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Secondary Studies for International Students in Calgary

The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is the largest public school district in Western Canada, with more than 220 schools, serving 104,000 students.

The CBE follows the Alberta government’s Program of Studies. All schools in the province of Alberta must follow this curriculum. Students who successfully complete high school courses are eligible to receive credits toward an Alberta high school diploma. The CBE offers a wide range of program choices.

In addition to academic courses, all students take a range of options to ensure a well-rounded education. An international student coordinator works with students to provide a customized timetable based on their goals, needs and interests. We also provide full ESL support for international students at no additional charge.

International students are encouraged to get involved in extra-curricular activities. This is a great way to meet Canadian friends.


Our teachers are highly skilled:

CBE teachers are considered to be some of the most highly trained in the world. Our teachers are required to have Alberta Government certification and must possess a university degree in Education. Many of our teachers have Masters and Doctoral degrees in teaching and learning that demonstrate their commitment and love of teaching.


About our schools and students:

Our safe and caring schools welcome international students from kindergarten to grade 12. School selection is based on student needs and a convenient location to home.

Our high schools (grades 10-12) ensure a positive international experience by having an international student coordinator on staff who:

- provides a comprehensive academic and social orientation upon arrival
- encourages international students to become involved in school activities
- provides opportunities to meet Canadian friends

International students may join our high school for one semester or longer. Students who spend more than one year have the option of completing high school and receiving an Alberta high school diploma.


Many post-secondary opportunities are available:

An Alberta high school diploma is recognized at universities, colleges and technical schools around the world. Counsellors advise students of post-secondary options and assist with the application process.

Calgary Board of Education consistently ranks among the top school districts in the world in academic achievement:

- On the Provincial Achievement Tests, our students’ results are higher than the province of Alberta’s results on the majority of standards.
- On Grade 12 Diploma Exams, a large percentage of our students achieve excellence in Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Pure Math.
- CBE high school students consistently score higher than world averages on the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) exams.