Calgary Board of Education

Arts-Centred Learning

Who We Are:

We are a passionate community of teachers and students who engage the regular core curriculums (Science, Math, English, and Social Studies) by using the arts as an entry point of understanding and expression. Students write the same standardized department and provincial exams; however, they are taught, and express themselves, in ways influenced by the arts.

ACL Science:

ACL Science allows students to acquire the curriculum through project and inquiry-based learning. This program requires individuals to be enthusiastic participants throughout in-class activities. Students will have the opportunity to try new things and be an integral part of their learning and evaluation.


ACL Math:

ACL Mathematics is a phenomenal program that creates a beautiful marriage between the structure of a typical math class, with the freedom and fluidity of the arts. In ACL Math students are learning the full math curriculum, but the material is supplemented with and related to different artistic fields, including, but not limited to: music, dance, art and drama. Taking ACL Math will open your eyes to all of the beauty in the world around us, and will help students make seemingly abstract connections with the content they are learning in class. ACL math is the perfect opportunity for students to embark on a journey of discovery through project based assessment; a journey they may not experience if they do not choose ACL mathematics.

ACL English:

ACL English is a place where students can feel connected to their peers while learning about themselves. We use many lenses to understand the relevance and artistry of texts that include film, short story, novellas, plays, novels, multi-media pieces, and poetry. ACL English is a place where students get opportunities to improve on a variety of critical and personal writing forms, while finding opportunities to express their learning and personalized creative ways. Throughout ACL English, students get to prepare for diploma examinations in grade 12, while also integrating their artistic passions

ACL Social:

ACL Social Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to geography, history, philosophy, world issues, and economics that is the social curriculum. Students work towards excellence on the diploma exam in grade 12 while getting an opportunity to express themselves and learn using the arts. ACL Social Studies is a way for students to connect their metacognitive understanding from ACL English and apply it to the world around them. ACL students do a variety of formative and summative assessment strategies to learn this very comprehensive core curriculum.

ACL TA and ACL Leadership Society:

Every Fowler student is put into a Teacher Advisory (TA) program, and ACL students are not exception. However, ACL students get to maintain that community experience by having ACL specialized TAs that are facilitated by ACL core teachers. In addition, every week students have an opportunity to be involved in the ACL Leadership Society that puts on school wide and community events throughout the year.



How to Apply:

Unless you are a Sir John Franklin student, the ACL feeder school, you need to submit an ACL application along with your other forms needed to come to James Fowler High School. Please submit by March to be considered for the program.

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For more information regarding the Arts-Centred Learning please review the CBE page.