to the Alice Jamieson Girls' Academy. The Alice Jamieson Girls' Academy
is an alternative school offered within the Calgary Board of Education.
We invite you to explore our web site to gain insights into aspects of
program and school.
program was initiated as an alternative school within the Calgary Board
of Education because of research that suggested that girls are more apt
to pursue careers in science or technology if they are able to attend
programs tailored to the learning needs of female students. Research conducted
by Datnow (2001) suggests that successful all girls' programs have components
that support female students greatly. These aspects are highlighted below
along with hyperlinks to other parts of our site that describe how we
are addressing these needs in our program.
need to gain experience as leaders.
endeavour to provide our students with a variety of leadership experiences
in our learning community and beyond to the larger community of Calgary.
Students act as volunteers, peer counsellors and members of School Council.
Our girls also are expected always to act as positive ambassadors for
our program. Coaches, parents and students from other schools, and members
of the community frequently comment on the wonderful modelling our girls
offer when they visit other sites.
need exposure to women who can act as mentors in Science and Technology
students have access to the SciberMentor Program through the University
of Calgary. They are introduced to a woman involved in the field of
Science or Technology with whom they correspond by email on regular
basis. We also have our students participate in the Alberta Mentor Foundation
for Youth program. These partnerships have been very successful and
our girls benefit from communication with these positive role models.
Girls need an understanding of the biological and social construction
about the biological and social construction of gender is presented
in each curriculum area by our teachers. Our students in Grades 4 and
5, as an example, visited Stampede School. in October, 2006 to complete
a study on women in Alberta's history. They had the opportunity to study
the important role of women.
are supported by celebrations of their successes
reporting period we celebrate our students' successes through assemblies
or events which highlight academic and social achievements. The celebration
of our Science Fair, for example, will be presented February 2nd during
the school day.
are supported by an emphasis on independence, empowerment, and leadership
and by having ownership
have an active student leadership group that coordinates some of the
charitable events and volunteer activities for our school.
need exposure to modelling of equity principles and ownership in policy
student council is asked to contribute opinions and direction to our
School Development Plan. We respond positively to our students' suggestions
for changes in policy and improvement. Last year, for example, a peer-counselling
group was created as result of a letter submitted by our Grade Five
Students suggesting that there needed to be ways of resolving conflicts.
need to have their specific learning needs addressed
endeavour to provide a relationship based curriculum, the exploration
of personal growth paths, and a focus on cooperative learning and verbal
feel free to contact us here at the school regarding our program at 403-777-6800.
We hope to provide not only an alternative for educating girls within
the City of Calgary but also to serve as a source of research about how
to attend to the learning needs of girls in more effective ways.