​​​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

Our Beliefs

Branton Philosophy 

We are committed to improving total individual development within our community of learners. Branton recognizes the unique needs of junior high students as they begin to make the transition from childhood to adulthood.

Branton Vision Statement 

At Branton, students strive for individual excellence. All individuals are encouraged to become responsible, autonomous learners; we provide a safe, secure, and supportive learning environment in which individual needs are carefully respected and met.

Branton Statement of Purpose 

Our purpose is to develop and nurture a functional fluency in the French language so that students can further their studies with their chosen language. Teachers at Branton also expose students to the rich French­-Canadian culture and history which inhabits the fabric of our country.

Branton School Culture


The school facilitates the acquisition of a positive self­-concept through successful experiences which encourage student pride in their accomplishments and efforts. The school should enhance self­-concept through effective discipline and continuous positive feedback.


The school provides a warm, caring, and safe environment, which encourages a sense of pride, ownership, and accomplishment. Education is a shared responsibility, with parents, students, and teachers working toward common goals. The school should provide and encourage unique opportunities and experiences beyond the school setting to enhance individual growth.

Learning Process

The school will:

  • encourage learning as a lifelong, participatory thinking process wherein students develop a love and ownership for their own learning
  • foster critical and creative thinking
  • facilitate the development of the whole child by recognizing individual needs and learning styles
  • promote the acquisition of practical living skills relevant to the outside world
  • emphasize achievement in all areas. The school provides and encourages the development of social skills, leadership skills, and responsible citizenship.
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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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