About Emily Carr

Emily Carr (1871-1945)

The school is named after Emily Carr, a Canadian painter and writer. Emily Carr's work was inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Coast and Canadian nature and habitat. She was one of the first painters in Canada to adopt a Modernist and Post-Impressionist painting style. Her work received widespread recognition across Canada for its passion and self-expression. Emily Carr persevered despite overwhelming obstacles that faced women of her day to be recognized as one of Canada's most famous artists.


Emily Carr Public School

Emily Carr Public School opened in September 2008. It is a K-8 school of approximately 835 students and 70 staff located in North Oakville. Our school community is represented by over 60 different countries.

Our shared vision is that Emily Carr Public School will be a safe, inclusive, and welcoming learning environment for students, parents and staff while maintaining high academic standards that respect all learners.

Our staff's collective commitment to make our school's vision a reality happens through the following actions:

  • We will honour the whole child by treating them with respect and care, and attend to their social and emotional needs.
  • We will listen to the concerns of our students' families, address their needs to the best extent possible, and make them feel welcome in the school. We will assume best intentions from students, parents and staff to help create a sense of belonging.
  • We will have a growth mindset for all students and ourselves.
  • We will use best practices to deliver curriculum that supports the academic growth of all students.
  • We will ensure that students see a reflection of themselves in the school environment (i.e., classroom resources, extra curricular opportunities, guest presenters, community events, field trips, and visual displays around the school).
  • We will be open to and ready for learning from others as professionals and colleagues (i.e., Lunch and Learns, staff led professional development, monitoring cycles).


Our school motto is that every child can "Dream...Soar...Succeed".


Big Ideas Assemblies and Community Houses

Every two months we have chosen a big idea to focus on as a school. We work on teaching students about these important concepts throughout the school year during community houses, which are comprised of cross grade groupings. This is a chance to build community throughout the building and to create a common focus.

September/October - Inclusion

November/December - Empathy

January/February - Resilience

March/April - Kindness

May/June - Mindfulness