HFCRD Celebrates Increases in FNMI Student Achievement

  Posted: October 28, 2014

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is celebrating increases in First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) student achievement, as announced in the 2013/2014 Accountability Pillar Overall Summary from Alberta Education. In the 2013/2014 school year, HFCRD experienced increases in FNMI Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma Exam results, as well as a significant increase in high school completion and a significant decrease in the high school dropout rate.  The HFCRD Board of Trustees identified FNMI achievement as a priority in their strategic planning in recent years.  As a result, supports have been put in place specifically to support FNMI students.  For example, each HFCRD school now has an FNMI Coordinator that supports FNMI student learning and ensures that the FNMI cultures are being celebrated in every HFCRD school.

“Our board has prioritized the needs of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit student population to succeed in our schools,” said HFCRD Board Chair Dianne Arcand-Lavoie.  “We will continue to make their achievement a strategic priority until all students have equivalent academic achievement.”

HFCRD also maintained very high results in the areas of parental involvement, school improvement, citizenship, and safe and caring learning environments. These levels were maintained through a zero-tolerance bullying policy, dedicated HFCRD staff and the teachings of the Catholic faith infused in every school activity.

“The results show that the supports we have in place are making a positive impact on students,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “Our staff has done an amazing job of implementing strategies to maintain our areas of strength and to improve in our areas of growth.”

Alberta Education releases the Accountability Pillar Overall Summary annually.  The summary is calculated based on survey responses from students, staff and parents across the division.  These results guide the division in its planning in future years.