​Regular Program at the CBE

Even though most of our schools offer a regular program, no two are quite the same. All schools teach according to Alberta Education’s mandated curriculum, however a school’s focus, optional courses and school activities are as unique as every school.​​​

Alternative Montessori Program at the CBE

Is the Montessori Program the Right Choice for My Child?

A successful student demonstrates:

  • A willingness and capacity to work independently
  • An ability to be self-directed
  • Academic success through engagement in Alberta Programs of Study using the Montessori philosophy and methodology
  • An appreciation for use of hands-on learning with a diminished focus on homework 

Characteristics of our Montessori Program

  • Emphasis on intrinsic motivation and student choice
  • Intentional learning environments designed to facilitate self-directed learning
  • Where possible, multi-aged classrooms are provided, so that children develop trusting relationships within a peer cohort
  • Working with children of differing ages encouraging leadership skills and collaboration
  • Montessori teachers hold an Alberta teaching certificate and Montessori teacher training
  • Beautifully prepared Montessori materials extend learning

Registration Procedures

To facilitate the organization of classes, registration of students for the upcoming school term should be completed by mid-February of the corresponding school year.

The following criteria are considered at the time of registration

  • Availability of space
  • Sibling(s) currently in the program
  • Previous Montessori experience is not required for children enrolling in Kindergarten or Grade 1, but is an asset. Montessori schools maintain that the ideal time to start Montessori education is between 3 and 4 years old. Children entering the program in Grades 2 - 6 must have had continuous prior Montessori classroom experience.
  • If registrations exceed available space, selection will be determined by random draw based on CBE protocols.

**Entry into the Montessori Program takes place in Kindergarten and Grade 1 only, unless a child has continuous documented Montessori experience (space dependent) **

Visit the CBE website to help determine whether or not the Montessori Program is right for your child and for the Alternative Programs Handbook (Alberta Education).

The Montessori Approach frames all we do at Lake Bonavista School.  Through setting of school and classroom expectations, welcoming students, buddy programs, cooperative learning activities, leadership opportunities and school wide events such as Terry Fox Run, WE Day and assemblies, we help students feel a sense of belonging to a larger community, one that celebrates the variety of strengths each of us brings to the group.

For more information please go to: CBE Montessori page

Homework

Parents and students are encouraged to set aside regular time each evening for home study. The amount of homework will vary depending on the age and grade of your child and on other factors such as project deadlines. 

Homework is valuable for your child. We encourage your child to read at home each evening. Extending in-class learning can always be done through home related research. When, as parents, you take an interest in your child’s schoolwork it increases the child’s motivation. 

Homework helps the child develop responsibility and self-direction in studies. Please contact your child’s teacher to discuss expectations at that grade level. 

Program, Focus & Approach

Alternative Montessori Program at the CBE

Is the Montessori Program the Right Choice for My Child?

A successful student demonstrates:

  • A willingness and capacity to work independently
  • An ability to be self-directed
  • Academic success through engagement in Alberta Programs of Study using the Montessori philosophy and methodology
  • An appreciation for use of hands-on learning with a diminished focus on homework 

Characteristics of our Montessori Program

  • Emphasis on intrinsic motivation and student choice
  • Intentional learning environments designed to facilitate self-directed learning
  • Where possible, multi-aged classrooms are provided, so that children develop trusting relationships within a peer cohort
  • Working with children of differing ages encouraging leadership skills and collaboration
  • Montessori teachers hold an Alberta teaching certificate and Montessori teacher training
  • Beautifully prepared Montessori materials extend learning

Registration Procedures

To facilitate the organization of classes, registration of students for the upcoming school term should be completed by mid-February of the corresponding school year.

The following criteria are considered at the time of registration

  • Availability of space
  • Sibling(s) currently in the program
  • Previous Montessori experience is not required for children enrolling in Kindergarten or Grade 1, but is an asset. Montessori schools maintain that the ideal time to start Montessori education is between 3 and 4 years old. Children entering the program in Grades 2 - 6 must have had continuous prior Montessori classroom experience.
  • If registrations exceed available space, selection will be determined by random draw based on CBE protocols.

**Entry into the Montessori Program takes place in Kindergarten and Grade 1 only, unless a child has continuous documented Montessori experience (space dependent) **

Visit the CBE website to help determine whether or not the Montessori Program is right for your child and for the Alternative Programs Handbook (Alberta Education).

The Montessori Approach frames all we do at Lake Bonavista School.  Through setting of school and classroom expectations, welcoming students, buddy programs, cooperative learning activities, leadership opportunities and school wide events such as Terry Fox Run, WE Day and assemblies, we help students feel a sense of belonging to a larger community, one that celebrates the variety of strengths each of us brings to the group.

For more information please go to: CBE Montessori page

Homework

Parents and students are encouraged to set aside regular time each evening for home study. The amount of homework will vary depending on the age and grade of your child and on other factors such as project deadlines. 

Homework is valuable for your child. We encourage your child to read at home each evening. Extending in-class learning can always be done through home related research. When, as parents, you take an interest in your child’s schoolwork it increases the child’s motivation. 

Homework helps the child develop responsibility and self-direction in studies. Please contact your child’s teacher to discuss expectations at that grade level. 

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​Exploring Career Choices

For Grades 5 to 9 at the CBE, we offer Career & Technology Foundations (CTF). This is an inquiry-based, hands-on program that focuses on essential skills common to occupational areas, and our students personalize their learning based on their interests and passions.​​​

Check out this exciting opportunity to lead our HR/LR Advisory Services team https://t.co/2rkmOEc3xV #yycjobs #WeAreCBE #yycbe https://t.co/2jtHvcZ0lp

RT @mustardseedyyc: Today @CrescentCowboys student Alex and his friends came by The Mustard Seed with bags full of @McDonaldsCanada sandwiches to hand out to those experiencing homelessness! Why did he do this? Because it's his birthday and he wanted to give back. Thank you Alex! @Crackmacs https://t.co/rWYZq2qKyW

RT @skillsalberta: We had a contest for students to design our 2020 Cardboard Boat Race medal - and here is the winning design from an Ernest Manning High School student! @yyCBEdu #yycbe #ABisSkilled https://t.co/O6IpOv4VQm

RT @UsihChristopher: Proud of this significant work on assessment and reporting at the CBE. Parents/Guardians can expect greater clarity on K-9 reporting going forward. Thanks to #WeAreCBE teachers and system leaders for their commitment to student success! https://t.co/iHUk905cjj

CBE Night with the Hitmen is coming up on Friday, Jan. 31. Use the code FUEL and $5 from every CBE ticket sold helps students receive nutritious breakfasts through Fuel for School https://t.co/cdfCwXAKbn #WeAreCBE https://t.co/c8Ij6LJnVa