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 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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