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Welcome to William Roper Hull School

William Roper Hull School is operated as a partnership between the Calgary Board of Education and Hull Services.  We offer highly specialized and individualized programs that focus on the development of academic, vocational and daily living  skills for students with behavioural, emotional, social and mental health challenges. It is our conviction that each of our students has the potential to be a contributing member of society.  

Hull School offers a therapeutic setting that meets the academic and treatment needs of individual students ranging from Grades 1 - 12. Students are place in classrooms based on their academic and treatment programs. Each classroom has one teacher and at least two educational child and youth care workers. In addition to classrooms at Hull School, we have “satellite” classrooms in three community schools. We call these STAR classrooms (Student Transition and Reintegration).

A strength-based model is used at Hull School to help students achieve success in both their behaviour and academic programs. We provide a quality learning environment that empowers our youth to build a sense of responsibility, gain self-knowledge, learn to respect themselves and others, and encourages students to experience academic, occupational and personal success. We believe that when children feel safe and cared for they are predisposed to learn, and that the best learning occurs when the home, school and community work as a collaborative team to bring about positive long-term change. 

William Roper Hull School is committed to providing a caring environment that empowers children and youth to experience academic, occupational, and personal success and to become engaged and contributing members of the larger community.

Mission Statement

William Roper Hull School strives to provide our students with quality learning experiences that will inspire them to become:

  • Responsible citizens
  • Self-directed learners
  • Effective communicators
  • Collaborative team players
  • Critical and creative thinkers


Children free from behavioural and mental health challenges that impact them, their families and society.


Providing leading edge and effective behavioural and mental health services for children and families. Hull is a leader in advocating and engaging others towards realizing the vision.


At William Roper Hull School it is our conviction that each of our students has the potential to be a productive member of society.

We provide our clients with a quality learning environment and encourage them to develop socially responsible and respectful behavior.

We instill in our students respect, a sense of responsibility, and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to achieve their personal and academic goals. Our program is based on the following fundamental beliefs:

Our students can learn and have a right to a purposeful, meaningful, quality education. 

Our students have the potential to be responsible and accountable for their decisions, behavior, and learning. 

Every individual should be treated with dignity and respect. 

The Circle of Courage philosophy, and its emphasis on belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity is effective in reclaiming at-risk youth. 

Children who feel safe and cared-for are predisposed to learning. 

The best learning occurs when the home, school, and community work as a collaborative team to bring about positive long-term change.


William Roper Hull - 1856 - 1925

William Roper Hull was born and educated in England.

In 1873, at the age of 17, W.R. Hull left for North America in the company of his brother, Gerard. Following a long voyage with stops at Panama and San Francisco, the Hull brothers arrived in Victoria, British Columbia. These were the tumultuous days of the Fraser Valley and Caribou gold rushes. 

From Victoria, the Hull brothers proceeded to the Kamloops region via the Fraser Canyon and old Fort Yale. 

During the year 1883-84 the Hull brothers herded 1200 horses from B.C. through the Crow's Nest Pass to the Calgary area. These horses were sold to the North West Mounted Police and the Northwest Cattle Company. The Hull brothers realized that the importing of horses from B.C. to the North West Territories (now Alberta) represented a sizeable bonanza. 

In 1886 the Hulls brought in another 3500 head of horses and cattle and set up "Hull Bros. and Co.". William Roper Hull also branched out into a ranch of his own at this time. 

Hull Bros. and Co. was dissolved in 1896 with the meat packing interest being sold to P. Burns and Co. Gerard Hull returned to British Columbia. 

From this time on William Roper Hull concentrated his endeavors in the fields of ranching and real estate. 

William Roper Hull initiated the use of irrigation in the Calgary area. He is further credited with raising the first fenced ranges in this part of the country. 

Among other accomplishments, William Roper Hull created the Calgary Grain Exchange and erected the first major cultural centre in Calgary, which came to be known as "The Hull Opera House". 

The present Hull Child and Family Services was initiated through the terms of this man's will, which left a considerable legacy for the provision of children in need.

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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. In 2021, our school, along with all CBE schools made a TRC Commitment to Action. On June 21, 2022, we renewed our commitment, which can be found under Resources.​​

​​​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​.

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