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Building & Modernizing Schools

School Projects

​With the tremendous increase in Calgary's population in the last five years and many families deciding to live in new suburban communities, our need for new schools has never been greater. We also need to modernize many of our existing schools, many of which are more than 40 years old, to meet the learning needs of 21st century learners.

Questions & Answers: New Schools


Visit the pages below to learn more about our current capital projects.


 New Schools


​New schools announced in March 2018

  • Mahogany (elementary K-4)
  • Skyview Ranch (elementary/middle school K-9)
  • Auburn Bay (middle 5-9) – design funding only
  • North Calgary High School (10-12) – design funding only

 New Construction


​Schools Opening 2017-18

Evergreen School

Evergreen | Marshall Springs School

School is open
Grades | 4-8 (year 1); 4-9 (year 2)
Principal | Shawn O’Neill

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Martindale | Manmeet Singh Bhullar School

School is open
Modified Calendar
Grades | K-5

Nelson Mandela High School

Northeast | Nelson Mandela High School

(Gymnasium Construction) - completed


Silverado Architectural Drawing

Silverado | Ron Southern School

School is open
Grades | K-5

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Springbank Hill/Discovery Ridge | Griffith Woods School

School is open
Grades | K-9


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Southeast | Joane Cardinal-Schubert High School

Anticipated Opening Date | Sep. 2018
Grades | 10-12

Coventry Hills Second Elementary School

Coventry Hills/Country Hills Village Second Elementary School

Anticipated Opening Date | TBD
Grades | K-4

Cranston Second Elementary School

Cranston Second Elementary School

Anticipated Opening Date | TBD
Grades | K-4

Evergreen Second Elementary School

Evergreen Second Elementary School

Anticipated Opening Date | TBD
Grades | K-4




High schools collaborate to personalize student programs

Our modernization plans are based on a fiscally responsible allocation of resources to provide enhanced facilities and increased learning opportunities across the CBE.

Our high schools work together, providing students access to specialized facilities. See Career and Technology Studies and Knowledge & Employability Pathways by high school facilities.

All students will continue to have a “home” school that offers all core curriculum courses and provides many co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

The modernizations at Bowness, Jack James, James Fowler, and Lord Beaverbrook High Schools will increase the flexible program options that high school students can access. Providing a variety of CTS and K&E occupational courses at high schools across Calgary gives our students enhanced opportunities to complete a program that is of interest to them and may be part of their intended career path.


 Other Projects




​Changes to Programming and Site Locations | 2018-19

Starting in the 2018-19 school year, Chinook Learning Services will be moving out of its current locations and changing the scope of programs offered to Calgary students.

Over the next few months, we will be working with Chinook’s leadership team to support the transition. It is important for us to understand your thoughts and perspectives. ​If you have questions or comments to share, fill out our online form.

Chinook Feedback Form

We will provide the answers to those questions wherever possible and will share more information as it becomes available. We are committed to keeping you informed as we move forward with this plan.

Chinook Questions & Answers

New Locations for Chinook Programs

The first change is the long-anticipated move out of Viscount Bennett Centre and Erlton Campus. Because of their age and condition, these buildings are costing a significant amount to operate and maintain and they do not qualify for government maintenance funding. It is not cost effective to renovate Viscount Bennett Centre and Erlton Campus is being under-utilized. We cannot delay this move any longer. As a facility, Viscount Bennett Centre is at the end of its life cycle.

In selecting the new locations, we wanted to ensure that they were centrally located in the north and south quadrants of the city. It is important for students to be able to access programs closer to home, ensure transportation is available, and maximize space within existing high schools. 

After careful review, it was determined that only four CBE buildings met this criteria (James Fowler, Lord Beaverbrook and Forest Lawn High Schools and the Career and Technology Centre). Starting in the 2018-19 school year:

  • High school upgrading programs currently offered at Viscount Bennett Centre will move to James Fowler and Lord Beaverbrook High Schools
  • A Diploma Testing Centre will be located at Lord Beaverbrook High School
  • ELL/LINC programs will move to Forest Lawn High School
  • Continuing Education programs will continue at schools across the city
  • Chinook central administration, student registration and some Continuing Education classrooms will move to the Career and Technology Centre

Note | summer school 2018 will go ahead as planned.

Programming for Students

The location changes mean that we will have approximately one-third less space in which to offer programming for students. Therefore, at these north and south campuses, we will focus on high school completion for Calgary students aged 16-19 (students must be 19 years of age or younger at Sept. 1). At these same locations, we will also offer upgrading and enhancement opportunities for students aged 16-19 who previously attended a CBE high school. There are many details to be worked out, particularly the transitioning and programming for students over 20.

We remain committed to our high school success strategy while balancing the need for responsible financial stewardship.


There are several reasons these changes are necessary now. While relocating Chinook’s programs has been discussed for years, due to various factors the CBE has been unable to move forward. For example, we needed to know how the building and modernizing of so many K-12 schools would impact the space available. Additionally, with the opening of Nelson Mandela High School in the north and Joane Cardinal-Schubert High School in the south (Sept 2018), learning spaces in our system have opened up to accommodate Chinook programming and students. Now that the options are known, the decisions have been made.

The first step in building or modernizing a school is receiving funding for the work. Funding for CBE school construction and modernization projects is solely granted by the Alberta Government. Annually, we provide Alberta Education with a list of our building and modernization priorities, along with every other school district in the province. This list of priorities is part of our Three-Year School Capital Plan, which is approved by the Board of Trustees.

The Three-Year School Capital Plan contains information on your community, including whether your community is listed, its ranking, how the rankings are determined and the breakdown of each project’s ranking.

See Criteria for School Capital Planning Priorities for details on how we rank projects.

Modular Classrooms

​Each year the CBE submits a request for modular classroom units to Alberta Education.

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