Queen Elizabeth High School (Calgary)

Queen Elizabeth High School (QEHS) is a Canadian public combined junior and senior high school in Calgary, Alberta, which teaches grades 7 through 12. The junior (7–9) and senior high (10–12) programs share a common principal, many teachers, and other resources of the school. It is operated by the Calgary Board of Education. QEHS operates separately from Queen Elizabeth Elementary School, even though the two schools are physically adjacent to each other.

Queen Elizabeth High School
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512 18 Street N.W.

Coordinates51°3′25″N 114°6′8″W / 51.05694°N 114.10222°W / 51.05694; -114.10222Coordinates: 51°3′25″N 114°6′8″W / 51.05694°N 114.10222°W / 51.05694; -114.10222
School typePublic secondary
MottoLabor omnia vincit
(Hard work conquers all)
School boardCalgary Board of Education
PrincipalJason Arrell
Enrollment1012 (2019)
Communities servedBriar Hill, Edgemont, Hounsfield Heights, Hillhurst, West Hillhurst, Parkdale, Point Mckay, St. Andrews Heights, University Heights, MacEwan Glen, Sandstone (Sr only), Country Hills (Sr only)


The school was founded in 1910 as "Bowview School" which was originally a boarding school. Evidence for this can be found above the south west entrance by the cafeteria, where the previous school name is displayed. It was renamed in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The original three-storey building (which includes the Drama room that was the original auditorium and cafeteria) opened in 1930. A large addition (including the band room, wood shop, north gym, current offices, classrooms) was opened in 1953. The third addition was completed in 1967 and includes the library and science labs.[1]


QEHS offers special programs for the CBE which are for students throughout the city, not just local students. Those outside the local area are given subsidized bus passes to attend the school.

Advanced Placement ProgramEdit

QEHS is one of the many high schools in Calgary to offer the Advanced Placement Program, which gives student a chance to enroll in university-level courses of their choice, equivalent to most universities' introductory courses. Depending on their score on the AP Exam, students can receive university credit for the AP course.

As of May 2008, QEHS offers AP courses in the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, English, Calculus AB, Physics and European History.

Gifted studentsEdit

QEHS is one of the CBE's schools to operate the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program, which assists qualified students with more advanced instruction. GATE compacts and accelerates the typical curriculum. It combines Language Arts and Social Studies into one class (humanities) and it also provides extra experts and mentors. Currently, nine CBE schools offer the GATE program.[2] The school is part of the Action for Bright Children Society.[3]

Deaf and Hard of Hearing studentsEdit

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Queen Elizabeth High school is a bilingual and bicultural program that supports Deaf students from grade 7 through 12 to participate in a mainstream environment. Interpreters are also provided, enabling equality and language accessibility. The Deaf students are placed in classrooms among hearing students with an interpreter who facilitates information using American Sign Language.

Alberta Ballet studentsEdit

Students from across the city who attend The School of Alberta Ballet attend QEHS. Queen Elizabeth makes special accommodations for the students. Even though the Alberta Ballet, not QEHS, actually provides the dance instruction, that instruction can be used to earn credits towards a high school diploma. QEHS is one of just two schools in the city with this special relationship, the other being Bishop Carroll High.[4]

Student bodyEdit


The school's mascot is a knight. A student is usually at pep rally events in the school wearing a suit of armor.

Knight's FestEdit

Every year the student leadership class hosts an event known as "Knights Fest" where students have a half day, and are able to enjoy activities such as bouncy castles and other various carnival themed activities, and there are stands where students can buy candy and knights themed merchandise. Live bands perform, notable past performers include Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and The Static Shift.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Queen Elizabeth High School". school.cbe.ab.ca. Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 28, 2005. Retrieved August 9, 2005.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Gifted Schools - Calgary". www.abccalgary.com. Archived from the original on 2014-09-26.
  4. ^ "Home". albertaballet.com.
  5. ^ Gandia, Renato (October 18, 2012). "Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi gives council an A- grade two year's after his historic election win". Calgary Sun. Quebecor. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Kevin Green, "Queen Elizabeth High School backdrop of new movie from Calgary filmmaker". CTV Calgary, August 14, 2019.

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