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Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School

Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide quality Catholic education. We express the basic beliefs of our mission in classroom teachings and instruction. We maintain a distinctly Catholic understanding and interpretation of provincial curricula, integrating our faith into our teaching.

As members of a Catholic school, we are called on to be a community that strives toward Christ-like ideals including respect, care, and concern for others.

Principal's Message - Mr. David Ripplinger


Welcome to Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School’s website. Riffel is a student-centered school which focuses on developing respectful, responsible, and knowledgeable citizens firmly grounded in the values of our Christian faith.

As a Catholic High School, we provide a setting that is rich in our Catholic faith tradition. Liturgies, faith-based celebrations and christian service within the community are all important aspects of the overall education of our students. These, combined with Christian Ethics courses at each grade level, are all pursuits that lead our students to meeting graduation requirements at the grade 12 level.

Academically, Riffel High School offers a number of exceptional programs – an Advanced Placement pathway where students are part of international AP assessments that offer them the opportunity to obtain university credit at the grade 12 level in a variety of academic pursuits; a well rounded fine arts program (that includes pursuits in visual art, drama, improvisation, music, band, and choral), a practical and applied arts program that allows students to pursue interests in the areas of food studies, communication media, accounting, photography, woodworking, welding, metal fabrication, graphic arts design, and mining; and a health sciences pathway which includes a sports medicine focus.

Our school utilizes a student services team (two academic counsellors, two learning resource teachers, a school chaplain, and a drug education counsellor) who ensure that all of the academic, social, mental, and spirtual needs of our students are kept in focus. Our FIAEP program allows students with intellectual and physical challenges to be part of life-skills opportunities and to be part of a number of our mainstream subject areas that are organized by our professional and dedicated teaching staff.

Along with a strong, rich tradition of high academic excellence, Riffel High School provides students with outstanding extra-curricular opportunities. A full range of sports teams allows our students to grow through athletic competition and to experience success in city and provincial competition. Also, a variety of clubs and fine arts groups certainly meet the interest levels and faith needs of our well-rounded student body.

Finally, we are fortunate to have a dynamic and energetic SRC (Student Representative Council) and a highly involved CSCC (Catholic School Community Council). Both of these groups help to create an atmosphere where students can enjoy Riffel High School while taking on the daily challenge of carrying out our school motto - "Uphold The Cross, Capture The Crown".

Good Luck in the school year and God Bless!

Vice Principal's Message - Mr. Michael Chase


Welcome to the Michael A Riffel Catholic High School community!  Teachers and students in the Royal community hold and achieve high standards while modelling a consistent Catholic identity.  Every day in the halls you can see thoughtful students and teachers dedicated to academic, spiritual, emotional and athletic excellence.  In the classroom, theatre, music room, gym, field, lab and studio, our students are constantly working to create community and deep learning.

Keep an eye out for Royals in the community as we work with our local parishes and others to create a better world.  Join us for athletic, academic, and artistic events throughout the year!


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