Banbury Crossroads School
Bearspaw Christian School
Calgary French & International
Delta West Academy
Glenmore Christian Academy
Lycée Louis Pasteur
Maria Montessori Education Centre
Prairie Christian Academy
North Point School For Boys
River Valley School
School of Alberta Ballet
Summit West Independent School
West Island College
School of Alberta Ballet
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Alberta Education System
Alberta students consistently score well on international tests such as Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
Private / Independent Schools:
Alberta authorizes two types of private schools: Registered private schools and Accredited private schools. Before you choose a private school for your child, you should fully understand the distinction.
Registered private schools meet some essential provincial requirements such as code of conduct. They received no government funding, and teachers do not necessarily have Alberta teaching certificates.
Accredited Private Schools seek additional recognition beyond basic registration to receive accredited status.
- Accredited non-funded are mostly language and culture schools
- Accredited funded are entitled to partial provincial funding for meeting educational standards
- Designated Special Education Private Schools (DSEPS) serve only students with special needs
Alberta boarding schools are either co-ed or single-gender, serving all boys or all girls. Boarding schools are well known to boast distinguished teachers and an education derived from a top-notch curriculum. Boarding schools better prepare students for life as young adults at college or university.
An option of housing accommodations in a home with a family in residence.
The Alberta school system is divided into 12 grade levels and three school categories (elementary, junior high and senior school):
Elementary: Grades 1 to 6. Ages 6 to 12
Junior: Grades 7 to 9. Ages 12 to 15
Senior: Grades 10 to 12. Ages 15 to 18.
The school year is traditionally from September to June. In senior high school, the school year is divided into two semesters with exams at the end of each semester.
- Summer holidays: two months (July and August)
- Winter holidays: two weeks at the end of December
- Spring break: One week either late March or early April
- High School first semester: September to end of January
- High School second semester: February to the end of June
After senior high, students may choose to continue their studies at a post-secondary institution.
Post-secondary education in Canada is also the responsibility of the individual provinces and territories. They provide the majority of funding to their public post-secondary institutions, with the remainder of funding coming from tuition fees, the federal government, and research grants.
Post-secondary education in Alberta is regulated by the Ministry of Advanced Education. There are six public universities in Alberta, eleven public colleges, two poly technical institutes (which grant degrees), and seven private colleges (all of which grant degrees). Most private universities refer to themselves as “university colleges”, and they grant equivalent degrees. Unlike the United States, there is no “accreditation body” that oversees the universities in Canada. Universities in Canada have degree-granting authority via an Act or Ministerial Consent from the Ministry of Education of the particular province.
As of 2016 there are 96 universities in Canada. 1.8 million students are enrolled in university. Programs are offered to graduating high school students through choice, however, students must maintain specific entering averages, which generally range from 65–85%, depending on criteria set by the chosen university.
Association of Independent Schools & Colleges in Alberta
“AISCA was established in 1958 and our mission is to promote the general welfare of AISCA and of independent schools and colleges in the Province of Alberta. We strive to support and encourage high standards of education in the independent schools and colleges of the Province of Alberta.”
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