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Focus Schools and Alternate Programs

Edmonton Catholic Schools is proud to continue to offer Faith and Choice for students in Edmonton. The Division provides students with additional choices to enhance their learning, with all the benefits of a faith-based education. In addition to our excellent community schools, here are the Focus Schools and Alternate Programs offered in our Division:

The Accelerated Program is specifically designed for students who are academically capable of completing grade seven, eight and nine Mathematics and/or Science in two years rather than the traditional three years.

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The Advanced Placement Program is designed to provide motivated high school students with post-secondary-level academic courses.

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The Enhanced Academic Program (EAP) prepares students for high intellectual engagement by starting the development of skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible.

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Edmonton Catholic Schools offers a wide variety of Fine Arts programming for students and parents who wish to have a greater emphasis on the Fine Arts in their educational choices.

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As the only school that has a single-track Nehiyaw Pimatisiwin Cree Language and Culture program, Ben Calf Robe Catholic Elementary/Junior High School is composed of mostly indigenous students from all over Edmonton.

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In the Green STEM program (STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), the students and staff at our Catholic Elementary Schools focus on caring for God's creation and following the words of Pope Frances in his encyclical "Laudato Si".

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Guided Customized Learning is an alternative learning approach that provides an opportunity to students and parents that is better suited to the changing nature of students, curriculum and society.

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The programmes cultivate intercultural awareness, holistic knowledge and communication skills within a dimension of Catholic education. The IB Programmes focus on the development of the whole student while meeting students' academic, social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs.

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The Jean Forest All-Girls Leadership Academy is a junior high that empowers young women to achieve academically and grow spiritually by developing their gifts and talents.

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In 2007 Edmonton Catholic Schools formed a partnership with Junior Achievement to ensure that our students could benefit from the learning opportunities that Junior Achievement offers.

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At the heart of the Center for Innovative Learning is the 21st century learner who embraces digital technology, communication tools and networks to access, manage, integrate, evaluate and create information in a knowledge society.

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Edmonton Catholic School Division’s Science Academies offer students enhanced learning opportunities in the various fields associated with Science.

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Edmonton Catholic Schools has been offering sport specific programming for students as a program of choice since 1997. The Sport Academy schools offer superior athletic instruction for those students whose educational experience would be enhanced with sport specific training.

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Edmonton Catholic Schools has three schools offering a year round schooling calendar. These schools balance their instructional days into four terms with vacation breaks between each of the terms.

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