A. E. Cross – The School
You are part of a vibrant and exciting school community that provides
opportunities for approximately 500 students in Grades 7, 8 and 9. Our school
offers Regular, Spanish Bilingual and the Paced Learning Program (PLP). As a
student at AEC, you will be part of a safe and caring community whose
teachers are there to support and encourage you.
You will have many different teachers during your junior high experience. We
have 26 very knowledgeable and experienced teachers, as well as numerous
support staff working hard to support you! All our staff work extremely hard at
providing a balanced program encouraging you to explore and grow. Your
teachers believe that the school exists for you, the students of our community;
this is your school. We hope to generate a feeling of pride and ownership in
our students and parent community. We want students to enjoy coming to
school and to appreciate learning.
Get involved and enjoy the many activities that are
available to you!
Alfred Ernest Cross
Alfred Ernest Cross was born in Montreal in 1861 and was educated in England. He moved to Calgary in 1884 to fulfil his dream of becoming a rancher. After working on other ranches for a time, he was able to purchase his own land and herd of cattle. The A7 ranch was born.
A. E. Cross helped to organize the first agricultural fair in Calgary in 1887. While recovering from a bronco-busting injury, he moved to Calgary. In 1896, he helped to form the Western Stock Growers' Association to deal with the common problems faced by cattlemen. Then in 1899, Cross married Helen Rothney Macleod, the daughter of Colonel James Macleod of the N.W.M.P. The next year he was elected to the Legislative Assembly.
Alfred Ernest Cross is one of the "Big Four" who, in 1912, financed the first Calgary Stampede! Alfred Ernest Cross died in Montreal in 1932. We are proud to be associated with this quiet man who always kept his word. He maintained that "a man should be judged by the results of his labor, not the noise he makes while going about them."