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Progressive Academy

13212 106 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5N 1A3

Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$8,550 to 16,800/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
16 to 20
Day: 200 (Gr. JK - 12)

School Address
13212 106 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5N 1A3

About this school:


Progressive Academy is a multicultural, coed, academic school for students from age 3 to grade 12. We connect learning with living, explore interests and pursue passions. Creating with purpose, energy and joy are the hallmarks of Progressive Academy students. Rigor in core subjects, at the best pace for each student, provides the foundation for pursuit of knowledge and skills. Choice in a wide range of subjects such as robotics, musical theatre, and sports is the fuel to inspire learning. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Progressive Academy

our takeProgressive Academy hits a lot of the sweet spots that parents are looking for when considering private education. The size of the student body is smaller than the mean for schools across Canada, and affords a more individual, personal approach to instruction. The students are known by faculty, staff, and peers, and therefore quickly gain a sense of place and belonging. That said, the school is large enough to provide a good range of curricular programs and extracurricular activities. Students have the opportunity to try activities that they perhaps wouldn't attempt in larger, more competitive settings. A strong academic program is delivered in consort with an attention to interpersonal skills and social and emotional development. The school is a particular draw for families looking for a balanced program, one that builds from the students’ interests and creativity, yet supports them to reach a bit beyond their immediate comfort zones. 

Principal's Message


C-Anne Robertson, Executive Director

There are so many benefits to sending your child to a school that recognizes the incredible potential of each individual, to give one answer is impossible. The real benefit to sending your child to Progressive Academy is that we recognize individual interests, abilities and needs and work with each child. Therefore every child benefits in a different way. Here are some examples:


Dan is an intelligent but disorganized child with a definite opinion. Through some unhappy educational circumstances he has come to the conclusion that just average will do and that to express your opinion is dangerous. After two years at Progressive Academy we see organizational skills developing and thus resulting in academic achievement. Dan has also found his voice and has become an emerging political activist.


Mary is a brilliant student with poor social skills, which in turn affect her academic performance. With patience and persistence and excellent coaching of both Mary and her peers, Mary has become a capable communicator. This helps her put her attention on her work and the brilliance shines through.


Cameron is an emotionally, socially and academically capable student who's goals are clear and wants to get on with his life. The ability to move forward with his program allowed him to complete courses quickly and move onto post-secondary early, where he completed his engineering degree before the age of 20.


I encourage everyone to take the time to come and visit our school, walk through the hallways, and talk to our students and faculty so you can see first hand why we love to be here.


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

What Progressive Academy says: Progressive Academy implements the Alberta Provincial curriculum as a starting point. Students are not bound by grades or constrained by time in their forward progress through the curriculum. High expectations for full understanding and ability to use what has been learned determine forward progress. Authentic learning opportunities provide meaning for curriculum expectation. Students are often in multi-grades classes and are encouraged to perform at their highest level while mentoring younger student in their work.

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Gifted

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Languages Offered: • French

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

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

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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Progressive Academy 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 Progressive 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 Progressive Academy 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 Progressive Academy says: By creating engaging environments and providing authentic learning experiences our young learners actively engage in learning and reflection. Whether it is a tour of the city to examine 2D and 3D shapes in Edmonton's architecture, or a study of bugs in the yard - Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students learn the basic of research - observation. Literacy, communication skills and numeracy are woven into your students daily activities. Our high interactive phonics programs find most of our students with beginning reading skills before they enter Kindergarten.

    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 Progressive Academy 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 Progressive Academy says: At Progressive Academy we have high expectations. We expect our students to understand what they are learning and demonstrate their ability to incorporate their learning into their lives. We expect our students to learn how to learn, to take responsibility for their learning, to reflect on their learning and to help others. We expect our students to help shape a better world in their daily lives as students.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    What Progressive Academy says: At Progressive Academy we believe that all of our students can shine in all domains. Each student is naturally more capable in some domains than others, but by providing tools and working together, everyone can succeed intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically, and spiritually.

    Special Needs Support Resource Assistance

    Resource Assistance

    Students remain in a regular classroom for the whole day, and periodically receive break-out support (individually or in small groups) within the classroom 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 Progressive Academy says: Our educational program requires a high degree of student self-regulation. Our classes are busy with active learning and collaboration. We work with families to assist children to develop the skills needed as they move up the grades in our school. While we have a number of supports in place we have a very specific program that may not be best for every child. In that event, we would assist the family to find a program that would be more able to meet the student\'s needs.

    • 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 Dedicated gifted school

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    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 Progressive 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.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Progressive Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Skating
      Mountain biking
      Racquet Ball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day Day (International)
    Day (International)$16,800
    What Progressive Academy says: International students boarding upon request.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students$200
    2nd child (sibling)all students15%
    3rd child (sibling)all students20%
    4th child (sibling)all students30%

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 200
    Average enrollment per grade13
    Average class size16 to 20
    Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewPS - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)3 - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

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


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Progressive Academy 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


    I write this to commend Progressive Academy for being “progressive” in their approach to educating children. Initiating an “options” course as part of the elementary curriculum has seen a significant improvement in my son’s grades overall. Not only is he interested and excited about the options course, without even knowing, he is excited and motivated for his other courses as well. What I like most about the system is that one course does not stand alone at Progressive Academy. The courses are as interwoven as a fine Persian carpet where each course is impacted by the other. Aside from the positive grade improvement, the options idea has strengthened relationships between the students of various grade levels, encouraging cooperative behaviour in a team environment not solely dependent on the specific grade level. With the options you see Grade six students interacting and encouraging children in the lower grades and having fun cooperating and most importantly learning!

    Thank you for stepping up and out of the box to improve learning.


    Meet Emily Landry-Progressive Academy Graduate

    Congratulations go out to Emily who graduated this spring from UBC School of Engineering with a BASc in Electrical Engineering.

    "I have never seen an individual with the abilities and dedication of Ms. Landry and I do not know if I ever will again." notes Emily's supervising professor in an article featuring Emily as a rising star in a recent issue of UBC Applied Science newsletter and industry mail out.

    Emily made the most of her experience at UBC by taking on responsibilities above and beyond most students. She formed the UBC Engineers Without Borders chapter with her friends, opened an electronic prototyping lab for students ad helped teach students as a supplemental Learning Leader. In the past three years Emily has been part of a research team working on new photonics technologies that will contribute to the creation of light-based computing. Her work in this has resulted in six research publications and a presentation on one of them in Calgary.

    Upon graduating Emily is planning to go to Ghana for a month to help with the implementation of a solar project that will hopefully develop into a micro business opportunity in the village she will be working in. After that her options are to start graduate school or to find a career that allows her to research more viable alternative power sources.



    Halloween Dance

    On October 28th, 2010, we had a Halloween Dance in our gym. It started at 5pm and ended at 7pm. There was a food table, Haunted House, Costume Contest, and a Dance Contest. The Haunted House was terrifying! People would hide in the corners and jump out in your face! As for the Costume Contest, people would choose who had the best costumes from Kindergarten to grade 2, Grades 3-6, Jr. and Sr.High, and a Family Costume. There were so many unique costumes such as princesses, ladybugs, zombies, and jokers. Everyone had a marvelous time and we are all very excited for next year. ...

    Options Class

    There are so many different choices for this class! Options Class is for grades 3 and up. In this class you can choose which subject you want to learn about. If you like to write stories and get all of the facts then journalism is the class for you. In journalism you get to write stories for the school newspaper and do so many other fun writing exercises. Home Economics is another option. Learn how to cook up a storm, sew new things and garden. This class is really fun and a good way to learn how to help around the house. Chess is a good chance to learn how to play the game and learn about the history. You can work your brain with this complicated game. Try new strategies and find out what each playing piece is worth. Cinematography is really fun. Making stop motion movies and learning how to use video cameras is really interesting. The cinematography group is busy making many more movies and fun videos right now! Photography is a fun option in which you take pictures of thing around the school. Then you edit them on GIMP and post them in the newspaper. This class is good for learning how to edit and take pictures. Independent study is a class where you choose what you want to learn about. You choose a topic and either do a poster, PowerPoint or any other way you choose to present what you have learned. This class is a very good way to learn about things you don't get to learn about in class. As you can see there are many different Options Classes to choose from. Every child has a different perspective on learning and what they want to learn about. At Progressive Academy we inspire children to learn with new classes each semester. ...

    Our School Uniform

    Our uniform has many different choices such as blue shirts, white shirts, skorts, pleated skirts, plaid skirts, navy pants, khaki pants, and short and long sleeve shirts. We all wear formal uniforms on field trips and on the first Thursday of every month. Formal uniform for girls is a navy skirt or skort, a blue oxford shirt, and a vest or cardigan sweater. The boys' formal uniform is the same as the girls', except, they wear navy pants; not skirts. At the end of every month, we have a casual day, where we can wear whatever we want. All of the days throughout the year, other than formal and casual days, we can wear different combinations of uniform such as: for girls a plaid skirt, a white shirt, and a navy cardigan sweater and for boys, you could wear khaki pants, and an oxford shirt. ...


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