Archbishop MacDonald High School

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Archbishop MacDonald High School
2012-10-31 Archbishop Macdonald High School.jpg
10810-142 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5N 2P7
Coordinates 53°33′10″N 113°34′01″W / 53.55278°N 113.56694°W / 53.55278; -113.56694Coordinates: 53°33′10″N 113°34′01″W / 53.55278°N 113.56694°W / 53.55278; -113.56694
School type Senior High School
Motto "Comprendere et Conducere"
(Comprehend and be of service)
Founded 1967
School board Edmonton Catholic School District
Superintendent Joan Carr
Principal J. Fiacco
Grades 10-12
Enrollment 900+ (2014-2015)
Language English/French Immersion
Area Edmonton Catholic School District
Colour(s) Purple and gold         
Mascot Marauder
Team name Marauders

Archbishop MacDonald High School is an academic high school in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), a non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.[1] The IB Program is recognized by leading universities around the world.

Academic reputation and admission[edit]

Prospective students must have achieved a minimum of 75% in all grade 9 core subjects including English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, and Religion. In grade 10, all students complete a general honours program. Once students have completed one year of studies, they may choose to continue studies in one of three programs offered in grades 11 and 12: Academic, Honours, and International Baccalaureate (IB). Students may choose to take all courses in one program or choose different courses in different programs in order to complete their academic plan for success.[2] Archbishop MacDonald High School is currently ranked as the top academic Catholic high school in the Edmonton School District. It is also considered the third best academic high school in Edmonton after Old Strathcona Academic High School and École J. H. Picard,[3] and has the third highest academic ranking in all of Western Canada.

Programs and extracurricular activities[edit]

Archbishop MacDonald High School offers a wide range of programs and extracurricular activities, including International Baccalaureate Middle Years & Diploma Programs, Honour's Programs, French Immersion, Italian and Spanish language programs, after-school band programs, sports teams, and clubs.[4]


Archbishop MacDonald High School opened in 1967. The school is named after John Hugh MacDonald, who was appointed Archbishop of Edmonton, Alberta in 1938.[5] According to the school website, Archbishop MacDonald was "a visionary for social justice," who was known for his work in "eliminating discrimination" through his leadership and activism.[5] Archbishop MacDonald High School has in the past, and continues to work alongside St. Joseph's Basilica and St. Joseph's Seminary of Edmonton.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ International Baccalaureate Organization
  2. ^ "Registration FAQs" (PDF). Archbishop MacDonald High School. Retrieved February 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Best Schools: Alberta secondary schools". MoneySense. 2015-06-03. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Archbishop Macdonald High School | Edmonton Catholic Schools". Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  5. ^ a b c "Archbishop Macdonald High School | Edmonton Catholic Schools". Retrieved 2017-02-06. 

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