In Junior High, our goal is to create a dynamic Christian environment where students excel at learning while developing life-long relationships within our community, and with Christ. In order to facilitate a smooth transition into the new grade, and foster strong relationships, grade groupings go on overnight retreats at the start of the school year. These experiences offer opportunities for students to bond with staff and with each other while enjoying the benefits of outdoor education. Our Grade 9 students spend February break building homes for those in need, and serving poor communities in Mexico on a Mission Trip.
Throughout the year, our students are offered the opportunity to discover who they are, and nurture their God-given talents through chapels, small group sessions, our Mission to Others program and other Christian-based initiatives. Leadership growth is also enhanced through mentorship opportunities with students in the Elementary school.
Our accelerated, Biblically infused curriculum includes core subjects (math, science, language arts, social studies) as well as the addition of 'option' courses: Band, Art, Drama, Outdoor Education and Creative Design & Project Management. Students can explore either French or Spanish as their second-language option. Junior High is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment, allowing for digital literacy growth alongside regular classwork.
Outside of regular classes, students can pursue interests in artistic and athletic endeavours. Our GCA Royals athletic teams participate in a variety of sports through the CISAA (Calgary Independent School Athletic Association) League. Students also regularly utilize our expansive theatre for chapels, assemblies, band concerts and our extensive musical theatre production. Clubs such as the Art Club, Drama Club, Student Leadership Team and more are other opportunities for students to explore their interests. Potential for growth in all aspects of life is encouraged as our students mature into young adults, and servant leaders.
"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."