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Coventry Hills/Country Hills Village Second Elementary School (Northern Lights School)

711 Coventry Drive NE, T3K 4C6

Anticipated Opening Date: September 8, 2020
Grades | K-4

Registrations for kindergarten at Northern Lights School will be collected at Coventry Hills School. Kindergarten registration begins on Jan. 20, 2020.

Delay in School Opening

​August 12, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am very excited to open Northern Lights School in the Coventry Hills community, and I know that you and your children are equally excited! On May 27, 2020, I communicated that the school opening would be delayed and that Northern Lights School would operate temporarily out of Coventry Hills School.

I’m please to advise you that construction progress over the summer has surpassed expectations and although there will be a short delay our school will open following the Labour Day long weekend.

Change to the First Day of School

The first day of school will be changed to Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 for students at Northern Lights School.

Please make child care arrangements for September 1, 2, 3 and 4.

I want to ensure that you are well informed and I understand that a delay in opening may cause child care difficulties for families. We believe it is in the best interest of our students and staff to open in our new school rather than start in the contingency school for such a short time and with the guidelines for Covid-19 in place.

One of the immediate benefits will be our increased capacity to socially distance the children for everyone’s health and safety. Further information on some of the site specific plans we will have in place will be coming later this month.

I look forward to seeing you and your children on September 8. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at


Michelle Brinson, Principal
Northern Lights School

Construction Status

 The construction status is updated using the Construction Projects Status Report.


Feb. 2020

Design and Specifications​ ​100%
​Construction Award ​100%
​Construction Progress 32%
​Note: Project Managed by Alberta Infrastructure. Structural steel installation complete; exterior cladding and interior construction underway. Additional parking lot approved; construction deferred until Spring 2020.


Oct. 2019

Design and Specifications​ ​100%
​Construction Award ​100%
​Construction Progress 18%
​Note: Project Managed by Alberta Infrastructure. Structural steel installation complete; masonry, paving and site development underway. Additional parking lot approved; construction to begin Fall 2019.



How was information shared with the community?

An open house was held on Feb. 1, 2018 at Nose Creek School to share the proposed design of this school with the community.

Why was this site chosen for the new school?

The Municipal Government Act requires 10% of new development area to be designated for amenities: parks; public space; community association sites; and school sites. The CBE works with The City, the Calgary Catholic School District and community developers to select school sites based on catchment areas within new developments. There is a balance between population, number and type of residential units, location and land dedication.

Why is the CBE building this new school?

Based on the size of Coventry Hills/Country Hills Village, CBE has two elementary and one middle school sites. There is also one high school site located within the community of Coventry Hills.

The 2nd elementary school in Coventry was ranked as CBE’s 2nd priority for new school construction in the Three Year School Capital Plan 2018-2021. The project was approved in March 2017 by Alberta Education. At that time there were 1,696 pre-school aged children and 996 Kindergarten to Grade 4 students residing in Coventry Hills/Country Hills Village. The existing middle school (Nose Creek) and elementary school (Coventry Hills) have a combined capacity of 1,535 student spaces. The September 2018 utilization rate at Coventry Hills school was 96% and it was 114% at Nose Creek School. Construction of the second elementary school will allow CBE to accommodate students within the community by balancing enrolment between the three schools in the future.

Mar. 19, 2019

Bird Construction has mobilized to site and construction will be getting underway. The Site Plan that is linked on the right-hand side of this page shows the footprint of the school on the site. Please note that changes to the parking lot as indicated on this site plan are currently under consideration and conversations with impacted stakeholders in the community will be taking place soon. ​

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