Is the Traditional Learning Centre (TLC) the Right Choice for My Child?
A successful student demonstrates:
self-management and organizational skills and a commitment to daily homework
a willingness to participate in positive social interactions and take a leadership role when engaging in problem solving, acts of citizenship, and service
a willingness to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum and an eagerness for knowledge and service
respect for self, others, and the environment
a willingness to work independently
Characteristics of the TLC Program
Character education intentionally taught and reinforced daily and demonstrated through service to the school, local and global community
Whole group direct instruction that is sequential and enriched as the primary teaching approach
Elementary and middle school students are in straight grades. Students may be regrouped for specific subjects based on their ability.
Early literacy includes explicit instruction in phonics, spelling, and grammar.
French is required from Grade 1 through Grade 9.
Music is required from kindergarten through Grade 9. While all TLC middle schools will offer Instrumental Music (Band), other Music options may be offered.
Homework expectations are in place for Grade 1-9. Homework will be based on classroom instruction and personalization for students’ needs. It will be meaningful and with the purpose of reinforcing classroom teachings and support students in the work of developing time management, organizational and study skills.
In Kindergarten, parents are encouraged to read with their child on a nightly basis and review concepts that may be provided by their classroom teacher.
Mandatory school uniform
Daily singing of O Canada in either French or English
The TLC program ends in Grade 9.
The information above only provides a general overview of the TLC program. However, each school with a TLC program is unique in terms of it's facility and optional course offerings. Speak with the principal at your designated TLC school for specific information. The classroom teacher along with school administration make decisions about individual student's learning.
How to Register
- Registration begins on the second Monday in January.
- Refer to your designated school’s website for any parent information session. Attend parent information session and/or view informational presentation.
- Only completed packages will be accepted once registration begins.
- Packages must be received by Tuesday at noon of the week of Teacher’s Convention. Note:
Lottery draws will take place the following day.
- For families that are new to the CBE and not Canadian citizens, please note you must first attend the CBE Welcome Centre for an initial assessment prior to registering for an Alternative Program.
Fees page for fees that apply to all CBE students
- Uniform cost (approximately $400.00)
- Costs associated with the band program
Transportation for Alternative Programs for important information. Parents will want to carefully consider the transportation services to and from the alternative program they want to enrol their child in.
Find a School
Every child in Calgary has a designated school based on their home address and the program they choose.
Find your designated school with our find a school tool along with the school's contact information and website address. Be sure to use the drop down arrow for 'Program Options' to select 'Traditional Learning Centres'.