Dialogue is the Calgary Board of Education’s approach to community engagement. It is a mutually respectful exchange of ideas that acknowledges and celebrates the diversity within the CBE community. It represents our ongoing commitment to involve people in decisions that affect them.

We know we make better decisions when we listen and work together to solve problems and find solutions. When we do, our students are better equipped to become successful citizens who contribute their ideas, passion and energy to society.

There can be no dialogue without you. Find out more about Dialogue as well as current and past system engagement initiatives on the CBE’s website​.​​​​​​




Get involved, share your ideas and help us balance enrolment in our high schools.​​

Over the next two years, we will be asking for your input and feedback on how we can balance student enrolment across 20 of our high schools. Within the next five years, our projections show that 10 CBE high schools will be operating between 100 and 150 per cent of their capacity, while seven high schools will be operating between 50 and 85 per cent of their capacity. Only three high schools are projected to be within the balanced utilization range (85-100 per cent) that best supports student learning.​

When student enrolment at a school is either too high or too low it affects student access, flexibility and choice in programming and extracurricular activities including athletics and clubs for students. It simply does not make sense to have several schools with an abundance of available space while many others are full beyond their capacity.

A decision is expected by October 2021, with implementation beginning September 2022. Students currently in Grade 7 will be in Grade 10 in 2022-23. If you have a student this age or younger, your family will be affected by any changes that might result from this engagement process. While current high school students will not be affected by changes, the perspectives of our current high school families are a valuable part of the conversation and will help us in the decision-making process.

This fall, you will have opportunities to share your thoughts on these factors in the decision-making process:
  • Location and designated communities/boundaries of existing high school programs (regular, French Immersion, Spanish Bilingual, Arts-Centred Learning, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate Programme, International Baccalaureate Career Programme)
  • Expansion and contraction of the following existing high school programs: French Immersion, Spanish Bilingual, Arts-Centred Learning, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate Career Programme
  • Grade configurations
  • Implementation considerations

In-person sessions (12) will take place Sept. 24 – Oct. 30 and online engagement opportunities will also be provided during this time. Session registration is now open​.

We have grouped all high schools involved in this engagement process into four groups and are holding three sessions per group. Please register for the session that includes the school(s) of interest to you.

The same information presented in the sessions will be available online in a discussion forum. If you are unable to register in a session, you will be able to learn more about CBE high schools and share your perspectives online.

Thank you for your participation. We look forward to hearing your perspectives.

Community Engagement

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