Programs at Terrace Ridge

We are proud of the large number of excellent programs we have at Terrace Ridge School. Please contact us for more information on any of the programs listed below.

Special Needs

Terrace Ridge is committed to meeting the needs of all students in an inclusive environment. We will work collaboratively with other teachers, professionals, and parents in order to develop an educational program to meet the needs of those students with special needs.

We adopt the following as our definition of inclusion:
A form of instruction that seeks to "maximize” each student's growth by meeting each student where she is and helping the student to progress. In practice, it involves offering several different learning experiences in response to students' varied needs. Learning activities and materials may be varied by difficulty to challenge students at different readiness levels, by topic in response to students' interests, and by students' preferred ways of learning or expressing themselves."

Source: Quote from "Lesson 1: What Is Differentiated Instruction?" in ASCD PD Online: Differentiating Instruction, by L. Kiernan [course author], 2000, Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Retrieved February 21, 2002, from
http://www.ascd.org/pdi/demo/diffinstr/differentiated1.html


Music

Terrace Ridge School has a commitment to fine arts programs in general. We believe in their value as a necessary part of a well rounded education for our students. We are pleased to have a number of staff members who are musically gifted and committed to sharing their talents with our students. A strong music program will be offered to all our students. In Grade 5 through 7 this will be done through complementary courses.


Physical Education

Terrace Ridge School has a commitment to daily physical education. We believe in healthy bodies being a prerequisite for healthy minds. The research clearly indicates physical activity enhances emotional, and intellectual well being. We will offer at least thirty minutes of physical activity to each student each day. We are fortunate to have a number of staff members who are physical education experts and will be providing the backbone of a quality program. 


Kindergarten

Dear Parents,

Terrace Ridge School will serve students in kindergarten through grade 7 programs (English only). College Heights, Country Ridge Estates, Elizabeth Park, English Estates, Hearthstone, Regency Park and Terrace Heights will be in the attendance boundary of Terrace Ridge School. Children must be 5 years of age as of December 31, 2016 to register for kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year.

We welcome you to come to the school and complete the registration form at any time after April 4, 2016.  We will have a parent information evening later in the spring and an orientation for new students in May or June.

Welcome to the kindergarten experience!


Grade 5, 6, 7 Complementary Courses

At Terrace Ridge School we will offer complementary courses to all our grade 5, 6 and 7 students. We will follow a middle school philosophy which encourages a variety of educational experiences in a non-competitive, interactive learning environment. In keeping with this philosophy, whenever possible, every student will have access to every educational opportunity.


Middle School Grades

Terrace Ridge offers unique educational experiences for our students in Grades five, six, and seven. As they approach adolescence, the physical, emotional and educational needs of children change. The Middle School philosophy helps students develop and mature during the transitional years of early adolescence. The interdisciplinary curriculum enables students to appreciate the interrelationships among all subjects, and it is augmented by a wide array of extracurriculuar opportunities in athletics, the arts and community service.


Developmentally responsive middle schools are characterized by:

  1. Educators committed to young adolescents.
  2. A shared vision.
  3. High expectations for all.
  4. An adult advocate for every student.
  5. Family and community partnerships.
  6. A positive school climate.

Therefore, developmentally responsive middle level schools provide:

  1. Curriculum that is challenging, integrative, and exploratory.
  2. Varied teaching and learning approaches.
  3. Assessment and evaluation that promotes learning.
  4. Flexible organizational structures.
  5. Programs and policies that foster health, wellness, and safety.
  6. Comprehensive guidance and support services.

 


Complementary Courses

Terrace Ridge will offer complementary courses to all students in Grades five, six and seven. These will provide students with curriculum that is challenging, integrative, exploratory and flexible. These programs will foster health, wellness, and safety. They will respond to the need for meaningful learning experiences using varied teaching and learning approaches.