The Traditional Learning Centre alternative program is committed to providing an academically rigorous program and character education to students who are at or above grade level. The liberal arts education includes:
- A focus on the liberal arts being balanced between humanities, sciences and the fine arts
- French as a second language that begins in grade 1 and is mandatory to grade 9
- Music is mandatory until the end of grade 9 with Band beginning in the middle school setting.
- Includes art and physical education
- Character education that is:
- intentionally taught and reinforced daily
- embedded in every subject, as appropriate
- demonstrated through service to the school, local and global community
- demonstrated as respect for self, others and the environment
- intentionally recognized through multicultural events
- Instruction that:
- focuses on academic excellence and character development
- includes whole group direct instruction that is sequential and enriched as the primary teaching approach
- provides students with a structured, orderly setting appropriate to the learning activity
- groups Kindergarten to grade 4 students in a cohort in straight grades and by skill ability for language arts and mathematics. Early literacy includes explicit instruction in phonics, spelling and grammar. Horizontal enrichment opportunities are available to challenge students based on their achievement.
- groups grades 5 to 9 students in straight grades in Language Arts and Math and in electives, as needed. Students may be grouped by skill ability for core subjects. Opportunities are provided for horizontal and vertical enrichment in preparation for high school programming.
For further information see the program integrity framework (pdf)
The Traditional Learning Centre uses teacher-directed instruction and character education to foster reflective thinking, continuous learning and responsible citizenship. It is a celebration of cultural diversity and commonly held values. The virtues-oriented school environment prepares students to meet the moral, technological and global challenges of the 21st century.
- The parent/guardian and student sign a commitment form that indicates their understanding and support of the program requirements.
Schools are organized into five geographic Areas. To find out what Area your residential district is in, please click here. Once you find out what Area you are in, please refer to the list below for information.
2013-2014 School Year
CBE Map of Traditional Learning Centre locations (pdf)
Residential Districts and Designated Schools - TLC (pdf)
Applications for this coming September may be sent directly to the following schools:
Dr. J.K. Mulloy (K-6)
Colonel Irvice (5-7)
Colonel Sanders (1-4)
Chief Justice Milvain (K-4)
Chris Akkerman (K-5)
Sir Wilfrid Laurier (5-9)
Le Roi Daniels (K-4)
*Excludes Riverbend and Ogden who are designated to Area V schools.
Please note: Grade 9 students in the TLC will remain in their current school in 2014. There will be no Grade 9 TLC program in high school.
All students must register with the Calgary Board of Education.
Please read the process for accepting students at schools that are at capacity - particularly the lottery draw for alternative program information.
If you are choosing an alternative program, an application process must be followed. Registration does not give you access to alternative programs.
The application process for the Traditional Learning Centre programs begins on January 13th, 2014 at all sites. Applications will be accepted between January and February 28th, 2014. Should there be more applicants at any grade level than spaces available, a lottery system will be employed for appropriate candidates.
The priority for applications will be for students who:
- reside in the residential district (see chart)
- have siblings who will be continuing in the school
- applied by February 28th, 2014 and reapply for 2015
- reside in the program's designated attendance area, outside the residential district of the school
- are non-resident in the Calgary Board of Education
Once a student is accepted into the program, a letter of confirmation will be sent by the middle of April. The parent/guardian must confirm acceptance with the TLC school by April 30th after receiving confirmation.
Applications that are received after February 28th, 2014 are accepted IN DATE ORDER. The waiting list remains in place until September 30. Where applicants are not accepted by September 30th, a new application must be made for the following year.
Students currently enrolled in one school who are transferring to another location are required to have a signed transfer form from the original school prior to taking the application package to their new school.
Before filling out the application forms, please read the following:
Framework for Program Integrity
Application Packages (all forms are in pdf format)