Calgary's Education Options Part 2: Public, Catholic, Charter, or Private? School Children imageIf you’re a family looking to buy a new home, schooling options are likely a top item on your priority list. Fortunately, with so many first-rate communities cropping up around Calgary, you can rest easy knowing there will be great choices available for your kids.

In this series, we’ve decided to take it a step further by highlighting all the education options in the newest neighbourhoods in and around the Calgary area. Today, we take a look at the northern Calgary community of Redstone, and Kinniburgh, just east of town in Chestermere.

Calgary's Education Options Part 2: Public, Catholic, Charter, or Private? Kinniburgh Dock imageKinniburgh in Chestermere

Kinniburgh offers lakeside living off Lake Chestermere with homes custom-made for families. There are several education options in the area.

On-site East Lake School

The Kinniburgh community in Chestermere has an on-site K-9 school on the east side of Chestermere Lake to keep kids close to home. The 64,000-square-foot East Lake School, completed in 2014, has the capacity for 500 students and room to expand to a 900-student capacity with space to add 16 additional modular classrooms as needed.

The Chestermere K-9 school is part of a public-private partnership under the Rocky View Schools division. The school will receive students from Kinniburgh as well as rural Chestermere, East Chestermere, and all French Immersion students.

Calgary Catholic School District

The Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) is the Roman Catholic separate school board of Calgary that services Chestermere along with Cochrane and Airdrie. There are more than 54,000 students in the district with 105 total schools.

Our Lady of Wisdom is the CCSD elementary school in Chestermere that serves K-6 students. St. Gabriel the Archangel is Chestermere’s Catholic junior high and high school serving students through 12th grade. Rocky View School District handles transportation for CCSD students in Chestermere in kindergarten through Grade 12.

Prince of Peace Lutheran School

Prince of Peace was the first school in Canada to receive National Lutheran School Accreditation. Prince of Peace has six bus routes into Calgary and Chestermere. Families are charged an alternative school fee that covers non-instructional schooling costs, including bussing students.

Rocky View Schools

Chestermere students in Kinniburgh are also served by the Rocky View Schools district. This includes the Prairie Waters Elementary School (K-5) in Chestermere, the Rainbow Creek Elementary School (K-5) in the city of Chestermere, the Chestermere Lake Middle School (6-9), and the Chestermere High School.

Calgary's Education Options Part 2: Public, Catholic, Charter, or Private? Redstone Sign imageRedstone in Calgary

Redstone in Northeast Calgary offers housing options for all budgets with close proximity to amenities and downtown Calgary. The following are Catholic, public, and private school options for Redstone families.

Public Schools

Redstone public school students attend Rundle School (K-6) in Calgary followed by Dr. Gordon Higgens School (7-9). High school students attend Forest Lawn High School (10-12). Parents can register children for yellow school bus transportation online. Two brand new public schools are also planned for this community, guaranteeing even further options down the road.

Calgary Catholic School District

CCSD operates four Catholic schools in the Redstone community. The Monsignor A.J. Hetherington School serves grades K through 6 while the St. Rose of Lima School serves grades K through 9 with French Immersion. The St. John XXIII School is a Catholic elementary school up to grade 9 with Spanish bilingual. Redstone is served by the Bishop McNally High School.

Of course, this is just a glimpse into two of Calgary’s awesome new neighbourhoods. For more information on education options in and around town, take a peek at our previous education options post, or stay tuned for the Part 3 in our series!


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