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

Most children attend public, separate, francophone or charter schools, which are part of the public education system. The following are some basic features of different types of schools:

  • Public schools provide basic, universal education

  • Most separate schools are Roman Catholic schools. In some areas of the province, they are Protestant schools

  • Parents whose first language is French and who want their children educated in the French language can enroll them in francophone schools

  • Charter schools offer more choice in education programs, teaching methods or learning environments than may be offered in the regular school system. Charter schools follow the Alberta Programs of Study and students are required to write provincial achievement tests and Grade 12 diploma exams.

These schools are funded in part through taxes that homeowners must pay to local governments, as well as through provincial government revenues, so parents do not have to pay tuition fees. However, parents may have to pay for things such as transportation, textbook rentals or art supplies. Some of those fees are paid when the child registers as a student. For families who do not have enough money, school districts have an appeals process where parents can request that they do not pay the fees.

Parents who choose to home-school their children may do so entirely or in part, but they must meet the requirements of the School Act and home education regulation.

If you choose to send your child to a private school, you will have to pay some or all of the costs. Before registering your child in a private school, it is important to find out what the costs will be and if students in the school will earn credits toward an Alberta High School Diploma. Private schools set their own standards for enrolment, often based on a belief in a particular religious faith or educational philosophy.

Schools send report cards home at least twice a year to show how well each child is learning. Parent-teacher interviews, open houses and school council meetings give parents opportunities to meet teachers and learn more about school activities, class assignments and teacher expectations. Many problems can be resolved or avoided altogether by learning as much as possible about your child's school.

For more information about Alberta's education system, see the Alberta Education website, in the Useful Links section below.
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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 Edmonton. Edmonton is proud of the commitment to students demonstrated by community schools. Each student has a designated community school, depending on where they live.

As Edmonton is home to more than 200 schools, it is recommended that you research 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 Edmonton depicts the ward you live in and the area in which your child may attend school. In contrast, private schools often require that you 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. See Useful Links below, or for further assistance or information, contact Crown.
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How are most kids transported to and from school?

School buses/vans are used to transport students to and from home.
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When does the typical school year start and end?

The typical school year is from September to mid June. School hours are typically between 8:30 or 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 or 4:30 p.m., 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 with any questions or for school-search assistance.
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Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.