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Elementary School Learning at Crossroads

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What is the Elementary Routes Program?

  • An opportunity for students between the ages of 4 and 14 to work towards their Grade 8 Graduation Diploma, using a flexible program.

  • How does it work?
  • Students are officially enrolled at Crossroads Public School, within the DSBN. The students come to school every day, Monday to Friday, and meet in our ROUTES classroom with their Low German peers and our dedicated teacher.
  • The Grades 1 – 8 classroom setting allows these students to learn together while enjoying the benefits of public education.


    What are the benefits of the program?

  • The program focus is on Math, Reading and Writing but also covers all areas of the Ontario Curriculum.
  • Students work with their peers in a small group setting.
  • Busing is available within the Crossroads boundary.
  • This program is free.
  • Programming is developed with community input and respectful of religious and cultural beliefs.
  • Extra activities are available (e.g., ukulele club)
  • Low German speaking staff available.


    Who can apply?

  • Children ages 4 – 14 may register for the program.


    When can they apply?

  • We take students all through the year. Ideally, children would be registered in the spring before their intended September start.


    What if the children go to another school that is either within or outside of the DSBN?

  • That’s not a problem! You may apply from any other school or from home schooling.


    Where is the ROUTES Program offered?

  • Crossroads Public School located at 1350 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara on the Lake


    How do I get more information or register?

  • Call Gerda Klassen at Crossroads Public School 905-468-7793 or Marian Reimer Friesen at the District School Board of Niagara 905-641-1550 x54105