Board of Education

Board of Education

The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is the public-school board in Calgary.

There are over 125,000 students enrolled in the CBE’s 245 schools, ranging from kindergarten to high school. 

The school board’s programs are designed to enrich the lives of our students and to promote quality learning.

The Government of Alberta also has sections related to class sizes and special education.

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Catholic System

Calgary Catholic School District

The Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) is the largest Catholic school district in Alberta. There are currently over 57,900 students enrolled in the CCSD's 118 schools, from kindergarten to high school, located in Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, Chestermere and Rocky View County. 

The school board’s mission is to “empower students to reach their full potential, to meet the challenges of life, to serve their community and to journey in faith with God, through Christ, in the Spirit.”

Find a school in the CCSD.

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Charter and Private Schools

Charter and Private Schools

Alberta is the only province in Canada with charter schools, and Calgary currently has nine.

A charter school is a public school that is operated independently under a performance contract approved by either the local board of education or by the Minister of Education. Charter schools must teach the mandated provincial curriculum as a baseline, but each school’s charter is a unique and specific contract.

Private schools may charge tuition and other fees, and there are two kinds in the province: accredited and registered. 

Accredited private schools are composed of language and culture schools, schools where students write provincial exams and are taught by Alberta certified teachers, and special education private schools that serve students with special needs. 

Registered private schools are not accredited by the Minister of Education and do not require instructors to have Alberta teaching certificates.

Visit the Alberta government’s education website for a list of private schools in the province.

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Child Care and Preschools

Child Care and Preschools

Choosing childcare is an important decision. Calgary preschools are safe and healthy environments that support your child’s needs. In Alberta, the government’s Children and Youth Services department sets the standards for childcare. It defines the different options available as follows: 

  • Daycare programs serve infants, toddlers and pre-school aged children (two and a half to six years of age). 
  • Family day homes offer care in a private residence. There are typically six or less children with one caregiver. 
  • Group family childcare programs offer care in a private residence. There are typically between seven and 10 children with two caregivers.
  • Out-of-school care programs operate before and after school, during lunch hours and sometimes when schools are closed. 
  • Preschools offer childcare for four or less hours a day. 

Children and Youth Services also offer subsidies to help lower income parents cover the costs of childcare. The subsidies are available for eligible low- and middle-income parents who wish to use a licensed preschool or childcare facility. 

To find Calgary daycares, preschools, family day homes, out-of-school care or group family childcare, the government has a great child care search tool. 

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Post-Secondary

Post-Secondary

Of Canada's major cities, Calgary has the second highest level of post-secondary graduates, which isn’t surprising when you consider the quality, variety and accessibility of advanced education here.

Calgary’s post-secondary institutions collaborate with and mutually support the city’s business, professional, technology, arts, sports and non-profit communities.

For example, the schools make every effort to increase the number of students in areas where Calgary is experiencing a labour shortage – such as nursing, engineering technology and skilled trades, helping provide the skilled workers the city needs.

There are five public post-secondary institutions in Calgary, including two major universities:

There are also several private post-secondary schools in town, some of the most popular being:

In addition, there are satellite campuses in town for the University of LethbridgeOlds CollegeUniversity of Alberta and Athabasca University.

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