Our School

École Banff Trail is a higher level of Immersion. We are a single-track immersion school with a successful, well established program serving Northwest Calgary. We are a smaller, community school with strong parent involvement. Special and extracurricular programs such as choir, skiing, musicals, dance, outdoor school, and artists in residence enhance the Banff Trail experience.


Our vision is of an inclusive community where all members are recognized as active learners in a nurturing environment characterized by mutual trust and respect.

Purpose Statement

École Banff Trail community members (staff, students, parents) are committed to providing the best possible education and learning environment for all. We foster intellectual, emotional, physical and social growth by encouraging our students to develop creative and critical thinking skills that will help them become productive members of the global society. Students are encouraged to reach their potential in academic and personal achievement and we foster the development of self-respect.

Mission Statement

Through teaching and learning, we nurture the confidence and competencies required for succeeding today and tomorrow.

We believe that:

  • Students must be engaged in purposeful work and relevant learning experiences to develop their diverse needs (academic, social, emotional, physical).
  • A safe and caring school provides an environment where students can grow personally and emotionally.
  • Self-evaluation and on-going feedback on their progress will encourage students to become independent learners with positive self-esteem.
  • Teachers, parents, and support staff work as a community to ensure that students are well prepared for learning.
  • Students are encouraged to make learning choices to develop team-work, organizational, leadership and decision-making skills.

We also have specific expectations pertaining to the French Immersion program.

  • To be functionally bilingual and able to communicate in French (orally and in writing).
  • An appreciation for the culture of francophone countries.
  • An appreciation for second language learning.
  • An appreciation and respect for differences.
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School Development Plan

​Each year, our school prepares a development plan with input from teachers, school staff, students and parents. We review many sources of data, including report cards, provincial achievement test results and school surveys. Based on this information, we create our plan identifying targeted areas for growth. Our school development plan is not meant to represent all of the work that takes place in our school, but rather it focuses on specific areas for improvement.​​​

School Results Report

Our school also prepares a results plan, which looks at our previous school year. It shows our students’ achievement and progress in meeting the goals and outcomes as set out by the CBE and Alberta Education, outlines some of the highlights of our school development plan and gives an overview of our school. You can look on the CBE website for system-wide results​.

RT @UsihChristopher: We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to make this learning shift for next week. While it is yet another significant change, we hope that it will serve to reduce the current learning disruptions that are continuing to occur in our schools. https://t.co/FOfXcybh91

Starting Monday, April 19 students in Grades 7-12 will transition to at-home learning for at least two weeks. https://t.co/JVJhOw8d8R #yycbe #WeAreCBE https://t.co/ZTbWWkZJLt

RT @DalhousieCBE: Social distancing requirements hampering reading buddies? No problem! Our @DalhousieCBE Gr 4/5 HUB students recorded read alouds for younger students to listen to. Authentic audience and sense of ownership and pride! #SomosDalhousie #WeAreCBE @yycbedu @CBElanguages https://t.co/XZZQyF2reX

Each year Alberta Education sends an important survey to parents/guardians of students in Grades 4, 7 and 10. The results are used to assess satisfaction with the quality of education & we use the information to improve teaching and learning. https://t.co/S1qsRKBerD #yycbe

RT @CrescentCowboys: Shout to our Drama Society for continuing to find ways to pivot! Their usual LunchBox theatre couldn’t happen in the same form this year, so they went digital!Today is our first student written and directed play-“Equilibrium” by Dua S, with actors Chiara C and Chris M #WeAreCBE https://t.co/w1sPPNG5pB

The Board of Trustees and Administration of the CBE have taken the time to carefully review the draft provincial curriculum and current realities within our system. The CBE has decided not to participate in the draft curriculum pilot in fall 2021. https://t.co/AbsjIDMzXp #yycbe

Congratulations to this Western Canada High School student, her story is 1 of 10 shortlisted for The First Page student writing competition in the Grades 10 to 12 category. Read it here: https://t.co/L14XvKTrQK #WeAreCBE https://t.co/DcgGBXEtbY

Today’s Board of Trustees public meeting will be held virtually starting at noon. We invite you to stream the meeting online https://t.co/nvCl1fvF09 #yycbe https://t.co/UIpLm405VE

RT @CBESomerset: 1st day of Spring Break & CBE Facility Maintenance is going strong @CBESomerset in the cold, windy, snowy weather. Thank you CBE Facility Maintenance for keeping our buildings & playgrounds safe. #WeAreCBE #SomersetStrong https://t.co/BDjikZOB8P

There are no CBE classes from March 29-April 5 for spring break. We wish all of our students and staff a relaxing and enjoyable spring break. Please stay safe and continue to follow all public health measures. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 6. #WeAreCBE https://t.co/hSg8htdgmt