Lester B. Pearson High School (Calgary)

Lester B. Pearson High School is a public senior high school located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada administered by the Calgary Board of Education. The school is named for Nobel Laureate and Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson.

Lester B. Pearson Senior High School
Address
3020 52 St NE

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Canada
Coordinates51.023°N 113.9582°W / 51.023; -113.9582
Information
School typeSenior High School
MottoVision, Wisdom, Courage
Founded1990
School boardCalgary Board of Education
SuperintendentDianne Yee
Area trusteeMarilyn Dennis
School numberb865
PrincipalKenneth Chee
Grades10, 11, 12
Enrollment1591[1] (April 2018)
  Grade 10505
  Grade 11466
  Grade 12620
LanguageEnglish, French
CampusUrban
AreaArea III
Colour(s)Red and Gold         
Team namePearson Patriots
Communities servedTemple, Pineridge, Whitehorn, Rundle and all communities east of Deerfoot Trail for International Baccalaureate students.[2]
Feeder schoolsAnnie Gale, Clarence Sansom, Dr. Gordon Higgins, Bob Edwards (for French Immersion students). International Baccalaureate students will come to Pearson from all ten junior high schools situated east of Deerfoot Trail.
Websiteschools.cbe.ab.ca/b865/default.htm or pearsonpatriots.com

The school has offered the French Immersion program since 2003 and in the following year of September 2004, Lester B. Pearson became a fully accredited International Baccalaureate World School [3] Lester B. Pearson High School is one of the five schools in Calgary to be offering the International Baccalaureate Programme in English, the school also offers opportunities to earn a combination of French Immersion and IB course certificates.[4]

Location

Lester B. Pearson High School is located in the Northeast of Calgary and serves the communities of Pineridge, Rundle, Temple, Whitehorn, and Monterey Park. Junior High feeder schools to Lester B. Pearson High School are Annie Gale, Clarence Sansom, and Dr. Gordon Higgins. Pearson is also the destination high school for all French Immersion and International Baccalaureate students east of Deerfoot Trail and north of Peigan Trail. The feeder school for the French Immersion program is Bob Edwards Junior High School. International Baccalaureate students will come to Pearson from all ten junior high schools situated in Area III of Calgary.

Pearson is also connected to the Village Square Leisure Center by a skyway. The walkway is not used anymore because of safety and legal reasons between the Calgary Board of Education and The City of Calgary.[5] The Village Square Leisure Center includes services such as a public library, wave pool, gym, and many volunteer opportunities.[6]

History

The school opened in 1990 with a design for the 21st century. The building has been designed to provide an ideal learning environment with a variety of teaching and learning spaces which provide for individual, small group and class work[7]. The school is fully networked with over 350 workstations including 60 computers in the John Rollins Media Centre/Library. L.B. Pearson has a 250-seat theater, acoustic music studio, 5 computer labs, teaching kitchen/cafeteria, 2 gymnasiums, as well as 64 classrooms, science labs, and shops. The school has over 1591 students enrolled in the 2017–2018 year.[8]

In 1990, Lester B. Pearson's architecture was recognized by the American Institute of Architects and American Association of School Administrators, Award.[9]

Philosophy

Lester B. Pearson High School is a member of the community of Calgary Senior High Schools and shares with them the Calgary Board of Education's goal of “Educating Tomorrow’s Citizens Today.” [10]

Programs

Lester B. Pearson High School offers a variety of programs; these include:

Further, the school is part of the Action for Bright Children Society.[11]

Special departments

Some courses have been constructed on a modular basis giving students flexibility in choosing topics and projects.[6]

The building has been designed to provide a variety of teaching and learning spaces which provide for individual, small group and class work. Students in their last two years can opt to join an apprenticeship program.

Athletics

Lester B. Pearson High School competes under the governing body of the Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association (CSHSAA) and the Alberta Schools Athletic Association (ASAA). Pearson offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to get involved in the athletic program – as an athlete, trainer, minor official or manager.

SportGradesBoys and/or Girls
Diving 10–12 Boys and Girls
Volleyball 10–12 Boys and Girls
Basketball 10–12 Boys and Girls
Badminton 10–12 Boys and Girls
Soccer 10–12 Boys and Girls
Cross Country 10–12 Boys and Girls
Swimming 10–12 Boys and Girls
Track & Field 10–12 Boys and Girls
Rugby union 10–12 Boys and Girls
Field Hockey 10–12 Girls
Wrestling 10–12 Boys and Girls

Pearson competes in both Division I and II depending on the different sports. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the wide array of opportunities the athletic program has to offer.[6]

LBP High School Girls Soccer team won their City Championships for Division 3 for the 2012–2013 season on November 1, 2012, with veteran coach Kelly Blake. This marked the first City Championship for Lester B. Pearson Girls Soccer on the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association (CSHSAA).

Clubs and activities

Lester B. Pearson High School offers a wide variety of clubs and activities such as:[12]

  • Animation
  • Athletic Teams
  • Chess Club
  • Connections
  • Creative Writing
  • Culinary Team
  • Debate/Speech
  • Drama Club
  • Finance Club
  • F-Word (Feminism) Club
  • FNMI Meetings
  • French for the Future
  • Graduation Committee
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Junior Achievement
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • Multicultural Girls in Action
  • Muslim Youth Club
  • Nerd Club (aka Dance Club)
  • Pearson Press
  • Robotics/Electronics
  • School Store
  • Speak Out
  • SPIRIT / Leadership
  • Yearbook
  • Youth Volunteer Core

Notable alumni

References

  1. https://www.cbe.ab.ca/schools/school-directory/_layouts/cbe.service.spm/viewprofile.aspx?id=184 Retrieved on 2018-4-15.
  2. Calgary Board of Education – Schools and Areas Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. Cbe.ab.ca. Retrieved on 2012-03-03.
  3. "Calgary Board of Education". schools.cbe.ab.ca. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  4. "Welcome to IB!". Welcome to the Home of the Patriots!. 2017-03-03. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  5. Calgary Board of Education – What's New Archived 2007-04-15 at the Wayback Machine. Cbe.ab.ca. Retrieved on 2012-03-03.
  6. Calgary Board of Education. Schools.cbe.ab.ca. Retrieved on 2012-03-03.
  7. "Calgary Board of Education". schools.cbe.ab.ca. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  8. "View School Profile". www.cbe.ab.ca. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  9. "Pearson High School". GEC Architecture. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  10. "About LBP". Welcome to the Home of the Patriots!. 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  11. http://www.abccalgary.com/schools.html
  12. http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b865/dept/studentservices/gradenineregistration.ppt
  13. "Idol champ O'Neil excited to take on unknown". Official site of Canadian Idol. CTV. Retrieved 2006-07-04.
  14. Tayler, Theresa (2006-09-17). "O'Neil ready to pass crown: Calgary's Idol reflects on year of highs, lows". Calgary Herald. p. C5. Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2006-09-17.
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