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Nellie McClung Girls' JH Program

Inspiring young women in lifelong learning and leadership

 Standard for Student Success

The Nellie McClung program has been educating and empowering young women since 1995. The program about more than academic excellence – we believe that as a Nellie McClung student, you must discover your own path to becoming a successful, healthy, and contributing member of society. Our program encourages success by focusing on:

 Academic excellence

  • Communication skills
  • Thinking skills
  • Lifelong learning

 Independence and initiative

  • High expectations for self
  • Confidence and creativity
  • Healthy and active living
  • Aesthetic and cultural appreciation

 Leadership and teamwork

  • Building relationships
  • Responsible citizenship
  • Service to others

The Nellie McClung Difference

At Nellie McClung, academic and personal achievement is our highest priority. We focus on empowering girls to achieve to their highest potential.

The Nellie McClung program explores:

1. Building Positive Relationship

2. Engaging in Active/Healthy Living

3. Making a Difference

4. Looking Towards the Future

5. Discovering Hidden Talents

These themes are intended to help Nellie McClung students explore what it means to be female by exploring educational experiences, reinforcement through positive female role models, connections to real-world and leadership opportunities, and discussions that evoke personal reflection and commitment. Each theme will be explored through guest speakers, whole school projects, local and overnight field trips, leadership initiatives, fine arts, volunteerism, and relevant issues affecting females. Through this model students can develop a greater sense of their female identity, and of being empowered as independent decision-makers, in their journey towards maturity.

 Nellie McClung prepares students to become the leaders of tomorrow—to take initiative, become self-reliant and grow towards healthy independence.

 Curriculum Enrichment and Extension Days (CEEDs)

CEEDs activities help you to make meaningful connections between the world of school and the outside world that awaits you. You’ll discover new ways to think about and build upon your learning experiences. CEEDs activities also include unique experiences like trips to the Bamfield Marine Research Station on Vancouver Island and to Kananaskis Country. Learning has never been so authentic and engaging!

Nellie McClung is an alternative program offered by Edmonton Public Schools, so there are no tuition fees. However, there are costs associated with our CEEDs activities. Our program sites can provide you with more information about these costs.


Wearing the Nellie McClung uniform signifies that you’re a part of a sisterhood/partnership of girls who share a passion for learning and the desire to make a difference in the world. The uniform levels the playing field for students who are able to discover their individuality in an authentic way. Individuals are defined by their actions, how they treat others, goals, beliefs and values—not by what they wear. Less peer pressure and competition allows students to flourish by gaining confidence and acceptance for who they truly are.

Nellie L. McClung Educational Society Scholarship

Each year, six scholarships in the amount of $500 are awarded to graduates of the Nellie McClung program in their Grade 9 year. These funds are to be used towards the continuation of studies at a post secondary institution.

Working together

We believe that you learn best when you have the support of staff, parents, community, business and learning institutions. We welcome and encourage your parents to be active supporters and participants in your educational experiences at Nellie McClung. You will also have the opportunity to learn from role models in the surrounding community, to enrich and extend your education.

For more information about the Nellie L. McClung Program, please visit: