Specialized Learning Programs

Multi-Grade / Multi- Level Programming

Everyone deserves to feel good and experience success at school. At St. Francis, we are able to provide a nurturing multi-grade, multi-level classroom rooted in personalized learning while in a positve community setting. The multi-grade, multi-level approach was developed as a way in which to meet the diverse learning needs so that anxieties of being in junior high school can be diminished.

Students can be a part of the multi-grade, multi-level classroom for as long as, or for as little as they need during a school day.  Meetings are held with potential students in the spring, as a transition stop before entering junior high.  Families discuss with their current teacher and administration as well as with the St. Francis transition team to see if participation in the program will be best for their son or daughter.  If so, an educational plan will then be designed.

Traditionally, students begin their day with a focus on literacy and numeracy as the main emphases as lessons are taught in a thematic format. Students are able to work in small groups within the classroom setting, engaging with others who are at their same leve of achievementl. It gives stduents a great place in which to build competencies and develop friendships through the work done together! Time in the multi-grade, multi-level classroom also allows for the opportunity to infuse language arts and mathematical concepts into daily functional work experiences through the program’s canteen operation, stamp collecting, pop can tab collecting, Santa Store and recycling projects.  Ethical Citizenship is exemplified through participation in these valuable activities.

Students then move out into other classrooms for their physical education, health, religion and option classes. The format of the small classroom setting combined with larger class involvement has been described by parents as giving their children “the best of both worlds”.

Possible candidates for the Multi-grade, Multi-level program at St. Francis meet most or all of the following criteria: 

  • Grade 7, 8 or 9 student who is already on a modified educational program in current school
  • ·Working at a pre-Kindergarten – grade 3 academic level in reading, writing and mathematical skills
  • Would benefit from time in the school day dedicated to improving numeracy and literacy skills
  • Would benefit from time in the schoold day dedicated to improving functional skills
  • is socially accepting of this unique classroom setting


If you would like to drop by and visit our multi-age, multi-level classroom, visitors are always welcome.  Please contact lead teacher Jill McNally at St Francis Jr. High School (403-327-3402) to arrange a time that works best for everyone.
While inquiries about the program can be taken at St. Francis, actual referrals begin through Student Services at St. Basil’s Catholic Education Centre (403-327-9555). Enrolment in this district program is assessed on a case-by-case basis with priority going to those students most in need.



C.A.R.E. Campus - Centre for Adolescent Responsibility in Education

The goal of the C.A.R.E. Campus Program is to provide opportunities for growth in positive behaviour choices, to allow for optimum learning in a small group setting, and to facilitate transitioning to an appropriate traditional or alternative educational placement.

This goal is achieved through the teaching and practice of character building skills, behavioural skills, and life and social skills, which are practiced throughout academic and community based activities.

The C.A.R.E. Campus Program will focus on meeting the needs of twelve to sixteen year old students who have been identified as being at risk, as well as youth with challenging behaviours and/or emotional needs.  The program is staffed by a teacher, educational assistants, and a Child and Youth Care Worker.  Extensive partnerships with community agencies will extend the supports available to students. 

The C.A.R.E. Campus Program consists of three components – behaviour, academic and family partnership services.  Behavioural training is presented to the students with specific skills in areas of pro-social skills, anger management, problem solving, friendship, character building and positive classroom skills.

Academics in the C.A.R.E. Campus Program follow the Alberta Education Program of Studies.  The student’s program is planned and implemented to meet each student’s needs.  Both academic and behavioural goals are established with the student.  These goals are modified and adapted as necessary.  Staff will facilitate open and on-going communication between school and home.

For more information, you can call St. Francis Junior High at 403-327-3402 or Student Services at St. Basil's Catholic Education Centre at 403-327-9555.

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