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Principal's Message

Welcome to St. Joseph Catholic High School and your 2021-2022 school year. This school is unlike any other in Edmonton. Our  multitude of programs, commitment to educational excellence, high academic standards, and a supportive diverse learning environment; this is genuinely a place of learning for everyone.

At St. Joseph, academic learning is a priority. We know that students learn in various ways and that learning is a risk-taking endeavour; keeping an open mind is critical in the learning process, and our staff is committed to creating a safe and nurturing learning environment for everyone. As outlined in our mission, our school strives to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who will be positive agents of change in our world. As educators, we promise to prepare our students for future choices and challenges by helping them become the best versions of themselves.

One of the unique aspects of your St. Joseph Catholic High School experience will be engaging in our Teacher Advisory model. Learning and education are all about relationships. At this school, we build that connection by assigning each student a teacher advisor who will work closely with them and their family to ensure the educational experience meets the individual’s unique needs.

Our school mantra ‘Palma Non Sine Pulvere’ (no glory without effort) speaks to the expectation that you will find success through dedication in your studies and commitment to participating in this dynamic school environment. Through balanced learning and diverse coursework, you will grow in your journey to becoming knowledgeable and inquiring learners. With effort and dedication, all students, regardless of individual differences, can succeed.

At St. Joseph Catholic High School, there are multiple ways in which we foster student success. Our school has students enrolled in Guided Customized Learning (GCL), Traditional Classroom Learning (TCL), St. Joseph Catholic High School Online Academy (SJOA), and St. Joseph Catholic High School Year 4/5 (SJ45). In addition to these programs, we offer a multitude of support through our student services department, including our psychologist, counsellor, learning coach, graduation coach, family school liaison worker, braided journeys graduation coach, and school resource officer.

GCL classes serve as a college/university preparatory experience, helping students gain the necessary skills to successfully navigate the post-secondary academic world. As a GCL student, you will gain excellent planning and communication skills essential for  learning beyond high school.

Our Traditional Classroom Learning (TCL) structured classes run the same way as any other traditional high school experience. These classes are excellent for students who benefit though “at the elbow” guidance and daily direction from the teacher to     complete tasks. Some students elect to blend TCL and GCL classes, taking GCL classes in subjects where they have a natural     aptitude for the subject.

St Joseph Catholic High School also is home to the Edmonton Catholic Schools high school online program. We provide online    synchronous (real-time instruction) programming for all students who want a traditional high school experience while learning from home. Students will write examinations in person, while throughout the school year our teaching staff will be present online to guide you through the course work. Our online students are encouraged to still take full advantage of our teams, clubs, and events.

Through both our GCL and TCL modes of instruction, we are the completion site for 4th and 5th-year high school students. As a 4th and 5th-year student, you will have some additional allowances and freedoms, which will be discussed in the opening days, to   accommodate personal and work schedules. The goal is to provide you with the time, classes, and resources you need to achieve your goals!

Whatever the students’ interests, we have a host of opportunities for everyone to explore. On behalf of St. Joseph Catholic High School staff, I eagerly look forward to working with you and your family as we work together to help you Explore Your Potential!

Enjoy your year,

Ryan Feehan, Principal

ryan.feehan@ecsd.net


 



 

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