Teaching and learning in our school is focused on learner engagement, empowerment and personalization. We provide many inquiry based learning opportunities and students are involved in the co-construction of learning tasks and assessment rubrics. In support of our rigorous academic program ;we offer off site trips such as West Coast Sailing trip, River Watch and Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump to enhance student learning.
Those students who need more academic support, teachers offer students help before school, at lunch and after school. The school also offers students support through a Power-Up Your learning option, where students learn and improve their study skills as well as have opportunities for review of core class materials to build student success. Our English Language Learner (ELL) students are supported through an option course as well as through small group instruction that is offered throughout the day. Students with Individual Program Plans (IPPs) are supported in all classes by their teacher and their Teacher Advisory teacher, ensuring that the necessary supports are in place for students to be successful.
Parents are able to monitor student progress through Homelogic, D2L, Student led conferences, parent teacher conferences and report cards, which are sent home in January and June of each school year. At any point during the school year parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher over any academic concern.
Character, Citizenship, & Personal Development
The Calgary Board of Education results are important in our school. There are many opportunities for students in our school to live these statements every day. Students are encouraged and expected to show leadership in the school community, by leading school assemblies, Pep rallies, and open houses for our new students, and working with students in our ACCESS and TASC classrooms.
The Heroes Program is a character and citizenship program that is taught through our Teacher Advisory groups, throughout the year. The focus of this work for students to realize their own unique gifts and talents and by using these they not only make a difference to themselves but also the school community and the city.
Homework is a student responsibility. We encourage students to keep a careful daily record of assignments in an agenda. Homework, tests, reminders, and important information are also posted on a daily basis on Desire to Learn (D2L). Homework may include assignments or daily review. A general expectation is that students spend approximately 30 minutes a day on homework, review or reading at home. Students who are spending significantly more time than this are encouraged to talk to their subject teachers so that the possible solutions can be investigated.