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Academic Challenge Program

Ottewell School is a designated District Centre for the Junior High Academic Challenge Program. High achieving students are clustered for their core subjects while participating in option classes according to their personal choices. Teachers of these students build a differentiated classroom that includes elements specifically tailored to meet the needs of a range of high ability learners. Our Challenge Program will adhere to a standard set of expectations including key program elements and student goals. Programming directions are based on current research and literature related to gifted education.

Enrichment and challenging learning opportunities are also offered within the core classes for students who would benefit from such activities. Teachers make every effort to differentiate teaching and learning to meet the individual needs of their students. There may also be opportunities to participate in various academic competitions such as math contests, essay, story and poetry contests, cardboard boat races, Science Olympics, robotics, spelling, and geography challenges.

Further information regarding this program is available in our Ottewell Viewbook. You will be able to obtain a viewbook at our Open House on March 13th, 2018 6 - 8:30 pm.

Academic Challenge Information for the Upcoming 2018-2019 School Year

Academic Challenge Program Testing for those who intend to register at Ottewell School will be held at the school on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.  Please arrive by 8:30 am so we can begin the testing at 9:00 am.

To register your child for the testing at Ottewell School on Saturday, March 17 from 8:30-12:30, please use the Sign up for Academic Challenge Testing link above. Or if you prefer, you can come into the office to register in person at Ottewell School. Pre-registration is required to take the testing at Ottewell School on March 17th.



The Chinese language and culture program at Ottewell is designed to help students develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to communicate with others in Chinese, using a variety of real-life contexts.

Our units include the following topics:

  • Simple social interactions
  • Family
  • Everyday life
  • Hobbies
  • Sports 

Chinese language learners will be able to understand basic language related to daily life through a process of recitation and reproduction; thus developing sentences with accuracy and gaining both confidence and interest in the Mandarin language and Chinese culture.



The French as a Second Language Program at Ottewell is designed to help students develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to communicate in a variety of real-life contexts. By studying French, students will gain both personally and academically. Second language learners develop thinking skills and learning strategies that become an important part of lifelong learning. The learning of a second language involves risk-taking and tolerating the unknown. As a result, second language learners tend to be more flexible and adaptable to new situations.


The overarching goal of the Program of Studies is to develop students who are sufficiently competent in French so that they can function in the language and culture outside the confines of the classroom, therefore the language of instruction in the classroom will be mainly French.

Thematic units, as identified in the Program of Studies, are the framework for language acquisition. They explore the physical, social, civic, intellectual, and leisure dimensions of an individual’s relationship with his/her environment. The thematic units studied at each grade level include:

Grade 7

People around me

Grade 8


Grade 9



The kits from Alberta Learning provide students with a very strong grammatical component. In addition, we are using the “C’est à Toi” series. It is a program that includes an interactive student textbook (can be used online – both at school and at home), a workbook, and an engaging technology component. The strength of the C’est à Toi series is its meaningful communicative activities, authentic cultural coverage, technology components that speak to today’s youth, and ample opportunities to practice authentic and engaging applications.