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Glenmore Christian Academy

16520 - 24th Street Southwest, Calgary, Alberta, T2Y 4W2

Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 9 (Coed)
$2,650 to 6,260/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
20 to 25
Day: 846 (Gr. K - 9)

School Address
16520 - 24th Street Southwest, Calgary, Alberta, T2Y 4W2

About this school:


Glenmore Christian Academy’s mission is to teach truth, inspire excellence, experience Christ and serve through love. Through a Biblical world view, students learn liberal arts, sciences, fine arts, languages, technology and phys ed from specialist educators in our state-of-the-art facility. Extra-curricular options include performing arts, band, choristers, intramural and competitive sports. In Junior High, students partake in leadership programs including a Mission Trip in grade 9. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Glenmore Christian Academy

our takeThe initial draw for families considering Glenmore is the values piece: a full curriculum taught through the Christian lens. Certainly, that’s something which distinguishes the school within the region, and often is the first point of contact. What families find in the school, however, is both that and whole lot more. Given the size of the school, Glenmore is also able to offer a very rich, diverse range of programming, something that understandably is also very attractive. There is a full program of intramurals, and the breadth of the music program—including options for individual lessons—is something that also distinguishes the school. A mission program at the grade 9 level offers an international experience earlier than in a majority of programs, and can provide a very nice punctuation to a student's experience at Glenmore. The ideal student is one who will thrive within a vibrant, challenging, community-centered learning environment.

School busing:

GCA offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider.

Principal's Message


Stanford Hielema, Head of School

Stanford Hielema is passionate about education and nurturing an environment where all children have an outstanding learning experience. Previously, as Associate Superintendent for Palliser Regional Schools, he oversaw student learning, fiscal management, policy and administrative procedures, and community relations for the faith-based alternative schools. Before that, Stanford spent over 20 years building Trinity Christian School from 45 students to more than 400. With a strong focus on community, the school thrived in academics and athletics. He built capacity with teachers through instructional best practices to improve student learning. He acted as a Designated Signing Authority for the province during this time, and evaluated 60+ teachers for their Alberta Permanent Teaching Certificate.


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What GCA says: In partnership with supportive, involved parents, the goal of our educational team is to develop well-educated, faith-filled youth in a creative, active and nurturing environment. With a focus on high academic standards and using an enriched, balanced academic curriculum, our two dedicated principals work alongside our team of specialist educators to ensure your children are receiving the highest quality education.

  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian (Missionary Alliance)

    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 Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What GCA says: Basic facts are still emphasized.

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

    • Calculator policy: Students don't use calculators until Junior High.

    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 GCA says: Students are assessed twice a year in Elementary using a standardized reading assessment to measure growth.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What GCA says: Fountas and Pinnell

    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 GCA 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 Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

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

    Social Studies Expanding Communities

      The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

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

    Humanities and Social Sciences Pragmatism

      Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

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

    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

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

    • Languages Offered: • French • 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
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What GCA 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 GCA says: In Elementary, Computers and Technology fit in the light integration category, but in Junior High, it is Heavy Integration.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What GCA says: From K-Grade 5, students are engaged in physical activity on a daily basis. We have specialized phys ed teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 9.

    Religious Education More than 25% of our courses are religion courses
    • 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 GCA says: Starting from Kindergarten, GCA offers a Biblically integrated curriculum that is infused in all subjects taught. Our full curriculum is Biblically infused.

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

    What GCA 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 GCA says: Health and personal life skills are taught from Kindergarten to Grade 9, and a Biblically integrated Family Life Education begins in Grade 4 with the introduction of puberty.

    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 GCA says: Our Kindergarten program has a strong focus on literacy and numeracy with goals of having students able to read and write for grade one.

    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 GCA says about flexible pacing: Students have a variety of options on how they can showcase their learning.

    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 GCA says: This information is not currently available.

    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 GCA says: We desire to be recognized as a Christian school that maintains high academic standards with graduates who become responsible citizens, worldview thinkers, and have a commitment to Christian service. We value “arts” and “athletics” each as a medium to build within our students a sense of self-worth, supporting each one to discover his/her God-given gifts.

    Special Needs Support Withdrawal Assistance

    Withdrawal Assistance

    Students remain in a regular classroom for most of the day, but are pulled out for extra support from a qualified special education teacher.

    • 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
    • What GCA says: No, we would not discourage a family from enrolling.

    • 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 No Support

    GCA 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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 9, Glenmore Christian Academy students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    GCA 15 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins
    Site Average16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins69 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesK to 5
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackK to 9
    Habits and behaviour reportingK to 5
    Parent-teacher meetingsK to 9

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What GCA says:
    • GCA's Track and Field Team (Gr 7-9) have been CISAA League Champions for over 25 years under Coach Ken Miller, and have broken records in numerous events.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Community Service
      Drama Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Education
      School newspaper
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What GCA says: Upon acceptance for the first child, there is a non-refundable $2000 facility fee. For each subsequent child, there is a non-refundable $500 facility fee. These are one-time only fees.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    3rd child (sibling)all students50%
    4th child (sibling)all students100%

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 846
    Average enrollment per grade71
    Average class size20 to 25
    Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 9 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewK - 9
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)K - 9
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What GCA says:

    There is an application fee of $200. If there is a vacancy in the grade desired, then an appointment for an interview with the principals will be made. With the exception of Kindergarten, all applicants undergo an academic assessment.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Glenmore Christian Academy is looking for: The student should be curious and interested in learning, dedicated to achieving success in a range of areas including academics, athletics and arts. As we are a faith-based school, it is important that parents support the Biblical component infused into all of our curriculum.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0 - 20 (100%)0 - 20 (100%)0 - 20 (100%)0 - 25 (100%)0 - 25 (100%)0 - 25 (100%)0 - 25 (100%)0 - 25 (100%)0 - 25 (100%)

    In the News


    January 23, 2017 - Junior Kindergarten Comes to GCA

    Glenmore Christian Academy is very excited to announce their new Junior Kindergarten program starting in September of 2017. ...

    September 12, 2014 - GCA Book Launch

    Cheryl Miller, faculty alumni, will be launching her book The School that Fell From the Sky on Oct 3 at 7 pm at First Alliance Church. ...


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