How to ​Apply​

The Application deadline for 2024-2025 school year is Wednesday May 8, 2024.

Teachers will find out acceptance / non-acceptance on Thursday May 23, 2024. ​​​​​


Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will be available by the end of February 2024

Campus Calgary/Open Minds is an award-winning program that provides authentic learning experiences to transform teaching and learning by increasing engagement through community, funder, and educational partnerships. Creating personalized and flexible learning programs for each student, Campus Calgary/Open Minds provides a dynamic learning experience by connecting students in the community for five days and connecting them to experts who are passionate about experiential learning.

Your application for Campus Calgary / Open Minds for the 2024-2025 school year contains two parts – a completed Google Application form and a completed Application Supporting Document. (The Application Supporting Document will be attached within the Google application form for CBE and CCSD teachers and emailed for independent school teachers.) Applications will be available by the end of February 2024.

In the Application Supporting Document you will share the following:

  1. What is your Big Idea or Question or Provocation and how do you see this influencing your year’s work?
  2. What do you hope and/or wantstudents to come to understand as part of this Campus Calgary / Open Minds experience?
  3. Campus Calgary / Open Minds is just as much for teachers as it is for students. With that in mind, what do you want to come to understand as part of this CC/OM experience?
  4. Why this site? How do you anticipate this site supporting your big question/idea/provocation and your students’ yearlong learning?
  5. Tell us about your students and school community.

 *How you layout/organize this information is up to you, but please ensure that you’ve answered all 5 questions required within your Application Supporting Document. This file may be a .pdf, .docx/.doc, google doc, google slideshow, or other typical multimedia files. (please do not use Pages).

For more information about Campus Calgary / Open Minds, join us for
one of our upcoming Information Sessions as stated below.

Cost of Program

We are grateful for the support of community and funder partners who put this program within reach of all Calgary teachers and students. Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School District schools pay $1250 and all other Calgary schools pay $1500 (bussing included).

This is a heavily subsidized program with actual costs being about $5000 - $8000 per week.

New to applying?

For teachers new to Campus Calgary / Open Minds, further questions will be answered at upcoming information sessions. Please see the dates below.

  • Campus Calgary / Open Minds “What’s the Big Idea?” Workshop will be at Teachers’ Convention – Friday February 16, 2024 at 9:00 a.m.. Please see the Teachers' Convention website for more information and to register.
  • Campus Calgary / Open Minds Application Workshop – April 10, 2024 at the Calgary Municipal Building. Please RSVP here to attend.

The application deadline for the 2024-2025 school year is Wednesday ​May 8, 2024.



Campus Calgary:

  • City EcoAction School (City of Calgary Parks)
    Grades 1 to 12
  • City Hall School 
    Grades 3 to 12
  • Stampede School - Calgary Stampede
    Grades 1 to 12
  • Arts Commons - ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning 
    Grades 1 to 12
  • 2School: An Urban Experience – CBE Education Centre 
    Grades 1 to 12
  • Healthy Living School – Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge OR Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton 
    Grades 1 to 12
  • Jube School – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
    Grades 1-12
  • Library School – Calgary Public Library
    Grades 1-12
  • SEEDschool – The Mustard Seed
    Grades 5-12

Chevron Open Minds:

  • Science School - TELUS Spark
  • Grades 1 to 9
  • Zoo School – Calgary Zoo
    Grades 1 to 12
  • Glenbow Museum School
    *Please note - Museum School at the Glenbow Museum is not accepting applications as they are closed for extensive building renovations. 
    Grades 1 to 12​​

Year at a Gla​​nce

  • Info and Application Writing Workshop Friday February 16 at 9:00 a.m. at Teachers’ Convention - review proposal expectations and how to complete the application process
  • CCOM Info and Application Workshop (April 10) 
  • Submission of Proposal (due May 8) 
  • Acceptance (May 23) 
  • Spring Inservice - Site Specific Welcome (after school in June) – initial opportunity for site familiarization, sharing of expectations, and development of working relationships 
  • Summer Workshop - A Day on Site (usually in August) – Immersion at the site and discovery of the rich learning opportunities available at each site 
  • Fall Pedagogy Evening - Journalling Workshop (after school evening in September) – Immersion in and practicing the CC/OM philosophy and journalling 
  • Practice and Preparation at School (ongoing) 
  • Planning Meeting (after school at your school, 6-8 weeks prior to being on site) – In collaboration with CC/OM Operations Team and Site Coordinator to connect the classroom to the community creating a personalized week 
  • Scheduling Meeting (2 -3 weeks prior to being on site) – Finalize the schedule for the week and discussions of roles and responsibilities 
  • Week on Site 
  • Back at School – continued connections and taking up relevant actions 
  • ** CC/OM Professional Learning Workshops – offered throughout the year 
  • ** Ongoing communication with site and site coordinator to support learning.​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 Contact Us

Jennifer Meredith

Learning Leader
Campus Calgary/Open Minds
Phone: 403.817.7510
​Cell: 403.819.5917

Natasha McKay

Learning Leader
Campus Calgary/Open Minds ​
Phone: 403.817.7583

Marta Albertin

Campus Calgary / Open Minds​
Phone: 403.615.8376

 CBE Location

 CCSD Location


Calgary Catholic School District

St. Paul Centre
124 – 24 AVE Calgary, AB
T2E 1W4