About Foothills School Division

FSD serves the learning needs of approximately 8,000 students in junior kindergarten (pre-kindergarten) through grade 12, and employs more than 900 teachers and support staff.

Located on the City of Calgary’s southern border within the Municipal District of Foothills, the Division encompasses the Towns of Okotoks, High River, Black Diamond and Turner Valley as well as the communities served by our Blackie, Cayley, Heritage Heights (DeWinton), Longview, Millarville and Red Deer Lake (south Calgary) schools.

Governed by a publicly-elected Board of Trustees, FSD operates 19 public schools, three Hutterite Colony schools, as well as open campus locations providing academic and behavioural support programs.

FSD also operates its own fleet of 80 buses serving approximately 70 bus routes. More than half of our student population is transported daily with our bus fleet traveling an average of 11,500 kilometres each day. In addition, FSD has a dedicated Facility Services department, which serves all of FSD schools and offices.

As a public school division, we are here to improve learning for ALL students and develop the WHOLE child. Our student body reflects the communities we serve and we offer a rich variety of innovative programs and services to meet the needs and interests of a broad spectrum of learners, including:

  • Transition zones (the HUB) located in all three of our high schools where students can access flexible learning and support to complete various high school courses. Any learner is welcome to utilize the HUB to address timetabling requirements, obtain extra credits, obtain additional learning support, etc.;
  • Diversity and English as a Second Language (ESL) programming to support learners in kindergarten through Grade 12;
  • Early intervention services for children with developmental delays;
  • Inclusive education programs to support students with a variety of needs including severe disabilities and significant emotional, social or behavioural needs;
  • Flexible learning support including open campus locations providing academic and behavioural support programs as well as Summer School;
  • Junior Kindergarten (pre-kindergarten) programs in several of our schools where space and demand exists. These programs are designed to complement our kindergarten programs, ensuring a smoother transition for students when they enter kindergarten;
  • French Immersion programming in a dual-track system with English as a first language;
  • Early elementary Montessori program for grades 1-3, based at Big Rock School in Okotoks;
  • Advanced Placement English and Math at cole Secondaire Foothills Composite High School/Alberta High School of Fine Arts in Okotoks;
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) at Millarville Community School, which has received full status as an IB World School delivering the Primary Years Programme;
  • Nationally award-winning Quest program at Oilfields School in Black Diamond. The program features flexible scheduling, alternative instructional practices, outdoor education and service learning to engage students academically, personally and as a community;
  • New Foothills School Division Sports Academy program based at cole Okotoks Junior High School. Beginning in September 2015, FSD is partnering with the Global Sport Academy Group to offer a hockey program for elite male players entering grades 7 to 9, with an eye to expanding programming in the future;
  • Hockey Canada Skills Academy (in some FSD schools), a cooperative effort between school boards, local hockey associations and sponsors to enhance a student-player’s confidence, self-esteem and playing skills while providing opportunities in both academics and athletics within the school system while making efficient use of arena facilities during school hours; and
  • Many technologies including, but not limited to:
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Interactive Whiteboards
  • Online Learning Resources
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Personal Devices
  • MAC and PC Platforms.


We are committed to academic excellence and our students consistently achieve outstanding results in all areas of education:academics, the arts, athletics, and career and technology instruction.Together with strong character education, we believe these are all equally important contributors to the development and future employability of our students.


We have safe and caring learning environments for our students and focus on developing healthy, respectful relationships at all levels – with our students, school families and employees.


We have highly skilled teaching and support staffs in our schools and throughout our Division who are focused on our common goal of “Improving Learning for ALL Students.” We also encourage and support ongoing learning for all staff to continually enhance student learning and success. To help instill a passion for lifelong learning in our students, we believe it is vital for our staff to lead by example.


We are committed to ongoing stakeholder engagement and consultation – with our students, school families, school councils, teachers and communities – to help our children realize their full potential.

We are proud of our Foothills Family, a culture distinguished by a real sense of community and friendship, where we support one another and celebrate each other’s successes.


For more information: 403-652-3001 / 403-938-6436 or fsdinformation@fsd38.ab.ca