​When a Child Can Begin Kindergarten

Use our Kindergarten calculator to see when your child is eligible to attend Kindergarten.

2020: Children can start kindergarten in the fall of 2020 if they turn 5 years old on or before Dec. 31, 2020. This change is the result of amendments to the School Act made by the provincial government in Dec. 2017 that requires a common age of entry for all Alberta school boards effective for the 2020-21 school year.

Note: If your child is born between Jan. 1 and Mar. 1 2016 they will be eligible to start kindergarten in 2021.​

Note: your child must start Grade 1 if they are six years of age or older on Sep. 1.

When to Register for Kindergarten

Registration for the 2020-21 school year will begin on Jan. 20, 2020 for traditional calendar schools such as ours.

How to Register

Registration Steps During a Health Emergency

  1. Print and complete the Student Registration Form - Dependent Student including signatures, then scan or photograph a copy of the form and save it as a PDF.
    If you do not have access to a printer, complete the form (without signatures) and attach it as a PDF to an email with one of these statements:
    • “I declare that I am of the Roman Catholic Faith” or “I declare that I am not of the Roman Catholic Faith”, and
    • “I hereby represent that I have the legal authority to register the person named on the attached registration form. I declare the information that I have provided on this form is complete and accurate. I will immediately notify the school of any changes to the information on this form.”
  2. Scan a copy or take a photo of the child's proof of age and legal name document (e.g., birth certificate, passport, court document).
  3. Email the school and attach the registration form and the proof of age and legal name document.
    Use our find a school tool to determine your designated school.
    To find the email address of a school:
    • Find the school in the School Directory;
    • Click on the school name; and
    • copy the email address.
  4. The school will conditionally register the child providing the address is within the school’s designated boundaries and the student is age appropriate for the school.
    Once the health emergency is over, the school will email the parent / legal guardian who completed the form and ask that they bring the following documents to the school for verification purposes during the school office hours:
    • proof of address document with the parent’s / legal guardian’s / independent student’s name (e.g., utility bill, bank statement, income tax statement, federal correspondence, property tax assessment)
    • original of proof of age and legal name document which the school will compare to the emailed document
    • photo ID of the person who completed the form to verify their identity.

If you have questions, please contact the school you are registering at directly.

Note: If your child is not a Canadian citizen, please call 403-777-7373 to make an appointment to register at Kingsland Centre (7430 – 5 Street SW).

More information on kindergarten can be found on our kindergarten webpage.

Once your school has registered the student, you will be able to create a MyCBE / PowerSchool account. This online account lets you register for services and pay fees.​

Kindergarten Staggered Entry & Alternating Fridays

Kindergarten students are sorted into AM and PM classes. A schedule will be sent home with parents in the opening Kindergarten information package and will be posted on the school website as well. This schedule will indicate whether AM or PM classes attend on alternating Fridays.

There are two days designated during the first two days of school where new Kindergarten students are invited to attend for part of the school day in small groups to begin acquainting themselves with teachers and the Kindergarten environment at the school.  Times for staggered entry are mailed to families ahead of time so parents know when to bring their students to school. Classroom teachers are not assigned to particular students until the end of staggered entry to ensure all classes are balanced for gender, identified learning needs and visible aptitudes. Since our Kindergarten program employs a full team-teaching approach, all students work with all teachers and students in the program and share space and resources every day. All teachers will know and work with all students – the responsibility group assignment serves teacher assessment and parent communication primarily.

Regular Kindergarten programming occurs during the regular instructional hours of school Monday – Thursday, 8:25 AM – 11:15 AM or 12:15 PM – 3:05 PM. On Fridays, for early dismissal days, AM and PM Kindergarten classes will alternate attendance. Please refer to the Calendar for specific attendance days.

AM/PM Kindergarten alternate on Fridays 8:25 am – 12:05 pm.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Staggered Entry & Alternating Fridays

Kindergarten students are sorted into AM and PM classes. A schedule will be sent home with parents in the opening Kindergarten information package and will be posted on the school website as well. This schedule will indicate whether AM or PM classes attend on alternating Fridays.

There are two days designated during the first two days of school where new Kindergarten students are invited to attend for part of the school day in small groups to begin acquainting themselves with teachers and the Kindergarten environment at the school.  Times for staggered entry are mailed to families ahead of time so parents know when to bring their students to school. Classroom teachers are not assigned to particular students until the end of staggered entry to ensure all classes are balanced for gender, identified learning needs and visible aptitudes. Since our Kindergarten program employs a full team-teaching approach, all students work with all teachers and students in the program and share space and resources every day. All teachers will know and work with all students – the responsibility group assignment serves teacher assessment and parent communication primarily.

Regular Kindergarten programming occurs during the regular instructional hours of school Monday – Thursday, 8:25 AM – 11:15 AM or 12:15 PM – 3:05 PM. On Fridays, for early dismissal days, AM and PM Kindergarten classes will alternate attendance. Please refer to the Calendar for specific attendance days.

AM/PM Kindergarten alternate on Fridays 8:25 am – 12:05 pm.

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