Queen Elizabeth High School (Calgary)
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|Queen Elizabeth High School|
Labor omnia vincit
Work conquers all
|512 18 Street N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
|School board||Calgary Board of Education|
|Principal||Mr. S. Young|
|School type||Public secondary|
|Enrollment||1,236 (September 2009)|
|Communities served||Briar Hill, Edgemont, Hounsfield Heights, Hillhurst, West Hillhurst, Parkdale, Point Mckay, St. Andrews Heights, University Heights, MacEwan Glen, Sandstone (Sr only), Country Hills (Sr only)|
|Homepage||Queen Elizabeth High School|
Queen Elizabeth High School (QEHS) is a Canadian public combined junior and senior high school in Calgary, Alberta, which teaches grades 7 through 12. The junior (7-9) and senior high (10-12) programs share a common principal, many teachers, and other resources of the school. It is operated by the Calgary Board of Education. QEHS operates separately from Queen Elizabeth Elementary School, even though the two schools are physically adjacent to each other.
The school was founded in 1910 as "Bowview School" which was originally a boarding school. Evidence for this can be found above the SW entrance by the cafeteria. It was renamed in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The original three-storey building (which includes the Drama room that was the original Auditorium and Cafeteria) opened in 1930. A large addition (including the Band, Wood shop, north Gym, current offices, classrooms) was opened in 1953. The third addition was completed in 1967 and includes the Library and Science labs.
QEHS offers special programs for the CBE which are for students throughout the city, not just local students. Those outside the local area are given subsidized bus passes to attend the school.
Advanced Placement Program
QEHS is one of the many high schools in Calgary to offer the Advanced Placement Program, which provides students to take university-level courses of their choice, which is equivalent to most universities' introductory courses. Depending how much the student will score on the AP Exam, he or she can receive university credit for the course taken and never take that course in university.
QEHS is one of the CBE's schools to operate the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program, which assists qualified students with more advanced instruction. GATE compacts and accelerates the typical curriculum. It combines Language Arts and Social Studies into one class (humanities) and it also provides extra experts and mentors. Currently, nine CBE schools offer the GATE program. 
Deaf and Hard of Hearing students
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program provides interpreters for deaf students in grades 7 through 12 to allow them to participate in regular classes with hearing students. Some classes are restricted for these students, such as Latin instruction. Some resources are also provided to assist with other activities in the school.
Alberta Ballet students
Students from across the city who attend The School of Alberta Ballet attend QEHS. Queen Elizabeth makes special accommodations for the students. Even though the Alberta Ballet, not QEHS, actually provides the dance instruction, that instruction can be used to earn credits towards a high school diploma. QEHS is one of just two schools in the city with this special relationship, the other being Bishop Carroll High. 
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QEHS has a house system similar to Harry Potter. There are currently six houses/castles in QEHS. They are: Arundel (red), Bodiam (blue), Dartmouth (purple), Stirling (green), Thornbury (yellow), Warwick (orange). The mythical creatures for each house in chronological order are: Phoenix, Hydra, Dragon, Basilisk, Griffin, Unicorn.
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- Official School Website
- Alberta Ballet: Partnerships with local school boards
- GATE Calgary - Volunteer organization of parents of students in the GATE program throughout CBE schools.