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Bearspaw Christian School
Bearspaw Christian School
15001 - 69 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3R 1C5
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Bearspaw Christian School

Bearspaw Christian School

15001 - 69 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3R 1C5

Grades (Gender):
JK to 12 (Coed)
$2,210 to 6,885/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 635 (Gr. JK - 12)

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15001 - 69 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3R 1C5

About this school:


As a leader in Christian Education in Canada, Bearspaw Christian School (BCS) has a rich history of over 30 years of experience developing Personal Academic Excellence and Christ-like Character in each student. The world is changing minute-by-minute, the shifting realities of families and students require Christian Schools to remain culturally and theologically relevant. BCS is listening to its families and is adapting to meet their needs by developing fully-integrated discipleship-infused education.

The Our Kids review of Bearspaw Christian School

our takeBCS prides itself in being a leader of Christian education, and certainly it distinguishes itself in various ways. With a student body in excess of 700 students, it’s easily one of the larger schools of its kind in the country. As such, it reflects the benefits of its size, including a broad range and variety of programming. BCS also distinguishes itself in the way Christian values are woven through the curriculum. Rather than simply delivering the core curriculum through a Christian lens, BCS seeks to promote the lived experience of a life based in faith. Service programs are an expression of that, as is the emphasis on discipleship in all aspects of student life. The facilities are sparkling, and despite the size, the feel remains very personal and community oriented. The ideal student is one who shares the approach of the school, and who will thrive within a dedicated educational and social environment.

Principal's Message


David Anger, Head of School

Bearspaw Christian School is a leader in Christian Education in Canada.  BCS is proud to be a top choice for Christian Families looking for a school that develops personal academic excellence and Christ-like character in each student.  BCS is proud of its committment to an integrated discipleship-infused education model, from math to physical education we are creating a culture that encourages the development of true Disciples of Christ!

With over 30 years of experience, Bearspaw Christian School has a fast-growing student body that allows us to offer one of the lowest private school tuition rates in Calgary.  Come see the difference Discipleship-Infused Education makes at one of Alberta's Top Academic Schools!

In Christ,
Dave Anger


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What BCS says: Bearspaw Christian School's vision is for our students to enter into a personal relationship of obedience to Christ, and to develop disciplined minds, hearts and bodies for the purpose of transforming their world for Jesus Christ. By teaching all curriculum from a Christian worldview, with the Bible as the foundation, BCS inspires students to excel academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually to reach their personal God-given potential. This strong holistic foundation prepares students to excel at university, with BCS Students consistently performing better than provincial assessments on Diploma Exams and Provincial Achievement Tests. Our success is measured against our ability to live out the school’s mission of joining with the family to realize personal academic excellence and Christ-like character in each student.

  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Sports Christian (Non-denominational)

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Christian education, check out our comprehensive guide.

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What BCS says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading
    • What BCS says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What BCS says: This information is not currently available.

    • What BCS says: This information is not currently available.

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    • What BCS says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies
    • What BCS says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What BCS says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages
    • What BCS says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • What BCS says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology
    • What BCS says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What BCS says: This information is not currently available.

    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What BCS says: This information is not currently available.

    Sex and Health Education
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What BCS says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What BCS says: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What BCS says: BCS lays a solid foundation starting on day one. Biblical worldview is incorporated into daily programs, with a heavy emphasis on bible memory and missions activities designed to create opportunities for children to grow their faith in the community of others. Our primary academic goal in kindergarten is to establish a strong foundation in reading. By the end of their kindergarten 85% of our students are reading or beginning to read. Students have access to the library, gym, music room, and technology. Their daily routine includes math, socials, science, snack, recess, lunch, stations, centers, and quiet time.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What BCS says about flexible pacing: BCS offers an independent learning program for some of its options courses (for secondary students), and offers a [email protected] Program (Grades 1 - 12) which affords flexibility in time and space for families.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What BCS says: BCS believes that every student is capable of personal academic excellence, because following Christ transforms us and requires us to strive towards excellence in everything we do. We challenge the C student to become a B student, and the A student to become an A+ student. We believe that holding students to a higher standard of success gives BCS Grads a competitive advantage. Our job is to take regular kids and create exceptional students. Sure, we expect a lot of our students (and give lots of homework), but we know that pays dividends in the long run!

    Developmental Priorities Spiritual, Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
    Individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith, and respect for God or a higher power.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What BCS says: BCS recognizes that discipleship isn’t a list of activities, a formula or even a program… it’s who we are and we’re unapologetic about it. Our goal is to create graduates that are exceptionally leading in their churches, neighbourhoods and vocations because they’re disciples of Jesus Christ. They’ve aligned their values, priorities, attitudes, behaviours and relationships with the example and teaching of Jesus as expressed in his life and as recorded in his Word. They are committed to inviting others to the same journey. Our world needs history-making-world-changers, and we are creating an academic and spiritual environment to do that.

    Special Needs Support Limited


    BCS offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • What BCS says: BCS has a dedicated resource team that assesses student needs and puts a plan of action in place to ensure student success while supporting specific needs. BCS enrolls students with clinically diagnosed learning disabilities on a case-by-case basis in line with our current enrollment policies.

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    BCS does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

    Non-lunch recessFrequency
    Lunch recessAmount

    What BCS says: This information is not currently available.


    What BCS says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Chess Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day Day (Half day)
    Day (Half day)$2,210
    What BCS says: Amounts are subject to change each school year. A full detailed description of Bearspaw Christian School's Tutition & Fees can be found on our website at: www.bearspawschool.com/financial-information

    Please note that a Capital Fee is charged to Senior Kindergarten families to only support facility costs as there is no tuition charged.

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications
    Bearspaw Christian School has a Tuition Assistance Program for qualified families. Please let the Admissions Team know if you would like more information about this program.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 635
    Average enrollment per grade42
    Gender (grades)JK to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What BCS says:

    Bearspaw Christian School accepts applications throughout the year as there is no admissions deadline.  However, students are not typically offered a position at the school until the March timeframe.  This is when the school has a complete view of spaces available for new students.  We encourage you to apply early as applications will be processed in the order that fully completed applications are received.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Bearspaw Christian School is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Stories & Testimonials


    Left An Imprint On Our Family


    "As with most parents, the decision on where to send our children to school was one that we thought long and hard about. The choice of Christian based education that supported our faith at home brought Bearspaw Christian School into our lives. While attending BCS, we have enjoyed watching our two children grow and develop both academically and spiritually.

    From our early years at Bearspaw we quickly saw how the teacher’s joined with the family and took a personal interest in the gifts and abilities of each student. Being aware of struggles, knowing when to take students aside and pray with them and their eagerness to help individuals meet and exceed their abilities is a trademark of our teachers.

    As the years progressed, our two children have had the opportunity to serve in areas of worship, athletics and missions while striving towards Christ-like character and academic excellence. When given the opportunity to choose public school in their high school years, both of our children have strongly felt the desire to return to BCS year after year.

    Our personal involvement as parents has given us many opportunities to serve the school, whether through helping out in a classroom, working on community building events or serving on the Board of Trustees. Lasting friendships have developed from being actively involved and so not only have our children benefited from attending, but we have been blessed in return.

    The quiet setting on the edge of the city adds a peaceful dimension to the property. It will be exciting to see the continued expansion of the city and our school in the years to come under the direction of some very dedicated administration with a vision that will continue to shine a bright light in the community surrounding us.

    Bearspaw Christian School has left an imprint on our family that will stay with us for years to come.”

    -Harry & Brenda


    Hard To Say Goodbye


    "The time has come to say our farewells after being blessed by the amazing Bearspaw Christian School Community for seven years.

    We arrived at BCS in September 2007.  We were trusting our faithful God, who lead us to this new school, for our children's education.  We had no idea what was in store for our children or our family.  As the months and years passed by, we soon realized the blessing that our new school had become.  Our children were well cared for and well taught.  The accountability between school and our home was so appreciated.  Our Saviour was evident in the halls and in the classrooms.  Most importantly, our children learned more about their Saviour along with their classmates and that was invaluable.

    Our experience has been truly amazing in every way.  We have been blessed to call BCS home for the duration of our children's education.

    You ALL will forever be in our hearts and in our prayers.  Thank you for helping us to "grow up" our children.

    In Jesus' love,

    Brian & Diane


    Thank You Staff

    "Dear BCS Staff, thank you so much for all the wonderful work you do to make Bearspaw Christian School a warm & nurturing environment for our children to learn & grow!  Each person, whether you're in the classroom or not, has an impact in our children's precious lives.  God bless you for your care! As Parents, we appreciate it!"

    - Pam, BCS Parent


    BCS Is Our Extended Family

    "Bearspaw Christian School has been an absolute answer to prayer. We and our two children feel loved and accepted at this wonderful school by teachers, support staff, and other families. It's really become an extended family to us. We feel confident each day we send our kids to school that they will learn and grow academically,  be safe,  and most importantly learn the word of God. We would whole heartedly recommend this school for anyone seeking a school where relationship with Jesus Christ is nurtured and encouraged by both staff and other families."

    - Nicole Kirkham, BCS Parent


    Teaching Same Values As At Home

    "We are a New Family to Bearspaw Christian School, and our experience has been positive and encouraging.  The school really encourages attributes of integrity, commitment, respect, and service to others before self.  My children are challenged academically and are taught the same values as we hold in our home.  BCS Teachers are very involved in creating a solid spiritual foundation and are committed to bringing out the best in each student.  We have met and connected with many fantastic BCS Families.  Our family is blessed to be a part of Bearspaw Christian School and would readily recommend the school to new potential families."

    - Jacquie Stefanowski, BCS Parent


    Where We Want Our Kids To Be!

    "We are grateful for the daily spiritual input and teaching our children receive as they continue to follow God's ways and to grow in their faith.  Bearspaw Christian School is where we want our kids to be!"

    - Mitch & Amie Lee, BCS Parents


    Deep Understanding and Mentoring

    "Over the past four years that our children have attended Bearspaw Christian School we have found the academic focus has pushed our children to do their best in all subjects.  BCS' Teachers have provided them with deep understanding of the subject matter, support and mentorship.  It is great to have all of this within a Christian environment!"

    - Jocelyn Freeman, BCS Parent


    Thriving Academically, Socially and Spiritually

    "We are so blessed and thankful that our boys have been able to attend Bearspaw Christian School.  The love and care for our whole family from all the teachers and staff is so precious and such a picture of what it is to be part of the body of Christ.  This past year we have been going through several trials and in the midst of it all, the relationships we have at Bearspaw Christian School with the teachers and staff and other parents was used by the Lord to really keep us, encourage us, and lift us up.  We have known Christ's love in action here in precious and powerful ways.  We have been prayed over at the playground and encouraged and loved on at the Front Office.  Our boys have thrived academically, socially and spiritually at Bearspaw Christian School.  They feel safe and loved here.  We treasure the partnership that Bearspaw Christian School has with our family.  The teachers take time to know our children as individuals and help them be all that God has called them to be by teaching them, praying for them, encouraging them and giving us tools to help them at home as parents.  We definitely highly recommend Bearspaw Christian School to others who want their children to receive Christ-Centered Education."

    - Marie LeBlanc, BCS Parent


    Teachers / Staff That Serve Parents

    “I want to express how appreciative I am for the way our teachers and staff serve the parent community, whether it’s standing in the parking lot or helping supervise kids on the playground, their efforts make our school so organized during the morning and afternoon.  It is just amazing, and I’m proud to be a parent at a school like this!”

    - Michelle, BCS Parent


    A Different Kind Of Teacher

    "BCS Teachers seem like real people that I can actually connect with.  It's amazing to feel like my teachers are personally invested in me and my  spiritual development!"

    - Current BCS Student (2015/2016)



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