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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

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.