This northeast high school is different, and here’s why

bishopmcnallyIt’s Monday morning, and by 9:45 a.m., the theatre at Bishop McNally High School in northeast Calgary is jammed with students.

On stage, a phys ed teacher in a Red Sox shirt calls for quiet.

“You might be wondering why you’re here.”

Look around, he says. Pick four of your friends. One of those friends won’t graduate on time.

But the students soon learn that their school is different.

“Our school has decided to be all in for you guys,” explains the teacher. 

“The city of Calgary is all in for you guys.”

Bishop McNally is one of nine “All In” for Youth schools in Calgary.

What does this mean?

These students have more support to help them stay in school, succeed and be connected to careers beyond graduation.

On stage, staff from Boys and Girls Clubs and Big Brothers Big Sisters introduce themselves. They work in the school to support students and connect them with positive adults.

Students can sign up to regularly meet with a mentor, or a career connector — a positive adult who has signed up to help students explore different occupations.

“They’re here to help you sort out your pathway.”

A tutoring director with YMCA Calgary lets students know that free math tutoring is available nearby, at the Saddletowne Y, two days a week.

Now students can see how their school is different – and how that fact can make a difference in their lives.

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