School Profile - We offer the Early Learning ProgramA. B. Ellis Public School is located in Espanola on Highway 6, five kilometers south of its junction with Highway 17 in the La Cloche Foothills. The school offers English language programming for students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8.
A. B. Ellis Public School provides quality programs and character education which enable each student to maximize their potential and fulfill their aspirations. We are leaders in learning in Espanola, inspiring success for all students.
With a population of 5,500 and a catchment area of 40,000, Espanola’s motto is “a fine paper town”.
Our school is pleased to offer a daily Breakfast program. This is made possible due to generous donations by Better Beginnings, Better Futures, Breakfast Clubs of Canada, Giant Tiger, Sear Espanola, and partnerships with other local area businesses.
Where did the name “Espanola” come from? In the middle of the eighteenth century, a band of Ojibways brought back with them from one of their southern journeys a young Spanish woman. Later, French explorers were amazed to hear some of the Native North Americans speaking Spanish and so named that village “Espagnole”.
Labour Force in the town of Espanola
The Town of Espanola has a diverse labour force in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Manufacturing and Construction, Wholesale and Retail, Finance and Real Estate, Health and Education, Business Service.
The Town of Espanola originated as a company town. In 1899, the Ontario Government signed the Espanola Agreement with Spanish River Pulp and Paper Company giving it the rights to begin logging operations in the area for the next 21 years. This pulp and paper mill is now owned by DOMTAR. During World War II, Espanola became the site for a prisoner of war camp for German soldiers. The war prisoners were housed in the old mill buildings.
Three elementary schools provide instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 8. A. B. Ellis Public School, named after former Principal Andrew Borland Ellis, provides English instruction.
Espanola has two secondary schools. Espanola High School offers English-language instruction for students in Grades 9 to 12.
Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology offers a number of courses at its Espanola campus. Contact North also provides a site for distance education program students.
The Espanola Regional Recreation Complex is a fully enclosed facility featuring a five lane, 25 metre swimming pool, a sloped wading and splash pool, whirlpool and sauna. There is also an arena with a 200’ x 85’ ice surface, a fitness centre and two squash courts. Espanola also boasts beautiful lakes, biking trails, a ski hill and a golf course.
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Town of Espanola, 100 Tudhope Street, Suite 2
Espanola ON P5E 1S6
Espanola … a fine paper town