The school with the deepest roots in the Collingwood community would surely have to be Admiral Collingwood Elementary School. Most of the “locals” I have met over the last couple of decades attended that very school and everyone has a story to tell.
The first school sat at the corner of Hume and Hurontario Street and was originally built in the 1920′s as the Collingwood Collegiate Institute (CCI) High School. In 1958, a new school was built for CCI farther south down Hurontario Street at which point the original school became home to Collingwood’s Senior Public School for Grade 7 and 8 students. In the early 1980′s, the school changed again into a full elementary school serving Kindergarten to Grade 8. In the late 1990′s and early 2000′s, discussions were held about closing the school. Emotions ran deep. Many of the populace had attended this school and, the architecture and majesty of the old school had historical significance. Ultimately, the old school was torn down and a new Admiral Collingwood Elementary School was built in 2003 on its current site at Dey Drive in the south east part of Collingwood.
The school continues to have a fantastic reputation. According to the Principal’s message on their website, they have a student population of about 350 people. They offer the extended French program for Grades 5 to 8 and, they are on a balanced school day schedule with breaks from 10:25 am-11:10 am and 12:50 pm-1:35 pm.
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