What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?

Expat children in Calgary are sent to both private and public schools. Several High Schools also offer the International Baccalaureate Program. Keep in mind that all private schools tend to have a waiting list and can be difficult to get into. It is recommended that you contact the school of your choice as soon as you arrive so you are able to obtain a spot on the list.
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What are some examples of these schools?

There are many great public, private and charter schools that are well-established in Calgary. Calgary is proud of the commitment to students demonstrated by our community schools. Each student has a designated community school, depending on where they live.

As Calgary is home to more than 440 schools, it is recommended that you do research on the program choices, particular subject matter or language instruction that is most appropriate to your child’s particular needs.
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Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?

Public schools are completely funded by the government through tax revenue. Therefore, there is no competition for spots in local public schools.

A predetermined grid of Calgary depicts the ward you live in and the area in which your child may attend school. In contrast, private schools often require you to fill out an enrolment application. Some schools may also require a school interview, which includes a parent, the child and the school head, accompanied by the child’s portfolio for enrolment. Since many private schools have waiting lists it is recommended that you contact the school of your choice as soon as you arrive so you are able to secure a place on the list.
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Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?

Private and public elementary schools offer programs for students aged 5 to 18. Private preschools for younger children are also available. For further assistance or information contact Crown Calgary.
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How are most kids transported to and from school?

Below are some examples on how most kids get to and from school:

  • School bus (funded by the government through tax revenue)

  • Public transportation - bus (BRT), streetcar, or train (LRT)

  • Walking or biking (for students within walking or biking distance of the school)

  • Parents (some parents choose to drive their children to school on their way to work or they form carpools with other parents and take turns driving the kids to and from school)

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When does the typical school year start and end?

The typical school year is from September until the middle of June. School hours are typically between 8:30 or 9:00AM to 3:30 or 4:30PM, Monday through Friday. Please contact your child's school for specific hours.
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Is there anything else I should know about local schools?

If you need more information about schools, please contact Crown Calgary with any questions or to arrange for school search assistance.
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