About Our School

Grades Taught



Alexander Forbes The Academy is a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school, with 490 students and 42 staff located in the South Patterson neighbourhood and we welcome students transitioning into Grade 7 that attended Swanavon School.

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Alexander Forbes the Academy School boundary students transition to Grade 9 at the Grande Prairie Composite High School. 

Our school opened in 1980 and is named after Alexander Forbes who was an early Scottish settler and one of the first elected Trustees of the Grande Prairie School Board in 1911. Alexander Forbes Biography


Who we are!

School's Vision: To build a promising future of inspired, responsible, and innovative citizens.

School's Mission: Alexander Forbes The Academy is a safe, supportive environment. We, as a collaborative learning community, provide diverse instruction and programs for students to achieve success and develop social responsibility.

​School Council our Partners in Education

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School Council Information can be found HERE

​Meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm
School Council Chair contact information and meeting information can be found HERE

At Alexander Forbes, the Academy School we...

value every student's opportunity for success. Our values respect and diversity. We strive to work in partnership with parents to create and promote a safe, creative learning environment where mutual respect, responsible citizenship, open communication, and success for every individual are standard. As a staff, we are involved in the process of evidence-informed dialogue for school improvement.

We have developed and are proud to deliver comprehensive programming to meet the needs of all our students. We offer inclusive education programming for all students in kindergarten to grade 8. The Academy programming offers dance, hockey, and multi-sport athletics. We also have an Elder who works with students and staff to support the school in acquiring and applying foundational Indigenous knowledge.

Our School Education Plan is focused on:

Priority: Teaching and Learning
Outcome: Prepare students academically, socially and emotionally to complete high school.
Outcome: Classroom instruction and assessment prioritizes literacy and numeracy.

Priority: Inclusion
Outcome: Alexander Forbes the Academy School is a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environment where students, families and staff have a sense of belonging and pride.
Outcome: The physical, mental and emotional well-being of all our students and staff is supported.

To see our full School Educational Plan and Results Report - Click HERE

Programs of Choice Offered at Alexander Forbes

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The Academy where a passion for sport or fine art can positively drive a passion for education and character development. The goal is to integrate excellence in education, athletics, and positive character development in every day of our student-athletes’ educational experience.

See more information about The Academy by visiting the Grande Prairie Public School Division site.
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KinderPAL is an early learning Program of Choice for kindergarten-age students in GPPSD schools. The Play and Learn experience is programming in a classroom setting where students experience peer-based play as they continue developing and growing their knowledge. 

Students will experience full school day learning with kindergarten programming for half their time, and the other half is KinderPAL. It follows the school’s full-day bell schedule and calendar. A certified teacher provides kindergarten curriculum instruction, and a KinderPAL Instructor provides KinderPAL programming.  

See more information about KinderPAL by visiting the Grande Prairie Public School Division site.
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