Palermo Public School opened in the Bronte Creek neighborhood last September. It has just completed it’s very first – and very successful – first year. The school will offer JK-8 next year, but only went up to grade 7 for its first year (allowing kids to graduate at their current schools). The school had approximately 604 students in its first year, but that will increase next year with the addition of the grade 8 class. Thee were a total of 50 teaching and non-teaching staff and 27 classes.
The school features dual track – English as well as a French Immersion Program. Students in French Immersion learn in English for half of the day, and French for the other half.
The school is part of the Halton District School Board and Chris Alexiou serves as its principal. The school has strived to be eco-friendly, with a cashless options for payments of trips or special events, an electronic newsletter and a ‘walking school’ bus morning walk program.
The first year of a new school is always challenging, especially since the school was barely completed before it was time for the students to return. The library and gym were completed a couple of months later. Despite that, the school staff and students have been able to pull together to organize some sports teams, fun fairs, band, school song and more. The school’s theme is ‘Discovery’ and it has made colorful and creative displays in the hall and foyer. Part of students’ discovery is to learn about different cultures through activities and projects. Palermo recognizes and learns about holidays celebrated by the multitude of cultures that make up the school.
Oakville Blog wishes the school continued success in the coming years. The school is located at 2561 Valleridge Drive.