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William Aberhart High School

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Grades and Programs: 10-12 Regular & French Immersion; 10-12 Spanish Bilingual

School Hours: AM: 8:58 ~ 11:57 PM:12:40 ~ 3:39

School Location

3009 Morley Trail NW
Calgary AB
T2M 4G9

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William Aberhart High School, a comprehensive high school offering English, Spanish Bilingual and French Immersion programs located in the northwest community of Banff Trail, near the University of Calgary. The following communities will be served for the English program: Banff Trail, Capitol Hill (West of 14 St), Charleswood and Collingwood west pf 14 St. The main junior high feeder school to William Aberhart High School for the English program is Senator Patrick Burns.

William Aberhart High School is the designated French Immersion and Spanish Bilingual school for students from Arbour Lake, Banff Trail, Beddington Heights, Bowness, Briar Hill, Brentwood, Bridgeland/Riverside, Cambrian Heights, Capitol Hill, Charleswood, Citadel,Country Hills, Country Hills Village, Coventry Hills, Crescent Heights, Crestmont, Dalhousie, Edgemont, Evanston, Greenview, Greenwood, Greenbriar, The Hamptons, Harvest Hills, Hawkwood, Hidden Valley, Highland Park, Highwood, Hillhurst, Hounsfield Heights, Huntington Hills, Kincora, MacEwan, Montgomery, Mount Pleasant, North Haven, Panorama Hills, Parkdale, Point McKay, Queen's Park Village, Ranchlands, Renfrew, Rocky Ridge, Rosedale, Rosemont, Royal Oak, Sandstone, Scenic Acres, Sherwood, Silver Springs, St. Andrews Heights, Sunnyside, Thorncliffe, Triwood (Collingwood, Charleswood), Tuscany, Tuxedo Park, University Heights, Valley Ridge, Varsity, West Hillhurst, and Winston Heights/Mountview.

Junior high feeder schools for the French immersion program are Branton, Valley Creek, and George P. Vanier. Students take French Language Arts, Social Studies and Math in French to receive a the French Immersion Certificate of Achievement.

Junior high feeder school for the Spanish Bilingual program is Senator Patrick Burns and Bishop Pinkham. Students complete a total of 25 credits to receive the Spanish Bilingual Certificate.

About the School

The school was built in 1957 and is situated on 10.2 acres. The school has 54 classrooms, 2 gymnasia, a fully equipped Fitness Centre available for classes and students, a multi-media library resource centre, specialized areas for music, drama, and art.

We are a semestered school with a five day schedule, and four periods of 88 minutes.

About School Name

William Aberhart was born in Huron County, Ontario, and as an adult became a Presbyterian minister.

After 11 years of successful teaching, Aberhart moved to Calgary and was appointed as the principal of Crescent Heights High School. He used the radio to communicate religious information to students and pupils became interested in his messages, and because of these services, he developed the nickname "Bible Bill".

Our school proudly displays in our Main Office a fine oil painting of Mr. Aberhart What eventually led William Aberhart to politics was the comment from one of his pupils, "Nobody wants us, we cannot get anything to do, we can't get a job of any kind, nobody has any money." This and the depression encouraged Aberhart to seek political office. With these ideas and others, he founded the Social Credit Party. Aberhart then became a member of the Alberta Legislature and in 1935 was elected as the provincial premier.

William Aberhart played a prominent role in Alberta and was a strong influence on Albertans during the 1920's and 30's. He was an active religious leader, a respected school teacher, a principal with the Calgary Board of Education, and the founder of the Social Credit Party, which won him the position of premier of Alberta.

School Mission

Our role is to provide an environment which enables students to grow as caring, autonomous, lifelong learners, able and willing to participate effectively and responsibly in society.

School Philosophy


Where students are provided opportunities to construct learning experiences that are: cross-curricular, flexible, multi-dimensional, personalized, and relevant.

  • Cross-curricular. Integrated learning to more closely reflect the world through: -Focusing on continuity of learning strategies -Enhancing connections between subjects -Encouraging learners to appreciate the inter- relationships of curriculum
  • Flexible. Accommodating the unique learning needs of students while providing: -For learning at different rates -For varying learning strategies -For independent learning -Alternate environments
  • Multi-dimensional. Acquiring knowledge, skills, and attitudes through: -Focusing on discovery processes -Employment of a variety of assessment strategies -Using information technologies -Involving content, process, and product
  • Personalized. Providing opportunities to construct learning experiences through: -Collaboration among learners -Learning occurs at varying rates -Learning becomes self-directed -Students assume greater control of their learning -Opportunity for students to challenge courses
  • Relevant. Making connections through: -Studying contemporary issues -Using appropriate assessment strategies -Implementing global education across the curriculum -Experience-based learning

    School Vision

    Aberhart is a place:

  • Where our day-to-day practice and our organizational structure are aligned with our beliefs and guiding principles for learning.
  • Where we are engaged, purposeful, lifelong learners.
  • Where there is diversity of programs and strategies accommodating the needs of all students.
  • That has extensive, quality extra-curricular and co-curricular programs accessible to all students.
  • Where technology is up-to-date, reliable, and accessible.

    Aberhart is a place:

  • That is a safe, caring environment.
  • Where all members of our community embrace learning and growth.
  • Of pride, sharing, support, and trust.
  • Where diverse programs and people are understood, valued, and included in the Aberhart community.
  • Where we recognize positive attitudes, bravery, and striving for excellence.
  • That is a fun, happy place to be.

    Key elements of our vision on Leadership

    Aberhart is a place:

  • Where everyone commits to our vision with the courage to move ahead.
  • Where we encourage full participation and teamwork.
  • Where risk taking is fundamental to our future success.
  • Where everyone is encouraged and enabled to take leadership roles.
  • Where we welcome new people, new ideas, change, and innovation.
  • Where stakeholders have significant input to the learning community.

    Key elements of our vision on Stewardship

    Aberhart is a facility:

  • That welcomes us and engenders school pride.
  • That is healthy, safe, clean, and customized.
  • Where management of space and resources is everyone's responsibility.

    Key elements of our vision on Communication

    Aberhart is a place:

  • Where communication is clear, timely, and effective.
  • Where parents are active, well-informed, and supportive.
  • That has partnerships, patrons, and working relationships linking our students and staff to the world beyond.

  • School Motto

    Semper Paratus - "Always Prepared"

    Unique Points

    • Advanced Placement program - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science, English, Political Science, Mathematics, French Literature
    • Trilingual (English, French Immersion, Spanish Bilingual)
    • Second languages - French and Spanish
    • CTS - Technical and Business courses
    • Learning Strategies and ESL support for all grades
    • International Students
    • Extensive extra-curricular program

    Student Enrolment (September 2014 )
    Total Enrolment: 1544

    Grade 10Grade 11Grade 12

    Tamie Annis-Johnson
    School Board Trustee: Trina Hurdman
    CBE Ward: Ward 7
    Chief Superintendent: David Stevenson
    Area: Area II
    Director (Area): Brant Parker (Acting)
    Notes for Substitute: Early Dismissal Fridays at 1:07 p.m.


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