Our School

We are proud that Nelson Mandela High School is the namesake for someone whose work and life impacted so many people around the world. We believe that Nelson Mandela’s legacy exemplifies the incredible and significant difference that one person can make, which is an important lesson for us to embrace and follow.

His life and leadership has provided us with qualities which we hope to foster in the culture, spirit and the many learning experiences to come at Nelson Mandela; Resiliency, Humility, Courage and Intelligence.

  • Resiliency comes from learning through failure and striving to improve.
  • Humility is born from self-compassion blended with the mindfulness of others.
  • Courage is grown when facing challenges directly and overcoming adversity.
  • Intelligence is attained as we seek to learn and grow.

We challenge you, during your time at Nelson Mandela, to develop these qualities and to follow in his footsteps and make a difference in your life and the lives of others.

Nelson Mandela High School is an inclusive and diverse learning community where relationships form the foundation upon which our work is based. You will have the opportunity to develop strong connections with students and staff in the presence of an engaging, creative and rigorous curriculum.

Through a technology rich environment, flexible use of time and space and an inter-disciplinary approach, you will be able to pursue your passions and potential. This is, “The Mandela Way.”

Our Mission - Student Success

This website is designed to orient you in the world of Nelson Mandela High School. It is meant to be a ‘user’s manual’ of sorts. In it you will find everything from assessment practices to information on parking passes. It clarifies the standards that should inform your conduct. As you read this website ,think about the possibilities it suggests. There are always people standing by to help you think through choices. Seek out Connect teachers and never be afraid to ask for some of their time. Everyone at NMHS wants you to succeed here. Then you will be well on your way!! 

Our Legacy

We are proud that Nelson Mandela High School is the namesake for someone whose work and life impacted so many people around the world. We believe that Nelson Mandela’s legacy exemplifies the incredible and significant difference that one person can make, which is an important lesson for us to embrace and follow.

His life and leadership has provided us with qualities which we hope to foster in the culture, spirit and the many learning experiences to come at Nelson Mandela; Resiliency, Humility, Courage and Intelligence.

  • Resiliency comes from learning through failure and striving to improve.
  • Humility is born from self-compassion blended with the mindfulness of others.
  • Courage is grown when facing challenges directly and overcoming adversity.
  • Intelligence is attained as we seek to learn and grow.

We challenge you, during your time at Nelson Mandela, to develop these qualities and to follow in his footsteps and make a difference in your life and the lives of others. 

Nelson Mandela High School is an inclusive and diverse learning community where relationships form the foundation upon which our work is based. You will have the opportunity to develop strong connections with students and staff in the presence of an engaging, creative and rigorous curriculum.

Through a technology rich environment, flexible use of time and space and an inter-disciplinary approach, you will be able to pursue your passions and potential. This is, “The Mandela Way.”


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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 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 @WordNerdPearcey: Unpacking and connecting the vocabulary of the Holistic Learning Framework and values of @MandelaUnited. Learning together as we prepare to reflect and act on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Sept 30th. #WeAreCBE #IndigenousEd #CBELiteracy https://t.co/AjZqzFyrOL

Sr. Boys taking on @yycJamesFowler tonight in Volleyball. https://t.co/rVyKgZE1fo

Playing under the lights tonight against @BMcNallyCCSD #wearecbe https://t.co/0qTioBCPDa

It’s looking a bit different and it’s a little more quiet in the gym, but it’s great to see athletics up and running again as we take on @LBHS_Lords in Girl’s Volleyball and @BownessHighCBE in Girl’s Soccer tonight. #wearecbe

Thanks to all our staff and students for such a great YOUnited Friday. So many great opportunities today. It was great to see so many students engaged in what they chose today. #quietesthallwaysever #wearecbe

Textbook sign out begins again in our Learning Commons. These are overnight loans only, and will only be signed out afterschool.

RT @yyCBEdu: CBE to Recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30: https://t.co/z0H8vDoOUE #yycbe #WeAreCBE

RT @Indigenous_cbe: “Residential school denialism is on the rise and real reconciliation is at risk” Understanding what denialism looks like can help Ts avoid & confront it while meeting their professional obligation to the TQS/LQS competency #5 #WeAreCBE #CBEIndigenousEd https://t.co/HkU395b66O

Hey United! We can't wait to welcome everyone back and a return to Athletics this school year. More information to follow in the first week back! https://t.co/A5lMu37cbY

RT @lovejivansidhu: Finally! I got to meet Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau in person at his Mini Rally! Thanks to @ChahalGeorge for setting up this amazing mini event! #yyc #cdnpoli #alberta #abpoli https://t.co/PcFlV6kD6E