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​Information for Non-Canadian Students and Newcomers

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, safe and caring environments where students will learn, make new friends, and discover their talents and interests.

Register your Child for School

Students who are not Canadian citizens must register at the Admissions and Assessment Office, even if they have attended school elsewhere in Canada. This includes:

  • Permanent Residents;
  • Refugee Claimants;
  • Children of lawfully admitted temporary residents:
    • Parent’s on work permits; or
    • Parent’s on study permits; or
  • Parent is permanent resident or Canadian and their child is not;
  • International Students in Grades K-9 and James Fowler High School.

Registration is by appointment only. To make an appointment please call 403-777-7373 ext. 1.

The Admissions Office is open for registration year-round, except for the first two weeks in July, winter break, and spring break.

Documents Required: Registration Checklist

Interpreters are available to assist at this appointment. There is no cost to families for language interpretation services. Please visit our Registration Checklist page.

English Language Assessment

All students new to the CBE in Grades 1 to 12 who are not Canadian citizens and speak a language other than English at home will complete an English Language Proficiency Assessment during the appointment to register at Kingsland Centre.

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • speak
  • read
  • write
  • 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.

English Language Learning for Adult Immigrants

Chinook Learning Services offers Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC).

LINC is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and provides free English language instruction to adult immigrants. The curriculum includes information that teaches newcomers about the Canadian way of life and helps them integrate into Canadian society.

 Contact Us

Admissions and Assessment Office
Kingsland Centre
7430 – 5 Street SW
t | 403-777-7373


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