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Coventry Hills/Country Hills Village Second Elementary School (Northern Lights School)

711 Coventry Drive NE, T3K 4C6

Anticipated Opening Date: September 2020
Grades | K-4

Registrations for kindergarten at Northern Lights School will be collected at Coventry Hills School. Kindergarten registration begins on Jan. 20, 2020.

School Opening Delayed

​May 27, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I’m very excited for the start of our school year and the opening of our new school. I know that you and your children are excited too, especially with everything that has changed during COVID-19. Everyone is working hard to get our school open, but unfortunately it will not be ready to open on Sept. 1 due to delays that have occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A contingency plan has been developed. All students will be temporarily accommodated within Coventry Hills School. A revised opening date will be confirmed by early September.

What will this mean for Northern Lights and Coventry Hills students?

Our schools will operate separately, but of course cooperatively. Northern Lights School will operate as a ‘school within a school’ meaning that students attend classes with the same classmates and teachers as they will have at their new school. Both Coventry Hills and Northern Lights Schools have separate principals, assistant principals, teachers and support staff who will work with and be responsible for the students in their own school. To accommodate our Northern Lights School students, the principal at Coventry Hills School and I will be looking at ways to efficiently and creatively use the classrooms and common spaces.

The schools will have different start and end times, as well as different recess and lunch times. This staggering will help best meet the needs of each school’s students.

Northern Lights hours will remain as planned. They are as follows:

Grades 1 to 4

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:05 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:05 – 1:05 p.m.


  • Monday – Thursday: AM class: 9:05 – 11:55 a.m. / PM class: 12:55-3:45 p.m.
  • AM or PM classes (on select Fridays only): 9:05 a.m. – 1:05 p.m.

Transportation may be available to the temporary locations. For fees and service levels, please visit our website.

If you are currently using Topp Kids as your Before and After School Care provider, please contact Cody by May 29 to confirm your spot for the beginning of 2020-2021 school year at the Coventry Hills site. Once we transition over to our permanent Northern Lights School location, Little Steps will be our Before and After School Care provider and families will be able to pre-register with this provider if they choose on June 6. Please see the information for Little Steps on the second page of this document. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at

I look forward to seeing all of the students in September.


Michelle Brinson, Principal
Northern Lights School

Construction Status

 The construction status is updated using the Construction Projects Status Report.


Feb. 2020

Design and Specifications​ ​100%
​Construction Award ​100%
​Construction Progress 32%
​Note: Project Managed by Alberta Infrastructure. Structural steel installation complete; exterior cladding and interior construction underway. Additional parking lot approved; construction deferred until Spring 2020.


Oct. 2019

Design and Specifications​ ​100%
​Construction Award ​100%
​Construction Progress 18%
​Note: Project Managed by Alberta Infrastructure. Structural steel installation complete; masonry, paving and site development underway. Additional parking lot approved; construction to begin Fall 2019.



How was information shared with the community?

An open house was held on Feb. 1, 2018 at Nose Creek School to share the proposed design of this school with the community.

Why was this site chosen for the new school?

The Municipal Government Act requires 10% of new development area to be designated for amenities: parks; public space; community association sites; and school sites. The CBE works with The City, the Calgary Catholic School District and community developers to select school sites based on catchment areas within new developments. There is a balance between population, number and type of residential units, location and land dedication.

Why is the CBE building this new school?

Based on the size of Coventry Hills/Country Hills Village, CBE has two elementary and one middle school sites. There is also one high school site located within the community of Coventry Hills.

The 2nd elementary school in Coventry was ranked as CBE’s 2nd priority for new school construction in the Three Year School Capital Plan 2018-2021. The project was approved in March 2017 by Alberta Education. At that time there were 1,696 pre-school aged children and 996 Kindergarten to Grade 4 students residing in Coventry Hills/Country Hills Village. The existing middle school (Nose Creek) and elementary school (Coventry Hills) have a combined capacity of 1,535 student spaces. The September 2018 utilization rate at Coventry Hills school was 96% and it was 114% at Nose Creek School. Construction of the second elementary school will allow CBE to accommodate students within the community by balancing enrolment between the three schools in the future.

Mar. 19, 2019

Bird Construction has mobilized to site and construction will be getting underway. The Site Plan that is linked on the right-hand side of this page shows the footprint of the school on the site. Please note that changes to the parking lot as indicated on this site plan are currently under consideration and conversations with impacted stakeholders in the community will be taking place soon. ​

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