Grade 8 and 9 Honours

Academic Excellence Program - Honours

Sherwood Heights Honours Programming 2021-2022

The Honours Program at Sherwood Heights has operated for many years and has historically been called Academic Excellence. Our program is designed for students in grade 8 and 9 who have high achievement in all core courses. Students who apply must have a minimum of 80% in each core class: English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Math.   Students must also regularly demonstrate an excellent work ethic in class as judged by their teachers.

Students in the program will be required to complete two cross curricular projects during the year in addition to the regular Alberta Education Program of Studies.  One project will focus on humanities and the other on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).  Academic excellence students will have the opportunity to enrich regular curricular objectives with an emphasis on higher-level reasoning, critical thinking, and inquiry-based learning.

Students who are wanting to apply for the Academic Excellence program for grade 8 or grade 9 will complete a separate form in early spring when they select their options. Current teachers will rate applicants on overall work ethic.  Conditional acceptance will be communicated to students and their families in April. Students must maintain a grade above 80% on their final report card in June as well as excellent work ethic to retain eligibility for the program.

Sherwood Heights is a closed boundary school and can only accept applications from students currently enrolled in grade 7 and 8 our school.

Steps for enrollment:

If you’re interested in registering your child in the Junior High Honours program, you must indicate this request on the Returning Student Registration form, available through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, before the deadline on Feb. 28, 2021. To apply, open the Returning Student Registration form, select the applicable school, and in the “Apply for which programming at the selected school?” drop-down menu, select “Junior High Honours.”

If you’ve already completed the Returning Student Registration form and didn’t make this request but would like to do so, simply reply send a message to our registrar, Sheryl Raivio, to update your program registration request by Feb. 26, 2021.  Include the following information:

  • Student’s name
  • Student’s current school
  • Parent’s name
  • Parent’s contact number in case we need to follow up

School staff will respond to you by email when your 2021-22 registration request has been updated.

Conditional acceptance will be confirmed in early April based on a student’s latest report card marks in the four core subject areas, along with the teacher rating scales. Final acceptance will be affirmed by the end of the school year.