Montroyal Elementary School opened its doors in 1964. Since then, there have been several additions to the school. Montroyal's present population of approximately 298 students, range from Kindergarten to grade 7. Montroyal underwent an extensive construction and renovation project several years ago. More recently the Montroyal Parent Advisory Council installed new Primary playground equipment.
The school building contains 12 classroom divisions, a library, learning assistance centre, music room, multi-purpose room, computer lab, art room, gymnasium, staff room, office and seminar rooms. We have 20 teachers on staff, 4 special education aides, an administrative assistant, an office assistant, a supervision aide, 2 custodians and 2 administrators. District support staff who service a number of schools including Montroyal, include a band teacher, a strings teacher, a counselor, a speech therapist, a psychologist and a special education learning support teacher.
The school is well used after hours by a variety of community groups, which may include the Lions Gate Soccer Association, Norwesters Track and Field Club, The Boy Scouts, The Brownies and Girl Guides, The North Shore Soccer Club, and Artmania.
The student body of Montroyal totals 298, enrolled in grades from Kindergarten to grade 7. For most of the 43 years that the school has existed the population has grown steadily, corresponding to the growth of housing developments in the community. More recently the school has experienced a slight decline in the student population.
MEETING THE DIVERSE NEEDS OF STUDENTS
The school offers a full range of programs to meet the diverse needs of students, including adapted or modified academic programs for learning disabled students, a learning assistance program, an English as a second language program and a gifted program.
For the most part, Montroyal students are conscientious about their work and achieve high academic standards. The students tend to be cooperative and highly involved in school activities, ranging from student council activities to team sports. Many Montroyal students also participate in extra-curricular activities outside of the school, as arranged by their parents.
THE PARENTS AND COMMUNITY
The community surrounding Montroyal consists largely of a high socio-economic population. All of the homes in the community are single detached dwellings. Many parents are professionals or self-employed in a variety of occupations.
The parents generally have very high expectations of their children, as well as the school staff. They are highly involved in many school activities, including major fund raising that helps the school considerably to acquire extra programs and resources.
The Montroyal Parent Advisory Council (MPAC) is highly organized and well integrated into the operation of the school as a whole. Some of their activities include a parent newsletter, the ordering of school supply packages, organizing several special topic evening presentations per year, Grade 7 graduation celebrations, family barbecue, a school directory, parent representatives assigned to classrooms and several major fund raisers per year.