At Vernon Barford, we offer the full complement of core subjects approved and required by Alberta Education. Students take English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Health, and a Second Language (Spanish or French).
Vernon Barford students consistently score amongst the highest in Alberta and in EPSB in the core academic classes of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. We are unique in that all students receive individualized timetables and do not travel with the same learning group all day. In addition to providing evidence of learning (projects, assignments, tests, etc.) we also provide an indication of each student's level of learning with regard to curricular outcomes. In essence, rather than only providing a single indicator, we provide a learner profile that highlights celebration and growth areas in each curricular area. Finally, we know that junior high students may be more or less able to learn at different times in the day. To accommodate this reality, we also “tumble” our timetable by two periods each trimester so that students have the opportunity to experience all classes during their optimal learning time for the majority of the year. Note that start and end times of the school day, teacher, students in the class, courses, etc. all remain the same and it is only the time of day the class occurs that is adjusted.