Demographics/Geographical Area Served
Foremost School takes in a large geographical area of southern Alberta. Students come from south of Foremost from the Aden area, east from Etzikom, Manyberries and One Four, and west from the Skiff area. Our students are mainly rural based or live in small rural municipalities with small populations. Foremost being the County of Forty Mile seat with fewer than 500 residents.
Grades/Size of School
Foremost School is a Junior Kindergarten to a Grade 12 school. Our enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is 129 students.
Our high school program is based on the semester system, offering a full range of core courses as mandated by Alberta Education. With our small high school numbers and high school staff we have become very creative in how we are able to offer our high school program. At the grade 10 level we try and keep all the grade 10 core courses separate so our students are receiving their English, social, math and sciences as separate grade 10 courses. At the grade 11 and 12 course level we combine classes such as chemistry 20 and 30, physics 20 and 30, as well as offering English 30-1 and 30-2, and social 30-1 and 30-2 together. We are also working on increasing our program delivery through the use of video conferencing and we are currently offering math 31 using this program approach. The school also works with the distance learning center to provide other courses to our students who are looking for subjects that we are not able to offer. These include courses such as psychology, wildlife management, and forensic science as examples. We also offer CTS courses in a variety of areas including shop, foods, communication technologies, and cosmetology. The school also offers a very good senior high art program along with high school French program. Outside school programs include work experience, RAP, green certificate, PFO (production field operations) through SAIT and Encana. We are also looking at some further partnerships with Lakeland College.
Junior High students are offered their core programs,(math, science, LA, social studies) at their own grade. Physical Education, French, and health are offered separately as boy and girl classes in a 7,8,9 configuration. This year we are offering Career, Technology and Foundations (CTF) to our grade 7-9s. Areas of study include shop, film study, science fair, textile design, computer studies and photography.
Foremost School offers Junior Kindergarten two mornings a week and a half time kindergarten program throughout the year. Semester one kindergarten students attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays and semester two they attend on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Our elementary program offers a grade one/two, three/four, and a five/six split.
Foremost School offers a wide variety of extra-curricular programs for our students to enjoy away from their academic studies. Elementary students are engaged in school choir at all grades while grade 5/6 students are engaged in student union, safety patrol, and mini-basketball. Junior and senior high students have student union, drama, and a variety of athletics including, cross-country running, track and field, golfing, curling, volleyball, basketball and baseball.