The Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) is the largest Catholic school district in Alberta, serving over 56,000 students in 115 schools located in Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, Chestermere and the Municipal District of Rocky View. CCSD educates and empowers students from kindergarten to Grade 12 through its mission of Living and Learning in our Catholic Faith.
CCSD is a publicly-funded Catholic school district. We are committed to providing a high quality Catholic education that allows our students to achieve their full potential and to become lifelong learners. The province of Alberta conducts testing each year to determine how students are performing academically. CCSD students consistently show a strong performance in these provincial examinations, demonstrating our district’s commitment to academic excellence.
Our teaching staff is held to high professional standards and must hold valid teaching authority prior to commencement of employment with the school district. The rigorous certification process for our teachers requires four years of university education and a recognized degree.
CCSD has a total of 115 schools, of which 13 are high schools that offer grades 10, 11 and 12. As is normal practice for schools in Canada, our school calendar begins in September and goes until June. Students have the months of July and August off for summer holidays.
International students would attend one of our high schools that are located in various communities across Calgary. All schools offer a wide variety of courses and follow the same Provincial curriculum requirements to achieve a high school diploma. In addition, several schools offer curriculum to achieve an International Baccalaureate as well as Advanced Placement.
Our high schools are modern learning environments that allow students to properly prepare to enter post-secondary institutions following graduation. Each high school has a unique design and layout, but all are equipped with computer laboratories, science laboratories, gymnasium facilities, outdoor sports and recreation facilities, art rooms, a library and a variety of additional amenities to suit student learning needs. Students are not required to wear a uniform.
Following is a list of CCSD high schools that international students may attend: