About Our School

Grades Taught



Avondale School is a Kindergarten to Grade 6 school with 150 students and 25 staff. The school is located central northwest in the city of Grande Prairie. Boundary students from Avondale School attend Roy Bickell Public School for Grade 7 and 8.

Picture of the front of Avondale school

Avondale opened its doors in 1957 and was named after the neighbourhood it resides in. As one of our five oldest schools in our Division, it is rich with history of those that attended and worked in our building. Our school has diverse learning community and is a partner in the community.  At Avondale we host A Bright Beginning Child Care Center that cares for children 12 months to 6 years and provides before and after school care for children ages 5 to 12 years.

Who we are!

Our Mission: "To learn and succeed together."

Our vision is for all students to achieve academically, emotionally, and socially to their highest potential and to become active, engaged citizens.

Principal's Message

Dear Avondale Families,

I'm excited to kick off another fantastic school year at Avondale School.  As your proud principal, I want to share our mission and vision for the coming months.

Our mission is simple but powerful: "To learn and succeed together." We're all in this learning journey together, and together, we'll achieve amazing things!

Our vision is to see every student not only rock their academics but also thrive emotionally and socially. We want them to reach for the stars and become active, engaged citizens. It's our goal to nurture well-rounded individuals who can make a positive impact on the world.

One of the things that make Avondale special is our diversity. We celebrate the fact that our school is a melting pot of different backgrounds and cultures. This diversity is what makes learning here so exciting and unique. It helps our students grow in understanding, kindness, and  global perspective.

From our littlest learners in kindergarten to the big kids in grade 6, each student is important to us. Our amazing team is dedicated to creating an environment where every child feels supported and challenged, no matter where they are in their learning journey.

To all parents and guardians, your involvement is crucial. Your support makes a world of difference in your child's education and the overall spirit of Avondale.  We invite you to be part of our School Council and community, share your ideas, and join us in creating an atmosphere where curiosity and the love of learning flourish.

I'm genuinely excited about the possibilities this school year holds for all of us.  Let's work together in making it a year filled with achievements, wonderful experiences, and learning.

Warm regards,
Colin Murphy

Principal Avondale School

Graphic for school council

​School Council our Partners in Education

For more information on how parent can be involved in School Council can be found HERE

Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm
School Council Chair contact information and meeting information can be found HERE

At Avondale School we...

… pride ourselves on being a diverse learning community. We serve students from kindergarten to grade 6. Our grade configuration for 2022-23 consists of the following: one morning Kindergarten, one Grade 1 class, one Grade 2 class, one Grade 3 class, one Grade 4 class, one Grade 5 class, and one Grade 5/6 class.

There are 10 teachers on staff (9.8 FTE), including 2 administrators and a Learning Support Teacher (LST) who has half her day allocated to intervention for indigenous students and English Language Learners. We have nine educational assistants (EAs) as part of our team for the 2022-23 school year. Rounding out our staff are one full-time administrative assistant, one 0.5 FTE library technician (shared with Hillside Community School), one Snack Program Assistant and three custodians – one full-time and two part-time.

Avondale School is proud of our community partnerships. These partnerships make our community stronger and allow us to optimally support our students. Our collaborations include, but are not limited to, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, A Bright Beginning Day Care, Frontier College, Grande Prairie Centre for Newcomers, and the Cobs Bread End of Day Donation Program.

Avondale is positively shaped by our diversity. 28 percent of our student population identify as Indigenous, and 20 percent of our student population have declared they are English Language Learner (ELL) students.

Our School Education Plan is focused on:

Priority: Inclusion
Outcome: Increased engagement from all stakeholders is essential to the success of our school community and the high achievement of our students.
Outcome: Students who are able to self-regulate and have their social-emotional need met will achieve to their highest potential.

Priority: Teaching and Learning
Outcome: Quality teacher/staff collaborative practice and reflection will lead to improved student achievement.
Outcome: Effective differentiation provides the structure for teachers to ensure students can achieve to their full potential.

To see our full School Educational Plan and Results Report - Click HERE

Program of Choice

KinderPAL is an early learning Program of Choice for kindergarten-age students in GPPSD schools. The Play and Learn experience is programming in a classroom setting where students experience peer-based play as they continue developing and growing their knowledge. 

Students will experience full school day learning with kindergarten programming for half their time, and the other half is KinderPAL. It follows the school’s full-day bell schedule and calendar. A certified teacher provides kindergarten curriculum instruction, and a KinderPAL Instructor provides KinderPAL programming.  

See more information about KinderPAL by visiting the Grande Prairie Public School Division site.
Learn More