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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​​​Our School's Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

We are committed to acknowledging and supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 94 Calls to Action specific to education. Our school, along with all CBE schools, made a TRC Commitment to Action. On June 21, we renewed our commitment, which can be found under Resources.​​

Acknowledging the Land

We would like to acknowledge the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Nations, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani and the Kainai. We also acknowledge the Tsuut’ina and Stoney Nakoda First Nations, the Métis Nation, and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.​​

​​​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 Improvement 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​.