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Slide ShowBuilt over 100 years ago, Rutherford attracts motivated students who are seeking an academic experience that is second to none. We are proud to offer students a rich learning environment with a proud history of achievement. With the support of our highly skilled staff and a focus on learning, students benefit from a meaningful, well-rounded elementary school experience.

Outstanding programs, excellent facilities, and a safe and productive environment await students at Rutherford.  Their school experiences are memorable as they participate in a wide variety of clubs, school events and fieldtrips that take learning beyond the classroom.  Students strive for excellence while developing character, citizenship and leadership skills that open their eyes to a world of possibilities, free for them to explore!

Rutherford School is committed to ensuring that students realize their individual potential.  We have set high standards for both academic achievement and student conduct.  These high standards are supported by excellence in teaching and the development of character virtues.  We enjoy a strong partnership with our parent community and many community agencies.  Our goal is to provide students with an academic environment where optimal learning can take place!



Registration Information

For the 2023 - 2024 school year, Rutherford School is full in planned classes from Grades 1 to 6 in the regular program. We will only accept resident students in Grades 1 to 6 who have newly moved into the school’s attendance area for the regular program. A resident student of Edmonton Public Schools has at least one parent or legal guardian living in Edmonton who is not Roman Catholic. Non-resident students can enrol in another Division school with space in planned classes.

If you are registering for Kindergarten or are new to Edmonton Public Schools, you must register online.


School Start up Information 2023-2024

Welcome to Rutherford School Community!

Whether they are a new or a returning student, we are happy to have your family registered at our school for the 2023-2024 school year. 

Our school office will open on Wednesday, August 23, 2023.

The first day of school for students in Grades 1-6 is Tuesday, September 5th, 2023.

Kindergarten students will take part in Kinder Orientations on Tuesday, September 5th and Wednesday September 6th. If you have not received a letter with your Kinder Orientation date and time, please contact the school office at 780-466-2891.

School Hours

  • 8:30 am Welcome Bell
  • 8:35 am Start of Morning Instruction
  • 11:30 am Lunch 
  • 12:20 pm Return Bell
  • 12:25 pm Start of Afternoon Instruction
  • 3:30 pm End of Day 

Early Thursdays: 2:28 pm End of Day Early Dismissal Thursday    

Getting Ready for Classes - School Supply Lists 2023-2024

Kindergarten - School Supply List 2023-2024

Grade 1 - School Supply List 2023-2024

Grade 2 - School Supply List 2023-2024

Grade 3 - School Supply List 2023-2024

Grade 4 - School Supply List 2023-2024

Grade 5 - School Supply List 2023-2024

Grade 6 - School Supply List 2023-2024

Our primary method of communication will be through SchoolZone.  If you are new to the Division, your login and password will be sent home in September.  Parents are strongly encouraged to check SchoolZone regularly for updated school news and announcements.  Many teachers also use a tool called Google Classroom which will allow you to stay directly connected with the tasks your child is completing in class.  Information about Google Classroom, or other communication tools, will be shared by your child’s teacher.

Important Dates

August 23:  Rutherford Office opens

September 4:  Labour Day (No School)

September 5:  First day of classes 

September 14:  Meet the Staff 

September 25:  PD Day (No School for Students)



Calling all new bus riders!

All K–6 students taking the bus for the first time are invited to the Edmonton Expo Centre on Tuesday, August 29 for the 15th annual First Riders event. This free event is a unique hands-on opportunity for you and your child to get familiar with riding the bus before the school year begins.  

​​​​​​​Invitations will be mailed to all early education and Kindergarten students who will receive yellow bus service for the 2023–24 school year. Students transitioning to Grade 7 who will be riding ETS buses for the first time are also invited to attend. This event is also open to any other students riding a school bus for the first time.

Afternoon sessions run every half-hour from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Evening sessions run every half-hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Please register by August 25 to save your spot. 


Kindergarten Open House and Registration

Join us at our Kindergarten Open House!

Thursday, February 23, 2023 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

We welcome you to join us at Rutherford School to find out all about Kindergarten. Meet the staff, learn about the program and see the school community and learning environment. 

Kindergarten registration is now open!

Rutherford School is accepting Kindergarten registrations for the 2023-24 school year. To start Kindergarten in September 2023, your child must be 5 years old on or before December 31, 2023.

Kindergarten Information:

EPSB Kindergarten Program Description

Kindergarten Noon Yellow Bus



Principal's Message

Welcome to Rutherford school!  What sets Rutherford apart is the strength of our school community, the dedication of our staff, the determination of our students and the excellence that we achieve together.  

This year we are pleased to welcome 267 students and their families to our K-6 programming at Rutherford School. French as a second language, starting in kindergarten, gives our school a unique focus as our families choose second language programing starting at a young age.

Rutherford provides students with a caring, smaller school atmosphere with all the advantages of a bigger school.  We offer academic excellence, school spirit, and a range of extracurricular and enrichment opportunities. At Rutherford, students, staff and parents work together to ensure that students realize their potential and that they are supported and empowered along the way.

We are committed to enhancing pathways for student success.

Yours in partnership,

Marnie White