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J.J. Bowlen is a Junior High School (Grades 7-9) with approximately 450 students. It is a place to grow intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually. Being located right across the street from St. Dominic Savio Parish, students visit the church regularly to participate in religious celebrations. In addition to our quality academic programs, we also have an outstanding complementary program including Band, Foods, French as a Second Language, Construction, Art, Film Studies, and so much more. We also offer a strong athletic program with very competitive teams in all sports.

Our caring and dedicated staff provide each student with the opportunity to develop their full potential in mind, body, and spirit. The J. J. Bowlen  Student Support Team is committed to helping all students be successful. They provide support to students and their families. Members include our Learning Coach, a Family School Liaison Worker, our FNMI & ELL Teacher Designate; and a Student Advisor.

Our School Mission: With Jesus as our model, J.J. Bowlen Catholic School nurtures the mind, body, and spirit by engaging students to develop their gifts and achieve their potential.

Our School Vision: All students are warmly welcomed by learning opportunities centered on mutual respect, perseverance, and creative thought. Our academic curriculum shall promote critical thinking, collaboration, and inquiry. By working, learning, and serving together, all members of our school community will experience a true sense of belonging and acceptance.

Our School Charism: With John James Bowlen's life of service as a guide, our school community seeks inspiration from the Holy Spirit as we develop an ever-deeper faith in the person of Jesus Christ.


We are well into preparations for a wonderful 2021-22 School Year. The pandemic has interrupted learning to a certain degree both this year and last. We have decided to take concrete steps to ensure students are given every opportunity to catch up. To this end, we are adding extra 50+ min blocks of Language Arts and Mathematics next year as well as Phys Ed and Religion. This will address any setbacks in literacy & numeracy and strengthen physical, mental, & spiritual health. Please note that our school week itself will not be lengthened as we are finding these extra minutes by reconfiguring our existing Timetable.

JJ Bowlen School - 2021-22 Opening Letter.pdf

Gen Info, supply list, hours, ... 2021-22.pdf

JJ Bowlen 2021-22 School Fees.pdf

JJ Bowlen Regis Handbook for 2021-22.pdf

2021-22 J.J. Bowlen School Calendar.pdf

You can also find more information about our School on our YouTube Channel


AHS Covid-Daily-Checklist-Sept 2021.pdf

Isolation period

  • You are legally required to isolate for 10 days minimum if you have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Isolation period is for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.

Return to work or school

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test and/or a medical note is not required to return to school, work or activities once the isolation period is complete.

Google Classroom Guide

Alberta Education has instituted a help-line and email for parents of students, particularly those with disabilities, during COVID-19 and at-home learning. The line is 780-422-6548 (toll-free by first dialing 310-0000, followed by the 10-digit phone number) or via email at:

Here is our Three-Year Growth Plan:

JJ Bowlen 2020-23 Continuous Growth Plan .pdf

Supply Lists Are posted on our school website under “School Information" and "School Supplies" which you can find in the left hand column. 

School Fees These too are posted on our website under “School Information” and "School and Transportation Fees" in the left hand column.

Lates and Absences

Please email our Admin Support Kim Ongaro if your child is going to be late or absent:

Our Namesake

Our school is named after the Honourable John James Bowlen, the first Roman Catholic to represent the Crown as Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. J. J. Bowlen, was born in 1876 in Prince Edward Island. In 1906, he moved his family out west and began what was to be an extremely successful life as a rancher and politician. By 1920, Bowlen owned the largest horse ranch in Canada.
J. J. Bowlen had an active political career. Elected in 1930, as a Liberal MLA for Calgary, he was one of only six opposition members to remain elected in the Social Credit landslide of 1935. He held office until 1944, serving his constituents in the Alberta legislature for 14 years.
In 1950, J. J. Bowlen was appointed the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. He died in office in 1959 and is buried in St. Joachim’s cemetery in Edmonton. During his life, J. J. Bowlen received many honors, held numerous executive positions and was actively involved in service clubs such as Kiwanis, Elks and Knights of Columbus.
At J. J. Bowlen Catholic Junior High School, we strive to live up to the example set for us by our namesake. He is a Catholic role model for the students and staff of our school. His active life embodies the qualities of hard work, determination and service to others and he reminds us of how to celebrate our gifts.
To find out more about J. J. Bowlen the man, visit the Alberta Legislative website at: 
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