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Academic Enrichment Program (AEP)

The Academic Enrichment Program offers motivated students challenging academic experiences by deepening their learning in the core subjects of Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts, and Social Studies.  Students will engage in enriched coursework while striving for high academic achievement. For full program description go to this link.

Note:  Students in the Academic Enrichment Program are required to meet the same Alberta curricular outcomes and standards as in regular classes; however, instructional approaches and learning activities may be enriched and extended.


How to be a successful student in this program

  • Be enrolled in Grades 7 to 9
  • Demonstrate self-motivation, interdependence, life-long learning, positive attitude
  • Enjoy a challenge, be motivated to learn, enjoy finding solutions and synthesizing information all while being independent and responsible learners
  • Parental support and commitment are encouraged
  • Progress reports should indicate high proficiency and exemplary grades
  • Elementary school recommendation is positive and indicates the student will be successful



Mandarin Bilingual & Mandarin Bilingual Academic Enrichment Program


The Bilingual Mandarin course is designed for students who have successfully completed the Mandarin Bilingual Program in elementary or who have fluency in both speaking and writing Mandarin. The course content includes a broad scope of themes and activities in order to further enhance students' listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities through instruction in Mandarin. Some of the main focuses during these three years are vocabulary building, using proper conjunction words to construct compound and complex sentences, applying various reading strategies to improve reading comprehension, narrative writing, individual or group oral presentations, self or peer assessment by using assessment criteria to improve student's own work, etc. This course takes place three times a week for the whole year.


We have increased our Mandarin instructional time to meet the curriculum requirement set by Alberta Education. Grade 7 to 9 mandarin bilingual students at Londonderry are currently studying Math in Mandarin. We use the regular Math textbook (Mathpower) and the assessments are all in English. The instructional language is both in English and Mandarin. Students are performing well above the acceptable standard and continue to demonstrate their excellence in knowledge and application of mathematics.