Elementary and secondary
Alberta is internationally recognized for the excellence of its K-12 (kindergarten high school) education system. Education in Alberta is provided free of charge for children attending school from Grade 1 to Grade 12.
By law, children living in Alberta must attend school from ages six to 16. Public education is provided free of charge for children and young people less than 20 years of age, up to the end of secondary school.
School system options
Most children attend public, separate, francophone or charter schools that are part of the public education system. Visit Alberta Education’s website to learn about school system options.
These schools are funded in part through taxes homeowners must pay to local governments and provincial government revenues, so you do not have to pay tuition fees. However, you may have to pay fees 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 appeal process with which you can request that they do not have to pay the fees.
If you choose to educate your children at home, you may do so entirely or in part as long as you 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 following a belief in a particular religious faith or educational philosophy.
Enrolling your child in school
When choosing a school outside of your local area, your options will depend on the availability of space in the program, services and transportation.
To enrol your child in school, take your child and the following documents (if you have them) to the school:
- Identification documents
- School documents from previous school
- Your child's vaccination records
The school principal may ask questions about your child and will put your child in the appropriate class.
For information on subjects, programs and courses available in Alberta schools, read Helpful Resources for Parents from Alberta Education.
Doctors, clinics and hospitals
Look here for information about Alberta's health care system, with links to help you find services.
Date Updated: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:00:53