​​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.​​​

Program, Focus & Approach

At Our School

We over 300 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 arranged in straight grades. We also have two classes for students with moderate to severe cognitive challenges. Sixty percent of our students have English as their second (or third or fourth) language and 20% are identified as having special learning needs.

School Philosophy & Purpose

Our purpose at Cecil Swanson School is to provide our students with challenging and meaningful quality learning opportunities for personal growth. These opportunities will help to develop the academic, social, emotional, creative, and physical potential of each child to the fullest. We will strive to accomplish this with the full involvement and commitment of our school community in a positive atmosphere of active learning.

Our Principles of Learning & Teaching

  • Everyone can learn
  • There is a positive, caring, safe and inviting environment
  • Our environment encourages risk-taking, problem solving, decision making and creative thinking
  • Students are actively involved in and take ownership for their own learning
  • Parents, teachers and students must work cooperatively in the learning process.
  • Program requirements and assessment/evaluation procedures are clearly communicated
  • Our school environment fosters and supports mutual respect and understanding of individual differences
  • Our school is part of a larger community of learners and teachers
  • School structure and organization support and reflect what we know about learning and the learning environment

Start Smart Stay Safe (S4)

Our school is part of the S4 - Start Smart Stay Safe initiative once again this year. This is a partnership between the CBE, Calgary Catholic School District, the Calgary City Police Department and Mount Royal University: S4 Strengthening Students, Families and Communities. This is a proactive, strengths-based model of teaching/learning where police, schools and families partner together to actively build positive relationships, create safe communities and prepare children for the challenges of our complex, changing world.

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The Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting on Thursday, May 26 at 7 pm to hear from parents, students and other persons on the proposed closure of Discovering Choices START Outreach – Bowness site for the purpose of relocation. Learn more: https://t.co/Nm0kkpiaG7 #yycbe https://t.co/FmLdoDBpGH

There are no classes for students on Friday, May 20 because it is a system-wide non-instruction day. All of our schools and offices are closed on Monday, May 23 for Victoria Day. Have a safe and relaxing long weekend! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/CTelZ2ks3d

RT @DHarkness_CBE: What did the DHS staff look like during the last Battle of Alberta in 1991? The photos are slowly dribbling in and we love the throwback! @yyCBEdu @Area4CBE @NHLFlames @EdmontonOilers https://t.co/aPIy7w3C35

RT @TBRSchool: TB Riley is EXPLODING with Calgary Flames spirit!! @NHLFlames #wearecbe #wearetbr #BattleofAlberta https://t.co/CYAp4MGsgw

RT @CBE_CNGunn: A student made us these jerseys back in 2005. Finally we have a real reason to wear them! Go Flames, though Mr. Prather might be thinking Go Oilers! #nhlflames #nhloilers #wearecbe https://t.co/Yq7ng627D2

Alright CBE, the challenge is on! Show us your jerseys, red shirts and Flames artwork as we cheer on our @NHLFlames! #CBEofRed #WeAreCBE #GoFlamesGo @LauraHack34 @UsihChristopher https://t.co/DDqGAv9nFD

Students at Lester B. Pearson High School and many other schools took part in @Moose_Hide Campaign on May 12. The nationwide event raises awareness for the #MMIWG and violence against women and children. Read more on our website: https://t.co/M73qVEWEOi #WeAreCBE https://t.co/Iwolb09uVS

RT @SASCBE: Our Grade 3/4s had a hands on experience building birds houses after learning about the importance of birds in Calgary. Birds are often seen as spiritual messengers who bridge the natural and spirit world in Indigenous cultures. @DClovis https://t.co/7DoX3d45Ca

RT @CJMCBE: Our Grade 5 students explored Weaselhead Flats today. We learned so much about wetlands, plants, and animals. We studied aquatic invertebrates and saw so many different birds. Thank you to our guide and to our parent volunteers 😃 #WeAreCBE https://t.co/H26VYcj1EY