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Edge School

33055 Township Road 250, Calgary, Alberta, T3Z 1L4

Grades (Gender):
K to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$13,000 to 18,270/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
14 to 16
Day: 320 (Gr. 4 - 12)

School Address
33055 Township Road 250, Calgary, Alberta, T3Z 1L4

About this school:


A University preparatory program for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12, Edge School integrates academics, athletics and character development. Along with small class sizes and flexible academic schedules, Edge School offers strategic, research based programs designed to incorporate the benefits of sport, education, recreation and health. Learn more about a school community that strives to build a culture of personal excellence in academics, athletics and character. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Edge School

our takeEdge School was founded in 1999 with just 7 students in its inaugural year. Within a decade it grew to over 300, where it remains today. In 2009 the school moved to its current location, a 170,000 sq ft school and athletics centre purpose built to house the Edge program. You don’t have to demonstrate your athleticism to apply, though athletics and physical activity is the school’s reason for being. The vision for the school is to be a leader in student-athlete development, and athletics are present, in some way, in every aspect of the life of the school. The Spanish teacher, for example, is a certified personal trainer; the social studies teacher is a national ringette champion. No, it’s not necessary to be athletic to be a good language teacher, but the school has been crafted as a place where students will work and learn with others who share their passion and their interests, and that alone can be transformative. They’ll find themselves among peers in the truest sense of the word, and live a daily schedule that is built to support their training. It’s not for everyone, but of course no school ever is. For the right student, Edge School is unequalled.

Principal's Message


Keith Taylor, Principal

In this my ninth year as a member of the Edge team, I am very excited to continue with the role of Principal. Parents have entrusted their children to our care and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with parents, students and staff in helping their children maximize their potential development. One of my key roles as principal is to work collaboratively with all stakeholders in the promotion of success for every student.

The pursuit of excellence is a reoccurring theme for both staff and students at Edge School. In order to accomplish this, we create a school culture where continuous improvement is the norm; a culture where students are excited to come to school and both students and staff are excited to learn new ways to help students be successful; a culture where parents feel welcome and understand that they are critical players in their child’s success at school; a culture where tolerance and respect are always evident; a culture where we all do the right thing, even when nobody is watching; a culture where learning is the focus and doing your best is the only acceptable standard. Although this will not always be easy work, it is well worth the effort.


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Edge School says: We offer a university preparatory program for children in Grade 4-12 to pursue academic excellence while striving to reach their full athletic potential.

  • Approach:
    Sports: Ice Hockey • Soccer • Golf • Basketball

  • 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 Edge School 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 Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Edge School says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What Edge School 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 Edge School 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 Edge School 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 Edge School 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 Edge School 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 Edge School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • Spanish

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Edge School says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Edge School says: We are working towards heavy integration and having all of our students working with their own personal devices throughout the day at school. Currently our grades 10 through 12 are required to have their own personal device. Our teachers work with Moodle, an online platform.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

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

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

    What Edge School 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 Edge School says: This information is not currently available.

    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 Edge School says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    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 Edge School says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

    What Edge School says: Through the purposeful integration of academics, athletics and character-building, Edge School provides an environment where passionate student-athletes can achieve personal excellence.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    Edge School offers no/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
    • 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: This information is not currently available.

    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 Edge School 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.

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades5 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback5 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings5 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Edge School says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Community Service
      Outdoor Education
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic: in province)$13,000$14,500$17,220$18,270
    What Edge School says: Hockey Team fees currently range from $12,000 to $16,000 per year depending on the team's travel schedule.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%
    3rd child (sibling)all students15%
    4th child (sibling)all students15%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 4 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid20%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid20%
    Total aid available$600,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    Applications for new families are accepted as of February 1st. Application forms are available online in early January.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 320
    Average enrollment per grade36
    Average class size14 to 16
    Gender (grades)K to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewK - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)4 - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Edge School says:

    1 APPLICATION: Please complete our online admissions package in its entirety and submit to the school with appropriate deposits, fees and required documentation 2 ASSESSMENTS: Academic and Athletic. As a part of the academic assessment process, prospective students are currently asked to write the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT). Once your completed application is received, we will contact you to book a time to write this test on one of the designated assessment dates. The athletic assessment is conducted with one of our sport directors and includes an evaluation of your athletic abilities. 3 PERSONAL INTERVIEW: Students meeting entrance requirements will be contacted to schedule a personal interview with a member of our Admissions team. Parent(s) and the prospective student are interviewed. 4 ACCEPTANCE: Parents are notified by phone and in writing of acceptance. Upon acceptance, the fee deposit becomes non-refundable and the remaining tuition fees are due in accordance with the fee schedule. For those families applying for financial assistance, you will be notified beginning in March of the assistance amount, once existing families have qualified.


    Acceptance Rate:


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

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    15 - 20 (100%)0000000

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size50
    *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


    Don’t just SEE it; FEEL it

    Most high performance athletes do some visualizing before they perform.  But many are missing out on a very important performance enhancement element: FEEL.  Tiger Woods was asked years ago whether he visualized before his shots.  His response?  “No, I try to feel them.”

    Our movement patterns are grooved through repetition in our central nervous system, and the visual is only one sensory element of these patterns.  Often a hockey player will be in just the right spot, but his ‘hands’ will betray him.  A dancer may know all the steps but have ‘two left feet’.  A soccer player may know exactly where she wants to put the ball and still ‘misfire’.  The physical execution of all of these skills is feel-driven.

    So when you rehearse mentally, instead of just seeing it in your head, try to play the feel that goes with it.  This will ‘wake’ those patterns in your nervous system, increasing the chances that they’ll fire properly when you attempt the skill.  Feel the weight and rhythm of your swing.  Feel the touch of a perfect saucer pass.  Feel the balance, posture, and fluidity of your dance movements.  Feel the ball leaving your foot on that touch pass up the seam.  Feel it in your head so that it will feel right when it matters.


    It’s not the Reward; It’s the Work.

    Athletes are often told to stop getting down on themselves or to be more positive with themselves.  And they resist it.  They roll their eyes and the implicit message is, “I’ll be positive with myself when I do something to deserve it.”  But their logic is flawed.  Consider this; when you’re performing well and feeling good on the ice/the pitch/the course/the stage, do you need a positive voice in your head?  No.  You’re already where you need to be.  You’re already feeling how you need to feel to perform.  So when do we need that positive voice in our heads?  Right, when we’re not feeling how we need to.  When we’ve lost confidence; when we’re underperforming; when we’re frustrated; when we’re down.

    So here’s how to get past that barrier.  Don’t think of you positive ‘I can do it’ voice as a reward; think of it as the WORK.  If you show up to compete and your legs are stiff, you don’t say, “oh well, I guess I have to compete with stiff legs”.  Of course not.  You warm them up and stretch them.  You do the work necessary to make them feel the way you want them to.  Treat your mind the same way.  If your confidence is low, do the WORK to elevate it.  If you’re discouraged, do the WORK to restore hope and optimism.

    How we think affects how we feel; and how we feel affects how we perform.  So if you’re committed to your performance, use a positive voice in your head to guide how you feel.  Rather than treating it as a prize to be earned, treat it as a tool to feel how you want to feel.  Performance will follow.



    CALGARY, AB – Carla MacLeod, a 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist and 4-time IIHF World Women’s Hockey Medalist, has been named the Head Coach of the Edge School female prep hockey team.

    MacLeod, originally from Calgary, spent the last 2 years as the assistant coach with the Japanese national women’s hockey team, helping Japan qualify for the Olympic Games for the first time since 1998. Coming off the Sochi 2014 Olympics, MacLeod was looking for the opportunity to give back to the Alberta Female players.

    “I was in these girls positions not too long ago and have travelled the path they are on,” said MacLeod. “They have dreams of playing in the Olympics and attaining College scholarships and I can’t wait to help them perform better and use their strengths to stand out.”

    MacLeod attended the University of Wisconsin and played with the Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA for four years — two of which she served as team captain. Carla retired from hockey in 2010, then coached at Mount Royal University in addition to her role with the Japanese Olympic women’s hockey team.

    “I am excited to share all of my experience with the girls at Edge and contribute to the growth of the Female game. Players succeed when they are provided the structure and support needed to reach new levels of personal excellence,” says MacLeod. “The girls will be responsible for their journey- always training, practicing and competing at their very best, my goal is to make it enjoyable along the way.”

    In addition to adding a new Head Coach, Edge School is also expanding its female hockey program with the addition of a Bantam Team in the 2014-15 Season. “This is a great initiative for expansion and development of Women’s hockey in Alberta. It will give more girls at Edge the chance to play for a school team and allows for more opportunities for all Female players,” notes Cam Hodgson, Edge School CEO.

    Working in conjunction with Hockey Alberta, Edge School and MacLeod are committed to providing exceptional opportunities for Alberta female players. With the addition of MacLeod and new the Bantam team, the 2014-15 season is well on its way to setting a new precedence in Alberta hockey.


    Edge School Launches Calgary’s First Multi-Sport Academy

    CALGARY—Edge School has officially announced the creation of Calgary’s first Multi-Sport Academy for students in Grade 5-12. This premier program integrates non-competitive, competitive, indoor and outdoor pursuits, within the Alberta Education curriculum, while focusing on physical literacy and movement skills that improve overall athleticism within children.

    “We recognize that early specialization and year-round training in a single sport is not optimal for every student-athlete,” says Edge School CEO, Cam Hodgson. “Some student-athletes prefer to have a more varied athletic curriculum with a wide range of physical activities and high performance training opportunities. Regardless of a student’s current physical literacy level, the Multi-Sport program will allow a student to reap the Academic and Athletic benefits when school and sport combine in a well-planned program.”

    Inspired by Canada’s Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD)framework, Multi-Sport integrates Edge School’s current specialized sport programs and resources. The current VP for WinSport Canada and a past member of the LTAD Expert Group, Dr. Stephen Norris, supports the private school’s new opportunity for young learners saying, “Edge School is establishing a thorough curriculum that will provide for a distinct advantage in life and sports.”

    Research continually shows that a student’s Academic success can be enhanced through physical activity. Through the purposeful integration of Academics and Athletics, the Multi-Sport program is set to use Edge School’s in-house experts and resources to support student-athletes’ development. The program is designed to encourage a student-athletes’ learning capacity, reduce the negative effects of stress, and encourage a life-long love of physical activity to promote physical, mental, and emotional fitness.

    Further information on Edge School is available on the school’s main website, www.edgeschool.com.



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