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Registration Kindergarten to Grade 9

Kindergarten to Grade 9

Registration Process During a Health Emergency

During a health emergency when access to school buildings is being limited for everyone’s safety, the following is the process to register students new to CBE who are Canadian citizens. If you have questions, please contact the school you are registering at directly.

For more detailed information, see the Registration Process During a Health Emergency for Canadian Citizens New to CBE.

Not Canadian Citizen | students new to CBE who are not Canadian citizens must contact the Admissions and Assessment Office at the CBE Welcome Centre 403-817-7789 for instructions.

Registration Steps
  1. Print and complete the Student Registration Form - Dependent Student including signatures, then scan or photograph a copy of the form and save it as a PDF. This must be done by the parent/legal guardian of the student.
    If you do not have access to a printer, complete the form (without signatures) and attach it as a PDF to an email with one of these statements:
    • “I declare that I am of the Roman Catholic Faith” or “I declare that I am not of the Roman Catholic Faith”, and
    • “I hereby represent that I have the legal authority to register the person named on the attached registration form. I declare the information that I have provided on this form is complete and accurate. I will immediately notify the school of any changes to the information on this form.”
  2. Scan a copy or take a photo of the student proof of age and legal name document (e.g., birth certificate, passport, court document).
  3. Email the school and attach the registration form and the proof of age and legal name document.
    Use our find a school tool to determine your designated school.
    To find the email address of a school:
    • Find the school in the School Directory;
    • Click on the school name; and
    • copy the email address.
  4. The school will conditionally register the student providing the address is within the school’s designated boundaries and the student is age appropriate for the school.
    Once the health emergency is over, the school will email the parent / legal guardian who completed the form and ask that they bring the following documents to the school for verification purposes during the school office hours:
    • proof of address document with the parent’s / legal guardian’s / independent student’s name (e.g., utility bill, bank statement, income tax statement, federal correspondence, property tax assessment)
    • original of proof of age and legal name document which the school will compare to the emailed document
    • photo ID of the person who completed the form to verify their identity.

When to Register​


Our schools are closed for the summer. If your children are Canadian citizens you will register directly with your school when they re-open in August. Check your school's website for their back-to-school information. If your children are not Canadian citizens please call our CBE Welcome Centre at 403-817-7789 to make a registration appointment.


Registration for the 2020-21 school year begins on Monday, January 20, 2020​.

For most children, kindergarten is their first step into school.

Learn more about kindergarten.

My 1st Ride

The CBE offers a school bus orientation program for first-time riders and their parents, called My 1st Ride. Registration begins April 20.

When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten?

Use our kindergarten calculator to see when your child is eligible to attend kindergarten.  

2020: Children can start kindergarten in the fall of 2020 if they turn 5 years old on or before Dec. 31, 2020. As a result of changes to the Education Act, a standardized age of entry to kindergarten will come into effect on September 1, 2020.

Note: If your child is born between Jan. 1 and Mar. 1 2016 they will be eligible to start kindergarten in 2021.​

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

 Kindergarten Calculator

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New to Calgary

Canadian students who move to Calgary during the school year can register directly at their designated school.

If you are arriving in the summer, visit your school website to see when your school is open for registration during the summer. Most schools are open for registration at the end of August, and modified calendar schools are open mid-August.

Non-Canadian students must register at the CBE Welcome Centre, which is open both during the school year and also through most of the summer to help families who are new to Canada. Please see the Non-Canadian Students section at the bottom of this page for more details.

Program Options

Along with our regular program, we offer several program options to suit the unique learning needs, interests and abilities of your child. All of our programs follow the Alberta Program of Studies mandated curriculum. Our regular program is the most popular choice among parents, but our alternative programs continue to grow. Choose the best option for your child.

Parents of new kindergarten registrants must complete a CBE registration form at each alternative program or school in which they are expressing an interest.

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.

Registering at a New School

To register for kindergarten at a school currently under construction, please register at the current designated school for your community. Students from your community, who are currently attending their designated regular program school, will automatically be transferred to the new school.

Lottery Process

If your designated school is full a lottery may be held to determine who is able to attend the school. Students who are not successful in the lottery will be designated to a different school.

Out-of-Boundary Students

You can apply to attend any school, even if it is not your designa​ted community school. Each principal determines if their school has capacity to accept out-of-boundary students, usually after enrolment numbers are determined.

For more information, contact the school you're interested in attending directly. If the school confirms, you can complete the Request to Transfer form (below).

Request to Transfer to Another CBE School

If you would like to transfer from one CBE school to another, please refer to the instructions in the request to transfer form for either:

When you are transitioning from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school, you will be automatically designated to your new school.

Non-Canadian Students

Children who are not Canadian citizens must be registered by appointment at the CBE Welcome Centre ​ at  (1221 - 8 Street SW), even if they have attended school elsewhere in Canada.

  • Landed immigrants (Permanent Residents)
  • Refugees
  • Children of individuals who are lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent or temporary residence, or non-residents
  • International fee-paying students who are approved by the CBE’s Global Learning

Registration at the Welcome Centre for non-Canadian students is by appointment only. Call 403-817-7789 to make an appointment to register. Interpreters are available to assist at this appointment.

If necessary, an English language​ assessment will be done to determine your child’s English skills.

For more information see New to Canada.​​

 Contact Us

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


For general questions about registration at the CBE call the CBE School Information Line:

t | 403-817-​7955

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