Our School

Whether you are new to the school or returning for another year, we hope your experience while here is enjoyable, challenging, and rewarding. At Thomas B. Riley everyone is expected to do their best and actively participate in the total school program. Through our positive learning environment we provide you with every opportunity to be successful.

Our Mission

Each student, in keeping with their individual abilities and gifts, will complete high school with a foundation of learning necessary to thrive in life, work and continued learning.

Our Vision

We provide quality learning opportunities and options. Our learners take ownership by discovering and developing their potential, passions, and gifts. They take their place as lifelong learners and make a significant contribution within a complex, and changing world.

Our Values

Learning is Lifelong. Everyone can learn and each learner is unique. Relationships, which are central to the school learning experience, are built on a foundation of Respect for Self, Respect for Others, Respect for the Environment. Everyone has the potential to be responsible for his or her own learning.

We are proud of the many students who have passed through TB. Riley School and who have set high standards of achievement, sportsmanship, and citizenship. May you have a successful and enjoyable school year!

Who Was Thomas B. Riley?

Thomas B. Riley was a member of the Calgary Public School Board from 1921 to 1928, serving as chairman of the board for a period of three years. He also held the position of technical instructor at Western Canada High School from 1930 to 1933.

In 1933 Mr. Riley was elected City Commissioner and held that office until 1936. He was then employed by the City of Calgary in the various capacities, including city placement officer and housing registrar, until his retirement in 1947. Mr. Riley came to Calgary in 1902 from England where he was born in 1875. A machinist by trade, he was the oldest member of Local 357 of the International Association of Machinists. He was a member for 64 years.

Reading, music and gardening were Mr. Riley’s chief hobbies. He was a reader of the classics and his music library included Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Handel and Liszt. Mr. Riley died in 1967 at the age of 92 years. Thomas B. Riley School was built in 1967. (Photo Courtesy of Glenbow Museum)

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​​Our School's Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

We are committed to acknowledging and supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 94 Calls to Action specific to education. Our school, along with all CBE schools, made a TRC Commitment to Action. On June 21, we renewed our commitment, which can be found under Resources.​​

Acknowledging the Land

We would like to acknowledg​​e the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Nations, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani and the Kainai. We also acknowledge the Tsuut’ina and Stoney Nakoda First Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.​

​​​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​.