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    If your child is new to Edmonton Public Schools, you can register for school online. Visit the Division website to learn how to register for school.


    You will need to pre-enrol on SchoolZone to tell us the school you’d like your child to attend next year. Find important dates and deadlines and learn more about pre-enrolment, which opens between March and April each year.

    If you have questions about registering for school, contact the school office.


    Kindergarten Virtual Open House - April 11, 6:00 - 7:00 pm 














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Welcome and Principal's Message

To read this letter in Arabic, click here

لقراءة هذه الرسالة باللغة العربية ، انقر هنا

To read this letter in Punjabi, click here

ਇਸ ਚਿੱਠੀ ਨੂੰ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਵਿੱਚ 

To read this letter in Somali, click here

Si aad u akhrido warqadan oo Af, guji halkan


Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year at Kirkness!

At Kirkness we seek to empower all students to develop skills for character, academic success, resiliency, and leadership. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and creatively as unique individuals. 

We work together with care and compassion in order to develop each individual’s sense of social responsibility and good citizenship. We are an inclusive school that sees diversity as a strength, and we promote self-expression, creativity, and empathy in our relations with each other.  

Our school focuses on meeting student’s individual academic needs and supporting their growth in literacy and numeracy. We provide this by providing high-quality learning environments that challenge and engage students. Our dedicated and caring staff work hard to provide the necessary support to all of our students.

We work closely and collaboratively with our School Council to provide our students with additional learning opportunities that enhance curriculum learning and we deeply value the relationships we have built with our community. 

More detailed information about our school can be found in SchoolZone for our current and prospective families. Please contact our school office and we would be happy to offer assistance and/or provide registration information.


Britt Petracek




About Kirkness

Kirkness School was opened in 1983. Like other neighbourhoods in this part of Edmonton, the name‌ honours a pioneer. James Kirkness, who came to Canada from Scotland in 1864 with the Hudson’s Bay Company. James Kirkness worked as a farm labourer for several years before being transferred to Fort Edmonton in 1871, and then Rocky Mountain House. He then returned to Edmonton two years later and became a homesteader in the river lots known as the Lower Settlement. It was then that he met and married Sarah Jane Steinhauer, daughter of Reverend Henry Bird Steinhauer, an Ojibwa Methodist minister and Jessie Joyful Erasmus, a Métis woman. Throughout his lifetime he continued to work on and off with the Hudson's Bay Company, as well as opening a coal mine in what is now Kinnaird Ravine. Through his dealings, he amassed a great deal of wealth which continued to grow past his death in 1911. The Kirkness family developed the western portion of the river lot in the Lower Settlement into what is now the Virginia Park subdivision. Many landmarks in Edmonton are named after the Kirkness pioneer family or are located on the river lot purchased in 1871.


Planned Classes Grades 5 & 6

As of Steptember 1, 2022 Kirkness school has declared full and planned classes for grade 5 & 6. Please contact the school if you have any questions. Thank You.