Profile of the Authority
Parkland School Division (PSD) is a dedicated provider of quality education, serving more than 73,000 residents, living west of Edmonton. The Division is large in area, spanning almost 4,000 square kilometres, but small enough that students, parents and staff learn each other’s faces and names quickly. Attendance areas stretch as far west as Tomahawk and Entwistle, and include rural areas south of Spruce Grove and Stony Plain with the North Saskatchewan River providing a natural southern boundary all the way to Devon.
PSD is respected within the provincial education community, and continues to strengthen that distinct reputation by focusing on the needs of local families. The Division is attuned to shifts in local demographics, including family types, cultures, beliefs, special needs, socioeconomic situations and settings, as we serve both rural and urban communities. Efforts are made to ensure that every student, regardless of location or ability, has access to the educational services they need.
The Division is able to broaden the variety of unique learning opportunities we offer at our schools and other local facilities, by building relationships with community partners. One example is our Nature Kindergarten program, which allows students to step into the world outside their classroom, to better connect with our local environment.
PSD believes that our students’ well-being plays a key role in their overall success. As such, we have designed our Wellness Initiative to help students develop social and emotional skills that build resilience. This strong foundation of self allows our students to reach beyond themselves and accept opportunities to engage in social responsibility and citizenship, helping them understand how a strong community is equally important as individual expression and pride in one’s self.
The opening of Copperhaven School in the fall of 2018 raised the number of learning sites to 25 including two high school outreach locations and a number of alternate programs offered through the Connections for Learning campus.
The Division operates one of the largest regional student transportation systems in the province, providing exceptional safety to each of its more than 8,400 student riders.
Parkland School Division is a place where all are welcomed, supported and encouraged, so that everyone can be a part of our children’s learning.