May 8, 2019 Board Meeting News

May 10th, 2019

Vista Virtual School, Calgary – 

Board meeting goes on the road to Vista Virtual School – Learning Without Limits

For the first time in its history, the school board held its regular meeting in Calgary, at the Vista Virtual School campus. With an overall combined budget of $84 million, Pembina Hills Public Schools is unique in that:

  • We serve 3,800 students in 11 community schools, 2 Hutterite colony schools and 2 outreach centres near Barrhead, Westlock and Swan Hills.
  • We have an online school, Vista Virtual School (VVS) with campuses in Edmonton and Calgary that serves over 10,000 part-time and full-time Alberta students located anywhere in the world.
  • We operate the Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC) in Barrhead on behalf of the province.

PHPS student serves on Minister’s Youth Council

Grade 9 Vista Virtual School student Tahir Natha spoke to the board about his experience serving on the Minister of Education’s Youth Council. Tahir was one of 32 students who were selected from 350 applications across the province to serve on the council.

Youth Council members provided advice to the Minister and Alberta Education in a variety of areas, including the GSA policy and curriculum reform. They will also meet with Minister LaGrange on the Education Act over the summer. Congratulations Tahir and thank you for your contributions to the Minister’s Youth Council!

2019 PHPS Satisfaction Survey results are in!

Each year, the school division surveys all parents, staff, and Grade 4-12 students on their satisfaction level in a variety of areas. The results are used by schools and the division to develop their annual education plans and work on ways to improve the educational experience of our students. Overall, our parents, staff and students gave us an approval rating of 93%.

You can read the full results in the school and division education plans, which are available online at

Once finalized, the meeting minutes will be available on our board meetings page.

The next school board meeting is at Regional Office in Barrhead on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 starting at 9:30 a.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend.