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School Information

J.J. Bowlen is a Junior High School (Grades 7-9) with approximately 440 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, and our FNMI & ELL Teacher Designate.

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.


Registration Information

As discussed during the PowerPoint portion of our Open House (the recording of which can be found at JJ Bowlen Catholic School Open House - YouTube), parents of students who are currently attending an Edmonton Catholic School and who wish to have their child attend JJ Bowlen in the 2022-23 School Year, must use the Intention Icon/Screen in their PowerSchool account to indicate this. The Icon/Screen was originally planned to be activated on Feb 3 but that has been changed by our School Division to Feb 28. Parents of students who do not attend an Edmonton Catholic School but who want their child to attend JJ Bowlen this fall, must register online. Here is the link to do that:

And here is a PDF of our Registration Booklet for the coming school year along with our General Information Sheet with Hours, the Supply List, etc.:

JJ Bowlen Registration Handbook for the 2022-23 School Year.pdf

JJ Bowlen 2022-23 School Fees.pdf

Other Information

To address the learning interruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we added extra 50+ min blocks of Language Arts and Mathematics as well as Phys Ed and Religion in the 2021-22 School Year. This is helping us to address the Covid induced learning setbacks in literacy & numeracy as well as to strengthen physical, mental, & spiritual health. Our school week itself was not lengthened as we found these extra minutes by reconfiguring our existing Timetable to make Thursdays part of our regular schedule. For the past number of years, this half-day at J.J. Bowlen (all our Catholic Schools have half-day Thursdays) was devoted to FLEX time which gave our students the opportunity to engage in both traditional and non-traditional learning activities. We value what FLEX has to offer but decided that the best way forward for our students was to transition FLEX from a weekly occurrence to a monthly one. By doing so, we increased our instructional time in key areas thereby promoting the full development of mind, body, and spirit. 

Writing Multiple Choice Tests Tip Sheet.pdf

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

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.

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