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Robert Thirsk High School

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Grades and Programs: Grades 10 and 11 (2013 - 2014); Grades 10, 11 and 12 (2014 and beyond)

School Hours: AM: 8:30AM ~ 11:50 PM:12:32 PM ~ 3:02 PM

School Location

8777 Nose Hill Drive NW
Calgary AB
T3G 5T3

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Robert Thirsk High School is located in the northwest community of Arbour Lake. Take a drive by our beautiful new building. The three-story section features nine communities, classroom and common spaces that will help us make our big school, smaller. We have a central learning commons that stretches the concept of library into a cooperative learning space with virtual, "known" and human resources. We have room to grow career skills in trades, cook trade, heath and human resources, media/business, natural resources as well in Fine Arts related to drama, dance, band and visual arts. Our two gyms and fitness area will help us stay in shape physically as well as intellectually and socially.

About the School

Robert Thirsk High School opened in September, 2013 and is a 10-12 school with a capacity of 1500. Our high school accommodates students from Citadel, Arbour Lake, Scenic Acres, Ranchlands, Hawkwood, Rocky Ridge, and Royal Oak. We are excited about the opportunities that we provide for students in our core classes as well as Career/Technology Studies, Fine Arts, Global Studies and Wellness/Physical Education.

About School Name

The Board of Trustees of the Calgary Board of Education has named the new northwest high school after astronautóand former CBE studentóRobert Thirsk. Robert Thirsk was selected for the Canadian Astronaut Program in 1983 and has flown on two space missions as a member of the Canadian Space Agency. In addition he served as crew commander of two space mission simulations, and he was the first Canadian astronaut to complete a long duration expedition aboard the International Space Station. He is currently vice president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Throughout his career, he has been a pioneer and a role model to Canadians of all ages by encouraging them to follow their dreams, and instilling in them the importance of scientific research. Dr. Thirsk holds three concepts "close to his heart - exploration, innovation and education". These themes will inspire our work at our new high school.

School Mission

Three forces impact our post-industrial, twenty-first century world, including education - a knowledge-based economy related to a rise in globalization; new findings in learning sciences; pervasive, networked digital technologies. These forces significantly influenced our design, our instruction and our assessment as we opened CBE's newest high school and incorporated these elements of current action research: mastery, rigor, relevance, personalization, flexibility, relationships, community involvement. Rather than being experimental, the key elements also reflect our Robert Thirsk vision to personalize and connect learning so that our students and staff can thrive.

School Motto

To be determined with our students and community.

Unique Points

    Personalizing, Connecting and Thriving
  • Through our learning communities, students will be connected to a key adult advocate(s) throughout their high school years.
  • Students will design learning plans to track their interests, successes and progress and develop their understanding of curricular outcomes.
  • Students will be both challenged and supported in their learning.
  • Students will participate in interdisciplinary study.
  • Students will play a key role in assessment and participate in parent/ teacher conferences.
  • Students will apply their learning as it relates to current issues and will work with experts.
  • Students will experience multiple successes, complete high school and transition for continued learning.

Student Enrolment (September 2014 )
Total Enrolment: 1255

Grade 10Grade 11Grade 12

Chris Meaden
School Board Trustee: Joy Bowen-Eyre
CBE Ward: Ward 2
Chief Superintendent: David Stevenson
Area: Area I
Director (Area): Jeannie Everett
Notes for Substitute: Early Dismissal Fridays at 1:35 pm. Please check-in at the main office by the southeast door.


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