English language learners

  • Admissions
     
  • Assessment
     
  • Programming
     
  • Settlement Services
     
  • Contact us
     

Admissions Services

The Admissions Office coordinates the registration of students new to the CBE who are NOT Canadian citizens in compliance with CBE, Provincial government and Federal government policy. Non-Canadian students include:

  • Permanent Residents (Landed immigrants)
  • Children of individuals who are lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent or temporary residence, or non-residents (parents on work permits or study permits)
  • Non-Canadian children of Canadian citizens/Permanent Residents
  • International fee-paying students who are approved by the CBE’s Global Learning

The Admissions Office is located at Kingsland Centre (7430 - 5 Street S.W.) Kingsland Centre is open year-round. Many families arrive during the summer, so it is important to make an appointment as soon as possible. To book an appointment, please call 403-777-7373 (ext. 1). Directions to Kingsland Centre (click for map)

To register, you will need to provide legal proof of your child’s name, date of birth, and citizenship status in Canada. The following documents are acceptable:

  • Permanent resident card or Confirmation of Permanent Residence or Record of Landing
  • Parent’s valid Work Permit or Study Permit
  • Student’s Study Permit (International students)

If you are on a work or study permit you will need to bring your child’s birth certificate. You will also need to bring information that confirms your address. If you are on a Study Permit, inquire about additional documentation required.

Students with another language in the home are required to take an English language assessment to determine whether extra support for learning English is required. The assessment appointments can take up to two and a half hours to complete. See:

Assessment Services

Assessment Services coordinates the English Language proficiency assessment of students new to the CBE in Grades 1 to 12 who are NOT Canadian citizens and speak a language other than English at home. The English assessment takes place during the appointment to register with Admissions Services (link to Admissions tab) at Kingsland Centre (7430 5 St. S.W.). The assessment of listening, speaking, reading and writing helps to inform the school whether your child would benefit from English language instruction and support.

If your child is a Canadian citizen and/or if your child is in Kindergarten, the English Language proficiency assessment is done by the staff at the school.

Approximately 25% of students in the Calgary Board of Education are identified as English Language Learners (ELLs) who are in the process of developing English as an additional language. They receive an ESL code that informs Alberta Education to provide extra funding to schools for English language programming. All students who have an ESL code receive regular reports about their progress on the ESL Benchmarks. There are many ways that schools support English Language Development. Click the programming tab at the top to read more about programming for English Language Learners.

Click on the links below to read more:

Programming for English Language Learners

Approximately 25% of students in the Calgary Board of Education are identified as English Language Learners (ELLs) who are in the process of developing English as an additional language.  CBE schools offer many different kinds of programming and supports to assist learners to develop English skills while also advancing academically.

Why English Language Development? (pdf)

Keep the Home Language Alive (pdf)

See Learning English for School (pdf)

The Calgary Board of Education also offers specialized programming for English Language Learners who face additional challenges as a result of the circumstances of their migration (often from war-torn regions) and their lack of opportunity for prior schooling. The L.E.A.D. (Literacy, English and Academic Development) program is in 9 CBE locations; it offers intensive language instruction and support.

What is the L.E.A.D. Program? (pdf)

Programming for English Language Learners is based on their ESL coding and their language assessment which results in a benchmark level. Click on the links below to read more:

There are also other services in the CBE which provide help and support for immigrant families. These include:

Settlement Services

The Calgary Board of Education is partnered with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth to provide settlement services to newcomer children and their families. Find out more by visiting the Calgary Bridge Foundation website.

Contact us

General Inquiries:
Kingsland Centre
403-777-7373 (ext. 0)

Support for English Language Learning programming is also available through the Area Learning Teams by phoning the Area offices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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