Q. What is Chinook Learning Services (Chinook)
Chinook is the Calgary Board of Education’s (CBE) provider of High School Upgrading, Adult English Language Learning (ELL) and non-credit Continuing Education (professional development and corporate training). Personal development courses are offered online.
Chinook Learning is now operating high school upgrading at Lord Beaverbrook High School and James Fowler High School.
Q. What course fees do Chinook high school upgrading students pay?
There is no course fee for students under 20 years of age as of September 1 of the current school year. There are applicable course fees for students 20 years of age or older as of September 1 of the current school year. See Chinook High School Upgrading Fall/Winter Course Fees.
Q. What course fees do Chinook ELL/LINC students pay?
The adult English as a Second Language (ESL) program is free of charge for learners eligible for Alberta Government funding. Fees for self-paying residents can be found on Chinook Adult ELL Registration & Fees.
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) is funded by Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (www.cic.gc.ca) and provides free English language instruction to permanent residents and refugees. See Adult ESL and LINC Funding.
Q. What course fees do Chinook Continuing Education students pay?
Chinook Continuing Education course fees vary depending on the course. There are Personal Development and Professional Development courses as well as Corporate Training courses available.
Q. Why did Chinook Learning move?
The Viscount Bennett campus is near the end of its life cycle and was not cost effective to renovate.
Q. What high school programming does Chinook offer?
Chinook offers high school programming in two locations – James Fowler High School (located in NW Calgary) and Lord Beaverbrook High School (SE Calgary).
At these north and south campuses, we will offer high school programming for Calgary students aged 16-19 (students must be 19 years of age or younger at Sept. 1) who need to take courses to complete their diploma. At these same locations, we will also offer high school courses for students aged 16-19 who previously attended a CBE high school and want to take additional high school courses or upgrade their marks.
High school upgrading courses are available at these same locations in the evenings only for students 20 years of age or older.
Q. What are the new locations for Chinook?
Chinook has moved out of the Viscount Bennett and Erlton campuses.
James Fowler, Lord Beaverbrook and Forest Lawn high schools and the Career and Technology Centre). Starting in the 2018-19 school year:
- High school programming is offered at James Fowler and Lord Beaverbrook high schools.
- ELL/LINC programming and student registration is at Forest Lawn High School.
- Continuing education programs are offered at Lord Shaughnessy High School.
- Chinook central administration and student registration are at Lord Shaughnessy High School.
Q. Why didn't Chinook move together to a single location?
To access government maintenance and renewal funding, Chinook programming needs to be paired with K-12 CBE programs. It is not cost effective to house Chinook programming on its own in one location.
Q. What happened to the Booth Centre that was supposed to accommodate Chinook?
The opening of 24 new and replacement schools these past two school years has created many new opportunities for Chinook that did not exist when the Booth Centre was transferred to the CBE by the Government of Alberta in 2012. Upon reviewing these opportunities, it was determined that creating a Chinook north and south campus would improve accessibility, enhance programming options and utilization rates within the selected high schools while concurrently balancing the need for sound stewardship of the limited resources entrusted to the CBE.
In 2012, Alberta Education provided the CBE with a $10.5 million grant specifically intended to renovate the Booth Centre to accommodate Chinook. However, in June 2013 the Booth Centre was flooded and a detailed analysis concluded that restoring the building was not financially supportable. Approximately $725,000 of the grant has been used to make the Booth Centre safe following the flooding experienced in 2013 as well as to create a redevelopment plan for the Booth Centre. The redevelopment plan work was placed on hold in early 2017 as the opening of new schools presented new possibilities that needed to be explored. Should it ultimately be decided by the CBE Board of Trustees that the Booth Centre site is surplus to the CBE’s needs, both the site and the remaining grant funding that was intended strictly for renovations to the Booth Centre will be returned to the Government of Alberta.
Q. What options do students 20 years of age and older who have taken Chinook courses?
Students who are 20 years of age or older can take high school completion and upgrading courses in the evening only at James Fowler and Lord Beaverbrook high schools. They can also complete courses at other adult learning organizations (e.g. Bow Valley College, SAIT, University of Calgary, Mount Royal University).
Q. What programming will be available to students 19 years of age and younger who did not previously attend a CBE high school and who want to take additional courses or upgrade their marks?
Students aged 16-19 who did not previously attend a CBE high school will be able to take courses to complete their high school diploma through Chinook.
Students who did not previously attend a CBE high school will not be able to take courses to upgrade their marks or take additional courses that are not required for completion of their diploma at Chinook. They may apply to take these courses with other adult learning organizations (e.g. Bow Valley College, SAIT, University of Calgary, Mount Royal University).
Q. Are adult learners integrated with students at James Fowler and Lord Beaverbrook high schools?
Chinook students attending classes at these locations are 19 years of age and younger at Sept. 1, the same age cohort as current high school populations except during evening classes.
Q. Are adult learners integrated with students at Forest Lawn High School?
Chinook ELL/LINC students are not be integrated with Forest Lawn High School students. The Chinook ELL/LINC student learning spaces are located on the second floor in the southeast wing. This area is being separated from the rest of Forest Lawn High School and will have a separate entrance.
Q. How does the CBE ensure the safety of all students at Forest Lawn High School?
As always we will work closely with staff, students and our school resource officer to maintain student safety.
Q. Will Forest Lawn High School families have priority to register in LINC?
No, Forest Lawn High School families won’t have priority registration in Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC). LINC is funded by Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (www.cic.gc.ca) and provides free English language instruction to permanent residents and refugees. The curriculum includes information that teaches newcomers about the Canadian way of life and helps them integrate into Canadian society. For more information regarding registration for the LINC program, please visit Adult ELL Registration & Fees.
Q. Will there be different behavioural expectations/code of conduct for Chinook students than what is expected of other high school students?
The CBE Student Code of Conduct outlines behavioural expectations for all students. Our Student Code of Conduct is Administrative Regulation 6005 and can be found on the CBE website:
Student Code of Conduct | Administrative Regulation 6005
Q. What will happen to the Viscount Bennett building and land?
It is not cost effective to renovate the building. Therefore, the CBE plans to explore a possible sale of the property or other future uses of the property in accordance with municipal and provincial regulations.