Nestled in the Highlands community, Mount Royal provides Arts Core Programming as an alternative program within Edmonton Public Schools; we serve many students beyond the boundaries of our physical community. We are an inclusive school where all students are provided the appropriate supports to be successful.
We are proud of our history of using arts integration as a method of program delivery, as well as our Arts Core Programming designation. At Mount Royal, students explore and develop their artistic, creative, academic, and self-expression skills through art, music, dance, and drama as individual courses, as well as integrated into other subject areas. This approach facilitates the understanding and generalization of art, music, drama and dance as it provides our students with broad and multi-modal experiences. Our Arts Core Program aligns the arts and academics within a framework of inquiry that helps develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Our young artists embark on a journey where they can discover their individual skills and talents and also appreciate their peers’.
At Mount Royal we have created and sustained a positive learning environment through implementation of the Tribes Learning Communities framework. We have focused on building caring relationships, positive expectations and beliefs, and opportunities for participation and contribution. We ensure a safe and supportive community through the daily use of the four Agreements:
- Mutual Respect – Treat others the way you want to be treated.
- Attentive Listening – Listening with our eyes, our ears and our heart.
- No Put Downs – Talk to others in a nice way.
- Right to Pass/Right to Participate – We have the right to participate and can sometimes choose to pass when called upon.
Students regularly participate in classroom circles that facilitate increased self-awareness, build positive relationships, celebrate successes, and problem solve. The agreements and the community building process of Tribes assure that every student has inclusion, a sense of identity and value, and a community of supportive peers and adults.
Our Parent Advisory Council is incredibly involved and work tirelessly in a many ways--all to support their children in their Arts Core Program as they feel it enhances academic, intellectual and creative skills. During special events such as residencies, our parents and community volunteers support our students with their time and skills to enhance their experience.
Mount Royal strives to support artists in our community and as such we invite them in to share their skills and passion for the arts through workshops and we attend their events in the community. This is a mutually beneficial relationship that gives back to our community and nurtures our learners in an Arts Core Program.
We are excited about the amazing opportunities at Mount Royal School. We hope you will join us!