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    School Philosophy

    Our Philosophy

    D.S. MacKenzie School is an inclusive environment whose focus is student and adult learning.  We understand that the "one size fits all" model of education is no longer appropriate in today's rapidly evolving society. We approach learning as a team effort, where students and teachers learn together in a collaborative environment.  We strive for "everyday, every student, a success!"‌


    At D. S. MACKENZIE School, we believe success is fostered through:

    • engaging learning experiences and high quality instruction;
    • working together with students, parents, and community;
    • programming which develops independent, self-directed and motivated learners;
    • participation in the global, interconnected and interdependent learning community;
    • high expectations for work ethic, behaviour, and respectfulness;
    • guiding students to make responsible and empathetic choices within a caring, supporting environment.


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Welcome to D. S. MacKenzie School!

Every Student, Every Day, A Success. This speaks to our belief that all students have the right to a high quality learning environment and to be challenged to reach their potential as compassionate leaders, engaged learners, and contributing citizens.   Our school provides a safe, caring and welcoming atmosphere where diversity is honored, relationships are nurtured and perseverance is cultivated.  

We believe the educational journey of our students is a collective responsibility shared by our students, parents, school faculty and community members.  Through a collaborative approach, based on mutual respect and trust, together we can support the growth and success of all students.  As our valued partners, we invite our parents, caregivers and families to participate in school events throughout the year.  

Communication is a priority at D.S. MacKenzie and is a shared responsibility.  Updates and information will be communicated with parents and caregivers through SchoolZone and weekly emails.  Information regarding homework and classroom supports will be communicated with our students through Google classroom.  We encourage parents to connect with our faculty through in person conversations, phone calls and email.

We are committed to new technologies that support student achievement and utilize a ‘student owned device’ approach to learning.  We understand that this approach will enable students to cultivate knowledge and create innovative solutions within authentic contexts for learning. Using technology as a learning tool supports our focus on learning, critical thinking skills, managing information, and communicating as our students strive to become responsible global citizens. 

At D.S. MacKenzie School, we believe in the power of possibilities, positivity and partnerships because when we all work together, the impossible becomes possible!

Yours in partnership,

Dr. Larry Payne