Since University School opened its doors in 1968 the school has been
recognized as a centre of educational innovation. The school opened as
University Elementary School. In 2007 the name was officially changed to
University School. The school was established as a demonstration school in
partnership with the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. The
intention of this partnership was to provide a setting in which pre-service
teachers would be able to see how theory and practice were able to be combined
to create effective approaches to teaching and learning.
University School enjoys a proud history of leadership and innovation in the
field of education. From its inception University School has been a school on
the "leading edge". Even in 1968, staff worked in a collaborative mode, team
teaching in multi-aged classrooms, as learners and leaders in many ways, always
focused on serving the needs of all students. Programs at University School were
(and are) designed to differentiate according to the needs of the learner.
The physical structure of the school was built to be flexible and responsive
to innovation, with moveable walls and viewing galleries above each classroom.
The formal partnership with the University of Calgary changed in the
mid-1990s due to budgetary constraints and the restructuring of the B. Ed.
Program. Although the school does not host dozens of classes of pre-service
teachers from the University on a regular basis as was the case in the past, the
school continues to collaborate and maintains a close relationship with the
For over four decades University School has provided a strong academic
program through innovation, leadership and a commitment to constantly
re-aligning teaching practice with current educational research. The school has
also been privileged to have had on its staff many educators who have continued
to become prominent leaders in the field of education.
We invite all parents who are considering having their children attend
University School to learn more about the school and the educational
opportunities it provides to students. We encourage you to visit the school, ask
questions and discover all that our University School offers.