Historic school build makes significant progress

Minister Eggen and Health Minister Sarah Hoffman, along with Michelle Draper and Edmonton School Board staff, tour construction at Ross Sheppard High School.

Since May 2015, the provincial government has funded 244 school projects. So far, 169 are complete with 12 more expected to be finished by June 2019. Combined, all of the projects will have created or modernized about 126,000 student spaces.

“Today’s students will lead Alberta to its future prosperity. We owe it to them and their families to ensure they are learning in good schools. That’s why our government is keeping our promises when it comes to investing in school construction. With these historic investments, we will continue to ensure these schools are staffed with teachers and support staff and have stable, predictable funding.”  

David Eggen, Minister of Education

“We are thankful to government for funding many of our infrastructure requests. Having safe, comfortable, warm learning environments for our students makes a tremendous difference. Our needs continue to be great across the city, especially at the high school level, and we look forward to continuing to work with government.”

Michelle Draper, chair, Edmonton Public School Board

Quick facts

  • During the 2018-19 school year, 37 school projects opened or will open.
  • The 15 new schools, seven replacement schools, 12 modernizations and three additions will provide up to 32,000 new and modernized learning spaces for students.
  • Twenty-five of the 37 school projects are complete:
Municipality
Type
Project

Ardrossan

Replacement

Ardrossan Elementary

Ashmont

Replacement

Ashmont Elementary and Secondary Replacement School

Athabasca

Replacement

Edwin Parr Composite Community School

Calgary

New

All Saints High School

Calgary

New

Sherwood New K-9 School

Calgary

New

Mahogany New Elementary

Calgary

New

SE/Seton New High School

Calgary

Modernization

Lord Beaverbrook High School

Calgary

Modernization

James Fowler High School

Edmonton

Modernization

Caernarvon School - Modernization

Fort McMurray

Modernization

Fort McMurray Composite High School (2)

Fort Saskatchewan

New

Saint André Bessette Catholic School

Grande Prairie

New

St. John Paul II Junior-Senior Catholic High School

County of Grande Prairie

New

Whispering Ridge Community School

Lethbridge

New

West Lethbridge Middle School

Magrath

Modernization

Magrath Junior/Senior High School

Medicine Hat

New

South New Elementary School

Okotoks

Modernization

Foothills Composite High School

Peace River

Addition

Glenmary School and CTS Lab Addition

Sherwood Park

New

New K to 6 School - Sherwood Park (Davidson Creek)

Spruce Grove

New

Copperhaven School

St. Albert

Modernization

St. Albert Catholic High School

St. Albert

New

Sister Alphonse Academy

Strathmore

New

Strathmore K-9 School

Taber

Modernization

St. Patrick School

Background on Edmonton Public Schools projects

  • Originally built in the 1950s, Ross Sheppard High School is one of Edmonton’s largest schools. This modernization project includes an expansion that will add a new gymnasium, fitness facility and drama theatre. The modernization will also raise the total square metres of the school from 20,520 to 23,937.
  • Since May 2015, the Government of Alberta has funded 244 school projects, including the following nine Edmonton Public Schools projects, budgeted for about $300 million.
  • EPS new schools:
    • Soraya Hafez School (McConachie) Grades K-6
      • 650 student spaces
      • Opening date to be determined
    • Thelma Chalifoux School (Larkspur) Grades 7-9
      • 900 student spaces
      • Opening date to be determined
    • Dr. Anne Anderson High School (Heritage Valley) Grades 10-12
      • 1,800 student spaces
      • Opening date to be determined
  • EPS replacement schools:
    • Ivor Dent (Rundle Heights) Grades K-9
      • 650 student spaces
      • Opened September 2017
    • Mill Creek School (Mill Creek) Grades K-6
      • 350 student spaces
      • Opening January 2019
  • EPS school modernizations:
    • Alberta School for the Deaf
      • 170 student spaces
      • September 2019 completion
    • Ross Sheppard High School
      • 2,460 student spaces
      • September 2019 completion
    • Caernarvon School
      • 420 student spaces
      • Completed November 2018
    • Highlands School (Highlands) Grades K-9
      • 800 student spaces
      • Completion date to be determined
  • In Budget 2018, two more projects were approved for Edmonton Public Schools. Both projects are currently in the planning stage: a replacement for Westlawn School and a new K-9 school for Heritage Valley Chappelle East.

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