A huge part of raising your family is the education you’re able to provide for your children. You want to put them in a position to succeed in their studies and feel as if they’re ready to take on the world. Undoubtedly, the school that you enroll them in plays a part in that. Therefore, it is important to consider your options when deciding where to move within Calgary.
As someone who lives in NW Calgary, works in NW Calgary, and is always helping people move to NW Calgary, I always have clients asking me: “Hey Errol, what are the schools like there? What are my kids options?”
These are questions I asked myself when deciding which Calgary neighbourhood was the best fit for my kids, and something I pride on knowing for my clients.
I’ve compiled a really brief overview of some of the options available to families, and you can always call me for more details and insight.
It’s never too early to begin getting your children involved in early childhood education. Fortunately, families in NW Calgary have a couple options. Parents can choose from institutions like Kaliedoscope Kids or Shining Wonders Montessori Preschool and Childcare to give their children a solid foundation that they can continue to build upon in elementary school and beyond.
Families in NW Calgary have quite a few options in terms of Elementary schools. But the thing is, each neighbourhood has its own school that caters to the immediate community. For instance, in Tuscany, Elementary school kids can attend:
Tuscany School (K-3)
Further to the south, families can send their children to this Bowness elementary school:
Belvedere Parkway School (K-6)
In Silver Springs, just east of Tuscany, many parents opt to send their kids to because of their Spanish immersion program, a rare aspect of Calgary elementary schools:
W.O. Mitchell School (K-6)
And in Scenic Acres, parents are able to enroll their children in this elementary school that shares its name with the neighbourhood:
Scenic Acres (K-4)
I should also mention Rundle College (K-12) is a private school that tends to students from Kindergarten all the way to Grade 12. The school has a few different campuses with Rundle College Primary teaching K-3, Rundle College Elementary teaching Grade 4 to 6 students, and their Junior and Senior High taking care of Grade 7 to 12 students.
There are a number of Catholic Elementary schools in NW Calgary that are servicing the community as well. Unlike some of the Elementary schools, most of the Catholic schools teach from Kindergarten through to Grade 9.
Families living in Tuscany are currently serviced by:
In the Silver Springs Neighbourhood, kids are able to enroll in:
St. Sylvester (K-6)
In Arbour Lake, the kids are in for a treat with their school being right across from the lake that this neighbourhood is named after:
St. Ambrose (K-9)
If you’re raising your kids to be bi-lingual, Madeleine d’Houet School (7-9) is one your family should definitely know about. It never hurts to have another language in your back pocket!
The High School that one attends is pretty important because of its ability to provide options upon completion. Families in NW Calgary have a couple of High Schools to choose from, both being within reach of the NW Calgary neighbourhoods:
Bowness High School (10-12)
Robert Thirsk High School (10-12)
In terms of Catholic High Schools, there aren’t really any that are actually in NW Calgary but that doesn’t mean that teens don’t have the option of still enrolling in this type of school. Because the schools aren’t confined to NW Calgary, they often hold seminars in Catholic elementary schools. In them, they present the options available to students and families so they can decide which one works best for their child:
St. Francis High School (10-12)
When it comes to pursuing a higher education, young adults are in luck. For those opting to live at home, save some money, and enjoy some home cooked meals rather than resorting to ramen, they can choose from one of two schools.
Columbia College is located in NE Calgary so it’s a bit of a trek to get there but it’s definitely their best option if they’re inclined to applied learning. Many of the programs here last two years. After which, students are presented with a choice. One is continuing their education in a University setting by selecting a major and earning a degree through two more years of school. The other is going on to enter the work force, which for most is why they enroll in school to begin with!
The University of Calgary is a post-secondary institution recognized across Canada for everything from economics to engineering and from business to biology. As mentioned, many of the people who attend Columbia go on to further pursue their studies here. It’s located on the periphery of the city centre and is only a short ride in from your NW Calgary home.
If you wish to learn any more about the schooling options available in NW Calgary, feel free to contact me directly via the information below. I’ll be happy to let you know what schools are available to you and your family when living here.
Direct: (403) 463-7765