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Samuel W. Shaw School

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Grades and Programs: 5-9

School Hours: AM: 9:00 ~ PM: ~ 3:45

School Location

115 Shannon Drive SW
Calgary AB
T2Y 0K6

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The school is located within the south west community of Shawnessy and serves the residents of this community as well as Somerset, Millrise and Shawnee Slopes. Our large school grounds are adjacent to the community skating rink and the school grounds of Father Doucette School.

About the School

Our school opened in September 2009 and now serves students in grades 5 -8, offering programs as outlined in the Alberta Education Program of Studies. Our spacious facility was designed for the learning needs of adolescents. Natural lighting streams through many windows and enhances the classrooms. Students benefit from an integrated and innovative approach to curriculum. Learning is enhanced through modern technologies. Students have access to a robust collection of print and digital resources, laptops, and SMARTBoards. A focus on inquiry-based learning invites engagement with imagination and supports students in becoming contributors to their world.

Our school has a

  • two storey Learning Commons,
  • a large main gymnasium,
  • an auxiliary gym,
  • dance studio,
  • fitness centre,
  • band room,
  • bright art room
  • drama space. In addition to these specialized places, there is a student gathering space large enough to accommodate our food services area and supervised lunchroom program. The school has a unique classroom configuration of pods, with break out spaces for flexible grouping to support student learning needs. In addition to the pods, relocatable classrooms are adjoined to the building.

  • About School Name

    Samuel W. Shaw was a remarkable Calgarian for whom the area of Shawnessy, Shawnee Slopes and Shaw Meadows in Fish Creek Park was named. He was an innovator in Calgary having created the first phone line from his store in Midnapore to one in downtown Calgary. His pioneering spirit and innovation will be a good example of the work of the new middle school.

    School Mission

    Achieve, Believe and Create

    These are the ABC’s of the new middle school. All students are supported to achieve their potential. They are encouraged to believe in themselves and their learning community. Students are challenged to actively engage in their learning and think creatively. They are encouraged to demonstrate their learning creatively and with innovation.

    Our middle school is an exemplar of inclusive public education and learning in the 21st Century. Active engagement of students in inquiry based learning and meeting the needs of all students through Universal Design for Learning is the focus. The foundation of the school is that learning has to be rich, relevant, and rigorous as well as integrative and exploratory. The school promotes meaningful relationships and learning within the our entire learning community which meets the needs of each student, every day, today and in the future.

    School Motto

    Achieve, Believe and Create

    Unique Points

    • Our middle school is organized to meet the unique learning needs of adolescents.
    • Innovative and experienced educators are organized in teams and augment each other's strengths in order to support each learner.
    • Students are supported to understand themselves as learners, set goals, develop strategies and assess their learning through the develoment of student learning plans.
    • We have two Paced Learning Programs
    • Students have many ongoing and rich opportunities to experience integrative learning through an inquiry approach
    • Rich curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular programs are offered
    • Lunch supervision is provided for Grade 5 and 6 bussed students as well as for registered program users.
    • Daily physical education program is provided by our three PE teachers.
    • learning is supported within virtual and physical spaces that provide rich digital and text resources.
    • School wide activities that promote a healthy, active living and an exciting school culture
    • Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the school.

    Student Enrolment (September 2014 )
    Total Enrolment: 805

    Grade 5Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grade 9

    Darrin K Fisher
    School Board Trustee: Vacant
    CBE Ward: Ward 13
    Chief Superintendent: David Stevenson
    Area: Area V
    Director (Area): Sydney Smith
    Notes for Substitute: Early Dismissal Fridays at 12:50 p.m.


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