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Teaching Philosophy Traditional Learning Centre (TLC)

Traditional Learning Centre (TLC)

Is the Traditional Learning Centre (TLC) the Right Choice for My Child?

A successful student demonstrates:

  • self-management and organizational skills and a commitment to daily homework

  • a willingness to participate in positive social interactions and take a leadership role when engaging in problem solving, acts of citizenship, and service

  • a willingness to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum and an eagerness for knowledge and service

  • respect for self, others, and the environment

  • a willingness to work independently

Characteristics of the TLC Program

  • Character education intentionally taught and reinforced daily and demonstrated through service to the school, local and global community

  • Whole group direct instruction that is sequential and enriched as the primary teaching approach

  • Elementary and middle school students are in straight grades. Students may be regrouped for specific subjects based on their ability.

  • Early literacy includes explicit instruction in phonics, spelling, and grammar.

  • French is required from Grade 1 through Grade 9.

  • Music is required from kindergarten through Grade 9. While all TLC middle schools will offer Instrumental Music (Band), other Music options may be offered.

  • Homework expectations are in place for Grade 1-9. Homework will be based on classroom instruction and personalization for students’ needs. It will be meaningful and with the purpose of reinforcing classroom teachings and support students in the work of developing time management, organizational and study skills.

  • In Kindergarten, parents are encouraged to read with their child on a nightly basis and review concepts that may be provided by their classroom teacher.

  • Mandatory school uniform

  • Daily singing of O Canada in either French or English

  • The TLC program ends in Grade 9.

The information above only provides a general overview of the TLC program. However, each school with a TLC program is unique in terms of it's facility and optional course offerings. Speak with the principal at your designated TLC school for specific information. The classroom teacher along with school administration make decisions about individual student's learning.


How to Register for the 2023-24 School Year​

Alternative and Language Programs have their own registration process. Visit the Alternative Program Registration page for information on how to register. ​


  • See Fees page for fees that apply to all CBE students
  • Uniform cost (approximately $400.00)
  • Costs associated with the band program

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 'Traditional Learning Centres'.


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