The Calgary Catholic School District offers kindergarten programming within a faith-based learning environment.
Parents and children will experience a Catholic educational setting which focuses on:
- Creating a school community that gives witness to the teaching of Jesus and celebrates diversity, inclusion and the permeation of Catholic values throughout all curricular areas
- Children being valued as precious gifts of God who are encouraged to reach their fullest potential
- Learning experiences designed to be developmentally appropriate in order to meet the diverse needs of children
Calgary Catholic welcomes families into the school community and recognizes that parents are the primary educators in faith. Kindergarten children will have opportunities for expressing lived faith through school based social justice and service opportunities.
Registration is ongoing throughout the school year. A child who turns four years old on or before March 1 is eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall of that same calendar year. The child’s birth certificate should be presented at the time of registration. Contact your local elementary school for more information. All families are encouraged to inquire.
Young children benefit from programs that provide opportunities for organized activities and purposeful play through which children explore the world around them. Alberta Education defines instructional time for kindergarten as the “time where direct child-teacher interaction and supervision are maintained.” Kindergarten students are provided with a minimum of 475 instructional hours each school year. The following 10 guiding principles provide a framework for kindergarten programming:
- Childhoods differ depending on social and cultural circumstances
- Children’s development is influenced but not determined by their early experiences
- Children interact and learn in a variety of contexts
- Children are co-constructors of knowledge and partners in learning
- Children are unique and active contributors to their learning
- Children construct and represent knowledge in a variety of ways
- Children are citizens and active participants in school and society
- Children are active collaborators in and users of assessment
- Children may require specialized programming and supports to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that prepare them for later learning
- Children and their families may need coordinated community services to meet their needs.
CCSD Kindergarten Brochure
In addition, there are seven learning areas within the Kindergarten Program Statement. Although these align with the K-9 curriculum for Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Health, Physical Education and Fine Arts, there is an emphasis on creating learning environments that respond to the needs of young children, their diverse backgrounds and their learning pathways.
- Early Literacy
- Early Numeracy
- Citizenship and Identity
- Environment and Community Awareness
- Personal and Social Responsibility
- Physical Skills and Well-Being
- Creative Expression
The Calgary Catholic School District is proud to meet the unique needs of its students by offering a wide range of educational options and alternative programs.
Children with special education needs should register at their local school.
English Language Learners
Calgary Catholic provides support to students in kindergarten to Grade 12 who have a first language other than English. Students who are born outside of Canada register through the St. John Reception Centre even if they have attended school elsewhere in Alberta or Canada.
As our environments are becoming increasingly multi-cultural, it is beneficial for students to learn a second language. Learning a second language greatly contributes to a student’s educational experiences, personal growth and development of higher level thinking skills. A variety of our elementary schools are proud to offer students one of the following language programs:
Early French Immersion Schools
Blessed Mother Teresa (K-Gr. 6)
Holy Name (K-Gr. 6)
Our Lady Queen of Peace (K-Gr. 8)
St. Cecilia (K-Gr. 6)
St. Gerard (K-Gr. 6)
St. Luke (K-Gr. 6)
St. Pius X (K-Gr. 6)
St. Rose of Lima (K- Gr.9)
St. Sylvester (K-Gr. 6)
CCSD French Immersion Handbook for Parents
Italian Language and Culture
St. Alphonsus (K-Gr. 9)
St. Maria Goretti (K-Gr. 6)
St. Benedict (K-Gr.6)
St. John Paul II (K-Gr.6)
St. Margaret (K-Gr.9)
No previous background in the language is necessary to enter the program. For more information about these programs, contact the school or call 403-500-2000.
Currently two elementary schools offer a modified calendar. Kindergarten and Grade 1 entry are available at:
Monsignor Neville Anderson (K-6)
Our Lady of Fatima (K-6)
Preparing for School
Starting school is a major event in your child’s life. It is very exciting and it can also produce some anxiety. Help your child adjust to kindergarten by:
- Visiting the school and playing on the playground before school begins so that it becomes a familiar environment
- Setting up nighttime and morning routines like establishing a consistent bedtime or putting the backpack by the door so your child does not feel rushed or anxious
- Encouraging your child to be independent so they will feel successful as they complete tasks on their own
- Reading to your child everyday helps develop their language skills while strengthening the family connectivity
Some reading suggestions are:
- Franklin Goes to School, by Paulette Bourgeois
- Look out Kindergarten, Here I Come, by Nancy Carlson
- Wemberly Worries, by Kevin Henkes
- Sheila Rae the Brave, by Kevin Henkes
- A Bad Case of the Stripes, by David Shannon
My 1st Ride
For young elementary students who have never been on a school bus, waiting for a bus on their first day can be an overwhelming experience. My 1st Ride is a free program designed to educate parents and kindergarten children about riding the school bus safely. Sessions consist of a 20 minute My 1st Ride” PowerPoint Presentation on bus safety and a special School Bus Safety DVD presentation for the children. These presentations are followed by a “First Ride” on a bus and conclude with receiving safety handouts, snacks and school board busing information. For more information, visit our Transportation section.
My 1st Ride Powerpoint Presentation