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Opened in September 1999, Maple Ridge is an ultra-modern facility nestled in the growing community of Fallingbrook South in Orléans. We are proud of our two-storey building, which is designed around a pod concept with four wings. Each wing is occupied by classes from various grade levels. Each wing has its own mini-computer lab; each classroom is equipped with an interactive white board to ensure the use of technology in all aspects of the curriculum. We are fortunate to have an adjacent park, which we share with our community, as well as a Community Centre built as part of the school, which offers us some unique and specialized facilities, such as a skating rink and three tennis courts.

Our Students

Maple Ridge has an enrollment of approximately 575 students from junior kindergarten to grade 8. We have classes in the regular English program, Early French Immersion, as well as two classrooms for our Primary, Junior and Intermediate students with Developmental Disabilities. When our students graduate, most go to Sir Wilfred Laurier Secondary School. Some students attend OTSS, Canterbury, Colonel By, Cairine Wilson and Gloucester High Schools.

Our focus for our students is aiming for excellence in academic achievement as well as providing opportunities for character development. We strengthen positive student interactions on a regular basis by recognizing students for making the right choices and designing activities and opportunities to reinforce school and classroom expectations. The character traits that we strive to model are demonstrated by the staff and, as much as possible, are embedded in the content and the manner in which the teachers deliver the curriculum. This has helped to set the tone for a very positive and happy learning environment for staff and students at Maple Ridge.

Our Staff

The staff at Maple Ridge is composed of teachers, educational assistants, early childhood educators, a part-time library technician, office and custodial personnel and administrators. They bring a variety of talents and skills to our school community and our students. Everyone on staff seeks opportunities for professional development through workshops, university courses, shared book clubs and conferences. Many of our teachers participate in mentoring student teachers in partnership with the University of Ottawa and other post-secondary institutions. Monthly division meetings allow our teaching staff to work together on common curriculum and assessment tasks with the overall goal of improved student achievement. Dedicated, committed to excellence, respectful, fair, and hard -working are but a few words to describe our team at Maple Ridge.

Our Community

The Maple Ridge family community represents a rich diversity of people. Every day we welcome many parent and community volunteers into our school to work with our students and staff. The Maple Ridge School Council is a group of dedicated parents, community members and school staff committed to the education of our children. We meet monthly in the school library and all parents are welcome. At the end of the year, a report is submitted to the school community detailing current year activities and expenditures.

Mission Statement

As a community of learners, we strive for and celebrate excellence in a diversity of ways and in all aspects of daily life. We are committed to developing community connections and philanthropic goals and ideology. Our slogan is “Aiming for Excellence.”

Facilities and Resources

  • Interactive White Boards (Smartboard or Epson Brightlink) and document cameras in each classroom, as well as several flip cameras are used on a daily basis to enhance classroom learning and student achievement

  • Lap top carts and media tables

  • Computer lab in each pod, with up to 28 computers in each

  • Instrumental Music for grades 7 and 8 students

  • Double gym with a retractable wall, basketball nets and a wooden floor

  • Large stage with a built-in screen, adjacent to our specialized music room

Adjacent parkland, ice rink and tennis courts, and community centre.

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

Maple Ridge is a dual-track school offering both English and Early French Immersion programs. We offer a 2 year Full Day Kindergarten program. Students in the English program (grades 1 to 8) receive 40 minutes per day of Core French programming.

Students in the Early French Immersion program (grades 1 to 8) receive 80% of their instruction in French in grade 1, 60% of their instruction in French in grades 2 to 6 and 50% of their instruction in French in grades 7 to 8.

Classroom Organization

Our school organization is comprised of classes from junior kindergarten to grade 8. We offer programs in English as well as Early French Immersion. In keeping with the principle of inclusion, each floor in Maple Ridge houses a combination of English and Immersion classes as well as varied grades. The classrooms are strategically located to accommodate the various learning styles of the students and to offer an opportunity for differentiated program delivery.

Special Education and ESL Programs

We have programs for pupils with Developmental Disabilities: primary/junior and intermediate. These programs include a strong focus on life skills as well as Individual Educational Plans to guide each child’s developmental skills. Maple Ridge offers support and educational assessments with our skilled Learning Support Team, teachers and educational assistants including other specialists both on and off-site. In addition, we support and develop a variety of models for special education delivery for regular classroom students, with a philosophy of supporting students with their peers in their classrooms where possible.

Clubs and Activities

Intramural and school sports: Cross-country running, touch football, soccer, track and field, basketball, badminton, volleyball, co-operative games, open music and various activities during nutritional breaks for all grade levels.

Clubs and other activities:

  • Primary, Junior, Intermediate Choirs

  • Student Announcers

  • Spirit Days

  • Milk/Juice program for students daily (optional)

  • Online Pizza Lunch Program available weekly (optional)

  • Popcorn program (optional)

  • Online Lunch lady Program available weekly (optional)

  • Primary Games

  • Skating

  • Assemblies

  • Winter activities

  • Junior Intramurals

  • Intermediate Intramurals

Safe Schools Initiatives

Code of Behaviour:

The Maple Ridge Code of Behaviour, which is revised yearly, is printed in the student agenda and is regularly reviewed and reinforced by all staff members. We believe that to be visible, accessible and proactive are imperative to foster a safe school environment.

Other Safe School Initiatives:

  • Crisis Response Team

  • Divisional presentations by community representatives to review student safety and important life skills.

  • Character Trait Program

  • School Wide Assemblies

  • Classroom Visits

  • Anti-Bullying Presentation – PICSS team (Positive, Inclusive, Caring, Safe School)

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