View Full Version : Safety for kids travelling to school?

07-01-2008, 10:02 AM
HI. Moving to Edmonton in July'08. I'm planning on sending my 11 & 13 year old kids to McKernan school, but will probably be living in the Kiniski area. They will need to take public transit to school on their own. Do you think this will be safe for them?

07-01-2008, 10:47 AM

McKernan is a wonderful school and many parents I know who could afford to send their children anywhere in the world sent them to McKernan for the music program and the wonderful teaching staff and curriculum (something that is not unique to McKernan BTW).

One problem with the area at the moment is all the Light Rapid Tranist (LRT) construction which has made this area a mess of detours, fencing and awkward access. On the other had there is wonderful bus service especially as this is on the University routes.

Ages 11 and 13 are "interesting" ages and only you know how mature your children are. Public transit is as safe as any city in Edmonton and there are special school routes that service schools during the peak school hours if this helps.

Welcome to C2E and soon welcome to Edmonton!

If you have anymore questions post away there is always someone on C2E that will help.

A website I recommend is http://www.movetoedmonton.com/ a plethora of handy information can be found here.

Good luck!

Regards, :D

Starter Wife
07-01-2008, 02:45 PM
I have kids in that age range.

Safety is not much of an issue, but depending on where you live, they might have as much as a 45 minute ride.

Are you sending them to McKernan because of the French immersion?

Unlike Ontario, Alberta's public school system is fairly well funded, and most schools are very good. You likely could find a good school in Mill Woods, though likely not French immersion, in the public system.

I know there are Catholic French immersions in Mill Woods. My children attend a Catholic school, although we are not Catholic. This is fairly common in Edmonton. We chose this with our first, because at the time, the Catholic school in our neighbourhood had the best programme. You could consider this as well.

Some schools, even outside a district, have school bus service. You may want to check into that as well.

I suggest touching base with the community league for more information - you'll get the views of people whose children attend school in the community.


07-01-2008, 04:04 PM
Thanks for the links. The more info. I arm myself with, the better.
My kids are pretty mature for their age, but haven't tackled the public transportation system before. I'm sure they'll be fine.

I'm not sure about putting them into the french program at Mckernan or not yet. It would certainly benefit them and they are already on board with it since we're presently living in the bilingual city of Ottawa.

Anything else that would be helpful is always appreciated. Thanx!!

Starter Wife
07-01-2008, 04:16 PM
I assumed if you wanted the kids to take a bus outside the area, it was because of the French immersion. Most neighbourhood schools are very good.

Edmonton offers a wide variety of programmes. I suggest visiting the Edmonton Public Schools website.

Again, I'd suggest talking to people in the neighbourhood. At the end of August, you can also visit the schools. You can register your children at McKernan now, even if you change your mind in September.

07-01-2008, 06:23 PM
For bus service, check http://www.takeets.com
Routes #6 and #73 go from Mill Woods to McKernan School,
on their way to University.
Also, check the school services for McKernan School, on
ETS' website, at:
McKernan School - ETS (http://www.edmonton.ca/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_0_390_265_0_43/http%3B/AppServer/ExternalSupported/Transit/SchoolServices_Results.aspx)

08-01-2008, 11:30 PM
Wow, this is great! Thank you so much.
I can't wait to move! Ottawa is a pretty conservative city and I think I'm going to find Edmonton to be a lot friendlier!

- Not to knock Ottawa. It's beautiful here and there is so much to do......but after 20 years, it's time for a change.