High School Strategy
Regina Public Schools High School Strategy
The city of Regina is changing, growing and Regina Public Schools is changing, as well, to meet the needs of all students.
In February 2015, the School Division introduced a strategy that is meant to give all high school students
- Greater access quality, diverse courses and extracurricular programs at neighbourhood high schools;
- Enhanced, neighbourhood access to more specialized programming for French Immersion and Advanced Placement.
- Brand new programming offerings at Martin Academy
- Specific program options for students with intensive support needs
- Access to Campus Regina Public course for all Grades 11 and 12 students, no matter what high school they attend.
What’s behind the change? – Equity and demographics.
High school program offerings are driven by how many students attend a school – more students, more options. For schools with lower enrolments, that means certain courses, programs and extra-curricular activities that are available at schools with larger enrolments might not be available.
Regina Public Schools believes that all students should have equitable opportunities, regardless of where they live or go to high school.
This change will increase access programming to all students at their neighbourhood high school.
After years of declining enrolment, projections are that, like the growth in the city, growth in high schools is happening too.
By 2023, we project to have almost 8,000 high school students at Regina Public Schools. That’s up more than 30% from current population of 5,805.
The high school strategy is created to ensure that these students can go to high schools that not only have the programs they seek, but that also have the room for them to learn, grow and succeed!
Family of Neighbourhood Schools
Making learning an equitable experience in all our high schools begins with working with elementary schools to help create a sense of community between elementary schools and their neighbourhood high school. This:
- Builds deep connections between elementary schools and the neighborhood high school;
- Supports a more effective transition from elementary to high school for students;
- Creates a predictable Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 pathway for students;
- Enhances opportunities for ongoing programming interactions;
- Provides enhanced academic opportunities, including access to enriched programming;
- Allows the School Division to manage enrolment growth across all high school facilities; and
- Creates better balance in extracurricular programming for all high schools.
How did Regina Public Schools determine that the High School Strategy was the way to go? The school division held a multi-stage online feedback process. This is a sample of what we heard:
What our stakeholders appreciate about the model:
- Will more evenly distribute the population amongst all high schools
- That all high schools should have equal opportunities
- Better transitions between elementary and high schools
- Sense of community
- Better planning
Stakeholders’ concerns about the model and suggested improvements:
- Not all high schools provide the same programs
- Equal access to all programming, including math/sciences, sports and arts
- Freedom to choose a high school
- Help with safety concerns
- Socio-economic segregation still exists
From the 6,728 stakeholders who contributed, we learned about our strengths and the areas that we can improve. We are using this information to help inform how we can provide more equitable opportunities for all students, including the implementation of the Family of Neighbourhood Schools model beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.
Visit http://rbe.thoughtexchange.info/ to learn about the top priorities in your school and the top priorities of the Division.
What does the Family of Schools and high school strategy mean to you right now?
Regina Public School families will need to be aware that some of the elementary and high school boundaries will change as of the 2015-16 school year. For a complete boundary directory, click here.
Elementary schools will align with their neighbourhood schools. This means that elementary schools will have a designated high school. Where a student goes to high school will be determined by that student's home address. Click here for a handy chart.
There are some exceptions relating to parents requesting schools that are not the designated neighbourhood high school. Read more here.
Mandatory and Elective Courses
As of February 2015, the linked course list is provided to as guidance for high schools with planning course selection for students. Follow this link for a listing of mandatory, common elective, and optional elective courses.
Regina Public Schools offers Advanced Placement in every one of its high schools. It is available through schedule and/or supported through the challenge process and independent study and mentorship. The number of courses offered and which courses offered varies between schools.
What is Advanced Placement?
- Rigourous enrichment academic opportunity available to all students in Regina Public Schools
Internationally and nationally recognized
- Internationally, Advanced Placement is offered in 148 countries, 4.5 million exams are written, 2.5 million students are supported, 23,000 high schools are involved, and 6000 universities receive AP credits
- Nationally, Advanced Placement is offered in all provinces and territories, 28,5000 exams are written, 17, 000 students are supported, over 600 high schools are involved, and over 100 universities receive AP credits
- Saskatchewan Ministry of Education learning outcomes aligned and supplemented with Advanced Placement learning outcomes
Regardless of where they go to high school, all Regina Public High School students will have access to a number of team and individual sports
*All Regina high schools have the option to enter a co-op arrangement with another school to support students to play in a sport that may not be currently offered in their school (such as football). The Regina High Schools Athletic Association (RHSAA) determines these co-op arrangements.
Follow this link for a complete list of Extracurricular athletic programming. All high schools also provide a variety of extracurricular clubs, fine arts, performing arts and other activities, based upon student interest and teacher interest.
Upgrading Regina’s public high schools
Over the past number of years, the division has worked with the Ministry of Education to provide enhancements at a number of facilities, including:
- Foundation repair and facility enhancements at Campbell Collegiate ,
- Portable additions and facility enhancements at Thom Collegiate,
- Portable additions at Winston Knoll Collegiate,
- Enhancements at Martin Collegiate, and the introduction of the Martin Academy, and
- Building of the new Mâmawêyatitân Centre, scheduled to open in September 2017 and will house the new Scott Collegiate.
We continue to work to improve our high school facilities and programs.