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  • School Philosophy

    School Philosophy

    Allendale School, in partnership with students, parents and the community, exists to develop life-long learners who strive for personal and academic excellence. We are committed to creating a stimulating and safe learning community that supports and challenges every student to pursue and achieve superb results. This is achieved by providing quality educational programs for all of our students.

    The Allendale Advantage

    • Academic excellence in all curricular areas
    • Outstanding, motivated and respectful students
    • Friendly, highly-educated and understanding staff
    • Extensive intramural, noontime and after-school activities
    • Amazing choice of Fine Arts and CTS Options
    • Homeroom activities promoting citizenship, character development and bullying prevention
    • Competitive and diverse junior and senior athletic programming
    • Exceptional student leadership opportunities
    • Updated technologies and access to technology to support learning
    • Strong parent and community support

    High Student Achievement Results

    Students at Allendale School will continue to attain high levels of achievement so that the results of grade nine Provincial Achievement Tests in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies show an average of at least 90 percent of our students attain the acceptable standard and at least 35 percent of our students attain the standard of excellence.

    We will achieve this by maximizing the use and access of technology and electronic resources available to students, maintaining well-disciplined classrooms with high expectations for academic results and behavior, creating relevant cross-curricular projects at each grade level, ensuring all subject areas take part in at least one curricular based field trip, focusing upon the components of homework that include regular study, review and time management of larger projects, and providing regular and adequate professional development, funds for professional development, and time for curricular area PLC work.

    Support for our English Language Learners

    As a school we will support our large number of English Language Learners so that each student will have gained at least one grade level as determined by graded reading and writing assessments we have given students at the beginning and end of each school year.

    This support will be provided by using a variety of language development strategies within both classroom and small group settings, finding appropriate on-line and paper resources, providing teacher mentors to those students with the greatest needs, and ensuring we budget for adequate resources and staff time.

    Everyone is cared for, respected and feels safe

    We will continue to improve our homeroom programming focused on citizenship, character development, student leadership, and the prevention of bullying so that our results on the Alberta Education Accountability Pillar report maintain very high and excellent ratings in the areas of "safe and caring" and "citizenship."

    We will achieve this by continuing to develop homeroom resource materials at each grade level, providing planning time for our lead team and professional development of all our staff, timetabling a homeroom period each Thursday morning, having each homeroom lead in school-wide activities, continuing to help students recognize and respond appropriately to acts of bullying, staff monitoring and following-up on all forms of bullying, and celebrating the strong sense of community each homeroom provides each student.

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In the three years they spend with us, students will be preparing for high school and the programs that will determine their choices for further education. Our dedicated staff creates a safe and caring environment in which all students are challenged to learn and achieve their personal best.

Our District Priorities are to:

1. Foster growth and success for every student by supporting their journey from early learning through high school completion and beyond.

2. Provide welcoming, high quality learning and working environments.

3. Enhance public education through communication, engagement and partnerships.

Principal's Message

Allendale School is a friendly, caring school focused on academics and opportunities. We are a school that offers many unique and dynamic educational programs for students in grades seven, eight and nine. Very successful students choose to come to Allendale from many areas of the city. E.T.S. bus routes provide easy access from many communities in South Edmonton.

Our motto at Allendale School is “The Small School with Big Opportunities.” We get to know our students well and provide them with very personalized programming. We provide students with a challenging, enriching, and safe school environment.

Academic achievement is our number one priority. Students are expected to do their best in all course work and pursuits. Our students consistently achieve well above provincial averages on Provincial Achievement Tests.

All of our students are enrolled in at least one second language course and an active Physical Education program. To accompany the strong academic program, we offer a diverse and high quality selection of complementary courses.

Allendale School provides four programming opportunities for students: Regular Academic, Cogito Academic Alternative, German Bilingual, and Interactions. Each provides students with exceptional opportunities for learning.

Regular Academic Program: All students from within our attendance area are welcomed into our Regular Academic Program. Our students cover all aspects of the Alberta Program of Studies and achieve well on provincial tests. In addition to the core areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, our students all take Physical Education, a second language, Health and choose from a variety of complementary courses. All students in our Regular Academic Program will be invited to be part of a fall overnight camp experience.

Cogito Academic Alternative: Allendale was the first junior high school in Edmonton Public Schools to offer the Cogito Academic Alternative Program. The program is designed for all students who are willing to work with teachers and parents to develop their capacity for academic excellence. Many of our Cogito graduates enroll in academic programs in high school such as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (I.B.). For more information please see "Programs" on our school website or our school’s Cogito brochure.

German Bilingual Program: Allendale is proud to be the only junior high school in Edmonton that offers the German Bilingual Program. Typically, students from the elementary German Bilingual program continue their German language studies at Allendale School. However, students with a strong background in the German language are welcome to enroll. The German Bilingual Program fosters an appreciation for the culture and language of the German people. A highlight of the German Bilingual Program is the annual grade eight Germany Exchange trip. For more information, please refer to "Programs" on our school’s website.

Interactions Program: Allendale School is fortunate to be a district site for the Interactions Program. Our program is well-supported by outstanding staff and facilities and students are provided individualized opportunities both within the Interactions classroom and throughout the school. Students enrolled in our Interactions Program are referred to us by the school they are presently attending.

In addition to a focus on high academic achievement and a broad selection of complementary courses, intramurals, team, and extracurricular activities are offered to our students. These are listed in this Program Book and in "Programs" on our website. All students will participate in cross-graded house activities and weekly homeroom time focused on citizenship, character development and bullying prevention.

Allendale School, “The Small School with BIG Opportunities,” offers a high standard of education, many complementary courses, and the very best in athletics, arts and activities– something for everyone!

Our Grade 9 Provincial Achievement results for the 2014-2015 school year will be posted after October 8, 2015.


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Darrell Sush