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    Welcome to Vernon Barford website and thank you for your interest in our school.  The core purposes of our school are to a) Ensure learning and b) Promote positive development of the whole child.  We offer regular, literacy, and challenge programming at all three grade levels and our school is home to about 800 students in grades 7 to 9.  We continue to have a proud tradition of providing excellence and opportunity in academics and a wide variety of extracurricular activities.

    The pre-enrolment process for the 2021-2022 school year is now complete.  If you are interested in registering your child for the 2021-2022 school year, please allow us to make you aware of some important information below:

    Return to School Dates and Process

    The school office will be closed for the summer and will reopen starting Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    August 12 (4:00 pm) = Deadline for families to select schooling format for next year.  All families are encouraged to return to onsite learning as we have learned this year that this is better for student physical and mental wellness, learning, and positive development of the whole child.

    Wednesday August 25 = Vernon Barford school office opens (9:00 - 3:00 pm)

    Thursday Sept. 2 = First day of school for Grade 7 students only  Welcome/ Orientation/ Covid proces updates, Evacuation drill, Mini periods.  Regular start and end times, Breaks, Lunch, etc.  Essentially the focus of this day is to welcome our Grade 7 students and get them settled into school without our Grade 8 and 9 students in the building.   Specific times and additional details to be provided in August.

    Friday Sept. 3 = First day of school for Grade 8 and 9 students only

    • AM = Grade 8 Orientation, Evacuation drill, Mini periods. Grade 8's only at school for the morning on this day.
    • PM = Grade 9 Orientation, Evacuation drill, Mini periods. Grade 9's only at school for the afternoon on this day.
    • Specific times and additional details to be provided in August once Covid and school realities are confirmed. With the above our whole faculty can help get everyone settled and up to speed in terms of things like Covid processes, lunch process, will we or will we not be able to use lockers, etc.

    Monday Sept. 6 = Holiday (school closed)

    Tuesday Sept. 7 = First day of school with all grades on site.


    Supply List

    Please click here to access our School Supply List 2021-22 (please click on link)


    Additional Information

    If you have an EPSB Schoolzone account and would like additional information about our school please be sure to check out our BLUES Info Zone at the link provided below.  This link outlines how school occurs at Vernon Barford in normal times.  Adjustments for the upcoming year may be required to meet COVID expectations.




    As all grades and programs are full and closed, we are only able to accept new students to our Regular Program if they have not been pre-enrolled with any other school for the 2021-22 school year or are newly moved into the Vernon Barford attendance area after April 15, 2021.  For students who would like to switch to from the school in which you pre-enrolled, you will need to first contact the principal at the school in which you pre-enrolled to discuss your situation and then contact a school that has room (ie, not Vernon Barford).

    For more information about registration at Vernon Barford or any other EPSB school, please check the “For Parents-Registration” tab on our website.


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Welcome to Vernon Barford Junior High School and the home of the BLUES family.  Like all strong families we believe that “Once a Blue, Always a Blue” which implies that it is our desire that every student would see being part of our community as a positive experience in both the short and long term. We also wish to be true to the spirit and example of our namesake (i.e., Mr. Vernon Barford) and toward this end all members of our community are encouraged to be committed to:

  • Ongoing learning (in a wide variety of areas).
  • The attitude and skill of giving one’s best (even when it is scary).
  • The collective good through a focus on “we” vs just “me”.  This implies an ongoing commitment to developing and modeling our BLUES character and citizenship traits (i.e. Big Hearted, Leaders, United, Engaged, Successful).
  • Ongoing personal and collective growth and improvement in all areas.

The above goals are supported through a tradition of exceptional academic programming in core subjects and complementary courses as well as the inclusion of Regular, Literacy, and Gifted and Talented programming and support.  There is something for everyone in the complimentary areas at Vernon Barford with many options in Fine Arts, Career and Technology Studies, Physical Education, and International Languages. Countless opportunities for students to also get involved and try/learn new things through high quality clubs, fun days, trips, and athletic teams also exist.

Vernon Barford is a member of the Edmonton Public School Board and like all other EPSB schools is committed to student achievement and literacy, student safety, and citizenship.

Welcome to our school and please do not hesitate to check out other areas of our website or give us a call should you have additional questions or desire more information on how to become part of our family.

Rick Pease


Vernon Barford Junior High School.