All Calgary Catholic School District elementary schools offer a half-day kindergarten program. Depending on total kindergarten enrolment, schools may offer a choice of morning or afternoon classes on a first-come, first-served basis. 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. For example, this means to register for kindergarten in September 2017, a child must turn four years old on or before March 1, 2017. Your child’s birth certificate is required at the time of registration. Contact your local elementary school for more information.
Grades 1 – 12
A child who turns five years old on or before March 1 is eligible to register for Grade 1 in that fall of that same calendar year. For example, this means to register for Grade 1 in September 2017, children must turn five years old on or before March 1, 2017. The child’s birth certificate is required and one parent’s Catholic baptismal certificate is requested to be presented at the time of registration. Resident Catholic students transitioning from kindergarten to Grade 1 in the same school do not need to re-register for Grade 1. Non-resident students need to inquire with the principal of the school to determine if they will be able to register for Grade 1 based on available room and resources. Parents/legal guardians of students not previously registered at any grade level should call the school for an appointment to register.
The Calgary Catholic School District has designated attendance areas for all schools. CCSD uses attendance areas strategically to ensure optimal student populations that support viable programming across the district. It is the expectation that students will attend their designated school. Please be aware that school attendance areas can and do change to accommodate factors including changing demographic information, the opening or closing of a school, to relieve overcrowding in schools, etc.
New Students to Canada
Students who are born outside of Canada register through the St. John Reception Centre. It is located at 15-12 Street NW and the phone number is 403-500-2007. Students whose first language is not English may be required to complete an English language proficiency assessment. District interpreter services for this appointment are available upon request at no cost to the family. Please indicate if you require an interpreter when booking your appointment.
Families arriving during the summer are encouraged to make an appointment as soon as possible. To book an appointment please call 403-500-2007.
St. John Reception Centre Brochure
St. John Reception Centre Map
Language Program Registration
Children may enter any one of our language programs in kindergarten or Grade 1. No background in the language is necessary to enter our programs.
Early French Immersion program
International Spanish Academy
Italian Language and Culture
Currently two elementary schools and two junior high schools offer a modified calendar. Kindergarten and Grade 1 entry are available at Monsignor Neville Anderson School and Our Lady of Fatima School. Father Scollen School and St. Joseph School offer dual track programming in Grades 7 to 9.
Diverse Learning Needs
Students with diverse learning needs should register at their local school, which is a parent/legal guardian’s first contact for specialized programming information, support and consultation.
It is in the best interests of students to transfer at the end of a school year. Students who transfer into a school mid year or, mid semester may be disadvantaged for several reasons:
- The courses they want may be full or not offered
- It may be too late to receive credits in a course
- The order and pacing of outcomes varies
- Schools may have organizational differences, for instance, quarter systems
- Special education opportunities vary
- Specialty programs vary (e.g. IB program or AP program)
Should a transfer be unavoidable, please begin the transfer by contacting your current school. Next make a call to the designated school to schedule an appointment. The following documentation must be presented prior to formal registration:
- Child’s birth certificate
- Proof of address (utility bill/offer to purchase, etc.)
- Recent transcript/report card
- A Roman Catholic Baptismal certificate (for child or one parent) is requested to be presented at the time of registration
Foreign born students, new to our district, will need to schedule an appointment at the St. John Reception Centre (403-500-2007) and present appropriate documentation. If applicable, ELL level and assistance will be determined at that point.
Returning Grade 12s
Consistent with its authority under Section 45(4) of the School Act, the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) identifies St. Anne Academic Centre as the designated high school to which students requesting a fourth year of high school in the district are directed. St. Anne Academic Centre provides direct instruction classes, self-directed studies, on-line learning opportunities, work experience and apprenticeship programming, and home schooling options for students. Students must be under the age of 20 by September 1st of the year they seek enrolment at St. Anne. Recognizing individual differences, St. Anne strives to meet the needs of students with flexibility and innovation in a safe and nurturing environment that provides individualized support for each student.
All fourth year high school students are expected to attend St. Anne Academic Centre if they wish to enroll in an additional year. However, when a returning Grade 12 student has been involved in and can benefit from the continuation of specialized programming, a student’s local school, in consultation with Calgary Catholic’s Instructional Services Department, may develop an alternative plan to meet the student’s needs through continuation at their local high school.
The option to remain for a fourth year at a student’s local high school is only available in specific circumstances. The opportunity to remain at the local high school is granted at the sole discretion of the Calgary Catholic School District. Students access this option through an application process determined at the local school level. The development of a plan for student success during a fourth year may involve: continuation of specialized programming; the use of a contract or specific instructional plan; the development of a collaborative Individual Program Plan (IPP); articulation of clear expectations, including processes for direction to other district programs, including St. Anne when necessary.
The Calgary Catholic School District offers high school courses during the summer to any student under 20 years of age (as of September 1, 2016), including students completing Grade 9 in June 2016. Students can take up to eight credits in summer school that can include one direct-instruction course and/or a combination of online courses. Visit our Summer School page for more information.
Special Program Registration
The Calgary Catholic School District is pleased to offer numerous program options that meet the specific needs of a wide cross-section of students. Most programs are available to students in all four quadrants of Calgary. Visit our Program section for details.