Whispering Ridge Community School (WRCS)
Peace Wapiti Public School Division's newest Kindergarten – Grade 8 school is located north of Grande Prairie, AB in Whispering Ridge subdivision. We invite you to learn more about the new school during the exciting pre-construction and construction phases.
Letter and Intent Form, and Frequently Asked Questions
On December 5, 2016, a letter and intent form were mailed to families who reside within the Whispering Ridge Community School (WRCS) attendance area. By completing and returning the form you are indicating that you wish to have your children attend WRCS. Official registration will take place in the spring, and more information will be required at that time. Thank you for taking the time to complete and return the intent form. Your support is appreciated. For more information, please click here to review a document containing frequently asked questions and additional information about the school.
Frequently Asked Questions
Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) thanks all parents/guardians who attended the Whispering Ridge Community School (WRCS) meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Harry Balfour School (HBS). For those who were unable to attend, please click here to review a document containing frequently asked questions and answers from the meeting prior to providing your feedback in the online survey. The online survey link is included in the document.
Visit PWSD's Facebook page to view the latest construction photos.
Below: Progress as of May 24, 2018.
Supplied by Architects Tkalcic Bengert. Click the image for a larger version.
The WRCS Learning Commons will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, walls that open up to the student gathering area, flexible furniture, and even a fireplace!
Site plan and simplified floor plans
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School Boundary Map
The current HBS attendance area will be divided in the south along Highway 40, from the Wapiti River to the Grande Prairie city limits. In the north, the boundary will run along Highway 2 from the Grande Prairie city limits, ending at the interchange with Highway 43, which marks the start of Clairmont Community School's boundary line. The western portion of the current HBS attendance area (see purple section in the map below) will be assigned to WRCS, effective the 2017-2018 school year. Families who reside in the new WRCS attendance area who wish to remain at HBS will be required to provide transportation.
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The name: Whispering Ridge Community School (WRCS) Floor Plans
Grade Level: Kindergarten – Grade 8
Student capacity: 650 students
Principal: Shawn O'Shea
Assistant Principals: Jenny McAusland and Abby Stillwell (effective the start of the 2017-2018 school year)
Location: North of Grande Prairie in Whispering Ridge subdivision
Size: Total core plus eight modular classrooms equates to 6,500 square meters.
Notable features: Designed and constructed to LEED Silver standards. The school will include a naturally-lit library located near the front entrance, break-out learning spaces throughout the school to provide teachers and students with quiet spaces to work and study, and a centrally-located gym. In December 2015, the County of Grande Prairie announced funding to support a playschool facility at WRCS. The WRCS gymnasium, measuring 738 square metres, will be the largest elementary/junior high gym throughout PWSD, and is only slightly smaller than PWSD's largest high school gym – the Sexsmith Secondary School gym (760 m2).
Architect: Tkalcic Bengert
General Contractor: Graham Construction
Completion date: Construction is expected to begin late spring 2016. A mid-year opening is planned for the 2017-2018 school year. Note: Due to delays created by the mechanical contractor going into receivership, on January 25, 2018, PWSD announced that the opening will coincide with the first day of classes on September 4, 2018.
Supplied by Architects Tkalcic Bengert. Click the images for larger versions. Press Releases
The main floor of the school will house a large, centrally-located gymnasium with a nearby servery to accommodate food service during school and community events; adjoining Kindergarten classrooms, separated by a Kinder-kitchen; a naturally-lit learning commons boasting three two-story walls of glass; break-out classrooms; foods and CTS classrooms; eight modular classrooms; and a playschool facility which will be operated in partnership with the County of Grande Prairie.
The second floor will include an expandable music room which opens to a large flex space, several classrooms, break-out areas, and dedicated science classrooms.
New developments on the progress of Whispering Ridge Community School will be posted on a regular basis.
Wednesday, January 25, 2018
WRCS completion date impacted by loss of contractor – School opening to coincide with first day of classes on September 4
Positive changes in the local economy that created trade shortages and slowed construction progress at Whispering Ridge Community School (WRCS) in the fall of 2017 did not come soon enough for some. With the mechanical contractor going into receivership, general contractor Graham Construction has had to reset the timeline for completion of the new WRCS. Read more...
Friday, October 27, 2017
Economic upturn, weather extend completion of new PWSD school
A revised projected opening date of April 9, 2018 has been set to facilitate a smooth transition following spring break. Read more...
Tuesday, December 2, 2016
New Whispering Ridge Community School on schedule
Despite November's wet and unpredictable weather, construction is progressing on schedule on the new Whispering Ridge Community School (WRCS). Crews have been battling muddy conditions which are common for this time of year with Grande Prairie's clay-rich soil. Block layers arrived on site in November and considerable progress has been made since that time, with walls now easily visible upon approach to the construction site. Read more...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year – School construction, Kindergarten start-up, bus safety top PWSD's back-to-school list
Construction continues on the new Whispering Ridge Community School. Water and sewer have been installed to the property line, the bus lane is ready for storm sewer installation, 275 pilings have been installed on site, and grade beam excavation for the foundation will commence this week. A mid-year opening is planned for December, 2017. Read more...
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Whispering Ridge Community School construction set to begin – Attendance boundary adjustments completed following community consultations
Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that Graham Construction is the successful bidder for the construction of Whispering Ridge Community School (WRCS). The tendering process closed on April 12. In their bid, the company set estimated construction costs at $15,792,000. Read more...
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Construction Update: Whispering Ridge Community School
PWSD has received the title for the Whispering Ridge Community School land. During the Board Meeting held on February 18, 2016, the Board provided approval to build at the site, and will apply to Alberta Education for a school number which will be required for many upcoming developments. The developer, representatives from the County of Grande Prairie and PWSD, and local parents have met to begin planning for playground facilities. The Board hopes to have a tender document in place by the end of this month, with construction beginning in the spring. An opening is expected in December, 2017.
Friday, January 22, 2016
New K-8 school named "Whispering Ridge Community School"
It's official. PWSD’s Board has chosen the name Whispering Ridge Community School for its new Kindergarten - Grade 8 school, to be located north of Grande Prairie in Whispering Ridge subdivision. A September, 2017 opening is planned for the school. Read more...
Friday, January 15, 2016
Shawn O'Shea appointed Principal of new school in Whispering Ridge
Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce the appointment of Shawn O’Shea as Principal Designate of the new Kindergarten-Grade 8 school, to be located in Whispering Ridge subdivision. Mr. O’Shea will continue to serve as Principal of Clairmont Community School for the remainder of the current school year. Read more...
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Name That School – PWSD invites naming submissions for new Whispering Ridge K-8 public school
During the month of November, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will be seeking input from students and residents of the Harry Balfour School attendance area on a name for the new Kindergarten-Grade 8 public school, to be located north of Grande Prairie in Whispering Ridge subdivision. Read more...
Friday, September 11, 2015
Whispering Ridge School project receives Ministerial approval – Construction to begin once additional requirements are met
Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that Education Minister David Eggen has provided full approval for the new Kindergarten - Grade 8 school project, to be located in Whispering Ridge subdivision. Read more...
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