Springbank Hill community looks forward to new school

Griffith Woods School will open September 2017 in Springbank Hill for public students K-Grade 9.

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Springbank Hill community looks forward to new school

A new public school under construction in the South West neighbourhood of Springbank Hill is well on its way to meet a target opening date of September 2017.  So it was high time that the Calgary Board of Education gave it a name – Griffith Woods School.

This will also be a designed school for the nearby Calgary neighbourhood of Discovery Ridge, so the school name will be familiar to students in this neighbourhood which is where Griffith Woods Park is located.

Origins of the name

Wilbur and Betty Griffith were residents of Springbank, a large semi-rural community on the west side of Calgary in the MD of Rocky View.  The eastern portion of Springbank was expropriated to the City, creating the present day neighbourhoods of Springbank Hill and Discover Ridge.

Wilbur Griffith was a rancher, developer and oil lease broker and was responsible for the construction of the Pinebrook Golf and Country Club, an exclusive golf course west of Calgary.  Griffith Woods Park was established along the Elbow River on the north end of Tsuu T’ina First Nations Land in 2000 when the Griffiths graciously donated a parcel of land from their estate to the City.

The park is a Special Protection Natural Environment Park with a unique white spruce forest and natural wetlands, with walking trails and bike paths that attract visitors from all over Calgary.

Griffith Woods School

In 2009, a potential school in this location was identified by the Province as a priority. Construction of the modern new school is on track for September 2017 opening and at present the curriculum presented will be consistent with the CBE’s regular education programs. The school can accommodate 900 students from kindergarten to Grade 9 who live in the Springbank Hill and Discovery Ridge communities.  It’s located at 7652 – 26 Ave SW at Springborough Blvd SW, west of 69 Street SW.

The design of the school was presented to the public at the Education Building on 8 St SW in December of 2015.

As excited as families in these neighbourhoods are to have a new school, the Calgary Board of Education is not ready to open up registration, but will advertise to the local community when they are.  According to the school page on the CBE Website, the Board will advise parents of registration dates via:

  • The Calgary Board of Education Website
  • Through the current schools designated to Springbank Hill and Discovery Ridge
  • Community newsletters
  • Bold signs placed on major thoroughfares
  • Tradition and social media outlets
  • CBE RSS Feed

Important Kindergarten Registration Information

Unlike many other provinces, the cutoff date for registration into elementary school in Alberta is February 28 of the school year.  Children entering Kindergarten must turn 5 by February 28 of that school year or 6 years of age for Grade 1 by February 28 of that school year.

As of the 2018-2019 school year, the cutoff date will change, moving ahead to December 31.  Students starting Kindergarten September 2018 must turn 5 by December 31, 2018 or if they’re starting Grade 1, they must be 6 by December 31.

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