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  • Playground News

    Playground News

    ~ Children can and do find play everywhere they go, but a playground provides a sense of belonging. ~

    Downtown Edmonton business and community partners are building the first downtown community playground, on the grounds of Historic McKay Avenue School at 10425 99 Avenue.

    The playground will provide much needed space for children to play and foster a safer, more attractive space for residents and the community at large.

    Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Public Schools, City of Edmonton, Downtown Business Association, Downtown Edmonton Community League, Manasc Isaac Architects, and 104th Street Committee are working together to raise funds for the Historic McKay Avenue School Playground.

    Donate to support the Historic McKay Avenue School Playground

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  • Profile


    Housed within the oldest standing brick school in Alberta, our facility offers curriculum-based, hands-on programs for students; a museum highlighting the history of Edmonton Public Schools and Alberta's early political history; and archives where historically significant documents are preserved for future generations.

    Then & Now video

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  • Historic Site

    Historic Site

    Designated a Provincial Historic Resource in 1976 and a Municipal Historic Resource in 2015, McKay Avenue School has played an important role in the educational, social and political development of Edmonton and Alberta. It has been preserved to reflect the District’s past and to pass its history on to future generations.

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  • Archives for Researchers

    Archives for Researchers

    The Archives and Museum is a public research facility housing records and artifacts related to Edmonton Public Schools. Some of the holdings include: Board of Trustees meeting minutes, administrative records, attendance registers, school records, yearbooks, school cultural material, photographs, curriculum material, maps, authorized Alberta textbooks, student records, trophies, sports equipment and school furniture.

    Release of Record Form

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Welcome to Archives and Museum. We tell the story of Edmonton Public Schools and the formation of the Province of Alberta by offering programming to students and exhibiting our history in a public research facility. Our unique facility is in the heart of downtown Edmonton and buzzing with activity all through the year. During the 2016-2017 school year, we welcomed:

  • 14,563 people at historic McKay Avenue School
  • 7,464 students received programming
  • 1,142 teachers and parent volunteers participated in student programming
  • 2,325 school and central staff attended meetings, PD and retreat activities
  • 2,812 were city, community, and provincial government attendees
  • 820 community walk-ins
  • 305 people requested archived materials

 Of the 549 bookings at Archives and Museum there were:

  • 293 school programming bookings
  • 256 District, community and multi-level government bookings



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