At Louise Dean School we are committed to providing students with a safe and caring environment that fosters a sense of belonging for all learning community members. All members are welcome and treated with dignity and respect. We work hard to build relationships with our students and create an atmosphere of understanding, compassion, and support. We pledge to be helpful, supportive and offer flexibility in order to help students succeed in their learning.
To support the mission and purpose of the school, collegial relationships are essential. CBE, Catholic Family Service (CFS) and Alberta Health Services (AHS) are more than a formal partnership; we are a collaborative team with diverse talents and a shared vision.
Working in collaboration with our partners, Louise Dean School will be a centre of excellence for young pregnant or parenting teens. Together, we will personalize academic and lifestyle learning for every student to en-sure that each young woman reaches her maximum potential.
Louise Dean School is committed to excellence in supporting the learning and lifestyle needs of pregnant or parenting teens to ensure that these young women realize their personal potentials. This mission is actioned through a comprehensive partnership model that integrates education, social services, childcare, health and community outreach supports.
This collaborative team personalizes supports for each student and their child and together we work to meet the goal of completing high school with a foundation of learning to function effectively in life, work and continued learning. In keeping with her individual abilities and gifts, the school provides an educational environment that advances and supports academic success, citizenship, personal development and character development.
The Calgary Board of Education, Catholic Family Service of Calgary and Alberta Health Services work in partnership to assist pregnant and parenting adolescents complete high school and become responsible citizens. Centre Programs are collaborative in design to assist young women achieve positive outcomes when faced with an early pregnancy. The Centre model approach reaches far beyond providing an academic education program for students some of whom may have previously not fully engaged in school or have already been identified in their past as at risk for not completing high school.
Who Was Louise Dean?
Mrs. Louise Dean was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, on January 17, 1896. She received her education in Saskatchewan and following several years of teaching, married, and in 1921 moved to Calgary. Over the course of her lifetime Louise Dean was actively involved in many organizations and gave much of her time in contribution to the people of the community and city.
Among her many achievements, she organized a book club which she attended for more than 50 years; was founder and treasurer of the family planning council; was elected as a trustee for the Calgary School Board and, during her term of office, successfully introduced the concept of sabbatical leaves for teachers in the Calgary public school system; served as the hospitality chairman of the Red Triangle Hostess Club of the YMCA, securing homes for servicemen and women on leave in Calgary during World War II; served on the finance committee of the Community Chest, now known as the United Way, and on the advisory board of the YWCA; was an active member of the Women's Canadian Club and its president in 1939-40; was the public relations director of the social planning council and volunteer bureau; a member of the Calgary 1967 Centennial Committee; a member of the Calgary General Hospital auxiliary for over 30 years; and served for 20 years as a representative on the Western Board of Music. In 1976, Mrs. Louise Dean, one of the best known women in Calgary, was named the 1976 Citizen of the Year by the Calgary Jaycees.