In Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools we are proud to proclaim that our principles of practice underline everything we do. The first two statements in our Principles of Practice support our commitment to Safe and Caring Schools:
We honour our children.
We provide a safe & secure environment.
Our schools are places where all students, staff, and parents feel welcome. Our motto, “Inspired by Christ, Aspiring to Excellence” and our Principles of Practice, proudly proclaim that our schools are Christ-filled centres that ensure a satisfactory climate for learning and that we respect each student as a person, unique in God’s creation.
Our Division has clear administrative procedures outlining the division’s policy on student behaviour and staff discipline procedures. These are located on the Division’s website.
Our division Education Plan further outlines our commitment in Goal 2 Outcome 2.2 “Schools are safe and caring” and Outcome 2.3 “Children at risk have their needs addressed through effective programs and supports.” We are serious about ensuring our students feel safe at school and are in a Catholic environment conducive to learning.
Each school has student behaviour expectations specific to the needs of that school to ensure a safe and caring environment. These expectations are listed in the school handbook or are posted in classrooms. Expectations are shared with students at the beginning of each year and are also shared with parents so we can work together to provide all students with the best possible educational experience while in our schools.
For further information, please contact the school principal.
Core Programs for the middle school includes Religion, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Physical Education, and Health. The first five subjects comprise the Academic Core.
Religion Classes All students are expected to participate in Religion classes and celebrations that take place during the normal school day. We encourage parents to attend these celebrations to highlight the importance and enrichment that religious commitment offers to our lives. Throughout the year children will celebrate mass at St. Mary’s Church. Preparation for the celebration of the sacraments is carried out in cooperation with St. Mary’s Parish and Sacred Heart Parish.
Exploratory Programs offer students an opportunity to experience additional programs which may include Band, French as a second language, Drama, Food Studies, Fashion Studies, Outdoor Education, Art, Information Technology, Design and Computer Technologies, Film Studies and Recreation Education.
French Program - Is set up so those students who successfully complete the four-year program in middle school may receive high school credits once they enter grade ten. This can be especially useful for students who intend to take a full and heavy class schedule in high school.
Physical Education is compulsory for all students. In middle school, students must wear gym clothes and running shoes designed for GYM USE ONLY (no black soles). Competitive sports opportunities are provided through our Middle School Inter School League.
Foundations Program - The middle school Foundations Program is designed to meet the needs of students diagnosed with moderate to severe disabilities, as described by Alberta Learning definitions. The program focuses on life skills, pro-social skills, small group work, functional literacy, functional numeracy, and partial integration into non-academic classes (Exploratory Options, Physical Education). Each student has an Individualized Program Plan. The program offers a collaborative team approach to education involving teachers, counselors, parents, teacher assistants and administrators. The two Foundation teachers also access other professionals for programs such as Speech and Language, Occupational, and Physical Therapy as well as other programs specific to the needs of the children in the classes. Students are offered an education in a safe and friendly environment, which allows them to take risks and be successful within the realm of their own abilities. They are an integral part of the school community.