Our Mission:

Providing enriched learning opportunities to help our students achieve academic excellence.  We provide the structure, attention and learning styles they need by capping the class size, teaching life skills and going above and beyond the traditional school system's curriculum.  We believe that a proper education early on will stay with our children throughout their lives and provide them with the life skills they need to be successful.  Our students are confidant, ambitious, independent and purposeful.  They value integrity, honesty and respect.

About First Steps & Beyond

Ten years ago, October 1, 2010, we opened our doors with 2 children in our Pre - Kinders program. Within the next two years the enrolment grew to 32 and it was time to move to a larger location. This new location is our present home. Its size has permitted us to increase our programming options and accept more children. Three years ago, we proudly added our Enhanced Kinders - Plus Program. Positive feedback on our curriculum and parental requests convinced us it was the correct time for the next step in our expansion. In June 2016, we reached yet another milestone in our growth. First Steps & Beyond received its designation of a Registered Private School from Alberta Education. This designation means the addition of grades to our school. Currently, the school offers Pre - School, Pre - Kinders,  Kinders - Plus, Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Private Education Provides Qualities Worthy of Your Investment

Small Class Sizes – Our Kinders - Plus and grade classes are levelled at 12 students. Pre-School and Pre - Kinders run at a ratio of 1:8. Your child receives daily personal instructional time and enriched and challenging learning experiences. It is all about superior education in superior learning environments.

Higher standards for academic performance – All of the students set personal learning goals and together we put a plan in place to achieve that goal. No student is idle in their learning as new goals are constantly being set. Your student will strive to reach and surpass their personal best.

Higher expectations for conduct – The fundamentals on which we establish our expectations for conduct are: acceptance and tolerance of each individual, respect for others and self, responsible attitude in regards to school work and holding oneself accountable for ones actions and conduct. These traits are vital in promoting pride in one’s personal accomplishments.

Safe Environment - Our school is a safe place for students to identify who they are.  We purport higher standards of discipline and respect that will build a strong sense of community improving your child's educational experiences and achievement.

Future Leaders - Our students are confidant and ambitious. They are goal setters and achievers. They will quite possibly be our future leaders in business, politics and society. Our LOT program provides each student the tools to become leaders within our school community and beyond.

Culture  -  Establishing values, building character, allowing individualism, achievement and supporting tolerance and knowledge.

We are about Excellence in Education.

 

Meet the First Steps Family

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   Lynne Harris

Owner/Teacher

Tamara Stasyk

     Teacher

Ashley O'Neil

     Teacher

    Jen Anderson

        Teacher

From the Parents

The Constable Family

1

“We have a lot of respect for the level of effort seen upon each visit at your wonderful establishment since Cleopatra and Nikita have been attending. Their interest in letters and word recognition have peaked, their ability to write, especially Cleopatra’s capability on holding crayons amazes me. The girls also have excelled with their speech performance lately. Your resourcefulness along with your talents reflects in the children. We’re amused with all the crafts, such adorable ideas! We love to display them as soon as we arrive home. After only 3 months in preschool thus far, we’re looking forward to more advancement, and we thank you for your continued support with the development of our children.”

Bambi Kom-Tong

2

“This is Zackary’s first year at First Steps and Beyond. He is our first child to attend this program and he won’t be the last. I am truly happy that I did my research and chose this school. The small class size and the opportunity to learn in a safe and caring environment were the primary reasons we chose this Pre-K class. The teachers are really involved, the school is clean and safe and Zack can’t wait to get to school each day! Music with Mrs. Harris and Mrs. Stasyk is by far far his favourite part of the day. He is constantly coming home and singing me the songs that he learned in class. I have already noticed that Zack is recognizing more letters than before. He is rhyming words and getting so much better with his counting. Zack also enjoys science, from learning about planets to making goop and science projects outside. He loved learning about the arctic, igloos and penguins. I am amazed at the rate of his learning. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the school year brings.”

Janel and Dan Boomer

3

“Since starting at First Steps & Beyond Eva has completely come out of her shell. She loves going to school to see her friends and teachers. We are always amazed at how much she has learned and how independent she has become. She is proud of being able to sign her name and most recently started reciting her phone number. Eva’s vocabulary has grown as well as having better pronunciation. We strongly feel that choosing this preschool was the right decision for our daughter. We look forward to next year in Pre-K.”