Calgary's Education Options Part 4 Public, Catholic, Charter or Private Class Time Featured ImageWelcome to part four of our helpful ‘Calgary’s Education Options” series! If you’ve been looking for a new community for you and your family to call home, then look no further as we have a ton of information regarding schooling options in many new neighbourhoods around the city. 

For this post in particular, we take aim at northeast and northwest Calgary, with a detailed description of all the great schools available near Beacon Heights (NW) and Redstone (NE). 

Beacon Heights 

With all the affordable home styles and amenities Beacon Heights has to offer, it’s easy to see why this neighbourhood has become popular for families – especially when it comes to education. From kindergarten to senior year, you’ll have access to several great schools in and around this diverse community.

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If you’re in search of public schools, those with younger children (K-6) may want to look into Ranchlands School, less than a 15-minute drive away via nearby Sarcee Trail. 

After grade 6, kids from Ranchlands School are registered to attend H.D. Cartwright Junior High (just six minutes away from Ranchlands) while older, high-school aged kids will also have convenient access to Sir Winston Churchill High School

Serving grades 10 -12, Churchill offers an international baccalaureate program and off-campus work experience.  Located just off Northland Drive, this school is easily accessible via transit, John Laurie Blvd and Shaganappi Trail. 

Catholic Schools

For families looking for Catholic-based schooling options, both Mother Mary Greene School and St. Luke School are open for K-6 aged children, with St. Luke providing comprehensive French Immersion programming. Both schools are less than 15-minutes away via Sarcee and Shaganappi Trail. 

Separate French and English programming is also available to junior high-aged kids with nearby Madeleine d’Houet School (offering early and late French Immersion) and St. Jean Brebeuf School. Brebeuf is a recognized participant of the Hockey Canada Skills Academy Program and Italian Language and Culture programming. 

St. Francis High School (K-12) offers advanced placement and dual credit programming and also gives students access to extended French Immersion, Italian Language and Culture, and Spanish Bilingual programming. Here too, St. Francis sits just a short and direct drive away and is accessible via public transit. 

Private Schools

Nearby private education options for families in Beacon Heights include Bearspaw Christian K-12 School, a non-denominational, private Christian school, and Renert School . Renert caters to students from grades 1 through 12 and is known for its mathematics programming and holistic approach. 

Calgary's Education Options Part 4 Public, Catholic, Charter or Private Redstone ImageRedstone

In the northeastern quadrant, you’ll find the neighbourly and sustainable community of Redstone. Like Beacon Heights, Redstone is an extremely popular option for families due to its diversity of home styles and amenities (including a C-Train station). Here too, you can look forward to a variety of education options for children of all ages. Here are just a few of the many choices available to Redstone kids: 

Public Schools

Parents of elementary school-aged children can look forward to a quick drive to Rundle School, less than 20 minutes away, just off Metis Trail.

Students from Rundle progress to nearby Dr. Gordon Higgins (7-9) and then to Forest Lawn High School which offers students advanced placement, dual credit, and off-campus work experience options. All schools place a strong emphasis on positive learning and are easily accessible via public transit. 

Catholic Schools 

When it comes to the separate school system, you’ll have plenty of choices. Monsignor A.J. Hetherington School is a K-6 school and ELL preschool. Other options include three K-9 schools: 

Apostles of Jesus School – Regular programming

St. John XXIII School – English Language Learning (ELL) preschool, regular, and Spanish Bilingual programming 

St. Rose of Lima School – Regular as well as early and late French Immersion and Hockey Canada Skills Academy programming. 

Bishop McNally K-12 High School is another choice for parents who prefer their children stay in the same school throughout their school years. Bishop McNally provides advanced placement, dual credit, extended French, regular, and Spanish Bilingual streams.

Private Schools 

While there are a vast number of well-regarded private schools in and around the Calgary area, those in closest proximity to Redstone include Khalsa School, a K-9 school offering an environment rich in Sikh culture, values, and beliefs; Delta West Academy, K-12 with a strong emphasis on academic excellence; and St. John Bosco, a K-9 combined private Catholic school. 

Other options include heading west to Renert or Bearspaw Christian School, mentioned above. 

With so many great options available to both Beacon Heights and Redstone there is no doubt you’ll be able to find the perfect school for your child in the area. Best of all, most of these schools provide transportation to and from these great new neighbourhoods (visit the school website for details). To find out more about either of these distinct new communities, drop by a show home and talk to an area manager today. 

Looking to learn more about schooling options in other new communities around Calgary ? Check out Calgary’s Education Options part one , two , and three.


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