As we are a combined junior/senior high school, our staff and administration get to know our students very well during their years at Ardrossan. There is a strong sense of "family" at our school.
Most staff members instruct classes at both the junior and senior levels, giving them a comprehensive view of the curriculum and of student progress. The staff at Ardrossan are committed to promoting excellence in both their teaching and in their expectations of their students.
We have the advantage of being a rural school, rich in tradition, but with urban facilities and programs. In addition to academic excellence, we excel in Drama, Music, Art, Career and Technology Studies and Athletics. We have a very high attendance rate and high school completion rate.
The school has a strong sense of parent and community involvement highlighted by very active, parent committees: Band Parents, Parent Advisory Council and Football Parent Committees. These partnerships provide invaluable assistance and financial support for many program projects. They help make Ardrossan a special place to be.
Integrity, Loyalty, Respect, Commitment
Integrity - Do the right thing even when no one is looking – students exhibit characteristics of responsibility, punctuality, honesty.
Loyalty - Dedication to your goals and to those around you – be true to a positive Ardrossan culture.
Respect - Treat others the way you want to be treated – being present in learning and social environments. Treat yourself and others with dignity.
Commitment - Do your best to reach your goals. Make a plan and follow through with it.
Programs and Services
Academically, the school offers a number of programs and courses to meet a wide variety of students needs, including a French Immersion program, Honours program (8-12), Knowledge and Employability program (8-12), Career and Technology Studies, and a full and varied complement of core and complimentary/option classes for all grade levels.
Athletics are an important part of the Ardrossan experience, and there are ample opportunities to participate in both team and individual sports, at the class, intramural, or school team level. Over 30 school teams provide athletic opportunities for students on an annual basis. Excellent facilities include two large gyms, wellness centre, tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, a track and assorted playing fields.
Visual Arts - This program offers a wide selection of art experiences, including drawing, painting, design, sculpture, printmaking, and computer art. It provides an opportunity for students to creatively explore their skills and ideas in many varieties of media.
Music - The music programs are designed to allow students to develop their skill both as performers and consumers of music. These programs provide students with a great opportunity to participate in a variety of different ensembles such as Concert Band, Jazz Band, and other smaller groups.
Drama - Drama provides an exciting look at the wonderful world of theatrical performance, in both improvisational and scripted situations. The program in high school is geared towards performance for an audience, and the process one goes through from first rehearsal to presentation.
Peer Leadership - Energetic groups of students who encourage school spirit, organize special activities and generally promote the school to the community.
Honours Program - This honours program is for motivated students who are seeking a rewarding academic experience. It offers enrichment, acceleration and challenge to students. Honours courses involve more time and require greater work than regular courses but they also offer greater opportunity for individual progress and accomplishment.
French Immersion - The French Immersion program is a sequential course of study which encompasses ECS through Grade 12. Ardrossan is the only Elk Island School to offer this program in Grades 7 through 12. This program provides an opportunity for students to study, speak, listen, read and write in French.
French as a Second Language 10-30, Spanish 10-30 - These are sequential courses of study. These programs provide an opportunity for students to study, speak, listen, read and write in French and Spanish.
Career and Technology Studies - Offers students the skills and confidence needed to explore career options or enter today's workforce. Students learn and develop many life and work skills in the following areas: Career Transitions, Communication Technology, Construction, Fabrication, Fashion Studies, Food Studies, Information Processing, and Mechanics.
Off Campus Education program in which the school and the community combine resources in order to provide opportunities for students to familiarize themselves with the world of work. Two additional areas are the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) and the Green Certificate Farm Program.
The library offers a wide variety of learning and research materials in a range of formats (books, magazines, newspapers, online databases). Students are welcome to use the library during their breaks for their course work and for their personal reading and studying.
Three full sized computer labs feature Windows 10 and give students access to personal accounts to work with Microsoft Office programs, Internet, and other subscription programs (Career Cruising, Inspirations, Exam Bank).
A full service cafeteria operated by the school provides an assortment of meals, including daily specials for staff and students. The cafeteria sits over 300 students and provides meals for special events and athletic tournaments.
A range of fun activities and clubs are organized on a volunteer basis. The school actively supports a number of programs (recycling, Christmas Bureau, etc.) through annual events and contests.
Study Skills information sessions are provided to students and their parents to facilitate the development of study skills and their application to the various subject areas.
Peer tutoring by high school students is offered to students in junior high.
Counselling and Off Campus Education services provide essential support in reaching student goals and facilitate career guidance and career research.
Ardrossan PRIDE certificates are given to students who exhibit good citizenship in the school.
With these opportunities, students are able to prepare for further studies and careers while developing other talents as well.