Robert Thirsk High School

8777 Nose Hill Drive N.W. Calgary AB T3G 5T3 | Grades 10-12 | Capacity 1500



News release | CBE Board of Trustees names new northwest high school after astronaut Robert Thirsk | June 29, 2012

Construction photos (PDF)

Update regarding the attendance area for the new Northwest High School in Arbour Lake, October 4, 2011

Open House: October 7, 2009

Alberta Education ASAP I P3 New Schools Project

Alberta Education ASAP II P3 New Schools Project

Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement (ASAP II) Project Fact Sheet

Construction Status

School approved for Provincial funding January 30, 2008 as part of Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement II Public Private Partnership Project. Site is sloped and constrained with single frontage and proximity to YMCA and Library. Open house held November 7, 2009. Alberta Infrastructure proceeded with design-build delivery option, with the Calgary Board of Education to look after maintenance. Alberta Infrastructure selected Clark Builders to undertake construction. Ground breaking ceremony held May 14, 2010. Building construction complete. Deficiency corrections underway. Building turnover occurred October 26, 2012. Fittings, fixtures and equipment (FFE) commissioning has commenced. The fit-up tender closed on February 14, 2013. Contract awarded to Kamex Construction. Fit-up scheduled for completion July 31, 2013. Administrative area, learning commons and super lab will be available to staff June 2013.

School News

The planned opening is for the 2013-2014 school year. Watch this web site for further details as we near opening day.

As per the CBE’s School Capital Plan, Robert Thirsk High School is planned to be a 10-12 school with an opening capacity of 1500. The high school will accommodate students from Citadel, Arbour Lake, Scenic Acres, Ranchlands, Hawkwood, Rocky Ridge, and Royal Oak.

Additional Information

Robert Thirsk High School is located in the Arbour Lake community and will be part of the area plan for Area I (Jeannie Everett, Director).

Christine Meaden, formerly of Arbour Lake School, has recently been appointed as Principal.  Following the appointment of a principal, an administrative secretary is normally appointed, followed by the appointing of an assistant principal. Other staff will be identified prior to the school opening.

Details on the Board of Trustees’ Policy for school naming can be found on our website at the following link:

Registration Information

Registration information will be posted closer to the opening date of the school.

Contact Information

Please contact the Area Office at 403-777-8710 or e-mail if you have any questions regarding registration.  You may also contact Christine Meaden, Principal, at regarding program planning.

Please contact Architectural and Engineering Services at 403-214-1116 if you have any questions or concerns regarding the status of construction.

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