CBE 2018 Enrolment Numbers

Oct. 25, 2018

The Calgary Board of Education saw another year-over-year increase in student enrolment for the 2018-19 school year which closely matched projections.

The official Sept. 30 count showed that total student enrolment was 123,419 — up 1,729 from 121,690 on the same date last year. This data includes kindergarten to Grade 12 and other programs such as online learning and homeschooling.

“Our schools and programs continue to attract a diverse array of students to the Calgary Board of Education,” says Trina Hurdman, Chair, CBE Board of Trustees. “We are pleased to welcome more than 1,700 new students this year, which is enough to fill three elementary schools.”

The most significant increase was for students in Grades 4-6 (1,083 students).

  Comparison of enrolment from September 30, 2017 to September 30, 2018
  2017 2018 Difference
Pre-K and Kindergarten 9,281 8,935 -346
Grades 1-3 29,080 29,073 -7
Grades 4-6 27,182 28,265 1,083
Grades 7-9 24,267 25,321 1,054
Grades 10-12 27,035 27,567 532
Sub-Total (Pre-K to Gr 12) 116,845 119,161 2,316
Homeschooling 267 262 -5
Outreach Programs 1,288 1,365 77
Unique Settings 853 939 86
CBe-learn 463 576 113
Chinook Learning Services 1,974 1,116 -858
Total 121,690 123,419 1,729



  • Homeschooling serves students whose families wish to have a primary role in their education.
  • The CBE operates four outreach programs, such as Discovering Choices, for students who find that regular school programs and services do not meet their needs.
  • Unique settings include schools like Emily Follensbee and Christine Meikle, which provide educational programming for students who have multiple and complex learning needs.
  • Other unique settings within the CBE include AADAC, Children’s Village, Dr. Gordon Townsend, Dr. Oakley, Nexus/Trust Treatment/Project Trust, West View Secondary, William Roper Hull, and the Young Adult Program. These settings provide educational opportunities for students with unique learning needs which are impacted by extenuating factors.
  • CBe-learn delivers online programming for junior and senior high students, as well as multiple levels of support for homeschooling. CBe-learn is located at the Career and Technology Centre at Lord Shaughnessy High School.
  • Chinook Learning Services (CLS) provides High School Upgrading programs.
    In addition, CLS provides Academic Success Programs including Summer School for Grades 10-12, Off-Campus Programs (work experience), International School Programs (student groups and individual international students over 18 years of age) and Summer Band Programs. Adult English Language Learning and non-credit Continuing Education (professional & personal development) are also provided.