The Joseph R. Dawe, Jr. Elementary School has a diverse kindergarten through fifth grade student population of approximately 375 students. For the 2015-2016 school year, there will be three classes in kindergarten, grade one, two, three and five. There will be five classes in grade four. Class sizes are projected to remain within the School Council recommendations for class size.
In addition to the regular education classrooms from kindergarten through fifth grade, there are two substantially separate Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC) classrooms that house students from across the district. The TLC program is designed for students with significant special needs that fall within the autism spectrum. The TLC II class services students from kindergarten through second grade. The TLC III student population is comprised of students from third through fifth grade. Students in the TLC program often require support services in areas such as speech/language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and counseling. Although the TLC classrooms are substantially separate programs, many of the students from these programs spend time within the instructional day in our regular education classrooms and integrate for special subjects.