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Great Learning Starts Here

Kindergarten is the start of an exciting adventure for your child. CBE schools are open to all children and are committed to embracing every student in a safe and welcoming environment.

Most of our kindergarten programs are half-day, offered either in the morning or afternoon, with hours of operation varying from school to school.
If you are looking to register your child in a CBE school, you'll find everything you need to know to get started below. You can also check out the links on the right for some great kindergarten resources.
Registration for the 2017-18 school year begins Jan. 9, 2017.

When can my child begin kindergarten?

Use our kindergarten calculator to see when your child is eligible to attend kindergarten. Under our current School Act regulations, children must be at least four years old on or before March 1 to start kindergarten in September of the same calendar year.

*Please note: The new Education Act was expected to take effect in the 2016-17 school year, but has been delayed by Alberta Education. The new regulation states that starting in the 2018-19 school year, children must be at least five years old by Dec. 31, 2018 to start kindergarten in September 2018. Our kindergarten calculator assumes that the Education Act will be in effect for the 2018-19 school year.

Children must start school if they are six years of age or older on Sept. 1.


 Kindergarten Calculator

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Kindergarten begins in the fall of each school year. 

Choosing the Right School

Once you've found out when your child will start kindergarten, the next step is finding a school. Every child in Calgary has a designated school at the CBE. You can find yours by using our find a school tool. 
We also have a variety of alternative programs available to our students. Visit our Program Options to find out what we offer.

Registering for Kindergarten

After you have chosen a school for your child, it's time to look at registration. You have to register in person at your school with proof of residence, your child's name, date of birth and citizenship. Visit our Registration page for more information and for the forms you'll need.

How Do I Register at a School That’s Under Construction?

The CBE is excited to be building new elementary schools in several Calgary communities which are expected to open for the 2016-17 school year. Kindergarten registration, which opens on January 11, 2016, will take place at the current designated school for your community (see chart). Students from your community, who are currently attending their designated regular program school, will automatically be transferred to the new school.
Registration at CBE schools is not determined on a first come, first served basis, so it is not necessary to register on the first day registration opens. However, registering your child as soon as possible helps our principals plan and prepare accordingly for the new school year.
For information on the designation areas, walk zones, grade configurations and construction status, please visit
​New elementary school in: Anticipated opening​ Register for kindergarten at:
Aspen Woods (Dr. Roberta Bondar School) ​January 2017 ​Olympic Heights School – if you live east of 85th Street
Jennie Elliott School – if you live west of 85th Street
Auburn Bay (Auburn Bay School)​ September 2016 ​Andrew Sibbald School
Copperfield (Copperfield School)​ ​September 2016 ​Maple Ridge School
Evanston (Kenneth D. Taylor School) ​September 2016 ​Cambrian Heights School
North Haven School
​New Brighton (New Brighton School) ​September 2016 ​Acadia School
Panorama Hills (Buffalo Rubbing Stone School)​ ​September 2016 ​Panorama Hills School
Saddle Ridge (Hugh A. Bennett School)​ ​January 2017 ​Saddle Ridge School
Tuscany (Eric Harvie School) ​ ​January 2017 ​Tuscany School

Non-Canadian Citizens

If your child isn't a Canadian citizen, you will need to register at the admissions office at Kingsland Centre, 7430 5 Street S.W. Phone 403-777-7373, then press 1 to make an appointment.
You will need legal proof of your child's name, date of birth and citizenship status in Canada, as well as proof of your address. Acceptable documents include:
  • Permanent resident card
  • Confirmation of permanent residence
  • Record of landing
  • Parent's valid work permit or study permit and child's birth certificate


Two-way transportation is arranged for children in kindergarten who attend their designated school and live within the transportation service area. Bus maps are available from your school three days before classes start.
For more information on busing eligibility, fees and routes, visit our Transportation page.

My 1st Ride

The CBE offers a school bus orientation program for first-time riders and their parents, called My 1st Ride. Registration begins in April each year.

Additional Supports

Based on classroom needs, each kindergarten classroom will also be supported by an enhanced supports team that will support teachers to optimize your child’s learning experience. The team may consist of:  
  • Early learning strategists
  • Speech-language pathologists (SLP) and assistants (SLA)
  • Occupational and physical therapists (OT/PT)
  • Education assistants (EA)
  • Early childhood practitioners (ECP)
  • Family-oriented programming facilitators (FOP)
  • School family liaison (SFL)

Supporting Your Child

As your child's first and most important teacher, you play an on-going role in his or her education. Consider volunteering in the classroom or becoming a member of the school council. Research shows that if parents are involved in the school, children learn better. Most importantly, you can support your child at home by talking about the school day and displaying his or her work.

Full-day Kindergarten

Most CBE schools offer half-day kindergarten programs; however full-day kindergarten programs are offered in a few schools where data identifies children who would most benefit from additional time spent in a kindergarten program.
Registrations for full-day kindergarten can be accepted only for children living in the school’s designated area.
For 2016-17, the following schools will offer full-day kindergarten: Connaught, James Short Memorial, Penbrooke Meadows, Valley View, Radisson Park, Keeler, Patrick Airlie, Abbeydale, Vista Heights, Falconridge, Catherine Nichols Gunn, Cecil Swanson, West Dover, Piitoayis Family School, Marlborough School and the Aboriginal Learning Centre​.
The data used to determine full-day kindergarten schools is updated every year. This means that schools that offer full-day kindergarten may change slightly from year to year.

 Contact Us

To find out more about kindergarten at your school, please contact your school directly.

For general questions about the CBE kindergarten program, please contact:

Robin Halbert

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