Grades 1-12

Registration Requirements

  • In Alberta, Grade 1 is required. Kindergarten is not required to attend Grade 1. Different Grade 1 start options depend on a student’s age and birthdate.
    • A student who is 4 years old on September 1 may not start Grade 1 that school year (irrespective of the student’s birthdate and even if the student has already attended kindergarten).
    • A student who is 5 years old on September 1 and will turn 6 years old after December 31 of that school year may not start Grade 1 that school year (even if the student has already attended kindergarten).
    • A student who is 5 years old on September 1 and will turn 6 years old on or before December 31 of that school year may start Grade 1 that school year.
    • A student who is 6 years old on September 1 and has not already attended Grade 1 must start Grade 1 that school year (even if the student has never attended kindergarten).
  • A student who has attended kindergarten must advance to Grade 1 the next school year unless we approve a specific exemption. Similarly, a student who has attended Grade 1 must advance to Grade 2 the next school year (even if the student could otherwise start Grade 1 a second time because of the student’s age and birthdate).
  • Please contact the school in your attendance area to register for Grade 1. The school will require you to provide a copy of your student’s birth certificate and proof of your address. The school will also request you to provide a copy of your student’s or your Catholic baptismal certificate if applicable.
  • Parents of Catholic students who live inside a school’s attendance area and are already enrolled in kindergarten do not need to re-register their students for Grade 1 in the same school. Parents of non-Catholic students and students who live outside a school’s attendance area may need to re-register their students for Grade 1 because we cannot guarantee kindergarten to Grade 1 advancement in the same school for non-Catholic students and students who live outside the school’s attendance area.

Registration for Non-Catholic Students

We are pleased to enroll non-Catholic students in our schools when we have sufficient resources and facilities to do so. Parents of non-Catholic students should understand that we are required to prioritize the enrolment of Catholic students each school year. This means that we cannot guarantee the advancement of non-Catholic students from one grade to the next in the same school or from elementary to junior high and high school.

Language Programs

Parents can register students in French Immersion or Spanish Bilingual in Grade 1 or upon successful completion of a language proficiency exam. Visit our Languages page for program information.