One of the strengths of Queen Elizabeth High School (QEHS) is the prioritization of building a strong sense of community, across all grades (7-12). This includes a grades 7-12 homeroom structure with students remaining in the same homeroom with the same teacher over the course of their time at QEHS. All grades consist of: community program students, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH), and Knowledge and Employability (K&E) students. We have many leadership opportunities for students including clubs and classes at both the Junior and Senior High levels. We welcome opportunities for student (and family) voice and choice. Staff work intentionally to foster a whole-school inclusive atmosphere that is welcoming, safe, caring, and respectful.
Queen Elizabeth High School is proud to welcome students from around the world into our international student program. We offer a wide range of academic courses and specialized services, including ELL programming for all levels. Our teachers are highly trained and experienced and our standards of academic excellence are among the highest in the world. Our goal is to ensure our students have a valuable academic and cultural experience and we work hard to ensure the school placement matches each student’s interests and abilities.
ELL (English Language Learners)
Approximately 25% of students in the Calgary Board of Education are English Language Learners in the process of acquiring English as an additional language. English Language Learners’ language and academic development at Queen Elizabeth High School is supported through a wide range of programming options and personalized instructional strategies. These depend on students’ backgrounds, grade levels, and language proficiency levels.
Queen Elizabeth High School is both pleased and proud to house the junior and senior high transitions program that supports students with complex needs. This is intended as a short-term program designed to have students be successful in school. Many types of supports are available based on the individual needs of each student. Program staff includes the classroom teacher, a behaviour support worker, educational child and youth care workers and other professionals based on student need. This is a joint program with the Calgary Board of Education, Alberta Health Services, Hull Services, and Woods Homes.
High School Redesign (Alberta Education)
High School Redesign is a province-wide initiative focused on three outcomes: engaged students, high levels of achievement and quality teaching. It's about redesigning high school to be more student-centred and responsive. The shift in mindset to a focus on student-centered learning happens as a number of key practices are put in place, including: personalizing learning, developing meaningful relationships, and creating rigorous and relevant learning opportunities; and supporting mastery learning.