Frequently Asked Questions

What grades are taught at Beacon Hill Elementary School?
The school will open for students in Kindergarten to Grade 6.

What does the school look like?  Where is it? 
Beacon Hill Elementary School has a capacity for 500 students. The address for Beacon Hill School is 29 Brookstone Drive in Sylvan Lake. Pictures of the school can be found on our website www.beaconhillschool.ca

Who are the school’s Principal and Vice Principal?
We are very pleased with the talent, warmth and professionalism our administrative team brings to Beacon Hill School. Trevor Sanche brings nearly 25 years of teaching experience to the school – 15 of which have been in administrative roles. Vice Principal Suzanne Thibault has worked for the past 14 years as a teacher, mentor, AISI Leader and PD Chair in Chinook's Edge, spending time at both Ecole John Wilson Elementary School in Innisfail and Poplar Ridge School. She has also taught in Australia and Thailand, and her experience encompasses all elementary grade levels.

How were school attendance boundaries determined?
During the fall of the 2016-2017 school year, the Board of Education conducted extensive parent/public consultation in Sylvan Lake determine attendance boundaries.  The team of Sylvan Lake school administrators and Central Office staff collected that data and worked together to develop a recommendation to present to the Board. The Board of Education formally established the new Sylvan Lake attendance boundaries at the December 9, 2015 meeting: Board Highlights

Will they teach French Immersion at the school?
French Immersion programming will be provided in Sylvan Lake only at École Steffie Woima Elementary School, École Fox Run Middle School, and École H. J. Cody High School.

Why did Chinook’s Edge decide to build an elementary school?
Both elementary schools in Sylvan Lake are very crowded, and the need to build a new school to serve the rapidly growing population in Sylvan Lake has been a top priority for Chinook’s Edge for a number of years.  Our existing schools in Sylvan Lake have more students than they were designed for, and this issue is particularly pressing in the younger grades.

The construction of a new elementary school fits well with the longer term plans for Sylvan Lake.  The Board will continue to work with the Alberta Government and advocate for a modernization of École H. J. Cody (it is of highest priority in the Board’s Capital Plan Request to the Province).  The Board and Central Office staff are committed to ensuring all students in the Sylvan Lake area receive quality learning in a quality environment.