WCPS Bright Futures Play Academy:

Wolf Creek Public Schools is pleased to announce a pre-kindergarten program, for three and four year old children, called Bright Futures Play Academy which will be available in the communities of Ponoka, Lacombe, Bentley and Eckville.

Children must be 3 years or 4 years old by December 31 of the upcoming school year in order to apply. Applications must be filled out online. Our programs are designed for children to attend two days per week on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule. Both options have equal amounts of class time. Four days per week programming may be available following further consultation with families and is based on location and availability. For some quick reference information on our BFPA programs, please click HERE.

Bright Futures Play Academy Program - Full Details

Daily Schedule for Bright Futures Play Academy:

  • M/W & T/Th Morning programs start at: 8:20am and end at: 11:20am
  • T/Th Afternoon program starts at: 12:05pm and ends at: 3:05pm


James S. McCormick Elementary School includes Kindergarten in both English and French. There are both full day and half day classes. Children must be five years of age on or before the last day of December of the school year in which the student applies for admission. The Kindergarten program provides the opportunity for young children to explore and experiment with a variety of stimulating materials in a warm supportive classroom environment. Through play, children grow in their concept development, language and thinking skills and social and physical skills.

French Immersion:

French Immersion is an alternative educational program at James S, McCormick School from Kindergarten to Grade Three. Students may enter the program in their Kindergarten or Grade One year. Students are accepted at the Grade Two level if they have had prior French Language Training. The percentage of French language instruction is: 

K: 100%     Grade One: 90-100%     Grade Two: 90-100%    Grade Three: 90-100% 

Further information about French Immersion programming can be found on the Wolf Creek Public Schools website or by clicking here.

The French Immersion program continues in the Lacombe Upper Elementary School (Grades 4-6) and at the Lacombe Junior and Senior High Schools. English Language Arts is introduced in Grade Three. Students are given French instruction in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Art and Music. Physical Education and Health are instructed in English.

English Instruction:

James S. McCormick School teaches students in Grades One - Three the provincially approved curriculum. Students are given instruction in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Physical Education and Health.

Family and School Liaison Program:

The liaison worker is available to work with individual students, small groups and families. Parents with questions regarding the program or those wishing to have the liaison worker work with their child may contact the school.

Speech and Language Assistance Program:

A speech and language program is offered in consultation with a Speech Therapist. Programs are developed to assist students with language development, speech articulation and English as a Second Language. Parents are notified of students being referred for assessment and are kept informed of their child's progress.