Calgary Board of Education

About Our School

Sir John Franklin School is the north campus for the Arts-Centred Learning (ACL) alternative program. It is located in the northeast community of Mayland Heights and serves Grade 5-9 students in Areas I, II and III. The school's enrollment includes students residing in many communities north of the Bow River. Charter busing is provided for candidates that have qualified for the program.

For the 2015-2016 school year the Arts-Centred Learning program consists of one Grade 5 class, two Grade 6 classes, four Grade 7 classes, four Grade 8 classes and four Grade 9 classes. Sir John Franklin School also houses two special education classes: AIM and CSSI.

Students graduating from Sir John Franklin School transition to the Arts-Centred Learning Program at James Fowler High School. They can also apply for transfer to other high schools such as Crescent Heights, Lester B. Pearson, Western Canada or the Performing Arts High School at Central Memorial.

About the school

Sir John Franklin School was built in 1965 and is situated on 11.79 acres. Extensive renovations were completed during the 2006-2007 school year and included new flooring, lighting and the refurbishment of the drama, dance and band rooms. Sir John Franklin School features:

  • iMac Computer Lab With 30 Workstations
  • PC Computer Lab with 30 Workstations
  • Four class sets of MacBooks
  • Learning Commons
  • Gym and Stage Area with Stage Lighting
  • Art Lab with a Vented Kiln
  • Dance Studio
  • Construction Workshop
  • Foods and Fashion Lab
  • Cafeteria
  • Drama room

About school name

The school was named after John Franklin, a British naval officer and Arctic explorer. He was born in Spilsby, England on April 16, 1786. He led three expeditions in search of the North West Passage and was knighted in 1829 for his explorations of the Arctic Coast and MacKenzie River. Sir John Franklin's expedition in 1845 met with disaster. Evidence found in 1854 indicated that part of his expedition had perished, with the ships trapped in ice. Records proving Franklin's discovery of the North West Passage and establishing the date of his death were found in a cairn at Point Victory in 1859. In 1983, the University of Alberta found evidence that the remaining crew members had succumbed to scurvy and starvation.