Calgary Board of Education Alternative High School
5003 - 20 Street S.W., Calgary AB T2T 5A5 | Grades 10-12
t | 403-777-7730  e |




Welcome to Alternative High School

Principal's Message April 2015

It seems safe to say that spring has welcomed us with sunshine and nice temperatures. Spring with its warmer weather, budding trees and blossoming flowers offers many distractions and much to look forward to. In my years of experience as an educator if the school year has moved quickly to this point it moves at double time approaching June. Many students believe that passing courses occur at semester end. It is this thinking that allows for procrastination at the beginning of a semester and cramming toward the end of a semester. Neither of these strategies supports progressive/sequential student growth and achievement over the course of a semester and as lifelong learner. We know students do their best, engage most in their learning, and develop and retain knowledge and skills when they do their best each and every day. It is our desire to have students achieving at their highest possible potential and support this daily in our programming at Alternative High School.  So although looking ahead with hope and optimism motivates us, taking care of our obligations and responsibilities holds us in good stead moving forward.


Our School Council/Parent Association is in desperate need of participants. This group meets once a month for approximately an hour and participants require no previous experience in School Council/Parent Association work. These parent groups support students, school programming, and school staff in a variety of ways. With declining government funds going to education these parent groups support the school in two areas of vital importance. The School Council/Parent Association offers a consultative support to school administration in regard to school programming and generates funds, mostly through casino dollars. Our School Council/Parent Association is in jeopardy of not being able to fulfill either duty due to the limited number of participants. Please consider the opportunity that Alternative High School is providing your student and support this with your participation and commitment to attend the monthly School Council/Parent Association meeting. Please check our school website for dates and times.    

Some define luck in the following terms, when preparation and hard work meets opportunity.  As a community of learners; students, families, school staff, administration we want all individuals within our community to have the best of luck, and challenge each to hold themselves responsible to their best effort, each day in making the most of each opportunity.  

I appreciate the positive relationships that exist within the community of Alternative High School. Please do not hesitate to connect with you students mentor, teacher or school administration should you need clarification or have a comment you would like to share.





Mr. Don Barbor
Alternative High School


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