Our School

Dr. Gordon Townsend School is a unique setting school in the Alberta Children’s Hospital. The student population is comprised of young people aged 5-19. These students are continuously admitted and discharged for their significant medical conditions by the medical teams at the ACH. Students are admitted to the various programs at our school through our partners, Alberta Health Services. The school is on the CBE modified calendar to meet the various needs of the young people at the ACH. Each of the students remain connected to their origin school and will transition back to this school or another appropriate placement as soon as they are medically able or have completed their admission.


Drawing by Jamison P., DGTS Student 2022

Who Was Dr. Gordon Townsend?

Dr. Gordon Townsend School was formerly known as the Children's Hospital School until 1977 when it was officially named after Dr. Gordon Townsend, a pediatric surgeon who believed in the importance of patients receiving an educational component along with their daily medical requirements.

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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​.
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There are no classes for CBE students on Friday, Sept. 23 because it’s a system-wide non-instructional day. Have a fun, safe long weekend! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/kJIWeVbOFn

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RT @CPCobras: Oki O’ko! Today is the first day of autumn, also known as the fall equinox. The sun and moon will share the sky equally today. What are some signs that nature provides us to signal the change in season? #okioko #WeAreCBE https://t.co/S5pEvaGAa8

RT @cmhsrams: The body has left for @CrescentCowboys to begin the electrical car building partnership between schools. It will be returned for the final paint job. #WeAreCBE #ProudToBeCBE https://t.co/Q4Mn5IZBxu

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Some safe driving reminders! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/Ud9tPPGswL

RT @Indigenous_cbe: Chief Superintendent Elder Advisory Council, gathering with laughter before "putting our hearts together" and listening to wisdom shared #WeAreCBE #MakingRelatives #whatissomethingyoucando https://t.co/6igVRwHbGU

RT @7277MandelaFRC: https://t.co/ol1LNMpMYX The United Sqaudron, FTC teams 7277, 14717, 15259, and 21595, are proud to share some of their Robot in 30 Hours progress and the simple @Studica basicbot that they created for #PowerUp @MandelaUnited @FTCAlberta @FTCTeams #OMGRobots #YYCBE #WeAreCBE

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