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School Philosophy

At Harry Ainlay School, we believe all students can thrive and be successful in an environment that is kind, respectful, inclusive, and safe. All members of our school community are responsible for contributing to a welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning and working environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging. We nurture an inclusive and supportive learning community and celebrate diversity in the pursuit of excellence.

Our commitment to our students embodies our school motto - In Omnibus Excelsior or 'In All Things Excellence.' This maxim permeates every facet of learning for our students and staff. We inspire student success through meaningful engagement in high-quality and diverse learning opportunities. Our collective vision is to have our students become compassionate critical thinkers, able to collaborate, innovate, solve problems, and thrive as global citizens. 

Community Profile

Harry Ainlay is a neighborhood high school serving families in southwest Edmonton with a tradition of excellence in academics, fine and performing arts, career and technology studies, local and global citizenship, international languages and cultures, and interschool athletics. Our multicultural school community benefits from the enriching influence of a significant number of International Students from nations across the world. 

Programs and Organization

We offer a rich complement of courses and experiences to meet the learning needs of all students. We enjoy several international partnerships to support our specialized programs in French Immersion, International Baccalaureate, and Culinary Arts. Students also enjoy a rich diversity of programming to support their interest in pursuing a variety of career pathways by extending their learning in Career and Technology Studies, International Languages, Work Experience, RAP and Health and Wellness. Support programs are also provided for our Special Needs students, English Language Learners, International Students and First Nation, Metis, and Inuit students. We also offer numerous co-curricular opportunities for personal development through student clubs and activities. 

School Community Relationships

We would like to acknowledge the following community members who have helped to foster the growth and success of our students:
Alberta Health Services, CIAAA Catholic Social Services, City of Edmonton, Colliers International, Edmonton Police Service, Fire Rescue, Edmonton Islamic Family Social Services Association, Junior Achievement Liebherr Local 146, Alberta MacEwan University, Norquest, RCMP, Stantec, University of Alberta.