William Roper Hull School

William Roper Hull School (WRHS) is operated as a partnership between the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) and Hull Services. We offer highly specialized and individualized programs that focus on the development of academic and vocational skills for students with behavioural and emotional difficulties.

Students are primarily referred to us through Hull Services and the Calgary Board of Education's Special Education Services Department. At WRHS, it is our conviction that each of our students has the potential to be a productive member of society. Many of our youth enrolled in our school struggle with behavioural, emotional, social and mental health challenges. The program offers a therapeutic school setting that meets the academic and treatment needs of individual students, ranging from Grades 1-12.

The goal of the program is to use a strength-based model to help students achieve success in both their behaviour and academic programs. We provide a quality learning environment that empowers our youth to build a sense of responsibility, knowledge, respect for themselves and others as well as encouragement to experience academic, occupational and personal success. We believe that when children feel safe and cared for, they are predisposed to learning and the best learning occurs when the home, school and community work as a collaborative team to bring about positive long-term change.

The Circle of Courage has been the underlying philosophy at WRHS for a number of years. Our primary focus is to establish a healthy sense of belonging for all of our students, offer them opportunities to achieve mastery, support their independence, as well as allow them to give back to their community. In 2010, we became an active part of the Trauma Sensitive School Initiative with the CBE. We have adopted a trauma informed framework: Attachment, Self-regulation and Competency (ARC) (Blaustein & Kinniburgh, 2010). This has helped guide our practice in the classrooms, supporting children and youth who have experienced trauma in their lives. Most recently, we have joined Hull Agency in the partnership with the ChildTrauma Academy. Our education and training of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (Dr. Bruce Perry) has offered our program a developmentally informed, and trauma sensitive lens to understanding our students.

References of Interest

Kinniburgh, K.J., Blaustein, M., Spinazzola, J., & van der Kolk, B.A. (2005). Attachment, self-regulation, and competency. Psychiatric Annals, 35(5), 424-430.
Perry, B. D., & Hambrick, E. P. (2008). The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. Reclaiming children and youth, 17(3), 38-43. 

Contact Information: 
Main line: 403-251-8022
Program Director: Denise Manderson, 403-238-7995, dmmanderson@cbe.ab.ca