Our School

Welcome to Colonel J. Fred Scott School. Our school focuses on meeting the individual needs of all children. Our belief statements, vision and purpose all demonstrate the importance of the collaborative work of students, families and staff. It is our hope that all parents will be actively involved in their children’s learning.

Our school believes in learning through inquiry wherein the questions or ideas raised by students and the staff are explored collaboratively. This allows for much richer experiences in the class that are experienced based rather than the more traditional ‘stand and deliver’ methodology.  Furthermore, we are very excited to work with your children and to help them grow and develop as contributing members of our school community. 

We know that school and families make the greatest impact on children’s lives when we work closely together to support learning. We look forward to working with you this year and encourage you to become actively involved in our school. In particular we would like to invite you to attend School Council on the third Thursday of each month. We would also encourage you to attend our Parent & Teacher Conferences so that you can help your child’s teacher better understand your child’s learning profile. Please see the calendar or your newsletter for specific dates.

We are looking forward to a wonderful year at CJFS – come join us!

School Mission

Our mission is to empower our students to be self-directed learners. More specifically, we strive to empower engaged and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit.


At Colonel J. Fred Scott our vision is to create a safe and caring learning community. We strive to enable students to use their academic and social skills to become resourceful, productive and responsible citizens.

School Motto

We help each other grow.

Who Was Colonel J. Fred Scott?

Colonel Scott was born on July 3, 1892 in the town of Meaford, Ontario. As a young man Colonel Scott was impressed with the west. He rode the Canadian Pacific Railway to the end of the line at Alsask, Saskatchewan, and made his way from there to Oyen, Alberta to begin homesteading. When the First World War broke out in 1914, he joined the 89th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps.

Returning to Canada after the war, Colonel Scott spent time roping wild horses, farming and in 1920 married Olga Larson. In 1922 Colonel Scott joined the 15th Canadian Light Horse as a Lieutenant. By 1934 he had become commanding officer of the 15th Alberta Light Horse, as the unit was then known, and attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

On Sept. 1, 1939, the command to mobilize came and Lt. Colonel Scott was given the task of bringing the Calgary Highlanders from an under strength and poorly equipped militia unit to a full strength battalion in the shortest possible time. Under Colonel Scott, the Highlanders became the first unit in the Canadian army to undertake battle drill.

At the conclusion of the war, Colonel Scott took a discharge from the army and returned to Calgary to practice law. He maintained his active practice certificate until 1976. Colonel Scott took an active interest in the school that bore his name, frequently coming to the school during special days.

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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. Our school, along with all CBE schools, made a TRC Commitment to Action. On June 21, we renewed our commitment, which can be found under Resources.​​

Acknowledging the Land

We would like to acknowledg​​e the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Nations, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani and the Kainai. We also acknowledge the Tsuut’ina and Stoney Nakoda First Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.​

​​​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​.