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Education in St. Albert has come a long way since 1864 when three Grey Nuns first started teaching city residents the three Rs. Today the city has more than 12,000 students enrolled in 27 schools. The school jurisdictions serving St. Albert have gained a reputation for maintaining excellent standards and being in the forefront of innovative programming.


 

St. Albert Public Schools


Formed in 1958 as the St. Albert Protestant school district, St. Albert Public School District is a progressive public school system. More than 7,000 students call St. Albert Public Schools home. Through kindergarten to Grade 12, our students learn and succeed in programs recognized for their excellence and their focus on citizenship and sound values.


Our district comprises 14 schools: seven elementary (kindergarten to Grade 6), one elementary/junior high (kindergarten to Grade 9), three junior high schools and three senior high schools. Programs offered by the district include:  


Preschool

St. Albert Public Schools’ preschool program is offered to children from 2.5 to 4.5 years old, including community children and Program Unit Funded (PUF) children. Taught by certified teachers with training in child development, along with teacher aides and a team of therapists, the preschool program provides developmentally-appropriate learning experiences, activities and opportunities to help prepare children for school.

 

Kindergarten

An English kindergarten program is offered in each elementary school. We also offer French immersion, Cogito and Logos Christian kindergarten programs.


All our elementary schools offer half-day and full-day kindergarten programs. Orientation sessions at the start of the school year help children ease into the exciting world of learning.

 

French immersion

Students enrolled in the district’s kindergarten to Grade 12 French immersion program benefit from a broad selection of courses, options and extracurricular activities. As well, our French immersion program provides students with extensive opportunities for full university entrance programs.


Our late French immersion program is designed for students entering Grade 7 who have little or no previous French instruction but who wish to become bilingual by the end of Grade 12.


Logos Christian program

Logos is a very successful alternative program for parents who choose to have their children receive their schooling in a Christian environment. The program is offered at the elementary and junior high levels.

 

Special needs

There are many programs available for students with special needs. Academic challenge classes provided at one elementary and one junior high school serve gifted students. Other special needs programs are housed in designated or neighbourhood schools.

 

Cogito alternative program

Cogito is designed for the student who is willing to work hard to achieve a high level of academic excellence. Cogito is based on the following principles: a knowledge-rich curriculum, direct instruction, a structured environment, regular homework and parent involvement. The program is offered at the elementary and junior high level.

 

Athletic academy

Our athletic academy brings together academics and athletics in a package that allows students to develop leadership skills and build healthy, active and adventurous lifestyles. The academy is offered at Ronald Harvey Elementary School and William D. Cuts Junior High School for students in grades 4 to 9. The hockey academy focuses on growth and development while promoting on-ice hockey and life skills.


St. Albert’s only recreational academy will appeal to students who want to be active and experience new and unique sports challenges, including outdoor adventures, biking, racquet sports and wall climbing. Rec doesn’t focus on any one sport, but rather provides students the opportunity to try a variety of pursuits.

 

Academic achievement

Each year achievement test and diploma exam results tell a story of student success and growth. Our results continue to be among the best in the province and thousands of scholarship dollars are awarded annually to our students for their remarkable academic accomplishments. High school students can accelerate their studies through Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.

 

Technological focus

District schools, classrooms, laboratories and facilities are linked to the Internet. A technology teaching and learning team leads the integration of technology into the curriculum, while a vibrant and knowledgeable technology staff monitors and enhances district operations and facility support systems.

 

Community commitment

The district has been honoured provincially and nationally as an environmental leader. Students and staff are also recognized for their support of numerous charities and highly successful community initiatives.

 

Board meetings

The district’s board of trustees usually meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month during the school year. Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings, which are held at the district office, 60 Sir Winston Churchill Ave. For more information on St. Albert Public Schools please go to www.spschools.org or call 780-460-3712.

 


Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools


The St. Albert, Morinville and Legal corridor is the birthplace of Catholic education in Alberta. What is now Greater St. Albert Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 734 has a rich, distinct history that dates back more than 150 years. Today, we are the fourth largest Catholic school jurisdiction in Alberta and provide a faith-based education in 16 schools across St. Albert, Morinville and Legal. In Alberta, Catholic schools are publicly funded making them an attractive choice for families of all faiths.


The school district offers diverse and specialized program choices including:

 

Preschool and kindergarten

Our English and French immersion kindergarten programs are designed to support the development and well-being of children. We nurture the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual needs of the child in structured, personalized programs. We place a strong emphasis on building early literacy skills in all schools. A majority of schools offer full-day kindergarten options and preschool programming.

 

Single track French immersion

Our district offers one of the largest single track K to 12 French immersion programs in the province.  We have dedicated schools at the K to 6, and 7 to 12 levels to offer students a full immersion experience.

 

Inclusive education

We believe in inclusive education and provide special needs instruction in a flexible learning environment that fits the specific needs of the child. We are a recognized leader in student use of assisted technology. Our dynamic learning centres for preschool and kindergarten special needs students have been formed with people of skill and dedication.

 

Fine arts (K-6)

A range of fine and performing arts are offered. Vital Grandin School is home to Alberta’s first Learning Through The Arts School and now hosts the fine arts media enhancement program.

 

International Baccalaureate (IB) (7-12)

St. Albert Catholic High School is an IB school that provides a challenging program of international education and rigorous assessment. V.J. Maloney Junior High School offers the IB middle years program.

 

Sports academy (4-12)

A high-energy sports program for students who learn through sport and who have the passion, desire, and discipline to work to their academic and athletic potential. Academy options include hockey, soccer, and gymnastics-cheer-dance.

 

St. Gabriel High School (10-12)

Provides a personalized, flexible approach to high school, offered through a new online learning centre at Mission Hill Plaza.

 

Technology

Our school district leads the way with innovative use of technologies like personal handheld devices including iPods, iPhones and iPads to enhance learning. Richard S. Fowler’s Power up 2 Learn program is a leader in the district to engage junior high students.

 

University credits (dual credits)

Our high schools provide students who have accelerated their programming the opportunity to transition to post-secondary by taking university level business courses that earn credits towards their high school diploma and their post-secondary education.


This is a partnership with MacEwan University.


For more information about Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools visit www.gsacrd.ab.ca or call 780-459-7711.

 


Sturgeon School Division


Founded in 1939, Sturgeon School Division has a long history of outstanding education along with a strong sense of community. Approximately 5,000 students are enrolled in 16 schools in St. Albert and throughout Sturgeon County.


Sturgeon School Division is proud of the welcoming atmosphere that exists at our schools. We strive to create and maintain a safe and respectful learning environment where students are prepared to meet – and excel at – the challenges presented by the global community. We work together as a team of trustees, parents, community, staff and students to provide a well-rounded education in which students are motivated and supported to pursue their unique path to future success.


Top-quality teachers and a wide range of unique programming keep Sturgeon schools on the leading edge of education in Alberta. We provide a large and increasing number of learning choices to meet students’ diverse needs and to ensure each individual is given every chance to reach his or her full potential.


In addition, by harnessing the power of new technologies in the classroom, Sturgeon School Division is providing access to a much wider world of knowledge and learning resources to our students. We are empowering the next generation to be digitally savvy and ready to participate and excel in the 21st century.

 

Kindergarten

An English kindergarten program is offered in each elementary school, and a French immersion kindergarten is available at Morinville Public Elementary School. Kindergarten helps children prepare for the transition from home to school and a successful entry into Grade 1.

 

Headstart

The Headstart program is offered in each elementary school as a proven method to help children aged 3.5 to five to gain skills and a solid foundation for later school success.

 

Program Unit Funded Initiative

All schools offer the Program Unit Funded Initiative for children aged 2.5 to 6 who have a diagnosed need in one or more areas and would benefit from extensive early childhood readiness skills.


Gifted and talented

The Gifted and Talented/Enrichment program is for children in preschool to Grade 2 who are developmentally advanced. This innovative program is influenced by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of learning and is offered at three schools: Sturgeon Heights School in St. Albert, Morinville Public Elementary School in Morinville and Namao School in Namao.

 

Logos

Logos is a non-denominational Christian-based program that teaches the Alberta curriculum in a nurturing environment. It has a strong academic focus with the Christian viewpoint integrated throughout all subject areas. The full program is offered from grades 1 to 9, with an optional class available in high school.

 

Special needs

There are a number of strong programs specifically geared to helping students with special needs. For more information, please contact Sandra Brenneis, director, learning support, at 780-939-4341.

 

Advanced placement

An advanced curriculum is offered to high school students who wish to focus on academics and prepare for university.

 

Paving Health Pathways

Paving Health Pathways allows high school students to work toward post-secondary certification in health occupations including health care, day care and sports medicine.


Green Certificate

For high school students interested in agriculture business, the Green Certificate program offers courses on field crops, bee keeping and much more.

 

Registered Apprenticeship Program

The innovative Registered Apprenticeship Program allows high school students to begin apprenticeship training as early as Grade 10, earning credit toward both a high school diploma and an apprenticeship program at the same time.

 

Career and Technology Studies

Offered at each high school, career and technology studies courses provide specialized knowledge and hands-on experience in areas students may wish to pursue after graduation. Subjects include communication technology, cosmetology, construction, design studies, fashion studies, foods and more.

 

Knowledge and Employability

The Knowledge and Employability program is designed for junior and high school students who are interested in a vocational career or require additional support to meet the curriculum.

 

Outreach learning

An alternate high school program outside of a traditional school setting is offered at two outreach learning centres, one located in Morinville and one located in Gibbons.

  


Francophone schools in St. Albert


St. Albert now has two francophone schools: École la Mission (K-6) and École Alexandre-Taché (7-12). Please contact the school principal to find out whether your child is eligible for francophone education according to section 23 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These publicly-funded Catholic schools offer a rich academic program in accordance with the curriculum set out by Alberta Education, operated by a francophone school board Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord.


École la Mission is an elementary school with a sports academy, full-time kindergarten (full day, every day), a preschool and day-care program, as well as before/after school care. Established in 1995 with a new school built in 2003, École la Mission is located at 46 Heritage Dr. School boundaries include the city of St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and portions of Sturgeon County.


École Alexandre-Taché is a junior/senior high school. Established in 2009, École Alexandre-Taché is located in the renovated Youville Centre at 9B St. Vital Ave. School boundaries include the city of St. Albert, Sturgeon County, Morinville, Legal, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and north Edmonton. A new school will be built on the Erin Ridge school site and will open in September 2016.


Transportation is free for all students within the designated zone. For more information, contact Claude Viel, principal at École la Mission: 780-459-9568 (lm.centrenord.ab.ca) or Marcel Ouellette, principal at École Alexandre-Taché: 780-458-4878 (at.centrenord.ab.ca).

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