Welcome to Salt Spring Elementary located in the heart of Ganges on Salt Spring Island: we enroll approximately 185 Kindergarten to Grade 5 students in our eight multiage classes. Built in 1940, our school is a beautiful old building with wide hallways, large classrooms, and big windows. Some of our students are third generation SSE learners. In 2015 we celebrated 75 years of continuous excellent education.
The school is within walking distance of the swimming pool, ArtSpring arts centre, the public Library, Mouat Park, the heronry, beaches and the downtown core. Our classes regularly take walking excursions to many of these locations to enhance their educational programs. Salt Spring Elementary has a long standing partnership with the Salt Spring Island Conservancy who provide ecological programs for our students each year.
We have a strong music program including a choir that represents our school with community performances. Each weekly whole school meeting begins with our students singing, and our students present two musical performances for parents each year. Our students enjoy daily physical education in our spacious gym and have the opportunity to participate in inter mural basketball and volleyball in grades 4/5. We have a well-equipped adventure playground where active play is encouraged during our three daily recesses. We have recently acquired an outdoor classroom to extend our learning beyond the building and to provide shelter for outdoor play during inclement weather.
Our staff strives to make Salt Spring Elementary a welcoming place. Our mandate is, "Be Caring, Be Respectful. and Be Safe.” We employ the Virtues project and the WITS program to help our students learn problem solving skills. Our Parents’ Advisory Council is a supportive and dynamic group who work to enrich the education of our students and make this school one of the best on the Island. Salt Spring Elementary is an inclusive school that welcomes all ages including babes in arms in our Early Learning facility, High School peer tutors and community volunteers.