What are your School and Childcare Options in Alberta
(Part 1 School Options)
Support for Finding Schools for your Children
Alberta Government Education Resources:
Learn Alberta has a learning portal as well as information on what your child is learning.
The Alberta School Board Association supports 61 school boards across Alberta. They have supports and a list of all their school boards.
The Alberta Government’s Website on K to Grade 12 schools has a lot of valuable information about your children’s school.
Here is a list of all the Alberta Schools and Authorities.
Education Options in Alberta for your child.
City School Boards:
* Please note that this list is just the largest cities in Alberta. It does not include smaller schoolboards which you can search for here.
- Calgary Board of Education (CBE)
- Calgary Catholic School District
- Edmonton Public Schools
- Edmonton Catholic Schools
- Lethbridge School District
- Supporting English Second Language Learners for Teachers and Administrators
- What School Administrators Need to Know about English Language Learners and ESL Programming
Online Teaching Resources
- Janis’s ESL: Education
- ITESLJ Conversation Questions: Education
- LINC 2 E-Activities: Education
- LINC 3 E-Activities: Education
- LINC 4 E-Activities: Education
- ESL Library: Back to School ( Paid subscription required)
- Busy Teacher: School and Education
Kindergarten– Is for children that are 5 years old to get them ready for school
Elementary school– This is school usually from grades 1-6.
Middle school- This is school usually from grades 7-9.
High School-This is school usually from grades 10-12.
Public school– This is school that is paid for by the government.
Separate school system-This is also school that is paid for by the government, but they are Christian or Protestant.
Private schools– These are schools that require parents to pay.
Charter schools-These are government paid schools that focus on certain special programs.
To register (verb)-To fill in an application to join a class or program.
Residency card-A card that shows your immigration status in Canada.
Proof– To show evidence
Status -Your current state. This can be immigration or an update on what you are doing.
Baptismal Certificate– A certificate that tells that a child has been baptized.
Birth Certificate– A paper that tells your date of birth and your parents’ names.
Medical Records– Papers that tell about your health history.
Report card– A paper from a teacher that shows grades/marks based on set out guidelines.
Designated– Someone you chose to do a job.
Bus Zones– An area around a school where a bus is available to pick up students.
Low cost-Costs a little money.
School board-A group that manages and makes the rules for a group of schools.
#1. When do students have to go to school in Alberta?
#2. How old are children when they start elementary school?
#3. What grades are most high schools?
#4. Do most schools have support for ESL children?
#5. What age do children start school?
#6. What school will their child, Ji-young attend?
#7. Why should your children attend kindergarten?
#8. When are schools open in Alberta?
#9. When are the biggest holidays?
#10. Who pays for public school?
#11. What are “charter” schools?
#12. Where do newcomers register for school?
#13. What document do you not need to register your child?
#14. When can you register your child?
#15. What is a “walk zone”?
Acknowledgements of Voice Actors: Rebecca Scheiris, Sun Kim, and Vincent Kim.
Special thanks to the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF) for providing a sound recording location.
Special thanks to KidsU Walden, Bridge Foundation, and Calgary Board of Education, for assistance in content development.