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Grade: 
7-9
Address: 
5500 Dalhart Road N.W., Calgary, Alberta T3A 1V6
Phone: 
403-777-7420


School Location

H.D. Cartwright School is located in the northwest community of Dalhousie, serving the communities of Ranchlands, Sherwood and Dalhousie. Elementary feeder schools are Ranchlands, Dalhousie and West Dalhousie. H.D.Cartwright also houses 3 system classes - an ACCESS class, a BRIDGES class, and a LEAP class. Students move on from H.D. Cartwright School to Sir Winston Churchill School, William Aberhardt School or Sir William Van Horne School.

About the School

The school was built in 1971 and is situated on 3.65 acres. H.D. Cartwright School consists of a combination of partially open and closed classrooms centering on the library. The school has 20 classrooms (each of which has at least one networked computer), a library, a multimedia lab, a computer lab, a music room, a home economics room, an art room, a shop room, a drama room and a gymnasium. There are also 4 classrooms in two portables behind the school.

General Organization In order to enhance teacher, parent, student relationships, the school has been organized into distinct learning teams of grade level communities. The timetable is a six-day, six period per day, tumbling timetable. It features two periods of Humanities, one period each of Math and Science, one period of Physical Education and one Complementary course per day. The year is divided into two semesters with two complementary courses offered per semester for a total of up to four courses per year. The tumbling nature of the timetable ensures that subjects are taught at a variety of times throughout the cycle. The schedule ensures that the provincially mandated hours of instruction are exceeded in all subject areas and that more than the minimum nine hundred and fifty (950) hours of instruction are provided. The timetable follows a specific identified sequence of subjects and reduces traffic flow and congestion as much as possible.

Homeroom classes of clearly identified, mixed-peer-groups are consistent with core subject instructional groups. Homeroom teachers are often an instructional teacher for that class.

Reporting PeriodsStudent progress reporting is done quarterly with report cards in November, February, April and June. An interim report is distributed mid way through the first term followed by parent/teacher/student interviews. Interviews also occur approximately 3-4 weeks prior to term two and term three report cards. Additionally, telephone communication is made to parents on an as-required basis. Early in the school year a Meet the Staff Evening is held and an Orientation Evening is hosted in the spring for grade six parents and students from feeder elementary schools.

ProgramsStudents experience a variety of learning activities at H.D. Cartwright catering to their diverse learning styles. This enables students to make continuous progress at their own rate through interesting learning challenges. Planned activities may include opportunities for a balance of individual and group work projects. Occasionally, cross curricular connections are made through thematic projects developed by teachers in collaborative learning groups. The ACCESS program is also an important part of the school, serving students with a range of physical and mental disabilities.

An interesting array of Complementary subjects are offered in the Career and Technology Studies (CTS) and Fine Arts programs of the school. Band, French, Drama, Guitar, Art, Industrial Arts, Multi-Media, Exploration in Film, Fashion Design and Food Studies are offered with outstanding results.

In response to growing evidence of the individual health, social and intellectual benefits, daily Physical Education is provided for all students with an emphasis on healthy active living.

The school also offers an extensive extra-curricular program in intramurals, interschool athletics, band, drama performance, clubs and service.


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