Eligibility & Registration
The Education Act and School Transportation Regulation require us to provide transportation for students who meet certain criteria. Additionally, we have decided to provide transportation for students who meet other criteria. This page explains which students are eligible to receive transportation.
Eligibility for transportation to and from a school often depends on the location of a student’s residence relative to the school and the school’s regular attendance area or Program of Choice attendance area. Most schools have a regular attendance area, and some schools have both a regular attendance area and a Program of Choice attendance area. A school that offers only Programs of Choice (and no regular education program) has only a Program of Choice attendance area and no regular attendance area.
Kindergarten and Elementary Students
A student enrolled in kindergarten or elementary school (Grades 1 to 6) is eligible to receive transportation if the student meets all the following criteria:
- the student is enrolled in the school
- the student resides inside the City of Calgary
- the student resides inside the school’s regular attendance area or Program of Choice attendance area
- the student resides at least a certain distance from the school, as specified in our annual Fee and Rebate Schedule.
Please complete Form 560-1 if your child meets all the criteria above and you wish to apply for transportation. Please hand deliver or email the completed form to your child’s school.
Kindergarten to Grade 6 students are eligible for transportation when they live further than 1.2 km from their designated school. Check your address at the school with the transportation walk limit map. When numbers warrant, morning and afternoon charter transportation (and noon service for kindergarten children) will be provided for kindergarten to Grade 6 students who are required to travel outside their community to their designated school.
Students enrolled in Programs of Choice
A student who is enrolled in a Program of Choice may be eligible to receive transportation. Currently, students enrolled in only the following Programs of Choice are eligible to receive transportation:
- Elementary School French Immersion
- Elementary School Spanish Bilingual
- Elementary School Fine Arts
A student enrolled in a Program of Choice listed above must reside in the applicable Program of Choice attendance area to be eligible to receive transportation.
Students outside their Attendance Areas
A student who is enrolled in a school and resides in neither the school’s regular attendance area nor the school’s Program of Choice attendance area is generally not eligible to receive any transportation unless the student’s parent conveys the student to a pre-existing charter bus stop and a seat is available on the charter bus. Please contact your child’s school if you have questions about this option.