In September of 1997, the doors at AGS officially opened. Alaqsite’w Gitpu means ‘the eagle will soar.’ The school’s name was selected from several names submitted to a Name the School contest. Alaqsite’w Gitpu reflects the hope that students at our school will reach their full potential, proud of their unique NNU identity. The winner of the contest, former student Leah Metallic, believed that “Our own community school would give our children and their children the opportunity to go beyond the limits and to continue to soar despite our trials and tribulations.”
Currently, there are 250 students attending Alaqsite’w Gitpu School from Nursery to Grade 8. The school provides instruction in three language streams, including Mi’gmaq immersion (Nursery – Grade 2), French immersion (Grade 3 – 8), and English stream (Nursery – Grade 8).
Students attending our school benefit from numerous programs and services, and may participate in many different sports and activities. We believe that learning is continuous and takes many forms.
AGS is also moving towards the knowledge and digital era that we live in today. We are one of six schools from First Nations communities across Canada taking part in a project called Microsoft’s First Nations 21st Century Digital Learning Village Network Project. Teachers and students will have an opportunity to use and learn from digital tools and resources.
Anyone who visits our school will quickly notice that our students enjoy rich opportunities to develop all their talents and skills. Enjoy our website, and remember to come visit us often.
Jeff Grass, M.Ed.