Royal Vale School

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Royal Vale School
5851, avenue Somerled

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Coordinates45°28′31″N 73°37′57″W / 45.4753°N 73.6326°W / 45.4753; -73.6326
FoundedSeptember 1988 (1988-09)
School boardEnglish Montreal School Board
PrincipalNathalie Lacroix-Maillette
LanguageFrench immersion

Royal Vale School (French: École Royal Vale) is a K-11 school in Region 3 of the English Montreal School Board (EMSB). It is an Immersion school at both the elementary and high school levels. Students who graduate from Royal Vale receive a bilingual certificate.

Royal Vale has a 240 status as it is a school with a math and science focus.


Royal Vale Alternative School opened to receive its first 125 students(from pre-kindergarten to grade 5) in September 1988 at the Dupuis location. The project was initiated by Caroline Kramer-Zilkha, who had a vision of creating an enriched math/science school. After putting an ad in the local community paper, parental interest was overwhelming. With a dedicated group of parents, including Donna Cooper and Marla Shuster, a steering committee was formed and the model for Royal Vale Alternative School was created. The school would offer full French immersion, with an emphasis on math and science and include a compulsory 1 hour supplemental program at the end of the day which offered both Jewish Heritage Studies and academic enrichment.

Classes expanded the next year to include grade 6, reaching a population of 325 students.

In 1992, Royal Vale moved to its present location on Somerled Avenue in Notre-Dame-de-Grace, at the former Westhill High School. Within five years, three secondary classes were added at each grade level. Presently the school offers a complete program from Kindergarten to Secondary V. The current school population is stable, with an enrollment of 550 secondary students and 500 elementary students. There continue to be overnight lineups for registration each year.[1]


  1. ^ "Parents brave frigid temps to snag Royal Vale kindergarten spots". Montreal Gazette. 2017-02-06. Retrieved 2018-02-03.

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