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Foothills Academy

Grades Gr. 3 TO Gr. 12 — Calgary, AB (MAP)

Foothills Academy:

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  • Grades
    Gr. 3 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    12 — 14 students
  • Tuition
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    296 day students
  • Curriculum
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School address

  • 745 37th Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4T1 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

Foothills Academy offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider.

The regions Foothills Academy offers busing from are:

  • Calgary
  • Cochrane

Additional notes: Busing is provided for students living within the city of Calgary and from Cochrane. Busing fees are included in tuition fees

Our Perspective

How we see 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.

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How Foothills Academy sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"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."

  • A leader in teaching students with Learning Disabilities since 1979
  • Teachers with specialized knowledge of teaching students with Learning Disabilities
  • Use current, evidence-based programs and interventions to maximize student potential
  • 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
  • Small class sizes with Educational Assistants in every classroom

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Three core values that underpin the school program are based on Self-Determination Theory and are expressed as: Find Understanding. Build Confidence. Maximize Potential. Staff build strong relationships with students to really understand each individual's strengths and interests. Students feel a sense of competence which develops their confidence and self-belief. Students feel connected to their learning and have a voice that allows them the freedom to thrive and maximize their potential."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"Foothills Academy focuses exclusively on students with Learning Disabilities (and associated disorders such as ADHD). The warm, welcoming environment and caring staff make students and families feel safe and supported for their individual strengths and challenges. Our 100% graduation rate and a high percentage of students that pursue post-secondary education are evidence of our success. A robust bursary program ensures no students are turned away due to financial circumstances."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"We are a smaller, specialized school but we provide a rich, whole-school experience. There are many opportunities for students to participate in areas of interest through clubs and extracurricular activities. Many activities are determined by the student interests providing opportunities for students to engage in an area of strength or interest and share that interest with other students. For students who struggle academically, this opportunity to identify and develop areas of strength is vital."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"When a child attends Foothills Academy, they immediately become part of a large family. All staff - whether they directly teach a student or not - get to know them and are invested in their success and well-being. There is no way to slip through the cracks. The staff are continually engaged in professional development to stay on top of evidence-based best practices."

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Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Foothills Academy

Video reviews of Foothills Academy

Parent, Gord Laughy (2022)

Watch our parent interview with Gord Laughy to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Foothills Academy.

Alum, Selina Novello (2021)

Watch our alum interview with Selina Novello to learn about the unique experience of attending Foothills Academy.

Alum, Matthew Mickelson (2020)

Watch our alum interview with Matthew Mickelson to learn about the unique experience of attending Foothills Academy.

Written reviews of Foothills Academy


Parent, Michelle Housley (2022)

I will admit that the first few months that our son attended Foothills, he was not that happy. He w...

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Simon Williams, Executive Director

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!

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