In Foothills School Division, we understand that “one size doesn’t fit all” when it comes to student learning. We offer a variety of flexible programs to meet the needs and interests of our students.
Cameron Crossing - FSD's Regional Outreach School:
Cameron Crossing School is an alternative High School that focuses on supporting learners that require specialized and flexible programming in order to meet their diverse social and emotional needs.
FSD Sports Academy:
In 2015, Foothills School Division partnered with the Global Sport Academy Group to introduce a Grade 7-9 male hockey program at École Okotoks Junior High School. Following a very successful first year, the program expanded to include both male and female skaters at the junior high, as well as a combined Grade 10-12 male and female program at École Secondaire Foothills Composite High School/Alberta High School of Fine Arts. Currently, close to 70 students are Global athletes at both ÉOJHS and ÉSFCHS/AHSFA. Global’s mission is to enhance the educational and leadership experiences of student athletes while redefining the journey through youth sports. The Global curriculum includes some of the following elements:
- Goal setting and road mapping athletic and academic journeys
- Sport Psychology
- Public speaking
- Mentorship and menteeship
- Values and ethics
Parent information evenings are planned three times a year where families can learn more about how this comprehensive program is delivered within the school setting.
For more information or to apply for this program, please visit Global Sport Academy Group at https://globalsportacademygroup.com
High School HUBs:
The Hub is a flexible learning program that exists within our current High school structure. Each of our high schools has at least one classroom dedicated to Hub programming and is staffed with two or more teachers. These seven teachers work as a unit to meet the needs of their students. Between the 3 high schools we have specialists for the 38 courses we currently offer. These include High School Mathematics, Sciences, Social Studies, English and Calm. We also offer programming in Physical Education, and General and Personal Psychology. At the time of writing, 447 students are taking at least one Hub course.
Hockey Canada Skills Academy:
The Hockey Canada Skills Academy focuses on the development of fundamental hockey skills such as skating shooting, passing and general knowledge of the game. Students will also learn dry land training principles, nutrition, psychology and leadership qualities that are important for success in sports, academics and life. This program is offered at Blackie School and Oilfields School. The Hockey Canada skills Academy program has been in place in FSD for several years, and serves players from beginning to AAA. Hockey Canada developed the program to promote cooperative efforts between school boards, local hockey associations and sponsors; to better utilize ice times and school facilities, as well as, the development of sport schools. Visit the HCSA website or individual schools for more information about this program.
International Baccalaureate – Primary Years Programme at Millarville Community School:
In April 2009, Millarville Community School became one of only six public schools in Alberta — and the only one in southern Alberta — to be authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the Primary Years Programme, the culmination of four years of work by teachers at the school. The IB program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. For more information visit the Millarville IB Primary Years Programme.
Quest Program at Oilfields School:
Quest is a multi-grade (10-12) community of learners exploring cross-curricular studies through outdoor and environmental education at Oilfields School.
Quest combines traditional classroom instruction with outdoor learning experiences to create a learning community that benefits from experiential learning, small class sizes and peer and teacher relationships. Students in the program will complete all the courses required for High School Graduation and participate in weekly/bi-weekly outdoor field studies to meet these requirements. Trips focus on academics, outdoor skills, and the development of our learning community. The Quest program is structured as a three-year program with a yearly theme that will be the lens through which we examine each core academic curriculum (Water, Biodiversity and Energy). A minimum commitment of one year is required although the completion of a full three years will provide the most benefit to the student. The outdoor skills developed in the program include hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, navigation, emergency response and others. Additional backcountry travel skills are also developed and there are multi-day expeditions each year. These have included a Sea Kayaking Trip to Clayoquot Sound on the Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island, A backcountry hiking trip in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, and Cross-Country Skiing trips to backcountry huts in BC.
Each year students will be involved in planning and implementing local and/or global legacy project(s) that link to the year’s theme. The goal of these projects is to contribute in a lasting, positive way to the community and its relationship to the environment. In addition, students will complete one certification each year that will complement their high school education and open opportunities upon graduation. Certifications completed in the past include Wilderness First Aid and the PADI/SDI Open Water SCUBA Diver Training and Avalanche Safety Training. Further information regarding this programming is available by contacting Oilfields School.
Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services