École St-Charles School

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École St-Charles School
École St-Charles School logo.jpg
Address
4331 Ste-Anne
Montreal, Quebec, H9H 4G7, Canada
Information
School board Lester B. Pearson School Board
Principal Marie-Josée Coiteux, 2008–
Administrator Pauline Sciortino, 2006–2007
School type Public Elementary
Grades Kindergarten, grades 1 to 6
Language English and French
Founded 1965
Homepage http://stcharles.lbpsb.qc.ca/

École St-Charles School is a non-denominational, early immersion,[1] French and English speaking educational facility located in Montreal, (formerly Pierrefonds), Quebec, Canada with an enrollment of approximately 430 students, in grades kindergarten through grade 6. It operates within the Lester B. Pearson School Board and has functioned as an elementary school since it opened its doors to students in 1965.

History[edit]

Original crest

St-Charles began as an English speaking, Catholic school under the auspice of the Baldwin-Cartier School Commission, built to accommodate West Island population expansion at the beginning of the 1960s. Prior to opening, other established schools like École Sainte-Geneviève (formerly Saint Anne School), located in Sainte-Geneviève, Quebec, served the needs of the English-speaking community. At the time, the school offered both kindergarten and grades 1 through 7, and was the only building in the immediate area, surrounded entirely by farmland until St. Thomas à Becket Parish Church was constructed next door. Indeed the school offered Sunday services to English speaking parishioners until the church was completed in 1969. In 1968, the school initiated its "Cycle" program, where students rotated classrooms, to prepare students for the eventual Secondary school curriculum that followed.

Architecture

Aerial view of St-Charles School in 1966

by Papineau Gérin-Lajoie Le blanc architectes.

St-Charles was built as a simple box-design over a two-story "reflected plan" — meaning that one side mirrored the other — along an axial core. Constructed entirely in concrete, it featured a large gymnasium at the center, a cafeteria that overlooked it from an enclosed gallery and administrative offices situated below. It employed conventional classrooms that faced SE and NW, and was sheathed in a unique array of pre-fabricated window louvers that covered the entire façades of both exposures. Stylistically it was considered radical for any structure located on the West Island at the time. Built on a high ridge overlooking the town of Sainte-Geneviève located to the north, it was easily visible from the nearby region, particularly because it was painted entirely white and stood out vividly from the picturesque, sparsely-treed landscape that surrounded it. In 2002, the school received a retrofit when the louvers on the south side of the building were replaced with conventional windows.

St-Charles School[edit]

École St-Charles School and its telltale louvered façade, photographed August 10, 2002

At present the school boasts a full, early immersion program[2] for all graders, and rotates the curriculum from one cycle to the next.

CYCLE 1

Students enrolled in kindergarten, and grades 1 and 2 receive estimated instructions of 85% in French and 15% in English.

Cycles 2 and 3

Students enrolled in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 receive estimated instruction of 43% in French and 57% in English

The school also offers a comprehensive music and physical education program, and day care services.

Trivia[edit]

  • Before Rue Ste-Anne was linked to the school property, St-Charles' address was listed on Rue Harold.
  • In the early days, the school was surrounded by apple orchards to the east.
  • Television and radio personality Steve Anthony, known then as Steve Gomes, was a student here.

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