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Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate

1677 93rd Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 0R3

Grades (Gender):
Gr. 2 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$12,010 to 18,885/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
16 to 18
Day: 500 (Gr. 2 - 12)

School Address
1677 93rd Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 0R3



About this school:


For more than 30 years, Calgary Academy has provided an unparalleled environment that embraces students’ unique learning needs, while simultaneously inspiring them to achieve individual greatness. Our school has two programs: Academy, for students with learning difficulties who have yet to consistently perform at grade level, and Collegiate, for students performing at or above grade level and looking for new challenges in their learning. Together, they combine to create a vibrant learning community. 

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Our Take: Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate

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Every school is unique, supporting a unique set of learners, and Calgary Academy is an excellent example of the concept. The school addresses itself to students with learning difficulties and differences and who aren’t reaching their potential in a traditional learning environment. The Academy addresses learners who are struggling and need targeted academic support; the Collegiate addresses learners who are achieving at the top of their peer group, and who need a challenge and direction in order to reach their potentials. The program is designed in the awareness that students often arrive having had negative experiences elsewhere. As such, a core goal of the program is to build self-esteem and confidence in their skills and abilities. The values that inform the delivery of the curriculum are also, rightly, a draw for the families that enrol.

School busing:

Calgary Academy offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, door-to-door pickup . The regions it offers busing from are Calgary, Cochrane, Bragg Creek.
Additional notes: We proudly offer exceptional bussing as an option to CA families. For elementary students, they'll receive door-to-door service, while our older students will have community-based pickups.

Upcoming Events Next event: April 24, 2018

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  • April 24, 2018Admissions Tour
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Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Calgary Academy says: Calgary Academy offers two programs: Academy and Collegiate. The Academy Program is specifically designed for children who have a gap between their potential and performance. While these students have average to above-average intelligence, they may have not benefited from typical classroom instruction and may be struggling academically. The class sizes are small with a population of sixteen students with two instructors in the class. The Collegiate Program is for students who are working independently at grade level in each core academic area. The program offers a learning community dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and the success of each student. In this program, students are in a small class environment led by one teacher.

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Special needs

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Calgary Academy 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 Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Calgary Academy says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What Calgary Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What Calgary Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • 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

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Calgary Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What Calgary Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Calgary Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Calgary Academy says: The primary focus of the Calgary Academy Spanish program is to provide students with communicative competence in the target language. Students are taught vocabulary and grammar thematically, using a multi-modal format. A plethora of interactive activities enables students to develop their linguistic and cultural literacies in Spanish in engaging ways. Various aspects of Hispanic culture are integrated throughout the curriculum and technology is used to enhance students’ acquisition of Spanish. Differentiated instruction and assessment create customized learning opportunities for students that afford them academic success.

    • Languages Offered: • Spanish

    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

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

    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Calgary Academy says: To have students gain confidence in their technology skills so they can navigate and interact in the digital world with confidence. Students experience technology as a creative tool which they are able to generate content with, program, and ultimately shape to reflect their personal vision.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Calgary Academy says: Students participate in individual and team activities designed to kick-start a lifelong interest in health and physical activity. In our engaging classes, students maximize their participation and confidence, while developing sportsmanship and leadership skills.

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

    What Calgary Academy 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 Calgary Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Curriculum Pace Student-paced

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

    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 Calgary Academy says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What Calgary Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Emotional

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

    What Calgary Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Special needs school

    Special needs school

    Full-time programming is offered for all students which is exclusively focused on one or more special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support In-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What Calgary Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Calgary Academy 15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins90 mins
    Site Average18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins70 mins80 mins96 mins109 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades2 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback2 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings2 to 12

    Class Sizes

    Average class size for each grade:
    Grade 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
    Size 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 18 18 18


    What Calgary Academy says:
    • Our senior high drama performance for the 2017-2018 school year was Sweeney Todd
    • Every year high school students are given the opportunity to make a global impact through our International Travel Studies Program, which has visited more than 20 countries!
    • The Calgary Academy Ski and Snowboard Club (CASSC) is the largest club of its kind in Alberta. Students in this program hit the slopes 10-15 times throughout the year.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Downhill skiing
    • Clubs Offered
      Drama Club
      Outdoor Education

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What Calgary Academy says: Academy Program: $18, 885 Collegiate Program: $12, 010

    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:

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 500
    Average enrollment per grade45
    Average class size16 to 18
    Gender (grades)Gr. 2 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview2 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)2 - 12
    Entrance Essay2 - 12
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Calgary Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type23456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size70
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements5
    **Ivy+ placements1

    *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)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): UBC, Capilano, VIU, UVic, SFU, UA, UC, MRU, SAIT, UL, Guelph, Carleton, Bishops, Queen’s, Dalhousie, UT, Ryerson, Waterloo, Western, McGill, Acadia, STFX, Mount Allison, UNB, Memorial, plus a number of schools in the US, plus host of colleges and specialized schools across the country

    What Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate says:

  • We're proud of our 99% graduation rate
  • 88% of our graduates go on to pursue post-secondary education within one year of graduation.

  • Notable Alumni


    Alumni Highlights

    • You can download a copy of our bi-annual Alumni magazine, Captivate, here: https://calgaryacademy.com/alumni
    • Built on the vision of a global community in which all Alumni engage with each other and Calgary Academy, CA has taken great steps to develop a program where all Alumni can participate. Our alumni have incredible life journeys and have used their experiences at CA as building block for success today. These alumni bring their experience to our students through our mentoring programs such as Career Day and CA’s alumni student lecture series. “The teachers at CA are focused on more than just your success in high school classes; they are interested in you achieving success throughout your life.” - Nick Petryk (’12)

    Stories & Testimonials


    Alumni Profile: Dr. Denis Simons

    Before attending CA, class of 1990 graduate Denis Simons, wasn’t finding success in the regular system, and the CA program gave him the structure he needed to succeed and graduate high school. “CA made the difference between where I am today and where I was going.”

    Following graduation, Denis attended both the University of Lethbridge and the Western States Chiropractic College (now the University of Western States) in Portland, Oregon, graduating magna cum laude. At both schools, he continually drew on lessons he learned at CA. Once he had a goal (becoming a chiropractor), he became a 4.0 student.

    Today Denis is chiropractic researcher, a clinic founder several times over and the current Clinic Director for Momentum Health Westbrook. Determined to redefine how collaborative health care can, and should, be delivered under one roof, keep watching for news on Denis, because he’s just getting started. 


    Alumni Profile: Erin Lindskog

    Erin Lindskog joined Calgary Academy in her grade 12 year. Looking for a smaller environment to help her improve her grades before attending post-secondary, CA was a better fit for Erin.

    “I think in a large school you can feel lost among the crowds, but at CA I was impressed with how much attention and care the teachers put into you. People cared about your future, and seemed to feel responsible for molding you in your last year.”

    That last year at CA was highlighted by many community-driven events. From the beginning of the year bonding trips where she made fast friends, to an International Travel Studies trip to Vietnam, where she gained real-world exposure while volunteering at a school in a remote community, Erin immersed herself in the CA experience.

    After graduating, Erin earned a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Calgary and then moved to London to pursue her true passion: baking. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu London pastry chef program, she then interned at The Ritz London to hone her craft, before looking to return closer to home.

    Today, Erin is a flight attendant with WestJet who hits four cities a week on her travel schedule, and in her spare time, she’s the founder, creator, and chief pie artist at @humblepieandpeople, where she turns her pastry skills and creative passion into delicious edible art. (www.instagram.com/humblepieandpeople)

    When asked what advice she’d share with current CA students, her words are all about finding your fit:

    “CA is a good school in the sense that they encourage you to find your strengths and believe in them. You don’t need to fit into a mold, you can create your own thing, as long as you’re willing to put in the hard work.”

    Creating her own thing is exactly what Erin’s done with her life, and we couldn’t be more proud to count her among our alumni group.



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