Changes to Programming and Site Locations | 2018-19
Starting in the 2018-19 school year, Chinook Learning Services will be moving out of its current locations and changing the scope of programs offered to Calgary students.
Over the next few months, we will be working with Chinook’s leadership team to support the transition. It is important for us to understand your thoughts and perspectives. If you have questions or comments to share, fill out our online form.
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We will provide the answers to those questions wherever possible and will share more information as it becomes available. We are committed to keeping you informed as we move forward with this plan.
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New Locations for Chinook Programs
The first change is the long-anticipated move out of Viscount Bennett Centre and Erlton Campus. Because of their age and condition, these buildings are costing a significant amount to operate and maintain and they do not qualify for government maintenance funding. It is not cost effective to renovate Viscount Bennett Centre and Erlton Campus is being under-utilized. We cannot delay this move any longer. As a facility, Viscount Bennett Centre is at the end of its life cycle.
In selecting the new locations, we wanted to ensure that they were centrally located in the north and south quadrants of the city. It is important for students to be able to access programs closer to home, ensure transportation is available, and maximize space within existing high schools.
After careful review, it was determined that only four CBE buildings met this criteria (James Fowler, Lord Beaverbrook and Forest Lawn High Schools and the Career and Technology Centre). Starting in the 2018-19 school year:
- High school upgrading programs currently offered at Viscount Bennett Centre will move to James Fowler and Lord Beaverbrook High Schools
- A Diploma Testing Centre will be located at Lord Beaverbrook High School
- ELL/LINC programs will move to Forest Lawn High School
- Continuing Education programs will continue at schools across the city
- Chinook central administration, student registration and some Continuing Education classrooms will move to the Career and Technology Centre
Note | summer school 2018 will go ahead as planned.
Programming for Students
The location changes mean that we will have approximately one-third less space in which to offer programming for students. Therefore, at these north and south campuses, we will focus on high school completion for Calgary students aged 16-19 (students must be 19 years of age or younger at Sept. 1). At these same locations, we will also offer upgrading and enhancement opportunities for students aged 16-19 who previously attended a CBE high school. There are many details to be worked out, particularly the transitioning and programming for students over 20.
We remain committed to our high school success strategy while balancing the need for responsible financial stewardship.
There are several reasons these changes are necessary now. While relocating Chinook’s programs has been discussed for years, due to various factors the CBE has been unable to move forward. For example, we needed to know how the building and modernizing of so many K-12 schools would impact the space available. Additionally, with the opening of Nelson Mandela High School in the north and Joane Cardinal-Schubert High School in the south (Sept 2018), learning spaces in our system have opened up to accommodate Chinook programming and students. Now that the options are known, the decisions have been made.