We are one school system educating more than 125,000 students in over 245 schools. More than 14,000 employees work together to provide learning as unique as every student.
Our work is guided by our
Education Plan , which connects each CBE employee to student success. We must create an environment where each student can become an engaged learner, prepared for success in life, work and future learning.
We’re all committed to success for every student.
Each student in keeping with their individual abilities and gifts, will complete high school with a foundation of learning necessary to thrive in life, work and continued learning.
Students come first.
We believe that everyone can learn. Each student is unique and worthwhile. We acknowledge, recognize and celebrate the diversity of our learners. Success for each and every student is the goal of our work.
Learning is our central purpose.
We believe that learning empowers students to achieve their potential. Attention to continuous improvement, high expectations, innovation and relationships will enable all students to reach their potential. Student learning is at the heart of everyone's work at the Calgary Board of Education.
Public education serves the common good.
Public education is essential for a vibrant democracy. The principles of democracy drive our accountability to the public and the public's participation in our work. Our school system is owned by and accountable to Calgarians and therefore, the Calgary Board of Education is accountable to Calgary taxpayers for using resources wisely to meet students' learning needs.
Public education is a shared responsibility. With our students, families, employees, partners and communities, we work together every day to build positive learning and working environments because when our students succeed, our communities benefit. Together, we all make a difference.
We are fortunate to have relationships with many organizations and businesses in Calgary and Alberta. These relationships are varied in the ways that they help to support education and student success.
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The CBE is guided by an elected board of seven trustees. Trustees are elected every four years during the municipal election along with Calgary's mayor and councillors. Day-to-day operations are led by a team of superintendents who are responsible for meeting the expectations of the Board of Trustees as set out in the Board's Results policies and Operational Expectations.
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Our Schools and Area Offices
To manage the needs of our large school system and efficiently support our schools, we have divided our school district into seven areas in Calgary.
Each Area is led by an Area Director who provides leadership support to principals in about 35 schools.
Each school is led by a principal who is responsible for meeting the learning needs of each student.
Our Service Units
Service units provide support to schools by:
- helping teachers develop the best teaching methods and tools for student learning
- hiring and developing the skills of our employees
- looking after our schools and buildings
- maintaining and improving learning technology
- managing our finances
- providing other services such as legal and communications support
Our Policies and Regulations
The Board of Trustees has a set of policies called
Operational Expectations that enables it to govern and monitor the outcomes and operations of the CBE.
The Results are the Board’s expected outcomes for all students. Operational Expectations explain the responsibilities and work of the Chief Superintendent.
The Chief Superintendent has policies called
Administrative Regulations that guide every aspect of school and service unit operations. These include all aspects of our school system such as student registration, nutrition in schools and how much homework is appropriate for different grade levels.
Facts & Figures
Number of Students
More than 125,000 students, including students in CBe-learn (our online learning program) and Chinook Learning Services.
|Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
|Chinook Learning Services
Number of Schools
|Total number of schools
|*As of Sept. 30, 2021