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    School Philosophy

    David Thomas King said his hope is for us to create a school that celebrates inclusion and diversity, supports students academically and socially, and ensures they are fully connected to the community. 

    His vision, along with our District Cornerstone Values of Accountability, Collaboration, Equity, and Integrity, will guide our work as we create the culture of David Thomas King School. A three-way partnership between parents, students and staff will lead the way to create the qualities and attitudes that are critical in developing respectful and responsible citizens.


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David Thomas King School is located in the Secord neighbourhood in west Edmonton. Mr. King was a MLA from 1971 to 1986, and served as the Education Minister from 1979 - 1986. He was responsible for several major initiatives, including support for First Nations Education, establishing provincial diploma exams, developing the computer technology in schools program, and implementing the Designated Community Schools Program. He believes that schools should have a mandate to attend to more than the program of studies, every school should be a vibrant community that is inclusive, celebrates diversity and seeks global citizenship.


Principal's Message

“I believe that public schools should be firmly embedded in the community of which they are part of.”                            

 -  David Thomas King 

Mr. King was an MLA, Education Minister, and strong advocate for education from 1971 to present. His beliefs around public education, inclusion of all students, citizenship, and the school as the heart of the community, will guide us as we collaboratively create the culture of our school.

I am very honoured to have been appointed the first Principal of David Thomas King School.

Opening a new school has been an exciting journey and for everyone who started their first year here with us would likely agree it certainly has been an adventure. Watching the gym floor being installed board by board or watching the Learning Common fill up with new library books was a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. At the core of every decision was the best interests of our students, families and community. Throughout this first year we have created an inclusive learning environment that fosters creativity and collaboration, inquiry and risk taking, and encourages students to achieve their potential and beyond. Our strong focus on academics and global citizenship supports all students to become successful and contributing members of our community.  

At David Thomas King, Knowledge Inspires New Growth, and we hope you are inspired at school with us every day.

Yours in learning,

Lyndi Karbonik

Principal, David Thomas King School