Our Students, Our Future
This publication explains the ABCs of the school system in Alberta: its goals, various levels of responsibility, funding, public and private schooling, academic core and optional programs, home education, testing, high school diploma requirements, programs for students with special needs, and programs for students from other countries. It also covers such basics as school entrance age, the length of the school year, holidays, school fees and bussing.This guide is useful for parents, providing them with the information they may need to make the best educational choices for their children. Alberta today offers more schooling options than ever before. The opportunity for choice reflects the Alberta government’s commitment to quality education — the solid foundation every child needs to learn, grow and succeed.
Our Students, our future is intended to serve as a general introduction to education in Alberta from kindergarten to grade 12. More detailed information on specific areas or programs can be obtained from other, complementary resources published by Alberta Learning.
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Table of Contents:
I. Alberta's Commitment
Universal Public Education; Key Principles
II. Partners in Education
Roles and Responsibilities
III. Fair and Equitable Funding
Education Property Taxes
IV. Opportunities for Choice in Education
Public Education System; Private Schools; Board Responsibilities and Parent Choice
V: Out-of-Province Students
Transfers from Other Provinces and Countries; International Students
VI: A Solid Foundation
Provincial Co-operation; Basic Programs; The School Year; Other Programs; Students with Special Needs
VII: Preparing Students for the Future
Technology Learning; Career and Technology Studies (CTS); Off-Campus Education; Outreach Programs
VIII: Meeting High Standards
High School Graduation requirements; Diploma Exams; Provincial Achievement Tests; Report Cards; National & International Achievement Testing
IX: Quality Teaching