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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.  

     Pre-enrol on SchoolZone

    Between March 13 and April 18, 2017, parents of students currently attending District schools can select their child’s preferred school for 2017-2018 by signing in to their parent SchoolZone account. You can even use the mobile version of SchoolZone to complete the process directly from your smartphone!

    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.
    New to the District? Contact your preferred school to learn how to register as a new Edmonton Public Schools student before April 18, 2017.

    New to the District?

    Contact your preferred school to learn how to register as a new student before April 18, 2017. Please watch your email for SchoolZone alerts regarding enrollment for 2017- 2018.

    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 local 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.

    When you contact us, 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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  • Preadvanced placement 7-9

    Preadvanced 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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  • School Art Gallery

    School Art Gallery

    School Art Gallery

    The photo gallery you are about to enjoy features work from our talented Highlands Students. They are pieces taken from a variety of classes from art and clay class to science and math. Our students are encouraged to use their artistic abilities in all classes and in any way they feel comfortable. 

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  • Artists In Residence

    Artists In Residence

    Artists In Residence

    Highlands Junior High School is so fortunate to have a wide array of artists come in and use this space for their craft. These artists share their skills, experience and knowledge with our students and staff. We could not be more thankful, it adds a very rich learning experience for us all. 

    Below are some Artists in Residence who have called Highlands School home over the past few years. 

    Sandy Moffatt

    I have lived in Highlands for over 25 years. My two adult children went to Highlands Junior High School.  Over the years, I experimented with a number of arts and crafts including water colour and pastel painting, wood working, sewing and needle crafts. Four years ago I took a pottery class, fulfilling a life-long dream of working with clay. I especially enjoy hand building and more recently I am experimenting with sculptures. I am very thankful to the staff at Highlands for allowing me the opportunity to create in the clay studio. I am grateful to be able to give back to Highlands School by volunteering when I can. 

    Candace Makowichuk

    Candace Makowichuk, professional visual artist, arts educator and arts manager, specializes in historical photographic processes and techniques for her artwork. Committed to the unique and multi faceted aspects of photography, Makowichuk works with Cyanotype, Gum Bichromate, Silver Gelatin,  Bromoil and hand tinting. Candace has extensive experience in educating the public on the importance and impact the visual arts have on our community and lives. Through workshops and residencies in historical photographic processes she has instilled a renewed interest in analogue photography – film and other non-digital processes. Her work is represented in public collections within Alberta, private collections within Canada and exhibitions throughout the province. 

    Theodora Harasymiw

    Theodora Harasymiw is best known for her large murals which are found all over Edmonton. They
    are colorful, graphic, and often whimsical. Theodora works both in mosaic and with paint. Each
    medium allows her to express herself differently. Many sources inspire Theodora’s work—ancient
    mosaics of Greece, the decorative tile of Turkey, and the brilliant colors of Latin America. Growing up in a strong Ukrainian community has also influenced her work. She draws from various areas of her Ukrainian culture such as the patterns found on "pysanky", the intricate designs of Ukrainian textiles, Orthodox iconography, and the fantastical images described in their folklore.
    Her career as an artist is punctuated with frequent travels abroad which nurture and inspire her work.
    Theodora graduated from the University of Alberta in 1996 with a degree in Fine Arts, majoring in
    painting. Residing in Edmonton, she works as a visual artist and art educator. As an Artist in
    Residence over the last nineteen years she has facilitated the creation of over 85 murals in schools throughout Edmonton. Painting has been her focus for 20 years, but in the last 7 years she has moved into the medium of mosaic. In 2007 she was given her first large mosaic commission at Father Michael Troy Junior High School. Other large mosaics followed and can be found at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, the Glenrose Hospital, Giovanni Caboto Park, the downtown Italian Centre, St. John’s Institute, and the Victoria School for the Arts, to name a few—public works which help revitalize parts of Edmonton.
    Theodora has great interest in bringing people together in the creation of public art. All her years of working with communities of students had her constantly witnessing the sense of ownership and pride that came from people working together on a public piece of art. Like an ambassador of public creativity, Theodora finds herself scouring the city for walls upon which to leave some paint
    or tile; the more people she involves in the process, the happier she is. Recently, Theodora has
    opened “Studio Theo” in the community of Strathearn. In addition to her Residencies, completing
    commissioned and her own work, she now teaches adults and children in her studio. “I believe
    everyone has an artist inside waiting for an opportunity to express themselves...some just might not know it yet.”

    Linus Woods

    Linus Woods is a Dakota/Ojibway Indian artist from the Long Plain First Nation in Southern Manitoba where he born June 3, 1967.

    While he has taken a few art and Native studies courses at Brandon University, and has studied with artists such as Jane Ash Poitras, he is largely self-taught. Linus sees his paintings as expressions and extensions of his spiritual journey. His art: acrylic, oil and collage on canvas are subtle works featuring pastel pallets and geometric shapes, and often including collaged images.

    Linus Woods is a winner of a the Peace Hills Trust Company Art Competition and his work is in the Peace Hills Trust Collection and in a number of other collections including Winnipeg Children's Hospital, Long Plain First Nation, Curtis Joony Productions, Brandon University and Mae Moore.

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  • Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities



    At Highlands School, we endeavour to offer a variety of clubs, activities and extra-curricular activities for our students.  If you have an idea for a club or activity you would like to see, please approach a staff member who can support you. 





    Recently we have offered: 

    • Moving making club
    • Craft/sewing club
    • Math club
    • Trithion
    • GSA club
    • English language club
    • Chess club
    • Workout club
    • Book club
    • Running club
    • Morning fitness
    • Pottery club
    • Art club
    • Kaleido festival
    • Hockey Helps Kids
    • Girls Group
    • Highlands Sirs
    • 3D club
    • Music club
    • Student body Leadership 


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Principal's Message

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