Welcome to McKernan School where "Tradition and Excellence" have been the hallmarks since 1951. Located close to the University of Alberta, our school provides a variety of programs to meet the needs of a highly gifted and talented population. These programs include Honours English 7-9 that will become Pre-Advanced Placement in 2017-18, International Spanish Academy 7-9, French Immersion K-9, Late French Immersion 7-9 and Extensions K-6 for exceptionally gifted students who are able to achieve two or more grade levels above their peers. Students in all programs continue to excel on Provincial Achievement Tests, as well as national contests and challenges.
In seeking to prepare our students with 21st Century skills we recognize the importance of Core Values, Health and Well Being, and Fine and Practical Arts. McKernan's Six Pillars: Respect, Responsibility, Citizenship, Integrity, Dignity and Caring have set the standards for our relationships and decision making in the school. An emphasis on healthy eating and fitness for life ensure that students are ready to learn and achieve their personal best. Passion and imagination are nurtured through experiences with Fine and Practical Arts where collaboration and appreciation inspire the creative spirit.
Opportunities for outreach are enriched by the proximity to the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan University. Parents as partners share their gifts and talents by volunteering in the classroom, supervising on Field trips, sharing their professional expertise and providing advice and support. All parents are invited to be a member of the McKernan Parent Advisory Council.
In 2016-17 we welcomed a growing student population of 794 students. Our school is continuing to extend Learning Experiences through our partnership with the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan University. The Edible Garden Club has established a wonderful school garden of sunflowers, potatoes, strawberries, beets and spinach as well as our new native shrub border. Our Ever Active Parents have our students participating in Running Club and Cross Country Races. The students are experiencing Healthy Living and Healthy Eating!
As the principal, I feel grateful to be able to serve the students and parents of McKernan!
Yours in Education and Partnership,
Mary-Lou Cleveland B.Mus.M.Ed.