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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Foothills Academy

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    Rosthern Junior College High School

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1979

     

    1905


     

    Enrolment

     

    296

     

    111


     

    Grades

     

    3 to 12

     

    10 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Boarding, Homestay, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Progressive


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    12 to 14

     

    15 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $15,600

     

    $3,750 to $19,250


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $13,250 to $26,250


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    40%

     

    30%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    3 to 12

     

    10 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $7,500

     

    $2,500

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    30

     

    37


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    73%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    50%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 10 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Foothills Academy

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    Rosthern Junior College High School

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

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    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

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    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

    "RJC gave me the freedom, the tools, and the support to grow into the person I am today."
    Crystal Lau - Alumnus   (Sep 26, 2018)
    My overall experience at RJC was life changing. I always say that RJC has been the best years of my ...
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    "Upon graduation, I became part of a bigger community of alumni that shares the same experiences, fantastic memories, and gives us a foot in the door for opportunities later in life. "
    Patrick Laughlin - Alumnus   (Oct 02, 2018)
    RJC gave me opportunities that no other school can offer. Not only did we learn in class, we learne...
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    "One on one interaction with the teachers and staff allowed for a more personal connection"
    Jordan Wiens - Alumnus   (Oct 02, 2018)
    My time at RJC was exceptional. Due to the small size of the school and the high ratio of teachers t...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    “Everybody is like me here.” That’s what one student said when asked why he liked going to Foothills. Indeed, while the academics are exceptional, as is the staff, it’s that relatability that is a draw for families, and which sits at the very core of the school’s success. We all do better in environments that we can relate to, and which in turn can relate to us. For the students that attend, Foothills is precisely that environment. If you have a chance, by all means, speak to a parent of a student, and remember to bring some tissues. The school rightly prides itself in making a difference in the lives of the children that attend, and they have, and they do, often in very moving ways. The students arrive having struggled in other settings, often lagging behind their peers in significant ways. That changes, often from the first day. It’s telling that at least one of the teachers—there may be more—is a graduate of the school. Not only has she achieved things that, perhaps, she at one point she may not have expected of herself, she also translates that experience to the students that she teaches today. In her, and in the school as a whole, students are encouraged to see the possibility within themselves. And, oftentimes, that makes all the difference.

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

    Rosthern Junior College began in 1905 with one teacher and eight students and a desire to fill a need within the Mennonite community. It’s grown in every way, though remains true to the initial goal of educating students through their interests and through their faith. One aspect of RJCs development that the founders perhaps couldn’t have foreseen in 1905 is the extension of the offering to international students, who now make up 15% of the student population, adding a unique perspective to the lived experience of the school. While half of the population of the school is Mennonite, the other half includes other denominations and non-denominational students, all drawn by the range of programs on offer, the personal focus, a dedication to service learning and character development. Classes are small, with lots of personal attention, which students rightly appreciate. Faculty make it a priority to take learning out of the classroom, and to build relationships with the community, something that has become a focus of the programming. Students are encouraged not only to excel academically, but also to apply their skills, abilities, and time to making a difference in the world.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Foothills Academy

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    Rosthern Junior College High School

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    • A leader in teaching students with Learning Disabilities since 1979
    • Teachers with specialized knowledge of teaching students with Learning Disabilities
    • Small class sizes with Educational Assistants in every classroom
    • We help students Find Understanding, Build Confidence, Maximize Potential
    • Personalized accommodations and supports
    • Extensive use of Assistive Technology to support student learning
    • Social-emotional development of students is a priority
    • A wide variety of extracurricular activities available

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

    • Leadership Development
    • Out-of-Classroom Learning
    • Life-long Friends
    • Community & Belonging
    • Developing Independence
    • Safe & Secure Environment
    • Support from Teachers
    • Teaching the "whole student"
    • Personal, Academic, Spiritual Growth
    • Preparing students for life after high school

    Description

    Description

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    Foothills Academy is an independent school for students with diagnosed Learning Disabilities in grades 3 - 12. Small class sizes allow the experienced staff to create a positive learning environment that builds on the strengths and unique learning styles of each student while supporting their social and emotional needs. A wide variety of extra-curricular activities, sports and clubs are offered. With a graduation rate of close to 100%, our students successfully go on to post-secondary education and the workplace.

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

    Founded in 1905, Rosthern Junior College (RJC) High School has a strong reputation for delivering well-rounded academic experiences to students for over 100 years. RJC offers Grades 10-12, and is accredited by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education and a member of the Saskatchewan Association of Historical High Schools; holding a high standard of education. As a high school that teaches from the Christian perspective, RJC places value on faith, service, leadership, and community in the education of its students.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Foothills Academy

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    Rosthern Junior College High School

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

    Message

    Founded in 1979, Foothills Academy has grown into a leading day school program (grades 3 - 12) for individuals with Learning Disabilities with average to above-average cognitive ability. Despite having faced challenges with learning in the past, we have high expectations of all students. What sets us apart is our focus is upon the whole child. While students strive to reach their academic potential and progress to University, College or the workplace, we ensure their social, emotional, and organizational skills are met too.  We provide students with a safe and caring environment and the individualized teaching and supports they need to feel secure and confident to learn and achieve success in Alberta’s demanding curriculum. To round out their education, the demanding academic schedule is complemented by a wide variety of option classes and sporting activities.  Every individual at Foothills Academy has great potential, and it is our role to realize this in every student and help them to discover the strengths that lie within them. At Foothills Academy, families will find a supportive, close-knit community working together to ensure everyone’s success.

    To further support the whole child, Foothills Academy Society also operates Estelle Siebens Community Services within our centre. Year-round programs and services are available to both the school families and the wider community. They are a crucial resource for families affected by LD/ADHD in Calgary and beyond. These programs and services include Camp Amicus, Amicus Recreation, social skills programs parent and teacher workshops, psychological assessments, counselling, tutoring and research.  Foothills Academy Society is a school and so much more!

    Welcome to RJC High School!  We are a small school that makes a big difference. Our small class-sizes, supportive staff and student-centered programming allow our diverse student body to meet a variety of personal and academic goals, all within the safety of a supportive community.  We have an excellent dormitory program, along with many opportunities in athletics and the arts. We pride ourselves in educating the whole person and in preparing leaders for a life of faith, service and peacemaking. We are excited about the impact our students make in the world, and the success that they achieve in their personal lives.   If you are looking for a place that combines educational excellence with personal growth and making a difference, join us at RJC High School!

     

    Sincerely,

    Ryan Wood
    Principal, RJC High School

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Foothills Academy

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Rosthern Junior College High School

      ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Information not available

      ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.

      ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Foothills Academy is an independent school for students with diagnosed Learning Disabilities in grades 3 - 12. Small class sizes allow the experienced staff to create a positive learning environment that builds on the strengths and unique learning styles of each student while supporting their social and emotional needs.

      ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

      All academic programs at RJC meet curricular standards set by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. IMAGINE - Grade 10 Imagine a Better World IMAGINE is a full year, multi-credit grade 10 global-citizenship program that emphasizes collaboration, hands-on learning and community building. Students will spend periods of time outside the classroom applying their classroom learning in practical settings. THRIVE - Grade 11 Live Your Values THRIVE is a Grade 11 character development program that will assist students to grow and develop as individuals and as contributing members of their communities. EXPLORE - Grade 12 Discover Your Potential EXPLORE is a grade 12 leadership program focused on exploring post-secondary opportunities.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Rosthern Junior College High School

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        We never take for granted pre-rerequisite skills. Our staff constantly review pre-requisites before they move on to new concepts while following all requirements set out by Alberta Education.

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        Each mathematics teacher has his or her own classroom dynamic and structure. Our methods are rooted in traditional learning and an understanding of fundamental math skills. Inquiry activities and problem-based lessons are integrated throughout the courses as is appropriate for students' needs and abilities.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Grade 3 - 9 we use Nelson Grade 10 - 12 we use different publishers for each academic stream

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        As a school we use the textbooks developed for the latest provincial math curriculum.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Our goal is to minimize the reliance on a calculator but calculators are provided as an accommodation on an individual basis depending on need.

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        Math teachers ask students to own a calculator suited to his or her course choice. We encourage students to use their calculator as an aide to their education.

      • Science

         

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Rosthern Junior College High School

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        We approach teaching science in a traditional method because our students benefit from explicit instruction. Extra instructional time provides opportunities for inquiry based activities that reinforce concepts learned and increase a personal connection to the topic.

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        All of our science teachers have years of experience in their content areas and are accredited in 30 level subject matter. Our school is transitioning to more inquiry-based and authentic learning in all areas and our newly renovated labs, as well as off-campus experiences help to support this type of education.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Physics

      • Literature

         

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Rosthern Junior College High School

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        In the younger grades, a more traditional approach is used. At the junior and senior high levels, traditional and social justice approaches are amalgamated.

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        In each of our ELA courses students encounter a variety of texts in both contemporary and "classic" styles, the study of which always emphasizes the development of critical thinking and communication skills. Off-campus and inquiry-based experiences are used to expand the students' framework for authentic learning.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Social Studies

         

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Rosthern Junior College High School

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        We follow Alberta Education curriculum that is based on Expanding Communities. Also, because of our specific population, we also address issues focused on developing active citizenship and fostering advocacy.

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Rosthern Junior College High School

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        We use a balanced approach to help students to personally connect to global and historical issues.

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        Given RJC’s emphasis on faith, service, and peacemaking, courses in the humanities and social sciences emphasize contemporary experiences and real-world problems. With a firm grounding in the way the past continues to shape the present, students are engaged with relevant questions about the condition of communities at home and around the world. The use of projects and tasks as primary assessment tools reflect our underlying goals of critical thinking and real-life skills.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Rosthern Junior College High School

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

         

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        RJC’s Spanish 10 course is offered to all grade 10 students as an opportunity to practice learning an additional language. With an emphasis on conversation, students participate in activities and games designed to improve language learning skills and build confidence. A global awareness component also introduces students to contemporary issues facing the Spanish-speaking world. Ultimately, Spanish 10 invites students to try learning a new language in a relaxed and safe environment.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Rosthern Junior College High School

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Creative


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        We follow the Alberta Education curriculum of studies. Fine arts are seem as an important component of developing the whole child. We emphasize the development of personal strengths and help students recognize their areas of passion. A wide variety of fine arts activities are provided as extracurricular activities in addition to classes.

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        Fine arts allow students to tap into their own creativity, develop strong communication skills and connect cross-curricular ideas in new ways. In many of the fine arts offered at RJC, students must learn to work together and for each other, requiring trust and reliance upon other students (ex. Putting together a play requires communicating ideas, teamwork to build sets, choral singing necessitates interdependence to create a fully-formed musical idea). Fine arts allow for a physical expression of mental, emotion and spiritual themes and ideas and so students should be allowed to access these internal feelings and to express them in ways that they may not feel able in other, “traditional” classrooms. This promotes self-agency, requires self-motivation and fosters co-operation. In this way, fine arts do not only improve skills within themselves, but impart students with the skills and tools to thrive in all areas of life.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Rosthern Junior College High School

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Technology is embedded throughout the school program. Our school uses Google Apps for Education and every student has access to a personal device (Chromebook, iPad or laptop depending on grade). We have an Assistive Technology Specialist provides support for students' specific needs.

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        In Communication Media Class, the students are taught to use the computer as a creative tool in digital picture creation/manipulation, movie making, and audio engineering. Students use all three elements to produce digital media creations in class.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Foothills Academy

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Rosthern Junior College High School

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

        Our physical education program is based on personal levels of success and promoting healthy, active lifestyle choices. We have lots of opportunities for students to get involved in a variety of intramural and extra-curricular activities.

        ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

        Rosthern Junior College’s physical education program seeks to combine skill development with engagement and participation in physical activity. Our goals include promoting attitudes which will lead to lifelong physical activity, engaging students in volunteer activities, and fostering safe conduct in physical activities. We are less focused on competition, and more focused on community and team building. The grade 11 class participates in outdoor education, which usually takes the form of either a hiking trip or a canoe trip.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Foothills Academy

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Rosthern Junior College High School

      ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

      ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Many students who come to us have experienced feelings of failure and not fitting it in their current schools. We need to make students feel valued for who they are - individual strengths and challenges. When students feel safe and cared for, they are more willing to engage with learning again. All our staff and administration work together for the same goals for our students. Students are surrounded by staff throughout the school who truly care about them. Being a school of under 300 students allows strong relationships to form and students cannot go unnoticed and slip through the cracks.

      ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

      With a smaller size class, students are able to have more one-on-one opportunities with the teachers, and a tigher relationship with their classmates. The teachers get to know each student really well, both academically and personally, creating a stronger learning community.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      "We intentionally avoid all forms of public distinction between students in terms of academic performance."

      ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Foothills Academy

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Rosthern Junior College High School

      ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Social
      The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

      ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

      Social
      The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

      Foothills Academy Society believes in the rights, abilities, and the unique strengths of each individual with Learning Disabilities and associated disorders. Across our School Program, the goal of Self-Determination is at the forefront. The three pillars of Self-Determination theory (relatedness; competence; and autonomy) are interwoven throughout all our efforts and provide direction for our work. It is summed up in our slogan: Find Understanding, Build Confidence, Maximize Potential

      ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

      To be living and learning in this community, students will have the opportunity to be independent of their parents, and learn to live with other people. Through arts and sports, students are able to improve socially outside of the classroom, and gain support from the community.

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Foothills Academy

    Rosthern Junior College High School

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Foothills Academy

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    Rosthern Junior College High School

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    In addition to the expert teaching staff we have in the classrooms, students have access to extra supports to enhance and maximize their learning potential. Educational Assistants, Assistive Technology and IPPs are available to and benefit all students. For those who require more, specialized support, we have additional Assistive Technology, Psychologists and Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Therapy.

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

    We strive to work with students where they are at and modify our program to meet specific student needs. Building a relationship with the student is key to our success.


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    All students are diagnosed with a Learning Disability before they are able to attend Foothills Academy.

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Foothills Academy

    Rosthern Junior College High School

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Foothills Academy

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    Rosthern Junior College High School

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    • Staff recognize that a single club or event can have a marked impact on helping to foster new relationships and identify student strengths and passions that offer future career pursuits. Despite our modest class sizes and school population, we provide a variety of in school and after-school extracurricular programming covering a variety of interests. Another benefit of our students engaging with extracurricular activities is that they provide a deliberate academic break our students need. All the activities offered have originated because of an expressed student interest. If students are interested in starting a club that isn’t already offered, getting it started it is as easy as approaching their homeroom teacher with their idea. They will work together to determine a time that works for the student, assist with spreading the word and locate a staff member who is committed to supervising the activity.

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

    • We have a grand musical performance each year in June!
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    50%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 10 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    In order to be considered for admission to the School Program, a child must be diagnosed with a Learning Disability. The child must have average or above average intellectual capacity, have no primary emotional problems, and be functioning below his/her expected grade level in various academic subjects. No child is refused admission based on their families’ financial circumstances due to generous donors and an active fundraising program for bursaries.

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

    RJC is a Christian day and residence high school offering Grades 10-12. It is based on a Christian foundation and provides a sound academic and residential program. While about 40% of our students are from Mennonite background, the other 60% come from all walks of life. The school offers the Saskatchewan approved and inspected high school curriculum, and is staffed by highly qualified instructors. We are geared for students intending to continue their education; therefore, the smaller population of students lends itself to individualized attention. Many students and parents often identify this as being a significant factor in improving grades.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    FOOTHILLS ACADEMY

    Applicants for the school program must complete and submit the Application for Admission form, complete with necessary documentation. A non-refundable processing fee of $50 must accompany the application.

    For your ease and convenience, we have created and included a checklist of items that we require. This information must be supplied before we can proceed with your child’s application. Upon receipt of the documentation and completed application form, and after reviewing the information, we will contact you concerning your child’s application to attend Foothills Academy. If there is any further information you require, please do not hesitate to call. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Application Check List

    Psychological Assessment

    • A psychological assessment completed within 2 years of the present application date.
    • Recent W.I.S.C. IV results including the sub-test scores as well as the Full Scale I.Q., Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Reasoning, Working Memory and Processing Speed (Full scale IQ must be above 85 for a student to be considered for entrance).
    • Please note: psychological/educational assessments may be completed by contacting Foothills Academy’s team of registered psychologists or if you prefer, through an outside agency.
    • Achievement Assessment - Recent (within the last 6 months) standardized testing in math, reading and spelling. We need the grade level scores from these tests. (Examples of the types of testing are the WIATII, Woodcock-Johnson, Gates MacGinitie or CTBS.)

    Support Documents

    • Copies of most recent report cards, I.P.P.’s, cumulative records and all additional information/assessments which might be useful in determining the type of program required to meet the child’s needs. At some point during the intake process, it is likely that we will wish to speak to the child’s teacher.
    • A vision and hearing test should be administered.

    Application Form

    The completed School Application form and $50.00 non-refundable process fee.

    Consent Forms

    Separate Consent to Release Forms should be sent by you, with a covering request letter, to the School Board, Doctor, Psychologist, etc. that tested your child so they will release their test information to Foothills Academy.

    ROSTHERN JUNIOR COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

     Apply Today!

    Are you ready to experience the tradition and challenge of studying at a Christian private high school?

    1. Download an application form with the link below
    2. Print it and fill it out
    3. Send it to RJC with your $150 registration fee

    http://rosthernjuniorcollege.ca/apply/apply-now/admission-forms

    You will be contacted shortly once your form is received.




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