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The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is Calgary's public school system. We welcome all children and youth to our schools. Our schools are welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environments where students will learn, make new friends, and discover their talents and interests.

Register Your Child for School

Students new to Canada who have Canadian citizenship are asked to refer to the Canadian Citizen Registration section of Registering for School for next steps.

Students who are not Canadian citizens must register through CBE Welcome Centre, even if they have attended school elsewhere in Canada. 
This includes:

  • Permanent Residents
  • Refugee Claimants
  • Children of lawfully admitted temporary residents
    • Parents / Legal Guardians on work permits
    • Parents / Legal Guardians on study permits
  • Parents / Legal Guardians is permanent resident or Canadian and their child is not

Interpreters are available to assist. There is no cost to families for language interpretation services.

2022 - 2023 School Year Registration

Some 2022-23 school year registration situations will be moving to an online registration process.

Online Registration Form (SchoolEngage)

Who is Registered Using the Online Form?

  • Children registering for an Early Childhood Services (Kindergarten) regular program.
  • Students resident to CBE (see AR 6090, Definitions) registering in a regular program.

Registration Process

Legal Guardians / Parents
New to the CBE

If you do not have a MyCBE parent account.

  1. Create a SchoolEngage account.
  2. Sign in to SchoolEngage.
  3. Add a student.
  4. Complete the registration form.

Refer to SchoolEngage Support for detailed steps. 

Please ensure to upload all of the required documents so as not to delay the application.

Once you have submitted the registration form through SchoolEngage, Welcome Centre staff will contact you to arrange an appointment to complete the registration.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact the Welcome Centre at 403-817-7789 or

Current Legal Guardians / Parents

Legal Guardians with one or more children already registered in CBE, who have created a MyCBE parent account, will access SchoolEngage through their MyCBE account

  1. Sign in to MyCBE
  2. Click on the SchoolEngage icon in the left menu
  3. Add a student.
  4. Complete the registration form.

Refer to SchoolEngage Support for detailed steps.

PDF Registration Form

Who is Registered Using the fillable PDF Form?

  • Students resident to CBE (see AR 6090, Definitions) registering for CBE Home Education.
  • Students not resident to CBE (see AR 6090, Definitions). 
  •  International Fee-Paying Students K-9 who are approved by the CBE’s Global Learning Department.

Note | International Fee-Paying Students in Grades 10-12, who are approved by the CBE’s Global Learning Department, contact the high school they were accepted to as per the letter of acceptance for registration information. Do not contact CBE’s Welcome Centre.

English Language Assessment

All students new to CBE in Grades 1 to 12 who are not a Canadian citizen and who speak a language at home other than English, will complete an English Language Proficiency Assessment.

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • speak;
  • read;
  • write; and
  • understand English

Your child’s school can appropriately support your child’s English language learning needs based on the results of the assessment.

If your child is a Canadian citizen and/or if your child is in Kindergarten, the English Language proficiency assessment is done by the staff at the school.​​

 Contact Us

Admissions & Assessment Office

CBE Welcome Centre

1221 - 8 Street SW



Monday - Thursday

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Offices Will Be Closed

July 4-15, 2022
Dec. 23, 2022 – Jan. 6, 2023
March 27 - 31, 2023

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