Our Division

About Our Division

Since 1886, Lethbridge School Division has offered high quality learning experiences over a broad range of programs to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners. The Division educates over 11,000 students within the City of Lethbridge and employs nearly 1,200 staff members.

Lethbridge is a growing, vibrant city with 101,482 residents. It is home to the University of LethbridgeLethbridge College, and the Lethbridge Research Centre, one of the largest agricultural research facilities in Canada. The city also houses two large manufacturing plants involved in raw product development. Well situated in the south-western part of Alberta, Lethbridge residents enjoy access to state-of-the-art cultural and recreational facilities. Comprehensive retail services attract consumers from southern Alberta, south-eastern British Columbia and northern Montana.

Lethbridge School Division takes pride in the breadth of its programs, the expertise of its staff, and the quality of its facilities in 23 schools, and a number of outreach facilities throughout the city. Our schools have a grade structure comprised of Kindergarten to Grade 5 students in elementary schools, Grade 6 to Grade 8 students in middle schools and Grade 9 to Grade 12 students in high schools.

All schools provide instruction in the core subjects (language arts, mathematics, social studies and science), physical education, and the fine arts. Students at each school have access to libraries that provide a blend of print materials and access to modern computers for research purposes. French language instruction is provided in grades four through twelve and a French Immersion program is offered for students from kindergarten through Grade 12. Spanish, German and Japanese courses are also available. In addition, at the secondary level, students can experience a wide range of options or complementary courses designed to meet their unique needs and interests, including those related to career and technology studies. Information and communication technology instruction is integrated into all student programs. International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Knowledge and Employability courses are also offered to high school students.

Other instructional programs include Kindergarten offered in all elementary schools, special education for students with unique needs, First Nations, Métis and Inuit education, and early literacy. A Montessori program is established in Grade 1 to Grade 7. Lethbridge Christian School provides Christian education for students from Kindergarten to Grade 8.

Immanuel Christian Elementary School provides Christian Education to students in Kindergarten to Grade 5, and Immanuel Christian Seconary School includes students in Grade 6 to Grade 12. 

The instructional program is enhanced by the provision of counselling services in all schools that include social/emotional, educational and career counselling. These services are enhanced by long-standing, community partnerships with the Lethbridge Police ServiceAlberta Health ServicesSouthwest Alberta Child and Family ServicesAlberta Human Services, and other agencies. A strong co-curricular program is also provided that includes a variety of athletic, fine arts and student leadership opportunities.

2019-2020 Division Priorities

   PRIORITY ONE:  Achievement

   OUTCOMES:

1. Students achieve student learning outcomes with strong foundational skills in literacy and numeracy.

2. Teachers possess a deep understanding of pedagogy that develops literacy and numeracy.

3. Students are lifelong learners possessing the skills and attributes to successfully transition within the system and to further education, credentialing or the world of work.

4. First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) student achievement relative to provincial standards will improve.

 5. School administrators are highly skilled in all areas of the provincial School Leader Quality Standard

6. Teachers are highly skilled in all areas of the Teaching Quality Standard.

7. Support staff possess the knowledge, skills and attributes to support student success and create optimal learning environments.

8. Effective learning and teaching is achieved through collaborative leadership and structures that build capacity to improve within and across schools.

9. A comprehensive wellness approach promotes well-being and fosters learning.

10. The education system demonstrates collaboration and engagement to further Division priorities:

a. Parents feel welcome, included and possess agency to be full partners in their child’s education;

b. Community members feel ownership as collaborative partners in the education of children;

c. Community minded organizations are engaged in collaborative delivery of programs and services to students.

11. Effective management of growth and capacity building to support learning spaces and the provision of programs.

 

  PRIORITY TWO:  Inclusion

  OUTCOMES:

1. Schools are welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments.

2. Schools are inclusive learning environments where all students are able to grow as learners.

 

  PRIORITY THREE:  Innovation

  OUTCOMES:

1. Learners demonstrate the attributes of innovation, creativity and critical thinking in a process based learning environment.

2. Breadth of program choice provides opportunities for students to explore and grow as learners

3. All learners effectively use technology as creative and critical thinkers capable of accessing, sharing and creating knowledge.