Elementary and secondary
Alberta is recognized internationally for its excellent K–12 (kindergarten through high school) education system. In Alberta, education is free for children and young people under the age of 20 who are enrolled in Grades 1 to 12.
By law, children living in Alberta must attend school from ages 6 to 16.
School system options
Most children attend public, separate, francophone or charter schools that are part of Alberta's public education system.
These schools are funded in part through:
- provincial government revenues
- taxes homeowners must pay to local governments
This means that you do not have to pay tuition fees; however, you may have to pay for:
- art supplies
- textbook rentals
- transportation (e.g., school bus or public transportation)
Some of those fees are paid when your child registers as a student. School districts have an appeal process that lets families who do not have enough money ask not to have to pay the fees.
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, find out:
- what the costs will be
- whether 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 particular religious faith or educational philosophy.
Enrolling your child in school
When choosing a school outside 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
- your child's vaccination records
- school documents from your child's previous school
The school principal:
- may ask questions about your child
- will place your child in the appropriate class
Doctors, clinics and hospitals
Look here for information about Alberta's health care system, with links to help you find services.
Date Updated: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:56:51