The Government of Alberta recognizes that parents have the right to choose a private school for their children and has provided financial support for private schools since 1967. There are over 250 private schools and private Early Childhood Service providers in Alberta.
The School Act, Section 28, authorizes two kinds of private schools to operate in Alberta: registered private schools and accredited private schools.
Registered private schools, defined under Section 28(1) of the School Act, meet the basic registration requirements established by the Minister, are not eligible for Alberta Education funding, are not required to teach the Alberta Programs of Study but are required to have outcomes consistent with The Ministerial Order on Student Learning (Ministerial Order 001/2013) and their instructors are not required to have Alberta Teaching Certificates.
Accredited Private Schools are accredited by the Minister under section 28(2) of the School Act. These private schools seek additional recognition beyond basic registration to receive accredited status. All accredited non-funded private schools must enroll seven or more students from two or more families. There are three categories of accredited private schools.
Heritage Language Schools offer programming for students in Early Childhood Services to Grade 12. Heritage language schools may use Alberta Education approved courses to offer the eight provincially developed international language programs. Funding may be provided through the Credit Enrolment Unit (CEU) funding system for these provincially authorized courses or via Alberta Education approved Locally Developed/Authorized high school courses.