Is the Science Program the Right Choice for My Child?
A successful student demonstrates:
a love of science
a desire to engage in and dialogue about how the world works, comfort in learning through the perspective of science and prefers direct contact with phenomena (i.e. enjoys hands on exploration)
an ability to take initiative
adaptability to various learning environments
A passion and resiliency for learning in outdoor environments
a willingness to conform to uniform regulations, where expected
a willingness to participate in extensive off-site field studies
Characteristics of a Science Program
Using the Alberta Education Science Program of Study to drive integrated curriculum, fostering curiosity
Fostering critical thinking skills and problem-solving based on science and technology perspectives
Students develop scientific literacy (skills of observation and documentation, measurement, prediction, analysis, synthesis of data)
Opportunities for co-construction of knowledge and understanding through the perspective of science
Frequent field study to enhance science topics and inquiries
Engaging in study of the natural world of the schoolyard and community
Connecting with experts in the field of science and technology
Having opportunity to participate in science extracurricular opportunities to enrich learning
Consistent participation in regular field studies that provide opportunities for problem-solving, knowledge acquisition, and service through a scientific lens
Instructional focus on inquiry, experiential learning and integrated project work
10-20 field studies per year for each student, parents are required to volunteer for a minimum of 3 field studies per registered student
Additional fees will be assessed for each student per year to cover the cost of field studies (past costs have been up to $200.00)
How to Register
- Registration begins on the second Monday in January.
- Refer to your designated school’s website for any parent information session. Attend parent information session and/or view informational presentation.
- Only completed packages will be accepted once registration begins.
- Packages must be received by Tuesday at noon of the week of Teacher’s Convention. Note:
Lottery draws will take place the following day.
- For families that are new to the CBE and not Canadian citizens, please note you must first attend the CBE Welcome Centre for an initial assessment prior to registering for an Alternative Program.
Fees page for fees that apply to all CBE students
- Kindergarten = $100 (Field study)
- Grade 1 to 9 = $200 (Field study)
- Uniform (for applicable schools)
Transportation for Alternative Programs for important information. Parents will want to carefully consider the transportation services to and from the alternative program they want to enrol their child in.
Find a School
Every child in Calgary has a designated school based on their home address and the program they choose.
Find your designated school with our find a school tool along with the school's contact information and website address. Be sure to use the drop down arrow for 'Program Options' to select 'Science'.