General Program Information
St. Matthew Catholic Elementary is a dual track K-6 school located in the northeast community of Killarney. Under one roof it houses both the English and International Ukrainian Bilingual Programs. St. Josaphat’s Cathedral Sadochok and Pink Elephant Daycare are also housed at St. Matthew. Of the approximately 500 students, the Ukrainian Bilingual students are primarily bussed in, while the English program students are in walking distance of the school. Embracing the school motto of “Together Toward Tomorrow”, St. Matthew School staff has been welcoming and nurturing students for over 6 decades. As a school family of “Guardians” we work simultaneously with our greater community, of home and parish, to engage our students and provide them with a program of educational excellence.
UKRAINIAN BILINGUAL PROGRAM
In this program, the students continue to develop English language skills and learn Ukrainian for up to 50% of the school day. The students are also exposed to many traditional and religious aspects of the culture throughout the year. St. Matthew has offered the Ukrainian bilingual education since the Bilingual program's inception in l974.
UKRAINIAN DANCE ACADEMY
The Ukrainian Dance Academy was established in 2009, and is an optional, tuition based program, offered to students in the Ukrainian Bilingual program. Certified teachers, along with guest trainers, choreographers and ballet masters provide dance instruction to students within a Ukrainian language setting. Tuition and instructional minutes are identical for all students. Please check our school website or call the office for details and/or registration questions.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
Our students who are Canadian citizens or immigrants whose first language is not English are provided with a special, government-funded program. Supplementary teaching assistance, either within the classroom or in a small group setting is scheduled as required
FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
French is offered to both the students in the English Program and Ukrainian Bilingual program in grades 4, 5 & 6.