About Us

Kempenfelt Bay School ("KBS") is an independent, co-educational elementary school with enrolment from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 located in Barrie, Ontario.  KBS began as a dream...a dream that there would be an independent school in Barrie, with both a strong academic curriculum, great arts and athletics programs, and where children could immerse themselves in a safe, engaging, positive and empowering environment.

In September of 1999, a small group of dedicated founding families and staff established KBS with an enrolment of six children. Within only a few days after officially opening the doors, the student population grew to sixteen and by the end of that inaugural school year, it had doubled again to thirty two. By KBS’ fourth year (2002), the school moved to a new location on Bryne Drive where it expanded to over 25,000 square feet of bright, new, spacious facilities, including a gymnasium, library, art room, music room and dedicated science lab.

KBS Mission Statement

Kempenfelt Bay School is committed to providing an exemplary education that empowers students to embrace their personal potential as productive and responsible, global citizens.
Guiding Principles

Character Education: We foster the development of positive values, integrity and ethics. The Six Pillars of CharacterSM - Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship – are the foundation of all aspects of school life. We empower our students to assume active roles in the school, local and global communities.

Intellectual Curiosity: We strive to develop in our students a love of learning and the self-motivation to be successful life long learners.

Diverse Programme: We provide a variety of activities that stretch the mind and body, in a non-threatening, confidence building atmosphere. Co-curricular activities support the education of the whole child and include both academic and non-academic opportunities.

Critical Thinking: We engage students in learning activities that encourage problem solving through cooperative learning, decision making, meaningful analysis and application of ideas.

The Six Pillars of Character are service marks of the character counts! Coalition, a project of the Josephson Institute of Ethics. 

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“I Can I Will” 

Building competence, confidence, character and community


576 Bryne Drive, Barrie, Ontario L4N 9P6
Tel: 705.739.4731 Fax: 705.739.3678

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