Some of the key features of the National Sport School are:
- A learning environment that uses advanced online technologies to support learning
- Grades nine to twelve in the academically rigorous Alberta Education Program of Studies.
- Teacher Advisors for each student-athlete.
- A Sport Psychologist on staff.
- Sport Psychology courses.
- A four period day with fixed-time classes including embedded tutorial time.
- Personal Learning Plans for each student-athlete.
How students can access their teachers outside of the regularly scheduled face-to-face class instructional time:
- Students are able to work with their teachers during every tutorial period.
- All teachers are available by email and telephone
- Students can also access instruction in their course through Desire2Learn (an online learning management environment), or through distance packages provided by their teacher.
- All students have access to instruction 24/7.
Balancing School and Sport
A working relationship between the sport organizations and the school takes into consideration the best interests of the student-athletes. The school recognizes that there are times when sport commitments will take priority over academic responsibilities; correspondingly, there are times when the sport organizations need to recognize that academic requirements must take priority over sport.
Although student-athletes are given greater flexibility in how they complete their work, they still must cover all the material in the course outline and in accordance with the Program of Studies, as provided by Alberta Education. The flexible school environment allows student-athletes to adjust their academic responsibilities to their training and competition schedules. Student-athletes who are heavily involved in their sport in a specific term should take fewer classes during that academic term. Flexibility within a course exists where athletes may negotiate with the subject teacher to accommodate their athletic commitments.
Personal Learning Plans
The National Sport School offers a unique academic
experience that allows Canada's high-performance athletes to complete
their high school education around their training and competitive
lives. Personal Learning Plans continue to be used as tools for planning school and post secondary for students. To assist with learning needs for our
traveling students, we have focused on developing more resources to support our traveling student-athletes through their desire to learn shells. This year we focused on the development of multimodal electronic learning resources to support concept development via the web. These resources were created using several resources including livescribe pens and Jing. These resources have not only become great tools to support self-directed learning, they also are used to reinforce concepts for students preparing for exams, reviewing material or furthering their depth of understanding of concepts. As well, these resources have translated into classroom based learning resources. Group projects, project planning and concept process development can be supplemented through the use of these tools.