Is the Science Program the Right Choice for My Child?
A successful student demonstrates:
- a love of science
- a desire to engage in and dialogue about how the world works, comfort in learning through the perspective of science and prefers direct contact with phenomena (i.e. enjoys hands on exploration)
- an ability to take initiative
- adaptability to various learning environments
- a willingness to conform to uniform regulations, where expected
- a willingness to participate in extensive off-site field studies
Characteristics of a Science Program
- Using the Alberta Education Science Program of Study to drive integrated curriculum, fostering curiosity
- Fostering critical thinking skills and problem-solving based on science and technology perspectives
- Students develop scientific literacy (skills of observation and documentation, measurement, prediction, analysis, synthesis of data)
- Opportunities for co-construction of knowledge and understanding through the perspective of science
- Frequent field study to enhance science topics and inquiries
- Engaging in study of the natural world of the schoolyard and community
- Connecting with experts in the field of science and technology
- Having opportunity to participate in science extracurricular opportunities to enrich learning
- Consistent participation in regular field studies that provide opportunities for problem-solving, knowledge acquisition, and service through a scientific lens
- Instructional focus on inquiry, experiential learning and integrated project work
- 10-20 field studies per year for each student, parents are required to volunteer for a minimum of 3 field studies per registered student
- Additional fees will be assessed for each student per year to cover the cost of field studies (past costs have been up to $200.00)
How to Register
For the 2018-19 school year Alternative Program registration begins January 2018. Please take your completed registration package to your designated school after you have attended the parent information session. Please refer to this school’s website for parent information session details.
For families that are new to the CBE and not Canadian citizens, please note you must first attend the Kingsland Reception Centre for an initial assessment prior to registering for an Alternative Program.
- See Fees page for fees that apply to all CBE students
- Kindergarten = $100 (Field study)
- Grade 1 to 9 = $200 (Field study)
- Uniform (for applicable schools)
We offer bus service with congregated stops for students in alternative programs. Please keep this in mind if you choose an alternative program.