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  • Registration



    Edmonton Public Schools is a district of choice. In the spring of each year, students and families have the opportunity to choose their school for the following year.  

    Highlands Open House 

    Please join us at Highlands Junior High School, 11509 62 St NW, on February 6, 2019 from 5:30pm- 8pm. Come and check out all we have to offer. 


    Questions? Talk to the principal at your child’s current school.

    Have you moved? Update your child’s current address with the school office before pre-enrolling in SchoolZone. To update your address you will need proof of your new address.

    New to the District? Contact your preferred school to learn how to register as a new Edmonton Public Schools student before April 16, 2018.

    New to the District?

    Contact your preferred school to learn how to register as a new student before April 16, 2018. Please watch your email for SchoolZone alerts regarding enrollment for 2018- 2019.

    Each school has a designated attendance area. Students who live in this area, or who move into the area after the pre-enrolment phase will be entitled to register at that school, providing adequate programming is available.

    The designated school will always be the first point of entry. This means that a student who wishes to register in a grade 7, 8 or 9 programs and who lives within the Highlands School attendance area should contact our school first. The Highlands School attendance area is bordered on the north by the Yellowhead Trail, the east by 48 Street, the south by the North Saskatchewan River, and the west by the LRT tracks.

    For late and mid year registrations, we will arrange for an intake interview. The parent / guardian will need to come in with the student to talk with us.  Proof of residence of the child, birth certificate and latest progress report are required so that we can make the most appropriate placement. The interview generally takes 30 – 45 minutes, and includes a tour of the school, and meeting some of the staff. For students registering after the first day of school, they will generally start classes the following day. 

    General Registration

    If you are interested in being part of our school please contact us
    If you would like to find out more about registering your child with Edmonton Public Schools please visit us at epsb.ca

    After filling out the registration form please fill out the FOIP Declaration form. Please print, sign and bring with your registration form. 

    FOIP Declaration

    FOIP Consent Form


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  • Pre Advanced placement 7-9

    Pre Advanced placement 7-9

    Highlands School is proud to be one of just a few sites in Edmonton Public Schools that are designated as "Pre Advanced Placement" schools.


    Pre-AP is based on the following two important premises: The first is the expectation that all students can perform well at rigorous academic levels. This expectation should be reflected in curriculum and instruction throughout the school such that all students are consistently being challenged to expand their knowledge and skills to the next level.


    The second is the belief that we can prepare every student for higher intellectual engagement by starting the development of skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible. Addressed effectively, the middle and high school years can provide a powerful opportunity to help all students acquire the knowledge, concepts, and skills needed to engage in a higher level of learning.


    Students who challenge the Advanced Placement exams in high school can qualify for university credit!




    We are currently running one dedicated Pre AP class at grade 7 (7C)and one at grade 8 (8C). All students in these classes will challenge curriculum at a more rigorous and in-depth level. A number of students in grade 9 have been identified as willing to participate and challenge the pre AP program through regular pullout classes each month. Teachers of these students and classes can address this in a variety of ways, including tasks that go beyond the regular program, and expectations of higher quality effort and product, but can most broadly be worked into their teaching by sujbect ‘broad aims’.


    By integrating subject ‘broad aims’, Pre-AP can also be supported in regular programming and instruction with minor modifications to things like lesson content, questioning techniques, expectations of work/product quality, and assigned work.



    The program and work students will be completing is designed to coincide with regular academic content, but offer opportunities to go deeper into concepts and be slightly more rigorous in delivery, depth, and breadth. This may be done by modifying existing classwork or presenting entirely new challenges and problems for students to explore and solve in new and creative ways. It is very often an enjoyable experience for students who like to be challenged in new ways or crave an environment that emphasizes deeper learning and understanding.

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  • Arts Core Education 7-9

    Arts Core Education 7-9

    Arts Core programming incorporates the visual and performing arts into everyday learning. Students explore their creativity and self-expression through art, music, dance and drama. 


    • Enable all students to explore and communicate their understandings, feelings, and ideas in a variety of forms 
    • Develop higher level thinking skills (evaluating, expressing, problem solving, creating) through the use of integrated arts processes 
    • Develop artistic and academic skills 


    • Engages the senses, stimulates imagination and creativity and broadens student’s understanding of themselves, others, and the world that they live in 
    • Contributes significantly to the development of multiple intelligence 
    • Fosters cross-curricular understanding 
    • Encourages risk taking and provides opportunities to explore personal challenges in a safe environment 
    • Promotes thinking critically, creatively, and divergently 
    • Provides increased exposure to a wide range of artistic tools and processes 
    • Develops respect for individual, cultural and artistic diversity 
    • Builds awareness and appreciation of the arts 

    Program Delivery: 

    • Instruction that incorporates the arts into language arts, math, science and social studies 
    • Enriched study of art, music, drama and dance provided in individual classes 
    • Use of the arts to articulate understanding of learning outcomes 
    • Inclusion of guest speakers, artist-in-residences and arts-related field trips, and involvement of the local arts community

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Principal's Message

School Update

The provincial government has announced funding for the Highlands school project. The funding will be used to honour the concept determined during the 2014-15 community consultations:



Highlands School

Arts Core Education

Welcome to an amazing year of exploration, growth and discovery. We are so excited to be the first Arts Core Junior High School in Edmonton.  With this designation our commitment is to allow students to articulate their knowledge of curricular outcomes in a variety of creative languages.  Each student will be given the opportunity to increase their skills in a number of art disciplines and in turn use those skills to enhance their understandings of core curricular outcomes.  We expect that each student will prepare themselves for the best possible chance at success by attending school regularly, and on time.  Whether in or out of class, students will show respect, responsibility and pride in the school, for the sake of their own learning as well as the learning of others.  All adults in the building will demonstrate respect toward the students and their learning, taking responsibility and having pride in our school community.  We expect that parents, families and the community will also support the learning, and show respect, responsibility and pride in our school.

For over a century, Highlands has had a tradition of serving the students and families of Edmonton’s Upper-East Side.  Our dedicated staff continues to uphold this tradition by working collaboratively with students, families and the community. 

In this package, you will find a great deal of information about our school.  Students and parents should go over the information, and if anything is unclear, please ask.  We all share the same goal – to end up with competent, capable and connected citizens.  We commit to providing a safe, secure environment which will enable all of our students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, artisticly and culturally. 

We all look forward to an exciting year, full of positive relationships and learning.  Every one of us will work to get the most out of each day, each week and each month to ensure that all students will complete high school, and then be in a position to step out and take their places in the world.

We are looking forward to a fantasic year.           


Brad Burns