Airdrie Schools Guide: Public & Private Schools in Airdrie
Posted by Justin Havre on Tuesday, February 14th, 2023 at 10:24am.
One of the first questions many people ask when moving to a new city is about the local schools. For those moving to Airdrie, the city offers students many educational opportunities across grade levels and different lagnuages. Here's a closer look at the schools and school districts in the city of Airdrie, Alberta, and what they have to offer.
Public Schools in Airdrie
Rocky View Schools is the district that administers the secular public schools in Airdrie and much of the surrounding rural areas to the north of Calgary. The district has a list of school boundary maps to help residents determine which schools are connected to their Airdrie addresses. Rocky View Schools manages 18 public schools, including the following:
- AE Bowers Elementary School (K–4 English, K–5 French)
- Cooper's Crossing School (PreK–5)
- École Airdrie Middle School (6–8, English & French)
- École Francophone d'Airdrie (K–12, Full French Immersion)
- École Edwards Elementary School (K–5, English & French)
- George McDougal High School (9–12, English & French)
- Bert Church High School (9–12)
- Heloise Lorimer School (K–5)
- RJ Hawkey Elementary School (PreK–5, Christian)
- Meadowbrook School (6–8, Christian)
- Muriel Clayton Middle School (5–8)
- RVS Community Learning Centre (10–12)
- Windsong Heights School (K–8)
The two schools noted as Christian above are part of the Airdrie Christian Program. The regular Alberta curriculum is taught in these schools, but the programs are interwoven with interdenominational faith-based lessons.
The French Immersion schools noted teach some coursework in both English and French. For example, École Francophone d'Airdrie teaches the standard Alberta Language Arts coursework, with the rest of the classes taught in French.
Some high schools in Airdrie offer courses geared toward specific career paths. For example, WH Croxford High School provides Learning Academies in different disciplines like mechanics training, visual and performing arts, mechatronics, and music. George McDougal High School offers French and Japanese second-language programs, and students can earn a Fine Arts Certificate in specialized visual arts, performing arts, and music categories.
The Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) administers four schools in Airdrie:
- Good Shepherd School (K–7)
- Our Lady Queen of Peace (K–9)
- St. Martin de Porres High School (8–12)
- St. Veronica School (K–7)
The CCSD provides a list of Airdrie neighbourhood boundaries for attendance purposes.
Airdrie Private Schools
There are three private schools in Airdrie. Airdrie Christian Academy (ACA) operates a Christian preschool program for students starting at age three, with continuing education through graduation in grade 12. This is one of the largest schools in the Calgary area, and it also provides support for homeschooled students. High school students at ACA have elective options like drama, art, STEM, mission trips, and photography.
Atlas Learning Academy promises small class sizes (a maximum of 16 students) for its kindergarten through 8th-grade classrooms. The middle school program includes opportunities to learn about career and technology foundations (CTF), computer literacy, community involvement, and field trips. All grade levels also receive life skills training.
The Footprints for Learning Academy (FFLA) is a private non-profit school in Airdrie. Specialized learning tracks for students include coursework covering universal competencies, citizenship, entrepreneurship, global awareness, and Spanish and French language courses. Students can take an accelerated Spanish program starting in Junior High or a regular Spanish stream. Spanish education begins in Kindergarten at FLLA and is integral to the school's curriculum.
Colleges & Universities Near Airdrie
There is one secondary institution in Airdrie, Bow Valley College, and all other universities are about a 30-minute drive or less to the south of the city.
Bow Valley College is a public institution providing the opportunity for students to earn certificates, diplomas, and post-diploma certificates in several career-based areas, such as Business Administration and Health Care Aide, and diplomas in Early Childhood Development and Practical Nursing. The Airdrie campus is near the neighbourhoods of Old Town and The Village.
Several colleges and universities are fairly close to Airdrie for those who want to attain a bachelor's degree or higher. The University of Calgary enrolls more than 36,000 students annually and offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees through 13 schools, including law, medicine, social work, and engineering.
Athabasca University (AU) is another option for Airdrie students who don't want to drive in Calgary daily. This school has more than 40,000 students enrolled yearly and provides its undergraduate and graduate programs online as well. Undergraduate programs include Anthropology, Architecture, History, English, Political Science, and Women's Studies. AU also offers 25 graduate programs in several disciplines.
The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) is a polytechnic school in Calgary, enrolling about 14,000 students annually, some conveniently living in neighbourhoods near the unversity. SAIT has three bachelor's degree programs, three applied degrees, and 86 programs culminating in a diploma or certificate. It is a skills-based school leading directly to apprenticeships or employment in various technology-based skilled trades.
World-Class Education Options in Airdrie
Airdrie is a growing city where the economy and education system benefit from its proximity to Calgary. Students start their education in elementary and secondary schools in Airdrie and have many options to seek a higher degree just minutes away in the bigger city.
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