review the information to determine which children qualify for the program. Children who would benefit most from enhanced programming are prioritized for enrollment. As part of our mandate, we are unable to accept children who do not meet the criteria into the Prekindergarten program. Selection criteria and procedures have been established by Regina Catholic Schools to ensure that children with the greatest needs are chosen and encouraged to attend. Attendance and family commitment are key components of the program. If attendance and/or family commitment are deemed to be an issue at any point in the year, a child may be removed from the program so that another child may have the opportunity to benefit from the learning. Because there is a high demand for the program, the available spaces are limited.
Kindergarten – Grade 8:
St. Joan of Arc has both afternoon and morning kindergarten classes. As is the norm, a number of the classes in grades 1 – 8 are split-grade classes. Typically, we aim to maintain a ratio of 21 – 25 students in grades one to three, 25 – 29 in grades four to six, and 26 – 30 in grades seven and eight. Given the large number of enrollments that occur within the school year, we are unable to guarantee that classroom sizes stay within the desired ratios, but we certainly put forward our best effort in offering the most beneficial learning environments to our students.
The St. Joan of Arc community is blessed with families from all over the world. Approximately one third of our population are considered to be EAL (English as an Additional Language) students. Accordingly, most of our teachers have received special training, allowing them to apply best practices for EAL students during instruction. It is important to note that these strategies are also helpful for non-EAL students. Beyond classroom teaching, most EAL students have the opportunity to work in a small group setting with our EAL teacher on a weekly basis.
At St. Joan of Arc, we are highly dedicated to working alongside families to support the wellbeing and success of every child. Our student support team consists of a counsellor, social worker, speech pathologist, learning resource teacher and administrators. At St. Joan of Arc, we know that all children are unique, and we work with great dedication to explore helpful pathways with students and families who are experiencing difficulties. It is important to note that grades 1-3 students who are reading below grade level are placed into our Levelled Literacy Intervention, which allows them to work on literacy skills with our LRT in a small group setting.
Students in grades 6-8 have the opportunity to participate in our band program. For these students, a typical week consists of band sectionals at St. Joan of Arc along with an opportunity to rehearse as a large group in full band at Riffel High School.
Field Trips and Presenters:
All classes are encouraged to go on field trips as a way to make real-world connections to their learning. Some more common trips include the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Saskatchewan
Science Centre, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Wascana Park and various high
school choral events. In addition, a
number of presenters are brought into the school throughout the year to discuss
various topics, from bullying to burrowing owls!