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Briargreen Public School is one of a few open concept schools built in the early seventies in the Ottawa-Carleton area. It is nestled in the heart of the Briargreen community and shares a beautifully landscaped and well-maintained park with the City of Ottawa. The school provides a caring, nurturing, and safe environment for all its students. A dedicated, collaborative and experienced staff fosters excitement for student-centered learning. The classes are interactive in nature and reflect techniques of grouping and cooperative learning. Briargreen P.S. prides itself on a dynamic partnership with all its stakeholders. Open lines of communication between the home and school help to ensure the success of all students. This is achieved through student planners, class and school newsletters, parent interviews, telephone conversations, portfolios, student-led conferences, and report cards.

Our Students

Our school represents a culturally rich community. Our programs are inclusive and celebrate our differences and similarities. Our programs are designed to promote the many talents of our students in the areas of academics, the arts and recreation, both at school and in the community. Some of our students speak Arabic, Chinese, Somali, Korean, Punjabi, Hebrew, Bengali, Tamil, Urdu, Russian, Hindi and German. When our students graduate from grade 6, most of them attend Greenbank Middle School for grades 7 and 8. Some students also opt for the Middle French Immersion program at Knoxdale Public School at the end of grade 3.

Our Staff

The Briargreen staff is committed to creating an exciting, challenging and relevant school experience for all our students. Teachers actively seek professional development opportunities through after-school workshops, summer courses, and curriculum development workshops throughout the year. Particular areas of staff expertise include physical education, drama, art, music and computer education. All of these skills enrich our students’ learning experiences.

Our Community

The school community encompasses the following communities: Briargreen, Forest Ridge, Graham Park, Qualicum, Centrepointe, Cedarhill, and Orchard Estates. The school shares grounds with the City of Ottawa. There are active recreational programs in the community including minor hockey, soccer, football, and baseball. Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts are offered either at the school or in neighbouring schools during the evenings.

There is an active community association, which encourages participation of all community members in its many diverse activities. Briargreen is a residential community with mainly single and double family homes. We are close to the Centrepointe branch of the Ottawa Public Library and to major city bus lines. There are many activities for children and adults offered by community groups at Briargreen P.S. in the evenings.

Mission Statement

To develop and provide to each learner an education of the highest quality in a positive environment, with a caring, dedicated, effective staff working in partnership with parents.

Facilities and Resources

Briargreen boasts many special features. Our school has a large gymnasium, a new computer lab, a library which serves as our “information centre,” and a music room. Classroom areas are inviting and abound with examples of student-produced work. Our playground equipment includes basketball courts, small and large play structures, a rink, tetherball poles, baseball diamonds, and soccer fields. We share much of this space with the City of Ottawa. Kindergarten classes overlook our beautiful "Habitat." This natural environment was created by the staff, students, parents and community of Briargreen. It is home to a variety of wildlife, plants and trees. As well, the Nepean 28th Guide Troop has created a Community Garden which grows produce to donate to the local food bank. Teachers often use the "Habitat" to complement lessons in Art, Science, Math and Language Arts. It is a peaceful spot that is enjoyed by the entire community.

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

Briargreen Public School is a single-track school offering a regular English program from junior kindergarten to grade 6 with 40 minutes of Core French instruction daily (20 minutes for kindergarten students). Core French teachers use the AIM program to deliver quality second language instruction. We provide ESL support to students who are in the process of acquiring English language skills and Special Education support through an integrated delivery model.

Classroom Organization

  • Total Enrollment: 300
  • Number of homerooms: 13
  • Three Kindergartens: JK, SK, and JK/SK. This is the first year of implementation of the Full Day Kindergarten program here at Briargreen
  • Grades: 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 2/3A, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, and 6

Special Education and ESL Programs

Briargreen’s Special Education team assists children who have been identified as needing support to ensure their success. We are able to do this by working with the classroom teachers to differentiate and/or modify the regular program, to accommodate for learning styles, to develop individual learning plans (IEP) and by working in partnership with other OCDSB Special Services personnel. These personnel include a school psychologist, a speech and language pathologist, and a social worker.

Students identified as having special needs or requiring learning support, receive this programming both from their regular classroom teacher and from Special Education personnel within the regular classroom. English as a Second Language programming is provided to students for whom English is not their first language and who demonstrate a need. Program delivery is based upon the inclusionary model with the focus upon support in the classroom by the classroom, ESL and Special Education support teachers.

Clubs and Activities

The staff at Briargreen volunteers time to provide a wide variety of activities for students. Although the exact list of what is offered may vary from year to year, generally students benefit from the opportunity to participate in the following clubs and activities:

  • Art Club
  • Choir
  • Chess Club
  • EarthCARE Environment Club
  • Assemblies
  • Basketball
  • Borden Ball
  • Cross-Country
  • Dodgeball
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Safe Schools Initiatives

Our goal is to develop and maintain a safe school environment for all our students. Through a school-wide emphasis on Character Development with a focus on values such as ‘respect’, ‘responsibility’ and ‘cooperation’, our students are taught the skills required to make good decisions and appropriate choices in the school, on the school yard, and on school buses. Our Code of Behaviour builds upon standards set by our school board and the Ontario Ministry of Education.

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