• J Douglas Hodgson Elementary School

J Douglas Hodgson Elementary School

School Mission
To provide a safe, secure, and nurturing environment where students can acquire the knowledge, skills, and values needed to become responsible members of a changing society.

School History
J Douglas Hodgson Elementary School opened its doors to students for the first time in September 1972. At that time, students in grades 4 to 8 from Gooderham, Wilberforce, and Haliburton attended this school. For the next few years it was called the Haliburton Highlands Elementary School. In 1984 the name was changed to J Douglas Hodgson ES in honour of the first Director of Education for Haliburton County.

General Information

  • J Douglas Hodgson ES has a strong Character Education program
  • Computer lab with 30 internet connected computers
  • The majority of students are bussed to school
  • SPEAK Up Team – students promoting environmentalism, activism, and kindness
  • A newly renovated library in summer 2011


  • Regular English instructional program from grades 4 to 8
  • French Immersion from grades 4 to 8
  • Instrumental music for grades 7 and 8
  • Special Education Coaching Class
  • Practical Academics Life Skills Class
  • Universal healthy breakfast snack program
  • OPP delivers the DARE program on drug awareness to grade 6 students

Events & Activities

  • Strong extra-curricular program which includes soccer, cross country, volleyball, curling, basketball, and track and field
  • Wide variety of clubs and teams for the students including drama, chess, and band
  • Students take part in many fundraisers throughout the year including the Terry Fox Run, selling magazines, Jump Rope for Heart, and Me to We
  • Grade field trips
  • Grade 6 students to Yearly Outdoor Education Centre
  • Public Speaking
  • Participation in Remembrance Day Ceremony and Legion Poster/essay /poem contest
  • Battle of the Books – English and French

Enrolment: 297


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