Edmonton Public Schools

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Edmonton Public Schools
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1 Kingsway Avenue
, Alberta, T5H 4G9
Coordinates53°33′17″N 113°29′45″W / 53.55472°N 113.49583°W / 53.55472; -113.49583Coordinates: 53°33′17″N 113°29′45″W / 53.55472°N 113.49583°W / 53.55472; -113.49583
District information
SuperintendentDarrel Robertson
Chair of the boardMichelle Draper
BudgetCA$1.161 Billion (2017)[2]
Students and staff
Students100,185 (2017/18)[1]
Other information
Elected trusteesCheryl Johner, Ward A
Michelle Draper, Ward B
Shelagh Dunn, Ward C
Trisha Estabrooks, Ward D
Ken Gibson, Ward E
Michael Janz, Ward F
Bridget Stirling, Ward G
Nathan Ip, Ward H
Sherry Adams, Ward I

Edmonton Public Schools (formally Edmonton School District No. 7) is the largest public school district in Edmonton, the second largest in Alberta, and the sixth largest in Canada. The district offers a variety of alternative and special needs programs, and many are offered in multiple locations to improve accessibility for students. As a public system, Edmonton Public Schools accepts all students who meet age and residency requirements.


Edmonton Public Schools operates over 200 schools.[3] The proposed operating budget is $1.161 billion for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.[2] There is a total of 124 elementary schools, 26 elementary/junior high schools, 6 elementary/junior/senior high schools, 27 junior high schools, 3 junior/senior highs, 13 senior high schools, and over 30 other educational programs are offered.[4]

Over 98,000 students attend Edmonton Public Schools and there are over 7,000 full-time staff equivalencies.[5]


A group of nine elected trustees sit on the Board of Trustees for Edmonton Public Schools. Each trustee represents one ward in the city. They are elected every four years, in the regular municipal election. In the election, Edmonton voters can only vote for a trustee to one (not both) of the two main school boards. The last election was held in October 16, 2017. The public and Catholic systems operate independently of each other, and are both under the direct authority of the provincial government of Alberta.


Edmonton's first schoolhouse was built in 1881. The wooden frame building is situated on the same grounds as historic McKay Avenue School. Known now as the 1881 Schoolhouse, it was the first free public school in Alberta. While in use, until 1904, it sometimes served as a courthouse and meeting hall. Also a Provincial Historic Resource, the little school was restored as an Edmonton Public Schools' centennial project in 1982 and moved up from its river valley home of many years to within a few hundred meters of its original location.[6]

Edmonton Public Schools Archives and Museum[edit]

Edmonton Public Schools Archives and Museum is located in historic McKay Avenue School. The building's cornerstone was laid in 1904 by the Governor General of Canada, Lord Minto. The year 1904 marked the beginning of an important new era of growth and prosperity in Alberta, and the building was designed to reflect this importance and inspire awe and grandeur. The design included unique features such as the Ionic Romanesque pillared entranceways.

McKay Avenue School served as the site of the first two sessions of the Alberta Legislature (1906 and 1907). It was in the third floor Assembly Hall that the important decision was made to make Edmonton the capital of Alberta.

McKay Avenue School was designated a Provincial Historic Resource in 1976. The venerable brick building had played an important role in the educational, social and political development of Edmonton and Alberta, but when in 1983 the enrollment fell to a low of 59 students the school was closed. At that time, in recognition of its importance in the early history of Edmonton and of Alberta, a history-conscious school board made a momentous decision:McKay Avenue School would be preserved to reflect the school district's past and to pass its history on to future generations.[6]

Site-Based Decision Making[edit]

Edmonton Public Schools pioneered the concept of site-based decision making (decentralization) in Canada. Site-based decision making gives principals, who are ultimately responsible for everything that goes on in their schools, the authority, the financial resources and the flexibility to make decisions based on the individual needs of their schools.

In 1976, the district initiated a pilot project in seven of its schools and in 1980 had expanded the concept to all of its schools. Today, school-based management is functioning successfully in other educational jurisdictions across Canada.[7]


  • A. Blair McPherson School
  • Abbott School
  • Academy at King Edward School
  • Afton School
  • Alberta School for the Deaf
  • Aldergrove School
  • Allendale School
  • Amiskwaciy Academy
  • Argyll Centre
  • Athlone School
  • Avalon School
  • Avonmore School
  • Balwin School
  • Bannerman School
  • Baturyn School
  • Beacon Heights School
  • Belgravia School
  • Belmead School
  • Belmont School
  • Belvedere School
  • Bessie Nichols School
  • Bisset School
  • Braemar School
  • Brander Gardens School
  • Brightview School
  • Britannia School
  • Brookside School
  • Caernarvon School
  • Calder School
  • Callingwood School
  • Centennial School
  • Centre High Campus
  • Clara Tyner School
  • Constable Daniel Woodall School
  • Coronation School
  • Crawford Plains School
  • Crestwood School
  • D. S. MacKenzie School
  • Daly Grove School
  • Dan Knott School
  • David Thomas King School
  • Delton School
  • Delwood School
  • Dickinsfield School
  • Donald R. Getty School
  • Donnan School
  • Dovercourt School
  • Dr. Donald Massey School
  • Dr. Lila Fahlman School
  • Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour School
  • Duggan School
  • Dunluce School
  • Earl Buxton School
  • Eastglen School
  • Edith Rogers School
  • Edmonton Christian High School
  • Edmonton Christian Northeast School
  • Edmonton Christian West School
  • Ekota School
  • Elizabeth Finch School
  • Ellerslie Campus
  • Elmwood School
  • Esther Starkman School
  • Evansdale School
  • Florence Hallock School
  • Forest Heights School
  • Fraser School
  • Garneau School
  • George H. Luck School
  • George P. Nicholson School
  • Glendale School
  • Glengarry School
  • Glenora School
  • Gold Bar School
  • Grace Martin School
  • Grandview Heights School
  • Greenfield School
  • Greenview School
  • Grovenor School
  • Hardisty School
  • Harry Ainlay School
  • Hazeldean School
  • Highlands School
  • Hillcrest School
  • Hillview School
  • Hilwie Hamdon School
  • Holyrood School
  • Homesteader School
  • Horse Hill School
  • Inglewood School
  • Ivor Dent School
  • J. Percy Page School
  • J. A. Fife School
  • Jackson Heights School
  • James Gibbons School
  • Jan Reimer School
  • Jasper Place School
  • John A. McDougall School
  • John Barnett School
  • John D. Bracco School
  • Johnny Bright School
  • Julia Kiniski School
  • Kameyosek School
  • Kate Chegwin School
  • Keheewin School
  • Kenilworth School
  • Kensington School
  • Kildare School
  • Killarney School
  • Kim Hung School
  • King Edward School
  • Kirkness School
  • L. Y. Cairns School
  • Lago Lindo School
  • Lansdowne School
  • LaPerle School
  • Lauderdale School
  • Laurier Heights School
  • Learning Store at Blue Quill
  • Learning Store at Northgate
  • Learning Store on Whyte
  • Learning Store West Edmonton
  • Lee Ridge School
  • Lendrum School
  • Lillian Osborne School
  • Londonderry School
  • Lorelei School
  • Lymburn School
  • Lynnwood School
  • M. E. LaZerte School
  • Major General Griesbach School
  • Malcolm Tweddle School
  • Malmo School
  • Mary Butterworth School
  • Mayfield School
  • McArthur School
  • McKee School
  • McKernan School
  • McLeod School
  • McNally School
  • Meadowlark School
  • Meadowlark Christian School
  • Mee-Yah-Noh School
  • Menisa School
  • Metro Continuing Education (various sites)
  • Meyokumin School
  • Meyonohk School
  • Michael A. Kostek School
  • Michael Phair School
  • Michael Strembitsky School
  • Mill Creek School
  • Millwoods Christian School
  • Minchau School
  • Montrose School
  • Mount Pleasant School
  • Mount Royal School
  • Nellie Carlson School
  • Northmount School
  • Norwood School
  • Old Scona School
  • Oliver School
  • Ormsby School
  • Ottewell School
  • Overlanders School
  • Parkallen School
  • Parkview School
  • Patricia Heights School
  • Pollard Meadows School
  • Prince Charles School
  • Princeton School
  • Queen Alexandra School
  • Queen Elizabeth School
  • Richard Secord School
  • Rideau Park School
  • Rio Terrace School
  • Riverbend School
  • Riverdale School
  • Roberta MacAdams School
  • Ross Sheppard School
  • Rosslyn School
  • Rutherford School
  • S. Bruce Smith School
  • Sakaw School
  • Satoo School
  • Scott Robertson School
  • Shauna May Seneca School
  • Sherwood School
  • Sifton School
  • Spruce Avenue School
  • Steele Heights School
  • Steinhauer School
  • Stratford School
  • Strathcona High School
  • Svend Hansen School
  • Sweet Grass School
  • T. D. Baker School
  • Talmud Torah School
  • Thorncliffe School
  • Tipaskan School
  • Velma E. Baker School
  • Vernon Barford School
  • Victoria School of the Arts
  • Vimy Ridge Academy
  • Virginia Park School
  • W. P. Wagner School
  • Waverley School
  • Weinlos School
  • Westbrook School
  • Westglen School
  • Westlawn School
  • Westminster School
  • Westmount School
  • Windsor Park School
  • Winterburn School
  • York School
  • Youngstown School

Closed Schools[edit]

  • Alex Taylor School (now Edmonton City Centre Church Corporation)
  • Bennett Centre
  • Capilano School (now Suzuki Charter School Society)
  • Donald Ross School (now used by an Aboriginal artists group)
  • Eastwood School (now used by Alberta Justice and Solicitor General as a training centre)
  • Fulton Place School (now Fulton Child Care Association/Fulton Out - of - School Association)
  • Idylwylde School (now serves as a Metro Continuing Education site used predominantly for adult English Language Learning programming)
  • Lawton School
  • McCauley School (now called Intercultural Child and Family Centre)
  • McKay Avenue School
  • Newton School (now houses School Service Teams providing support to District schools and schools in the Edmonton region, in relation extra supports and services for students with individualized needs)
  • Parkdale School
  • Queen Mary Park School (now houses several different central services groups, including Human Resources and ancillary space for Bennett Centre)
  • R. J. Scott School
  • Rundle School (now called Metro Continuing Education)
  • Sherbrooke School (now called Aurora Charter School)
  • Woodcroft School (now called the Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education)


Edmonton Public Schools offers Regular programs, Alternative programs and Special education programs.[8]

Special education programs are available at select schools and include programs for students who are academically advanced, and students who have Behaviour Disabilities, Cognitive Disabilities, Diagnosed Learning Disabilities and Academic Delays.[9]

There are more than 30 Alternative programs available with a focus on a specific type of arts, athletics, language, faith, culture or teaching philosophy. This includes: Aboriginal education, Cogito, American Sign Language, Hockey Training, Waldorf and International Baccalaureate.[10]

Early Years Programming[edit]

Early Education[edit]

This program supports children with mild/moderate and severe disabilities, aged 2½ to 4½ years. Programming focuses on cognitive, self-help and social skills, speech and language, and motor development. Parents and staff work together to support each child.

Early Learning[edit]

This program supports children 3½ to 4½ years of age who are English Language Learners or in need of specialized supports and services. Programming focuses on developing communication and co-operative learning skills, and is available to children attending their designated school.


Children who are four years of age on or before March 1 of that year, may register in Kindergarten for the upcoming school year. Children may attend their designated school or apply to a school or program of choice. Kindergarten is offered half-day in the mornings or afternoons at most elementary schools, and full-day at some elementary schools for children living in the designated attendance area.[11]

Advanced Education Programs[edit]

Challenge Program [K-9][edit]

For children who have high academic standards. This program is formatted to make the learning more challenging and focuses on problem solving and inquiry skills.

Extensions Program [1-9][edit]

This program is for children with advanced intellectual abilities. These students enjoy being challenged, grasp new ideas easily, and perform far beyond their current grade level.

Academic Delay Programs[edit]

Literacy Program [4-9][edit]

This program is for children for academic delays. This program focuses on literacy and numeracy.

Strategies Program [4-9][edit]

This program is for children who have diagnosed learning disabilities and a high cognitive ability. It focuses on assisting students who need extra help.

Cognitive Disabilities Programs[edit]

Opportunity Program [1-12][edit]

This program assists students with mild cognitive disabilities who experience significant academic and social challenges. Programming focuses on literacy, numeracy and skills necessary for responsible independent living and employment.

Community Learning Skills Program [1-12][edit]

This program assists students with moderate cognitive disabilities. Programming focuses on assisting students to gain the independent life skills necessary for supervised living and employment.

Individual Support Program [1-12][edit]

This program assists students with severe to profound cognitive delays, including physical, sensory or behaviour disabilities. The program is designed to enhance quality of life for students and emphasizes functional life skills development.

Behavior Programs[edit]

Behavior and Learning Assistance Program [1-9][edit]

This program assists students with severe behaviour disabilities. Programming focuses on helping students make academic gains, learn socially acceptable behaviour and develop appropriate social skills in the classroom and community.

Behavior Learning Assistance/Opportunity Program [1-9][edit]

This program assists students with both severe behaviour and mild cognitive disabilities. Programming focuses on helping students to learn behaviour control and the pro-social, literacy and numeracy skills necessary for independence in the community.

Community Learning and Behaviour Skills Program [1-9][edit]

This program assists students with both moderate cognitive and severe behaviour disabilities. Programming focuses on helping students manage with their social, emotional and academic challenges.

Other District Centre Programs[edit]

Interactions Program [1-12][edit]

This program assists students who have been clinically diagnosed within the autism spectrum. Programming focuses on assisting students to gain socially appropriate communication and behaviour patterns in the classroom and community.

Deaf and Hard Of Hearing Program [1-12][edit]

This program assists students who have a moderate to profound hearing loss. Programming focuses on helping students gain communication skills and strategies necessary to complete school and access secondary education or employment.

Bilingual and Immersion Language Programs[edit]

  • American Sign Language Bilingual
  • Arabic Bilingual
  • Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual
  • French Immersion
  • German Bilingual
  • Hebrew Bilingual
  • International Spanish Academy


Second Language Courses[edit]

  • Arabic
  • ASL
  • Chinese
  • Cree
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Ukrainian

All students from grades 4-9 must learn a second language.

Alternative Programs[edit]

  • Aboriginal Education - Amiskwaciy Academy
  • Awasis (Cree)
  • Cree Extended
  • Academic Alternative
  • Advanced Placement
  • Arts Core
  • Caraway
  • Child Study Centre
  • Cogito
  • Dance Program
  • Edmonton Christian School
  • Logos Christian Program Schools
  • Meadowlark Christian School
  • Millwoods Christian School
  • Sports Training Programs
  • Hockey Training Program
  • Lacrosse Training Program
  • Soccer Training Program
  • Sport Recreation Program
  • Sports Alternative
  • International Baccalaureate
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years
  • International Baccalaureate Primary Years
  • Pre-Advanced Placement
  • Sakinah Circle
  • Science Alternative
  • Victoria School Of Performing And Visual Arts
  • Traditional

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2017 2018 school enrolment data" (xlxs). Alberta Education. Government of Alberta. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Budget". Edmonton Public Schools. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  3. ^ Three-Year Capital Plan 2010-2013
  4. ^ "District Overview". Edmonton Public Schools. Archived from the original on August 1, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2009.
  5. ^ "Three-Year Education Plan" (PDF). Edmonton Public Schools. November 30, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "History". Archived from the original on February 13, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  7. ^ Kostek, M.A. (1992). A century and ten: The history of Edmonton Public Schools. Edmonton, AB: Edmonton Public Schools.
  8. ^ "Special Education Needs". Edmonton Public Schools. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  9. ^ "Learning Guide" (PDF). Edmonton Public Schools. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  10. ^ "Alternative Programs" (PDF). Edmonton Public Schools. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  11. ^ "Early years". Edmonton Public Schools. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  12. ^ "Programming: Language and Culture". Edmonton Public Schools. Retrieved January 15, 2018.

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