Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, the Junior High Honours program will be offered at Ardrossan Junior Senior High*, F.R. Haythorne Junior High and Sherwood Heights Junior High*.
The Junior High Honours program is designed for students in grades 8 and 9 with high achievement in their core courses and who enjoy a challenging academic environment.
Students in the program will follow the Alberta Education Programs of Study but receive enriched course content with a focus on higher-level reasoning, critical-thinking skills, inquiry-based learning with links to other disciplines and optional subject matter in all the core subjects (language arts, science, mathematics and social studies).
As part of the Junior High Honours program, students will be required to complete two common cross-curricular projects per grade: one humanities—language arts and social studies—and one STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These projects will be assessed using common grading criteria to ensure consistency in evaluation practices across all Junior High Honours sites.
Students are eligible to apply to the Junior High Honours program if they have a minimum 80 per cent average in each of the four core subjects and a completed rating scale from each of their core-subject teachers. Conditional acceptance will be confirmed in early-April based on a student’s latest report card marks in the four core subject areas, along with the teacher rating scales. Students must maintain their honours standing on the final report card in June to receive final acceptance in the Honours program for the upcoming year.
*Ardrossan Junior Senior High and Sherwood Heights Junior High have closed boundaries for the 2021-22 school year and will therefore not accept registrations from non-designated students.