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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!



Getting ready for the 2024-25 school year - Pre-enrolment and registration begin on February 1st

It's time to get ready for the 2024–25 school year!

Sign in to your parent SchoolZone account between February 1 and Mar 22 to select your child’s preferred school for next year. Whether your child is staying at the same school or changing schools, all students need to pre-enrol. Knowing how many students to expect helps schools prepare to welcome them in September.

Rutherford School is a Level 1 school and is accepting new students for the 2024-25 school year.

Pre-enrolment and registration both start at 8 a.m. on February 1, 2024. The deadline for all families to choose their school for the 2024–25 school year is at 4 p.m. on March 22, 2024

For further information, please see the pre-enrolment handout.

If your child is new to Edmonton Public Schools, you can register for school online. Visit the Division website to learn how to register for school

You will need to pre-enrol on SchoolZone to tell us the school you’d like your child to attend next year. Find important dates and deadlines and learn more about pre-enrolment, which opens February 1.

Are you an existing student and have moved? Update your child’s current address with the school office before updating it in SchoolZone prior to pre-enrolment. 

If you have questions about registering for school, please do not hesitate to contact the school office at 780-466-2891.


Kindergarten Open House and Registration for 2024-25

Join us at our Kindergarten Open House!

Thursday, February 22, 2024 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 opens February 1, 2024!

Rutherford School is accepting Kindergarten registrations for the 2024-25 school year. To start Kindergarten in September 2024, your child must be 5 years old on or before December 31, 2024.

Kindergarten Information:

EPSB Kindergarten Program Description

Kindergarten Noon Yellow Bus



Current year 2023-24

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)



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