A.R. Kaufman Public School is a culturally diverse JK-8 school located at the corner of Westmount Rd. and Chopin Dr. in the Victoria Hills neighborhood. Our student population is approximately 430 and we have 55 staff members.
Every day, our staff and students strive to live by the 4 Keys of Kaufman – Caring, Responsibility, Respect and Honesty. We hold weekly school assemblies to help students and staff connect with each other, showcase student talent, and recognise those students who have been awarded “Salutes” for demonstrating one of the Keys to another student or staff member. Parents are always welcome to attend our weekly assemblies.
We have 3 Kindergarten classes each of which are a JK/SK blend. We have the Before and After School Childcare program operating in our school this year, for students in grades JK to 2.
ARK has a fairly small school boundary which enables all of our students to walk to school. There is a crossing guard stationed at the corner of Westmount and Chopin, and also at the corner of Chopin Dr. and Hazelglen Dr. to assist students in travelling to school safely. Bussing is provided for our students registered in our 3 congregated classes – Jr. ABLE, Sr. ABLE, and the LD Program – who live outside of our school boundary. We also host the Kitchener Area Enrichment program for students in grades 4-8.
We strive to create a sense of community at A.R. Kaufman. Classes of different grades interact with each other as “buddies” either learning together in a classroom, the gym or outside. Students in grades 5 and 6 volunteer as lunchroom helpers, assisting younger children in the classroom during our Nutrition Breaks. Our grade 7 and 8 students are able to participate in our Leadership program which gives them the opportunity to be positive role models within the school. Leadership students can help with our Tuck Shop or Hot Food programs, join the Tech Crew, volunteer as Office or Library Helpers and assist teachers during our assemblies.
Our school community is very generous. We participate annually in the Terry Fox Run, Heart and Stroke Jump Rope for Heart, Christmas Food Drive, and support a child through Plan Canada.
We have a dedicated group of volunteers on our Parent Advisory Council. Meetings are held at 9:30 am, approximately once a month. Please check our school calendar to see when the next meeting is scheduled for. We also have volunteers throughout the school, helping in classrooms, with our Strong Start and Nutrition for Learning programs, and in various other areas. Their commitment to our students is much appreciated.
The majority of our grade 8 students will graduate to KCI for high school. Some students are accepted into magnet programs at Cameron Heights (IB program) or Forest Heights (ESL program).