Preparing for High School

Jack James High School

As we begin the spring registration period for Grade 9s, we wanted to provide information about Jack James High School, as a school of choice, regarding supports and opportunities we can provide for students in the CBE.  We are hoping this information will be valuable to staff, students and families as discussions regarding the transition to high school is occurring.

Jack James offers both K&E and Diploma academics at the -2 level with a wide variety of shop based experiences – from Commercial Cooking to Autobody, and Horticulture to Animation/Web Design as well as access to some shops at Forest Lawn.  Jack James is able to complete the Certificate of Achievement on site with a programmed workplace practicum program, which is especially valuable in this current climate where jobs are difficult to find.  Students can also complete a Diploma program at Jack James.

As we are a small high school, many students feel more comfortable and supported here than in the larger populations and buildings.  This also gives us an opportunity to meet each of students where they are in terms of their learning and support them in moving forward.  Students have the opportunity to explore their interests through the shops and gain the experience in the area while working through the academics required to move into supporting post-secondary programs and apprenticeship opportunities.

Included is a short video for you to please share with your Grade 9 staff and transition teams so that they can support your families in making a decision regarding their students’ best opportunity for success in high school.

We have also attached a flat sheet and  with more information which can be given to staff and to families. 

In addition, we will be hosting daytime Information Sessions/Live Talks with schools and students outside of Areas 3 & 4 who are interested via Teams on Thursday, January 21 at 10:30 and again at 1:00 for about an hour. 

If you are interested in attending, please reply to 

If you feel you have students who would benefit from joining our school community, please contact our guidance team for more information, access to our virtual presentation and registration information. 

Jan Davis-Walker  
Last Names A – L 
403-248-4054 ext 2408 
Heather Hood
Last Names M – Z
403-248-4054 ext 2409


Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support of Jack James High School.

Have a wonderful day,

Jen Gorkoff
Principal, Jack James High School
Calgary Board of Education |

t | 403-248-4054 

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