Unique Programs

ECS/Kindergarten Program

Independence, initiative, decision making, creativity, the ability to learn, relationships and feelings of self-worth - all have their beginnings in early childhood.

We believe that each child is unique and, together with parents as our partners, we build upon children's natural curiosity and spontaneity, encouraging and supporting them as they take their first step into school.

In safe and caring environments, guided by qualified and caring professionals, Kindergarten students:

  • try new things, take risks and learn to accept rules and responsibility while developing positive relationships with
  • others;
  • build on and develop problem-solving skills and the language/reading base already begun in the home;
  • develop attitudes and behaviours that promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle;
  • become aware of similarities and differences between themselves and others, and use their senses to explore,
  • investigate and describe their environments; and
  • express themselves through poetry, songs and drama.

What parents need to know about Kindergarten

Age requirement

Children must be 5 years old on or before December 31st of the year they begin kindergarten. Birth certificate is required upon registration. 


Transportation is provided to Kindergarten students who attend their designated school and live more than 2.4 km away from this school. Please visit our Transportation Registration pages of the Elk Island Catholic Schools website (www.eics.ab.ca) for more information on Transportation Services for your Kindergarten student. We encourage Kindergarten students and their parents to attend First Riders' Night in the late summer/early fall each year to learn about yellow bus safety and rules for riding.


To register for Kindergarten at Jean Vanier, please create an account on School Engage and log into the following portal:https://eics.schoolengage.ca/#/login


Ukrainian Bilingual Program


"Two Cultures - One Soul"

Since 1980, Elk Island Catholic Schools has provided Ukrainian-English bilingual education from the Pre-Kindergarten level right up through junior and senior high school.

The elementary school component is taught at Jean Vanier Catholic School in Sherwood Park. In Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, emphasis is given to the development of oral language skills and children take part in a variety of classroom activities such as storytelling, games, action songs, choral work, drama and puppetry. From grades 1 to 4, students receive language arts, math and science instruction in English and Ukrainian language arts, religion, social studies, music, art, health and physical education instruction in Ukrainian.

The program continues through the middle school years at St. Theresa Middle School in Sherwood Park. The bulk of instruction is received in English, with language arts and Christian ethics taught in Ukrainian.

At the senior high level, the program is available at Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School in Sherwood Park, where students receive language arts instruction in Ukrainian.

The program is open to everyone: no previous Ukrainian language experience or Ukrainian background is required.

Students may enter the program at Pre-Kindergarten,  Kindergarten or Grade 1 and have the option to transfer to the regular English program at any time.

It is important to note that this is a bilingual program, not immersion. All core subjects, such as language arts, math and science, are taught in English, while other subjects are taught in Ukrainian to a maximum of 50 per cent of the school day.


Through the Ukrainian bilingual program, students achieve their academic potential through an enriched program. They develop effective communication skills in both English and Ukrainian, and they also develop an understanding and appreciation of the Ukrainian cultural heritage in the Canadian context. This helps them develop positive attitudes towards learning other languages and understanding other cultures.

To learn more about the Ukrainian program, please click on the link below:

Ukrainian Brochure



Before and After School Care

Jean Vanier Catholic School is pleased to offer out of school care for children from kindergarten to grade 4!

Games & Activities, Art, Music, Physical Activity, Cooking Days, Reading,

Freeplay, Homework Supervision and more! Located for your convenience in Jean Vanier Catholic School.

Please call 780-912-1167 for registration, or with any questions.