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Grade: 
7-9, French Immersion
Address: 
2103 - 20th Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2M 3W1
Phone: 
403-777-7440


School Location

Branton School is located in the northwest community of Banff Trail. The school accommodates students in Grades 7, 8 and 9 in two different programs: Continuing Immersion and Late Immersion. The Immersion programs accommodate students from a variety of northwest communities existing mainly west of 14th Street and north of the Bow River but including Bowness and Valley Ridge: Arbour Lake, Banff Trial, Bowness, Brentwood, Briar Hill, Capitol Hill, Charleswood, Charleswood Heights, Citadel Collingwood, Crestmont, Dalhousie, Edgemont, Foothills Estates, Greenwood/Greenbriar, the Hamptons, Hawkwood, Hillhurst, Hounsfield Heights, Montgomery, Parkdale, Point McKay, Ranchlands, Rocky Ridge, Royal Oak St. Andrew's Heights, Scenic Acres, Sherwood, Silver Springs, Tuscany, University Heights, Varsity Acres, Varsity Estates, Valley Ridge, Valley Ridge and West Hillhurst. Elementary feeder schools for Continuing Immersion include Banff Trail, King George and Varsity Acres.

About the School

The school was built in 1956 and is situated on 10.09 acres. In 1986 it was significantly damaged by fire at its south end, and much of it was rebuilt to the original plan. The 31 classroom spaces in the building include 3 portables located west of the main building, 1 computer lab, 4 science labs, 2 home economics facilities (cooking, fashion), a drama room, industrial arts facility and a music room. During the late 1980's and early 1990's, some upgrading of the school occurred to science labs, the computer lab and the library (now referred to as the Alf Boldt Resource Centre in recognition of one of its previous principals). The school has a main gymnasium and stage on the main floor, a well equipped fitness room and a smaller gymnasium below. There is a lunch/kitchen area there as well, and during the lunch hours, the entire lower concourse, gym, and lunchroom provide space for up to 550 students who stay for lunch. The school is famous for its "earthworm," an indoor track facility built by removing earthfill in the crawl spaces below the main building. The initiative was begun in 1960 with the leadership of R.B. Wilberg, physical education instructor and E.M. Borgal, the principal. The area is no longer used (because of poor air quality), as it once was, to train track teams during the winter months.


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