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    School Philosophy


    James Gibbons School opened in 1955 and underwent a modernization project in 1998. The school is named after James Gibbons (1837-1933), who was a prominent landowner in West Edmonton.





    Spreading our wings, one student at a time.



    James Gibbons School is committed to establishing high academic standards and excellent conduct in a welcoming and inclusive school community. Traditional values guide our program with consistent expectations around our core character traits of Respect, Responsibility and Self-control. Traditional methods and practices make us unique. We provide direct instruction of basic skills which include the separate instruction of phonics, spelling and mathematics computation. 



    We believe:

    • In fostering excellence in academics by emphasizing foundational Literacy and Numeracy skills

    • In providing a structured program with high standards of conduct

    • In providing an outstanding Character Education program with extensive student leadership opportunities

    • A focused learning environment supports meaningful participation 

    • In developing a home-school partnership which includes daily practice through homework

    • Our school is a safe and welcoming place where adults and students work together with care and compassion


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Division Re-entry Strategy

Read our COVID-19 Division Re-entry Strategy for information about how we’re welcoming students and staff back into schools this September.We’re preparing to welcome students and staff back into schools this September.



Welcome to James Gibbons

It is our privilege to welcome you to James Gibbons School.  We welcome back to James Gibbons those families who were part of the school community last year, and we extend a special welcome to new families that are joining us this year. 

The beginning of the school year is an exciting time for everyone in our school community, whether we are a student, parent or member of the staff.  We look forward to renewing connections and building new relationships, as well as to all of the challenges, delights and learning possibilities that the Traditional Program at James Gibbons offers. 

We believe that open communication is an essential component of your child(ren)’s success at James Gibbons.  Please feel free to address any questions or concerns with us here in the school office in person, by telephone or through email. 

As partners in your child’s education we will work together to keep James Gibbons School a special place for children to learn and grow.  Together, we will provide abundant opportunities for children to “spread their wings”.


We extend our very best wishes for a rewarding and productive school year.


Yours truly,


Karen Steinhauer