Our School


To Create an Exemplary Middle School for the 21st Century Learner

We have studied the work of the National Middle Schools Association and emphasize a project-based learning environment that is integrated, exploratory, challenging and relevant. 

Although it may seem that we are a large middle  school of over 800 students, we strive to personalize learning for our learners by bringing together an instructional staff who are well-versed in teaching young adolescents. Each wing or hallway includes varied grades so that older and younger students can work together during hallway or school projects and special events to create a sense of community. As a developmentally responsive middle-level school, we provide varied teaching and learning approaches including:

  • A homeroom structure that allows two core teachers (math/science and humanities) to spend a significant amount of time with their students in order to discover each student’s learning potential.
  • An opportunity to explore several options, from career and technology foundations to fine arts courses.
  • A range of clubs, athletics and co-curricular activities.
  • A culture of caring and respect.

We recognize that while our 21st century learners rely on information, media and technology skills, they also require skills in critical thinking/problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity/innovation. We provide access to current technology in the classroom and the integrated learning centre. We have incorporated information, media and technology skills in all subject areas. We encourage students to participate in their learning, build awareness of the curricular outcomes and communicate what they know in a variety of ways. We require students to participate in self assessment and reflect on their work through processes such as the e-portfolio.

Arbour Lake School continues to build a culture that values the combined efforts of students, parents, staff and the community working together. It is only through our work together that we can create a positive learning community where students can experience personal success.

We encourage you to look at the following websites to give you more insight into our vision:

Please contact us if you have questions:

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School Development Plan

​Each year, our school prepares a development plan with input from teachers, school staff, students and parents. We review many sources of data, including report cards, provincial achievement test results and school surveys. Based on this information, we create our plan identifying targeted areas for growth. Our school development plan is not meant to represent all of the work that takes place in our school, but rather it focuses on specific areas for improvement.​​​

School Results Report

Our school also prepares a results plan, which looks at our previous school year. It shows our students’ achievement and progress in meeting the goals and outcomes as set out by the CBE and Alberta Education, outlines some of the highlights of our school development plan and gives an overview of our school. You can look on the CBE website for system-wide results​.

Today’s Board of Trustees public meeting starts at noon at the Ed Centre. We invite you to stream the meeting online https://t.co/nvCl1fNgoJ #yycbe https://t.co/oq5v5MuHzE

Do you know what to do when your child isn’t feeling well? We have pulled together resources from government and AHS to help #WeAreCBE families understand what they are required to do and when their child may return to school https://t.co/hmX7kjjwrH #yycbe https://t.co/BJ5Nl3GPqA

The Alberta School Councils' Association is conducting a survey to measure the “pandemic pulse” in the province. Families with children in K-12 are invited to participate. The survey will take about 15 minutes and closes on Friday, Nov. 6 https://t.co/GQggL7IRT0 https://t.co/ezYmUarRMj

Important school community connections are being made between students learning at home and learning in-person at Marion Carson School #WeAreCBE https://t.co/5D2uUZuWbY

RT @southlandbus: This week is #SchoolBusSafetyWeek! In recognition, we will be sharing daily safety tips from Oct 19th to 23rd. Tip #3: Winter Weather • Dress for the weather! Frostbite can happen in minutes. • Never leave a child at a bus stop. Weather and traffic can cause route delays. https://t.co/IaJDMOxRWM