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Clear Water Academy

Grades JK TO Gr. 12 — Calgary, AB (MAP)

Clear Water Academy:

Pages in this report:

  • Grades
    JK — Gr. 12
  • Gender
    Coed, All boys, All girls
  • Class Size
    15 — 20 students
  • Tuition
    $15,700 to 17,400/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    745 day students
  • Curriculum
    Liberal Arts
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School address

  • 3910 Quesnay Wood Drive SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3E 7M3 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

Clear Water Academy offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider.

The regions Clear Water Academy offers busing from are:

  • Calgary

Additional notes: Limited service to northwest of Calgary with plans to expand the routes in the future.

Our Perspective

How we see Clear Water Academy

Clear Water Academy consistently ranks very highly nationally, distinguished particularly by the strength and quality of the academic program. The approach is also a distinguishing factor, and it’s the only school in Canada to base the curriculum in integral theory, one that relies on the full spectrum of knowledge formation, from empirical inquiry to personal and spiritual engagement. As a Catholic institution, the relationship that students grow with God and their understanding of themselves as spiritual beings is yet another significant draw, and rightly so. Class sizes are small, and the feel of the school is very much of a community, one that includes the parent population. That’s a reflection of how the school was formed; in 1995 a few families got together in order to create a better education for their children. They did, and indeed very many families have been the beneficiaries of their vision ever since. Clear Water Academy presents a robust academic environment, with programs delivered through an authentic Catholic lens.

School's Perspective

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How Clear Water Academy sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Clear Water Academy is the only private Catholic school in Alberta. We offer a rigorous academic program from Preschool to Grade 12 for students of all faiths in a caring environment. Our dedicated faculty educate the whole child in their intellectual, spiritual, human and apostolic formation. We offer small class sizes, single gender classrooms from Grades 4 to 9, and a top-ranked university-prep program including Advanced Placement courses. 100% of our students pursue post-secondary education."

  • Top Ranked School in Alberta
  • Model of Integral Formation with an emphasis on developing a strong moral character
  • University preparatory program - 100% of our graduates pursue post secondary education
  • Small class sizes that allow us to build strong relationships
  • Provincial level sport competition in the Calgary Independent Schools Athletics Association (CISAA)
  • Separated Girl's & Boys Classes from Grade 4 to 9
  • Catholic faith-based environment, including retreats, Mass, prayer, and apostolic service projects
  • Before and After School
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 2
  • Our students achieve scores of 3 or higher on worldwide Advanced Placement tests

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"We consistently rank among the top schools in Alberta and proudly stand as the sole institution in Canada offering the innovative educational framework of Integral Formation. This unique approach centres on nurturing four fundamental dimensions of development: intellectual, human, spiritual, and apostolic, ensuring the education of the whole person."

What tradeoffs has your school made to serve families in this way?

"Clear Water Academy offers families a compelling proposition: a commitment to the highest quality education delivered through the Integral Formation® model. Aligned with the Regnum Christi Education Network, we dedicate ourselves to nurturing the complete development of each child, fostering their intellectual, spiritual, human, and apostolic capacities. Within our nurturing environment, students thrive, benefiting from personalized attention tailored to unlock their full potential, enabling them to emerge as confident Christian leaders ready to embrace and utilize their unique gifts. Our motto, Semper Altius, meaning "Always Higher," encapsulates our ethos, inspiring students, parents, and faculty alike to continually pursue excellence and personal growth through a dynamic journey of formation and advancement."

Under what conditions would you advise a family against choosing your school?

"Our school, Clear Water Academy, is deeply rooted in the rich traditions and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. It's essential for families considering enrollment to prioritize the Catholic faith and embrace its beliefs to fully benefit from our educational model of Integral Formation. Our rigorous academic program, aligned with Alberta certification standards, emphasizes excellence in literature and mathematics, encouraging students to strive for their highest academic achievements.
At Clear Water Academy, our dedication to academic excellence goes hand in hand with our commitment to nurturing ethical and compassionate individuals grounded in their faith, preparing them to excel not only academically but also as Christian leaders in their communities."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"Families choose Clear Water Academy for its commitment to academic excellence in a safe, caring, and fun environment, emphasizing character and moral growth. The prestigious University Preparatory program secures children's university placements. The separated classrooms for girls and boys in Grades 4-9, tailoring teaching to unique interests, are cherished. They value the high-quality Catholic education and small class sizes that foster strong connections and community."

How would you characterize your school's image amongst the public?

"Clear Water Academy offers a faith-filled environment with small classes and a dedicated faculty, enhancing the education experience and cultivating future leaders prepared for post-secondary education. Our commitment to forming Christian leaders is evident in our approach, of engaging students not only with high academic standards but also with strong character formation. We empower students to be well-prepared and confident as they embark on their future journeys and choices, ready to make a positive impact on the world."

School Facilities

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Instructional resources

Shared spaces

School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Clear Water Academy

Video reviews of Clear Water Academy

Parent, Wilma Shim (0)

JK to Gr. 2 (current), JK to Gr. 1 (current) — Watch our parent interview with Wilma Shim to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Clear Water Academy.

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Darren Forrester, Head of School

Dear Parents of Prospective Students,

Thank you for your interest in Clear Water Academy, A Catholic School - Forming Christian Leaders. Our school is centrally located in Calgary, Alberta and offers programs from Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 12. We are proud that our school is consistently ranked a top school in Alberta by the Fraser Institute.

Clear Water Academy is a school where students receive a balanced spiritual and educational foundation. We ensure that every child receives a personalized education aimed at forming their character, intellect, faith, and desire to serve others. Today, Clear Water Academy is home to nearly 450 students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12, and over 75 staff members (role models).  Clear Water Academy teaches, educates, and forms students so that they will become the leaders necessary to change society.  

Semper Altius - Always Higher is Clear Water Academy's motto. Whether it is helping a classmate with difficult math homework, taking on a leadership role in a school club, or participating in the dozens of athletic teams or service projects that take us into local neighborhoods and around the world, Semper Altius is a way of life.

I invite you to learn more about our very special school. Please contact our Admissions Director, Val Blahut, to book your personal tour. We'd love to meet your family and introduce to Clear Water Academy!

God Bless,

Darren Forrester

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