School Profile

 

  

Mission Statement:

Learning for all. Success for all.
Eurditio Prosperitas

Vision:

To inspire a quest for learning for the benefit of the individual, community and society.

 

School Profile

Peace Wapiti Academy (PWA) opened its doors in September 2001 in the north area of Grande Prairie offering programming for grade 9 and 10. The first class graduated in June 2004.  Our enrollment of 493 consists of Peace Wapiti School District students from Harry Balfour School (attendance area which is comprised of an area with a radius of 6 to 9 miles surrounding the City of Grande Prairie) and Clairmont joining us in Grade 9, students from Penson School (Grovedale) and Bezanson School joining us in Grade 10, as well as other Grade 9 – 12 students living in and around the City of Grande Prairie. The atmosphere here is friendly, supportive and inviting. Staffed with terrific teachers and support staff, we offer students excellent opportunities for growth in a caring, nurturing and dynamic learning environment. 

Peace Wapiti Academy’s mission is to inspire a quest for learning for the benefit of the individual, community and society.  Along with our strong commitment to academics, PWA also offers a wide variety of programming options such as Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAP), Green Certificate Programs, General Learning Support Programs (GLSP) and Career and Technology Studies Programs (CTS).

In addition to a full range of courses for all students, a varied extra-curriculum program, encompassing a full range of sports and significant fine arts opportunities, is also offered at Peace Wapiti Academy, Home of the TITANS.  Students may enhance their school experience and personal development by taking part in activities which include athletics (volleyball, football, basketball, curling, badminton, track, rugby, and golf), leadership, travel club, drama, art, Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), yearbook, cultural events and other club activities. 

Parents of students who attend Peace Wapiti Academy are welcome to become involved and volunteer. Our School Council plays an integral role in shaping the culture of the school.  Monthly meetings are well attended by parents who support the development of our community of learners and leaders.  In addition, an organization called Acti-Parent coordinates fundraising opportunities for our school.

Peace Wapiti Academy is an extension of your community.  Familiar faces will welcome you, reliable resources will support you and consistent values will reassure you.  We are dedicated to the success of every student, preparing them for a future in any avenue they choose to pursue.

Peace Wapiti Academy is one of sixteen schools in Alberta to participate in the Alberta Education High School Flexibility Enhancement Pilot Project.  2012/13 marks the fourth and final year of the pilot project, focusing on exploring opportunities to engage in significant organizational and delivery redesign.  This project analyzes the merit of the Carnegie Unit, a 25-hour time restriction for the attainment of one credit, in an education system for 21st Century learners. 

Key Structure Changes during the Flexibility Project at Peace Wapiti Academy         

a.   Four 83 minute class blocks were shortened to five 65 minute periods.  Time was required for a self-paced, self-regulated period of time for students to balance the high demands of school, extra-curricular, work and home life.

b.   iPLAN (Flex Block) is offered DAILY to students in a 65 minute period. This is a self-directed time (student choice). This time is student centered and allows the students to grow in making responsible choices about how/when/where they complete the multitude of tasks set before them.

c.   CONNECT was established in the second year of the project. The program, staffed and housed within PWA, allowed students the choice to extend, accelerate, recover or retake a course without having to start from the beginning.  Within a year of the project staff could see that iPLAN was not enough.  Students required more flexibility to LEARN the outcomes then could be afforded within the traditional classroom. Rather than send them out of the school to a distance –learning environment with teachers they did not know, we wanted to keep learning personal and provide supports to students WITHIN the walls of PWA.

d.   AIM (Academic and Individual Mentors) were established for every student at PWA.  Every teacher at PWA has a cross-age group that follows them for their 3 years of high school.  By providing students with one teacher who is an advocate for them throughout their high school experience, we hoped to build a deeper culture of teacher/student/parent personalization and support.

e.   Collaborative Professional Development.  Although teachers are assigned time to be on the iPLAN floor, there is also time set aside for teachers to meet with colleagues during this time.  Collaboration with teachers was the only way that change could occur at such an overwhelming level at PWA over the last 4 years.  It was with the support of each other that the innovations that took place in team-teaching, Flex PE, integrated CALM, project based learning and assessment could happen on a consistent basis.