Are students able to start classes at anytime during the school year?

No. Elementary and junior high international students can only have a September start date. Senior high international students may start classes in September or Semester 2 in February. We will start accepting applications for all grade levels for a September start date in February whereas for a Semester 2 start date for senior high students, applications will be accepted in October.

When is the application deadline?

*Applications may be returned if received after the deadline.
*Check the student visa processing times on the immigration website prior to submitting the application.

How will a high school be chosen for my child?

A school will be selected based on space, your child’s needs and program availability. Typically, your child will attend the school located closest to where he/she will be staying.

How do I apply for a study permit for my child?

To be able to study in Canada for longer than 6 months, your child must have a valid study permit before coming to Canada. You can apply for this permit at the Canadian embassy in your country. The embassy will need to see your child’s letter of acceptance from the school along with other documentation. Please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada for more details.

Can my high school child work with a study permit?

By law, international students are not permitted any type of employment with their study permits.

Does my child need health insurance while staying in Canada?

All students will require health insurance coverage that they will purchase through Calgary Catholic School District's insurance provider only. Costs will be $50 a month up to a maximum $500 for a year or $300.00 for one semester. Visit the health insurance coverage page to find out more information in your preferred language.

What information do I need in order to pay the tuition fees by wire transfer?

We accept wire transfers to pay for tuition fees. Please contact international@cssd.ab.ca for detailed information

What is the refund/withdrawal policy for the program?
  • Full refund (less application fee) if Study Permit application is not approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (a copy of the rejection letter must be submitted with the refund request).
  • Two-thirds (2/3) of the tuition will be refunded if a student withdraws prior to the commencement of the program (as per the start date on the letter of acceptance).
  • Refund policy for parents obtaining a work permit:
    - Full refund less $250.00 administration fee will be granted if the work permit information is presented at the Catholic School Centre (1000 – 5th Avenue SW) prior to September 30th. After September 30th no refund will be granted under any circumstances.
  • No refunds will be issued once the program has commenced (as per the start date on the letter of acceptance).
  • Tuition will not be refunded if a student is found to be in violation of the conditions as outlined in the Student Participation Agreement or is withdrawn from a Calgary Catholic school for any reason.
  • The $250 application fee in non-refundable.
  • Refund can only be given to the original payor in the same method as fees were paid.

What is the refund/withdrawal policy for homestay?
  • The placement fee is non-refundable.
  • Two-thirds (2/3) of the pre-paid first month will be refunded should students withdraw before the commencement of the program.
  • Custodianship fee will be refunded if visa is denied. A copy of the rejection letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada must be submitted with the refund request.
  • Custodianship fee will not be refunded if the student withdraws for any reason after the program has commenced (as per the start date on the Letter of Acceptance).
How long does it take for my child to receive an Alberta High School Diploma?

Senior high school in Alberta consists of grades 10, 11 and 12. To qualify for an Alberta High School Diploma, the student must successfully complete a minimum of 100 credits from the required and optional courses offered at the high school level. Typically students will take three to four years to complete their high school education, depending on how well they do academically. Another factor to consider is your child’s level of English which might also lengthen the time needed to obtain their Alberta High School Diploma. Our students participate in Religion 35 prior to receiving a high school diploma.

Does an Alberta High School Diploma allow my child to attend university anywhere in North America?

In Canada our quality of education is high. If your child performs well academically in a Calgary Catholic senior high school and receives an Alberta High School Diploma, they will qualify for entrance to most post-secondary institutions in Canada and the United States.

Will the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) accept my child’s high school courses from our local school?

The CCSD will evaluate your child’s transcripts and, if the courses he/she completed are equivalent to high school courses here, he/she will be granted credit for those that are required for an Alberta High School Diploma.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are students able to start classes at anytime during the school year?

No. Elementary and junior high international students can only have a September start date. Senior high international students may start classes in September or Semester 2 in February. We will start accepting applications for all grade levels for a September start date in February whereas for a Semester 2 start date for senior high students, applications will be accepted in October.

When is the application deadline?

*Applications may be returned if received after the deadline.
*Check the student visa processing times on the immigration website prior to submitting the application.

How will a high school be chosen for my child?

A school will be selected based on space, your child’s needs and program availability. Typically, your child will attend the school located closest to where he/she will be staying.

How do I apply for a study permit for my child?

To be able to study in Canada for longer than 6 months, your child must have a valid study permit before coming to Canada. You can apply for this permit at the Canadian embassy in your country. The embassy will need to see your child’s letter of acceptance from the school along with other documentation. Please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada for more details.

Can my high school child work with a study permit?

By law, international students are not permitted any type of employment with their study permits.

Does my child need health insurance while staying in Canada?

All students will require health insurance coverage that they will purchase through Calgary Catholic School District's insurance provider only. Costs will be $50 a month up to a maximum $500 for a year or $300.00 for one semester. Visit the health insurance coverage page to find out more information in your preferred language.

What information do I need in order to pay the tuition fees by wire transfer?

We accept wire transfers to pay for tuition fees. Please contact international@cssd.ab.ca for detailed information

What is the refund/withdrawal policy for the program?
  • Full refund (less application fee) if Study Permit application is not approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (a copy of the rejection letter must be submitted with the refund request).
  • Two-thirds (2/3) of the tuition will be refunded if a student withdraws prior to the commencement of the program (as per the start date on the letter of acceptance).
  • Refund policy for parents obtaining a work permit:
    - Full refund less $250.00 administration fee will be granted if the work permit information is presented at the Catholic School Centre (1000 – 5th Avenue SW) prior to September 30th. After September 30th no refund will be granted under any circumstances.
  • No refunds will be issued once the program has commenced (as per the start date on the letter of acceptance).
  • Tuition will not be refunded if a student is found to be in violation of the conditions as outlined in the Student Participation Agreement or is withdrawn from a Calgary Catholic school for any reason.
  • The $250 application fee in non-refundable.
  • Refund can only be given to the original payor in the same method as fees were paid.

What is the refund/withdrawal policy for homestay?
  • The placement fee is non-refundable.
  • Two-thirds (2/3) of the pre-paid first month will be refunded should students withdraw before the commencement of the program.
  • Custodianship fee will be refunded if visa is denied. A copy of the rejection letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada must be submitted with the refund request.
  • Custodianship fee will not be refunded if the student withdraws for any reason after the program has commenced (as per the start date on the Letter of Acceptance).
How long does it take for my child to receive an Alberta High School Diploma?

Senior high school in Alberta consists of grades 10, 11 and 12. To qualify for an Alberta High School Diploma, the student must successfully complete a minimum of 100 credits from the required and optional courses offered at the high school level. Typically students will take three to four years to complete their high school education, depending on how well they do academically. Another factor to consider is your child’s level of English which might also lengthen the time needed to obtain their Alberta High School Diploma. Our students participate in Religion 35 prior to receiving a high school diploma.

Does an Alberta High School Diploma allow my child to attend university anywhere in North America?

In Canada our quality of education is high. If your child performs well academically in a Calgary Catholic senior high school and receives an Alberta High School Diploma, they will qualify for entrance to most post-secondary institutions in Canada and the United States.

Will the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) accept my child’s high school courses from our local school?

The CCSD will evaluate your child’s transcripts and, if the courses he/she completed are equivalent to high school courses here, he/she will be granted credit for those that are required for an Alberta High School Diploma.

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