About Prairie Rose School Division
Prairie Rose encompasses a large geographical area (approximately 29,117 sq. kilometers) in southeastern Alberta. It borders Saskatchewan to the East and the United States to the South.
Our Goals: Learning, Leadership, Relationships (LLR)
Prairie Rose School Division aims to carry out its day-to-day operations with three goals in mind.
1. To improve instruction and learning opportunities for students and adults
2. To increase leadership capacity
3. To build positive relationships
The 2019-2022 Education Plan and all reporting required documents can be found in the Documents section of the website under Planning: Three Year Education Plan and Results Report.
The Division serves a predominantly rural population of approximately 3,300 students in grades Junior Kindergarten through 12. A Board of 7 trustees operates 17 Public Schools, 1 Outreach School, 1 Mennonite Alternative School and 18 Hutterite Colony Schools.
Our Communities and Regions
- Cypress County
- County of 40 Mile
- MD of Acadia Valley
- Special Areas
- Town of Redcliff
- Town of Oyen
- Town of Bow Island
- Village of Foremost
- Village of Empress
Challenges Being Met
Distance and sparseness are the major obstacles that have to be dealt with on a daily basis. The jurisdiction operates five public schools with populations of under 70 students. Multi-aged instruction has been implemented in an effort to keep the schools viable. Major resources have been provided in the area of staffing to ensure quality education for all our students. As a result, we have one of the lowest pupil/teacher ratios in the province.
A Diverse Culture
Prairie Rose is a unique blend of many different cultures. The Ralston School is made up of approximately 70% students who are of British descent and whose parents are members of the British Military. With 18 Hutterite Colonies, Prairie Rose has approximately 10% of all Colony children in the Province. In addition, we also have a high concentration of students whose parents are German speaking and come from Mexico. In the fall of 2013, a new Alternative Outreach Mennonite School opened in Redcliff. In 2019, that school moved into a larger location (in Medicine Hat) and was re-named Prairie Mennonite Alternative School. Find out what's happening in your local school on our School News page or by following your individual school on Facebook.
The Board continues to build cohesive partnerships with parents. Most school council meetings are attended by the local trustees in an effort to maintain communication lines. Twice a year the board also hosts a Council of School Council meeting to bring together all 18 school councils for professional learning and sharing. Minutes from these meeting can be found in the Documents section of the website and schools post individual school council minutes to their own websites. The Board also meets once per year with the Hutterite Brethern, including the Minister and German teacher.