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About Us

Division Profile

  • Foothills School Division (FSD) serves the learning needs of approximately 8,200 students in junior kindergarten (pre-kindergarten) through grade 12, and employs more than 900 teachers and support staff who are focused on our common goal of “Improving Learning for ALL Students.”
  • Located on the City of Calgary’s southern border within the Municipal District of Foothills, the Division encompasses the Towns of Okotoks, High River, Black Diamond and Turner Valley as well as the communities served by our Blackie, Cayley, Heritage Heights (DeWinton), Longview, Millarville and Red Deer Lake (south Calgary) schools.
  • Governed by six publicly elected Board of Trustees, FSD operates 19 public schools, an open campus location providing academic and behavioural support programs, and three Hutterite Colony schools.
  • As a public school division, we are here to improve learning for ALL students and develop the WHOLE child. Our student body reflects the communities we serve and we offer a rich variety of innovative programs and services to meet the needs and interests of a broad spectrum of learners.
  • We are committed to academic excellence in all areas of education:  academics, the arts, athletics, and career and technology instruction.  Together with strong character education, we believe these are all equally important contributors to the development and future employability of our students.
  • We have safe, caring and inclusive learning environments for our students and focus on developing healthy, respectful relationships at all levels – with our students, school families and employees.

We Believe

  • Each child is a learner and deserves the opportunity and supports to achieve optimum learning.
  • In learning opportunities that set high expectations for all learners to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally.
  • Designing safe, caring, welcoming learning environments ensures an inclusive culture with acceptance and belonging for all.
  • Ongoing learning and critical reflection ensures quality teaching and optimum student learning.

Our Commitment

  • Foster a culture of belonging where diversity is expected and celebrated where each learner is welcomed, cared for, respected, and safe.
  • Design intellectually engaging learning within the program of studies. Learning opportunities are relevant, purposeful and differentiated to develop knowledge, skills, conceptual understanding and deeper thinking.
  • Develop and provide a continuum of supports to address students’ strengths, needs and areas for growth.
  • Develop competencies within each learner for lifelong learning and active citizenship through collaboration, critical thinking, communication, creativity and innovation, problem solving, managing information, personal growth and well-being, as well as cultural and global citizenship. 
  • Ensure students are literate and numerate.  Learning opportunities are designed in all subject areas and grade levels to develop learners’ ability, confidence and willingness to engage, communicate and create.
  • Design assessment and evaluation to support student independence and self-efficacy in their learning.  Students know where they are, where they need to be, and next steps in learning through clear success criteria, learning targets, and effective feedback. Ongoing assessment/student evidence is used to guide instruction and improve student learning.
  • Collaborate as a learning community to support each learner’s success.

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