School Choice

Public and Separate Schools

Every individual who at September 1 in a year is 6 years of age or older and younger than 19 years of age and is a Canadian citizen, admitted to Canada for permanent residence, child of a Canadian citizen, or child of an individual admitted to Canada for permanent or temporary residence is entitled to have access in that school year to an education program in accordance with the School Act. In Alberta, this universally accessible education is provided through public schools, which are operated by public school boards, and overseen by the Government of Alberta.

Alberta’s public schools teach the Alberta curriculum and may select optional programs as required to meet the unique needs of their students and communities.

Establishing a Separate School District

The right of the religious minority, either Protestant or Roman Catholic, to establish a separate school district is enshrined in legislation.  The Government has made a commitment to have one publicly funded system of education with two dimensions, the public schools and the separate schools.  The purpose of this information package is to inform separate school electors of the process available to them when establishing a separate school district.

Prescribed Forms

The following eight prescribed forms must be completed entirely and accurately to validate the establishment process.

Prescribed Forms for Establishing a Separate School District:

Many of Alberta’s schools, public and otherwise, have their own websites: Alberta Schools Online