Our School

Clarence Sansom School opened on May 9, 1984. Our school colors are blue, orange and white. Our team name: Scorpions.


Excellence through exemplary, innovative and sustaining programs.


Clarence Sansom School is the school of choice with an enriched student-centred environment that supports positive behaviour as well as the development of teaching, assessment and planning practices that lead to enhanced student understanding, engagement and ownership of learning. 

Who Was Clarence Sansom?

Clarence Sansom was a lifelong educator in Alberta. After graduating from the University of New Brunswick in Arts, he began his teaching service as Principal of the original Central School in Calgary in 1907. Over the next 40 years he moved to several locales throughout the province, sharing his expertise as a teacher, administrator and leader of the newly founded Alberta Teachers’ Association. He concluded his illustrious career as director of the newly established Calgary Branch of the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta in 1946/47. 

Philosophical Statement

Our purpose is to ensure individual student development through effective education. The development of individual students requires an interaction between students, teachers and parents. These relationships enable students to grow socially, physically, intellectually, culturally and emotionally. The staff works together with students to help them reach their potential. It is expected that each student will be willing to work with teachers to achieve this goal.

Clarence Sansom is a school that attempts to highlight the importance of accomplishment and effort, within a climate of mutual respect.

At Clarence Sansom we believe in being:

Responsible and taking responsibility for our actions, in person and online
Equitable and fair, without bias
Supportive of positive school spirit, sportsmanship, and supporting others in doing the right thing
Polite and considerate
Compassionate and caring
Tolerant of the beliefs, values race, religion, age, gender, culture, sexuality and identity of others

It is our desire that each student will find life at Clarence Sansom enjoyable and the Programs of Study educationally beneficial. To encourage opportunities for this to happen, the following goals have been established:

  • Provide a solid foundation in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, health as well as the practical and fine arts.
  • Provide types of activities which will assist the development of the following attitudes within students:
  • A feeling of self-worth and confidence;
  • Learning to get along with and respect people with whom they work and play;
  • A healthy desire for learning and achievement through a growth mindset;
  • Feelings of responsibility and self-discipline;
  • Pride in their work and school;
  • A desire to attend school.
  • Provide a firm, consistent and fair discipline policy that will develop respect and a sense of responsibility within students. This will involve close communication between home and school. The ultimate goal is for each student to be a self-directed learner.
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Our School's Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

We are committed to acknowledging and supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 94 Calls to Action specific to education. In 2021, our school, along with all CBE schools made a TRC Commitment to Action. On June 21, 2022, we renewed our commitment, which can be found under Resources.​​

​​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 Improvement 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​.

This week we recognize #TruthAndReconciliation with this pledge to the TRC Calls to Action. Sansom is committed to do the work so we can all walk together. @Indigenous_cbe @Area4CBE #WeAreCBE https://t.co/huz0ps38gU

During this week of #TruthAndReconciliation we are preparing for #OrangeShirtDay on Thursday https://t.co/mapxkv1BNK

The Sansom crew is rolling out of the parking lot energized after a great turn out at Meet the Teacher night. Big thanks to our Scorpion families for the love and support! https://t.co/nt6ls1oRHs

Our outdoor classroom is almost ready! #SansomScorpions #WeAreCBE https://t.co/CKXPrv1U6A

Taking the #teambuilding outside with some Sticks & Kickball on the upper field - welcome back everyone, we’re ready for the year ahead! #SansomScorpions #WeAreCBE https://t.co/oXInOxgXsP