​​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

Quality Teaching

At Alexander Ferguson, our staff is highly committed to the personalization of student learning through the arts. Teachers foster student inquiry and student self-advocacy in an intellectually engaging learning environment. This intentional work is embedded in our school-wide inquiry question. In this way we will help our students become ethical citizens who are engaged in learning while developing an entrepreneurial spirit.

Student Support

Teachers continually assess and adjust instruction to meet student needs. If a student requires support to achieve expected success, teachers will meet with the Learning Support Team to discuss and create a student plan which will be implemented and assessed. A time for review will be scheduled. During the review, the team makes recommendations based on student progress. Ongoing collaboration with parents during this process is essential. Working as a team allows us to help your children achieve their potential.

Circle of Courage

Our school promotes the development of the following values embodied in the Circle of Courage philosophy:

The Spirit of Belonging: The universal longing for human bonds is cultivated by relationships of trust so that the child can say, “I am loved.”

The Spirit of Mastery: The inborn thirst for learning is cultivated by understanding ourselves as lifelong learners and how to apply our strengths as citizens of the world, the child can say, “I can succeed.”

The Spirit of Generosity: Character is cultivated by concern for others so that the child can say, “I have purpose for my life.”

The Spirit of Independence: Free will is cultivated by responsibility so that the child can say, “I have the power to make positive decisions.”

By emphasizing the values of the Circle of Courage, we strive to build a caring, responsible school community. We believe that home and school share the responsibility for teaching children. We expect students to treat themselves and others kindly and with respect. Being respectful means coming to school on time, ready and willing to learn. Verbal, emotional, physical, and cyber bullying are not tolerated at AFS. During class meetings, students have the opportunity to share their concerns about their classroom and their school. We want all of our students to know that they are valued and important. Showing respect also extends to school supplies and our school environment. Agendas, library books and other school supplies should be handled carefully, and, if lost, must be replaced. If students are having difficulty respecting our school and each other, a plan will be developed based on personal student needs and the impact their choice had on others.


Parents showing interest in their children's school work can be motivating for children. Parents can assist students by helping them study for tests and establishing a regular routine for homework. Plan to set aside a distraction free, quiet environment for your child(ren) to complete their homework. A good way to support our math curriculum is to access “Mathletics” regularly. Parents are also asked to support the school home reading program as this is vital to your child's academic success. 

The Calgary Board of Education’s guidelines for homework are as follows:
Division I: Five to ten minutes of systematic study per night is recommended.
Division II: Students may bring home assignments they did not complete in class or other special projects as assigned by their teacher. Homework at this level should not exceed twenty minutes in length.

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​​Middle Years at the CBE

Middle years learning refers to education offered to students between the ages of 10-15. These years are critical in keeping our students on the path to high school completion and their career futures. Keys for student success include: participating in hands-on, purposeful and relevant learning; creating positive relationships with peers, teachers and other adults; and being actively involved in the community and feeling supported by family, businesses and other organizations that surround them.

Learn more about our students in their middle years, including how their learning will change and how you can support your child, visit the CBE website.​

​​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.​​​

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