Our School

Our beautiful school opened its doors in 2013 and since that time, we have expanded every year.  We are very proud of our Comet Culture and look forward to working with our talented students and staff as we continue to evolve.  We appreciate all that our parents/community do to support our growth.  

We also value those who teach us about effective practices in high schools –how both personalization and connections are critical for student success.  We’re confident that our initial ideas and structures will continue to evolve as they reflect:

  • Personalizing | Designing classroom activities and assessments based on what we know about our learners.
  • Connecting | Getting to know our students as learners then helping them learn across subjects and within the community.
  • Thriving | Highlighting multiple stories of student success. 

Comets, we are confident that you will continue to contribute to and engage in our school.  We challenge you to think about your role as a:

  • Learner – Finding out how you learn and seeking opportunities for support and challenge so that you can meet the requirements of the programs of study and achieve your goals. 
  • Leader – Engaging in  curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
  • Citizen – Demonstrating respect for yourself, others and our community.

We look forward to an exciting year two as we continue to build Robert Thirsk High School.  Please stay connected through our school website or visit us at 8777 Nose Hill Drive NW to enjoy our city and mountain views as well.

School Name

RTHS is honoured to be named after acclaimed Canadian astronaut, and member of the Order of Canada,  Robert Thirsk.  Dr. Thirsk holds the Canadian record for the longest time spent in space, at 204 days. In May 2014 he was elected the 13th chancellor of the University of Calgary.  The students and staff of RTHS have had the privilege of spending time with Dr. Thirsk during school visits and to hear him speak on numerous occasions, including Graduation ceremonies. In honour of Dr. Thirsk we have chosen a number of space-related references to represent our colours, teams, and mascot.


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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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Friday, Sept 25 is a system-wide non-instructional day. There are no in-person or online classes for students. Students in the hub can still access their course materials but teachers are not available to respond to questions. #WeAreCBE #yycbe https://t.co/sVPT78XTW8

Here is an opportunity for #WeAreCBE student leaders interested in volunteering in the community. Deadline is Sept. 28 https://t.co/6N9qmmrGPi

Congratulations to Henry Wise Wood student Suchir, who got to be Mayor for a Day yesterday #WeAreCBE https://t.co/Fx4f516FqC

Congratulations to F.E. Osborne School. Students raised over $10,700 for their #TerryFoxSchoolRun (surpassing last year’s total of $2,995!) Way to go! #WeAreCBE @feo_eagles_cbe https://t.co/3LbhHboxWY

Many #WeAreCBE schools will be honouring #OrangeShirtDay on Wednesday, Sept. 30 to recognize the resiliency and bravery of residential school survivors https://t.co/jo0zw97DWj