The National Sport School
(NSS) is a public high school
; which teaches grades 9 through 12. The school is specially designed for Canadian
Olympic calibre athletes (current and potential) to be able to train and travel internationally, while staying in school. It was founded in 1994 as the first national sport school in the country.
In 2003 NSS moved from its prior location at William Aberhart High School
, into the Northwest corner of the building housing Ernest Manning High School
. However, it remains a distinct school, with its own principal, and students in the school do not follow the regular semester/scheduling system of other students (in or out of Ernest Manning).
An athlete's schedule is handled, by allowing students to enter or exit the program throughout the year, without losing credit for work already done (which would occur in a normal 2x5-month semester program). There is a low student-teacher ratio, for added attention. Also, on average, students have access to three computers each, including laptops. Students can remotely stay in contact with their teachers, even when away on competitions.
Calgary's Olympic legacy
The school is physically located to be sufficiently close to major sports facilities within Calgary, many of which were built for the 1988 Winter Olympics
held in Calgary. CODA was the organization that ran those Olympics, and their support for the school, is intended to be part of the legacy of... Read More