Sherwood School was built in 1956, and was renovated in 1980 after a fire spread through part of the original building. Recent upgrades have occurred in both the Foods Room and the Construction Shop, equipping them with efficient, up to date equipment. Sherwood serves grade 4 through grade 9 students from the Lynnwood, Millican, Ogden and Riverbend communities. It is also the feeder junior high school for Mahogany students.
The school contains 32 rooms including a large gymnasium, a Learning Commons, three computer labs, a construction shop, and specialized rooms for Foods, Fashion, Art and Drama. Each classroom has either a Smart Board or a Projector for interactive activities. In the morning, students have access to the Breakfast Store where they can buy a morning meal at a reasonable price. At lunch time, there is a canteen available, a lunchroom program for grades four to six and a variety of clubs and intramural sports activities to keep kids active. After school, there are also many activities happening for all grades. Some of the offerings are: Art Club, Yoga Club, Games Club, Choir, Guitar, Social Justice, Creative Native, Learn To Play, Can Learn and several YMCA after school programs.
There are a wide range of subjects offered at Sherwood. Core classes are Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education. Junior High options are: Choir, Band, Drama, Power Up, Communications Technology, Design, Foods, Community Service, Recreational Leadership, Accelerated English, Business Design, World Hisotry, Art, Environmental Stewardship and Culinary Arts. Grade six students participate in Art, Design Studies, Foods, Fashion and Music. Grades four and five students study Art, Music and Literacy based complimentary classes. There is an emphasis on helping students develop safe and competent technology skills. Students and parents say that the teachers at Sherwood are devoted to their students, caring, and understanding of teaching middle school students.
Sherwood is well-known within Calgary and Alberta for its extensive athletics and student leadership programs. The school has numerous special activity days such as Sherburger, Pancake Breakfast on Spirit Day, Terry Fox Run, Remembrance Day Assembly, Winter Activity Day, and the Celebration of Learning. As well, there are also special events like Principal for a Day, PJ Days, Gingerbread Wars, Royal Canadian Legion Literacy Contest, Sherwood Variety Show, Sherwood’s Got Talent, and seasonal Band and Music concerts. This year, a group of grade five students travelled to Waterton for three days to participate in a Parks Canada ecology study and a group of Junior High students sailed the west coast.
Sports teams are Basketball, Volleyball, Cross-Country Running, Badminton, and Track and Field. Sherwood teams play in many tournaments and regularly win divisional titles in basketball, volleyball, badminton and track and field. As well, there have been individual category wins in volleyball, basketball and wrestling in the last few years. Sherwood hosts the Centaur Digfest Volleyball tournament and the Yeti Basketball tournament.
Sherwood students are involved in their community and as global citizens in many ways. They participate in We Day, donate food to the Veterans Food Bank, participate in the Social Justice club and in the recent past have collected toys for Toy Angels, Pennies for Puppies, Toonies for Terry, and raised money to help build a school, house and well in Uganda. Carya runs a Starburst program for Gr 7-9 girls and the Calgary Sexual Health Centre runs a program for Grade 9 boys called Wise Guyz. Sherwood also hosts a variety of City Parks and Recreation, YMCA, Girl Guides, and Carburn Sports Association activities throughout the year.
Grade 9’s participate in the P.A.R.T.Y program by Alberta Health Services, Grade 9 high school tours, the Grade 9 Farewell Dinner and Dance, and the Grade 9 Crossing the Stage Ceremony.
Grade 9 students generally convocate to either Central Memorial, Western Canada or Henry Wisewood High Schools.