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New to Canada Welcome


The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is Calgary's public school system. We welcome all children and youth to our schools. Our schools are welcoming, safe and caring environments where students will learn, make new friends, and discover their talents and interests.

Register your Child for School

Students who are not Canadian citizens must register through the CBE Welcome Centre, even if they have attended school elsewhere in Canada. This includes:

  • Permanent Residents;
  • Refugee Claimants;
  • Children of lawfully admitted temporary residents:
    • Parents/Guardians on work permits; or
    • Parents/Guardians on study permits; or
  • Parent/Guardian is permanent resident or Canadian and their child is not;
  • International Students

To make an appointment for registration, please call the Welcome Centre at 403-817-7789​.

The CBE Welcome Centre is open for registration year-round, except for the first two weeks in July, winter break and spring break.

Interpreters are available to assist. There is no cost to families for language interpretation services.

English Language Assessment

All students new to the CBE in Grades 1 to 12 who are not Canadian citizens and speak a language other than English at home will complete an English Language Proficiency Assessment.

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • speak
  • read
  • write
  • understand English

Your child’s school can appropriately support your child’s English language learning needs based on the results of the assessment.

If your child is a Canadian citizen and/or if your child is in Kindergarten, the English Language proficiency assessment is done by the staff at the school.

 Contact Us

Admissions and Assessment Office
CBE Welcome Centre
1221 - 8 Street SW
t | 403-817-7789

Student and interpreter

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