Our School

Welcome to McKenzie Highlands! 

At McKenzie Highlands, our priority is to give students the fullest academic, physical, social, and emotional developmental experiences possible.  Our academic, complementary, athletic and citizenship programs provide enormous opportunities for student growth.

Academically, the unique learning styles and needs of individual students are recognized and assignments and projects reflect student voice and choice.  As well, students are given opportunities for enrichment and additional support.  We believe fundamentally in the importance of “options” for adolescent learners and host a complementary program that offers students the opportunity to take such classes as Drama, Art, Foods, Outdoor Education, Computer Technology, Sports Performance, Fashion Studies, and Leadership over the course of two semesters.

Students are offered extensive choice in their physical education classes and may further access physical developmental opportunities through our intramural program and extra-curricular athletic teams which may include volleyball, soccer, cross-country, basketball, badminton, and track and field.

We wish to maintain close contact with parents and students.  Do not hesitate to call us at 403-817-3544 or make an appointment to come in and visit face to face.  At McKenzie Highlands, we believe that any success we have with students at school is dependent upon close cooperation with the home.  We value parent input and we encourage all parents to be involved in their children’s education – by volunteering at the school, attending our School Council Meetings, discussing school events and activities with your child, and attending parent/teacher/student conferences.

Please check our website for updated school information and we will be sending out regular school messages by e-mail.

We look forward to sharing the McKenzie Highlands experience with you!

McKenzie Highlands Staff

School Name

The significance of the name McKenzie Highlands comes from the community of McKenzie Towne, which has landmarks, roads and neighbourhoods that are named after locations in Scotland. The new school is situated between the communities of Elgin and Inverness, which are named after locations in the Highlands region of Scotland that boasts many mountains and lakes.

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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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RT @cbedrb: Amazing presentation today from our Grade 1s for the sacred teaching of LOVE #beautifullove #wearecbe https://t.co/MPNSuzRrtx https://t.co/HZnszmkXnr

RT @RosemontCBE: Rosemont School families and staff have generously donated to the Veterans Foodbank. Way to go Rosemont School. We are a strong community. 🦊❤️🦊 #wearecbe #veteransfoodbank https://t.co/bg2qotGAJL

RT @CPCobras: Who wouldn’t feel welcomed and represented walking past this everyday. Thank you to Mrs. Sealy for all of her hard work creating this bulletin board that represents the languages spoken and home countries of our staff and students! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/60uzPk45uy

RT @cbe_earlylearn: Shades of blue paint and silvery aluminum foil create an invitation for winter storytelling at this art centre @RoyaloakCBE #Kindergarten #wearecbe #processart #playbasedlearning #EarlyLiteracy #yycbe #earlylearning https://t.co/d2QCYr6kVM

Interested in your child’s mental health? Sign up for a free online session with AHS: Understanding & Promoting Youth Mental Health for Families & Caregivers Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 7-8:30pm https://t.co/48KztbzCN7 #WeAreCBE https://t.co/J2TcJw2UJk

Students across the CBE got up early to catch Team Canada’s last hurrah at the 2022 World Cup. It was more than just a soccer match. At Rideau Park School, students brought in items for the food bank. #WeAreCBE https://t.co/fqsAd71X4a

RT @glendalecbe: We can code our own adventures! Students imagining robot tales, through mountains high, volcanoes deep, weddings and bank heists #ozoCops #productivestruggle #resiliencythroughproblemsolving https://t.co/G2zcqzz9cO

RT @BishopPinkham: On a eu l’opportunité de se rejoindre avec les écoles @WestgateCBE et @WesternCanadaHS pour célébrer nos propres traditions d’hiver. Merci à Roger Dallaire d’avoir partagé ses histoires avec nous #WeAreCBE @CBELanguages https://t.co/GOKsO8fNhm

RT @cranston_school: Strolling down the hallway and what did I see? Watercolour rainbow fish looking at me! 🐠 Great work grade fours! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/7yho9RO6gh

As the days get chillier and the nights get longer, it is a great time to cozy up and connect with a good book or three. The CBE Literacy Team hosted Superintendent Holowka and Superintendent Pitman in a virtual system read aloud event today! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/tuciIcyTk3