Our School

Rockcliffe Park PS

We would like to acknowledge that our schools are on unceded Algonquin Territory, and thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us on their land.

Our School

Rockcliffe Park Public School is a JK-6, dual track school that opened its doors in 1941. The name reflects the adjacent neighbourhood, a beautiful Ottawa suburb rich in history and character, and also home to a number of embassies and diplomatic families from all over the globe.

The staff at RPPS commit to maintaining a safe and caring community of learners in partnership with the greater school community to help our students become strong, contributing citizens of the world. Students are encouraged to always strive for academic excellence, physical fitness, an appreciation of the arts and a healthy respect for the environment. Students are provided with many learning opportunities to pay it forward, through their participation in charitable and community activities. Parents and staff have worked together to build a stimulating learning community – one that fosters self-respect, care for others and the rewards of a job well done!

Our Students

Rockcliffe Park Public School currently has an enrollment of 435 students, representing over 20 countries and languages. When our students graduate from Rockcliffe Park Public School, they go to Queen Elizabeth Public School and York Street Public School for grade seven and eight. Three quarters of the student population are enrolled in the French immersion program.

Our Staff

Rockcliffe Park Public School is comprised of 45 staff members including teachers, Early Childhood Educators, a Learning Support Teacher, and a half time Learning Resource teacher. We also have Educational Assistants, a Library Technician, office and custodial personnel and administrators. Our staff is a highly-skilled, hard-working and dedicated group of professionals who endeavour to provide child-centered and authentic learning experiences based on the Ontario Curriculum, while ensuring that literacy and numeracy continue to be a primary focus for our school. The staff at Rockcliffe Park works collaboratively in a team-based approach, always striving for effective program delivery. Teachers at Rockcliffe Park Public School hold additional qualifications in Reading, Math, Computers, French as a Second Language, Special Education, English as a Second Language, Physical Education and Primary/Junior Education.

Our Community

Rockcliffe Park Public School draws from the Village of Rockcliffe, Lindenlea, New Edinburgh and Lower Town. We welcome volunteers. Last year our parents and community partners accumulated more than 3000 volunteer hours in various school activities. These included helping students with reading, organizing fund-raising events, accompanying students on field trips and sporting events as well as our legendary Book Fair. The connection with the community is a strong one. The school office is located adjacent to the Village Police station and the Library. The Village and the school share the use of the grounds and the ice rink in winter. The Rockcliffe Child Care Center which opened in 1998 is attached to the school. The Rockcliffe Park Public School Council is a volunteer group of members of the school community, parents/guardians, dedicated to strengthening educational opportunities and partnerships with the parents, teachers, staff and community.

Mission Statement

Rockcliffe Park Public School is a safe and caring school, where all students are encouraged to strive for academic excellence, physical fitness, an appreciation of the arts and respect for the environment. RPPS provides a learning environment where dedicated staff, parents and the community work together to develop responsible, productive citizens of the world.

Facilities and Resources

  • Wheelchair Access
  • A library/resource center
  • Computer technology in every class 
  • Two gyms
  • A soccer pitch and running track 
  • A primary play structure
  • A fenced in Kindergarten yard and play structure

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

  • Kindergarten (JK/SK) - 50% English and 50% French instruction
  • Regular English with Core French – Grade 1 to Grade 6
  • Early French Immersion – Grade 1 to Grade 6
  • Regular English students - Core French instruction 200 minutes per week
  • Early French Immersion - Grade 1 receives 300 minutes of English Math instruction per week
  • Early French Immersion – Grades 2-3 receive 600 minutes of English per week (Language Arts & Math)
  • Early French Immersion – Grade 4-6 receive 600 minutes of English per week (Language Arts & Math

Classroom Organization

This year Rockcliffe Park Public School has 4 JK/SK classes, 3 Regular English classes and 12 French Immersion classes.

Special Education and ESL Programs

  • Learning Support Teacher (LST)
  • Learning Resource Teacher (LRT)
  • Educational Assistants for one-on-one and in-class support
  • In-class support from Special Education team (English and French)
  • English as a Second language (Kindergarten to Grade 6)
  • All Special Education and English Language Learners are fully integrated into the regular classrooms

Safe Schools Initiatives

We are proud of the students, teachers and parents at Rockcliffe Park Public School. Through partnerships between home and school, teacher and student, students will acquire the skills and attitudes that will help them to meet with success in a safe school setting. In keeping with the OCDSB policies and procedures surrounding Safe and Caring Schools, our expectations for student behaviour will contribute to their success through the development of positive attitudes towards learning and interaction with others. A progressive discipline approach to classroom management is applied by all staff and parents are always viewed as partners in the implementation of our behavioural expectations.

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