Our History

History of Elk Island Catholic Schools

The Elk Island Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 41(EICS) was formed on Feb.1, 1998, serving the Catholic communities of Camrose, Fort Saskatchewan and Sherwood Park.  In May, 2001, by virtue of a Ministerial Order, the Catholic schools operating in the community of Vegreville were added to the Division.

There are 16 schools in the Division:  two in Camrose, three in Fort Saskatchewan, two in Vegreville and nine in Sherwood Park. 

The identity of the Division is complex, as it contains within it both Roman and Ukrainian Catholic communities.

In Sherwood Park, the Division first began with a movement in 1961, when Father Kenneth Kearns, Our Lady of Perpetual Help's first parish priest, remarked that "you never have a parish unless you have a separate school." This remark inspired his parishioners to lobby the government for the creation of a separate school district. The government-supervised vote was held November 28, 1962 and the decision to form a separate school district was passed 133-1. 

This was the beginning of the Salisbury Roman Catholic District No. 105, which opened its first school, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, in September, 1963. By 1972, The District included Father Kenneth Kearns School and Archbishop Jordan High School.

The 1970s saw immense growth throughout the District, with a total of three elementary and one senior high school and the  amalgamation of eight rural Catholic school districts. This amalgamation continued throughout the next decade and by 1987, the District, now known as the Sherwood Park Catholic Separate School District No. 105, consisted of the amalgamation of 14 member districts. 

In 1998, Sherwood Park amalgamated with Camrose and then regionalized with Fort Saskatchewan, with Vegreville joining in 2001.


Our Mission and Beliefs

Our Mission:

We are a Catholic community committed to developing educational opportunities in the context of Gospel values, where students' gifts and talents are celebrated and nurtured through lifelong spiritual and personal experiences.

Our Beliefs:  

  • That Jesus Christ and his teachings are the foundation and core of our Catholic School division.
  • That a quality education is a continuing process that develops the whole person in an environment which encourages success.
  • That we live out the Catholic faith through our words, our actions and our interactions.
  • That Catholic education is a shared responsibility between the home, the school, the parish and the community.
  • That education is a lifelong journey during which excellence is actively pursued.
  • That everyone has worth and dignity as a unique creation of God.

Why choose EICS?

Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS) is a place for students to grow and discover who they are and where they want to go in life. From Kindergarten through Grade 12, education is a hopeful activity that opens doors to the future.

EICS believes every student deserves the opportunity to excel and succeed. We strive to ensure that every child - at every age - has this opportunity by providing:

  1. Responsive and diverse educational programs
  2. Outstanding staff and excellent teaching standards, technology, and facilities
  3. Service based on strong ethics and values
  4. Up-to-date technology and facilities
  5. Community involvement in a division composed of urban and rural school communities

EICS students' achieve exceptional academic results - an achievement supported by our students' excellent Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma Exam results, a three-year graduation rate that is well above the provincial average, and the high number of scholarships and awards our students receive each year.

Education is about more than numbers and results - it's also about encouraging children and youth to become active, caring, and successful citizens. Our dedicated and caring staff is committed to providing an outstanding educational experience for all students, one that guides children in becoming well-rounded individuals.