The new school year will be extra special for residents of Desrochers Villages in Southwest Edmonton!
The brand new public school, Dr. Anne Anderson High School, will open its doors for grades 10 and 11 for the 2021-2022 school year. Grade 12 will be added for the 2022-2023 school year.
This brand new Heritage Valley school was named after Dr. Anne Anderson, author and teacher. ‘Dr. Anne’ as she was affectionately called, believed in preserving the Cree language and promoting Metis culture and traditions. She even received the Order of Canada for her success in conserving the Cree culture through her books and Cree language courses. Her legacy of inclusion, respect, and learning together will no doubt be the foundation that her namesake school builds from.
Design elements to honour indigenous culture have also been incorporated into the new high school. Students and visitors will especially love the grand central tipi feature. You can even read about the 10 principles used for constructing the school to further appreciate the design!
The lucky students attending this brand new school in Desrochers Villages will have a variety of options to choose from, with learning spaces tailored to interests, including:
- Masterchef-inspired Kitchen/Culinary Kitchen
- Maker’s Space
- Dance Studio
- Health Care Room
- Outdoor Classroom
The high school will also be home to Dr. Anne Anderson Community Centre! This state-of-the-art recreational centre will be available to Desrochers Villages residents! This City of Edmonton run amenity is a fantastic addition to the community; including a fitness centre, light-filled gymnasium, and walking/running track. Work will also continue to complete the outdoor spaces and the Heritage Valley District Park.