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About our School

Every child dreams of visiting a castle, and Buena Vista -- our school -- is Saskatoon's Castle on the Hill! Nestled in a safe and caring neighbourhood, Buena Vista School is rich in history, architecture and education. We celebrated our 100th birthday in 2014! Our renovated building showcases and accentuates our castle school. Our enthusiastic and caring staff will warmly welcome your children into their classrooms.

Buena Vista is a pre-kindergarten to grade 8 school, open to all that specifically serves the Buena Vista, Exhibition and Nutana neighbourhoods. In 2021 Buena Vista became the first public school in Saskatoon to offer an outdoor based learning program in pre-kindergarten to grade 1. After the success of the outdoor learning approach in the early years, in 2022, Buena Vista expanded this to bring a nature-based learning focus to the entire school. Nature-based learning includes a range of educational practices that are linked to improved academic achievement, holistic wellness, personal development, and environmental stewardship in students.

These practices may include:

  • Outdoor learning experiences
  • Nature-focused inquiry (in and out of the classroom)
  • Forest School approaches to early learning
  • Indigenous Land-based learning
  • Place based learning
  • Ecological/garden education

At BV, we are excited to achieve the Saskatoon Public Schools' strategic plan emphasizing academic excellence, character, engagement, and well-being through the innovative, nature-based approach. The staff provides a supportive and caring learning environment, both inside and out, with the students at the centre of all that we do. Our students, parents, and staff take pride in the fact that Buena Vista School has a strong emphasis on academics featuring numerous learning opportunities.

  • Extensive use of the outdoors including our own grounds, BV park and the river valley
  • Quality Physical Education program offered to all students
  • A Band Program available for students in Grades 6 to 8
  • A Music Specialist available for instruction to all grade levels
  • Computer lab and laptops available for all students
  • Impressive and open library
  • Motivated, progressive, knowledgeable and supportive staff
  • Two Full-time Resource Teachers offering assistance to support students
  • Educational Assistants available for students that require intensive supports
  • All stakeholders are valued as we work collaboratively in developing a shared vision for quality learning

We are proud to offer the following opportunities for our students:

  • Extensive extra-curricular programs (Track, Student Leadership, Cross-Country Club, Volleyball and Basketball) that provide opportunities for students to extend their learning in different ways
  • A supportive community and a strong and supportive parent council
  • Busing for students in the Exhibition and Nutana Area
  • Boys and Girls Club Child Care Before and After School
  • Preschool classes for 3 and 4 year olds

Please come visit us at Buena Vista School and tour our facility. We'll show you around the building and grounds, talk with you about our school's history, and proudly discuss the learning that happens within our walls. Simply drop in or call 306-683-7140 to book a time to see Buena Vista School: Saskatoon's Castle on the Hill!