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CBe-learn is the Calgary Board of Education’s (CBE’s) online school, offering regular programming for students in Grades 1-12.  It operates as a single school with its own teachers and students, who attend online from their homes across Calgary. It has been part of CBE for over a decade.


Grades 1 to 12.


CBe-learn requires a full school year commitment and is not designed to allow for transitions to in-person learning mid-year.. Every year, you can choose between online learning at CBe-learn or in-person learning at the community school, for the following school year.

Course Offerings

CBe-learn offers the regular program, covering the full English Alberta Education Programs of Study. (Visit My Child's Learning: A Parent Resource on the Alberta Education website for more information.)  It offers courses required for high school completion, including Core and Career and Technology Studies (CTS) courses.

Full-time or Part-time

For Grades 1 to 9, CBe-learn is full-time only.

For Grades 10 to 12, CBe-learn prioritizes acceptance of full-time students. (High school students attending their community school in-person may also be accepted for individual online courses through CBe-learn, if space and resources are available. This is arranged through the community school.)

Full time CBe-learn students are connected to CBe-learn only, not their community school. They access learning resources and supports through CBe-learn.


  • All classes are taught by certified teachers. 
  • Students interact with their teacher and each other as they learn.
  • Interactions occur both in real-time (synchronous) and through recorded videos, written instructions, etc (asynchronously). See details below.

Student schedule

  • CBe-learn follows the CBE traditional calendar (2021-22)
  • Students must be available for learning that is scheduled within the regular school day. Anticipate 20-30 hours of learning/week for full-time students. This includes time for both live (synchronous) learning as well time to read instructions, complete assignments, watch recorded videos, etc..

Parent involvement

Parents are involved and offer learning assistance. See below and the grade-specific webpages for details.

Technology requirements

At home, each student requires:

  • An internet connection
  • Their own laptop or desktop computer (Students who attempt to access courses via tablets and phones consistently struggle to meet learning outcomes.)
  • A working web camera, speakers and microphone
  • A separate headset and microphone (recommended)

Further information regarding technical specifics can be found on the Technical Support for Students and Parents help page. 

Learning environment and supplies

Families support online learning by providing:

  • A quiet work space free from distractions
  • A routine that supports learning
  • Supplies and resources typical to what is used in each grade-level (detailed requirements will be provided)
  • Additional subject-specific supplies as needed (e.g glue for art projects)

See grade-level pages (linked below) for specific information.

Learning Tools

Teachers guide and support learning using a variety of distance learning tools including:

  • Brightspace (by D2L)
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Google’s Education Suite including Google Classroom and Google Meet
English Level Level 3 English proficiency is recommended to support ELL students (English Language Leaners) in being successful at CBe-learn. Please discuss your child’s best option for learning with your current school. 

Who Can Attend CBe-learn?

CBE-learn is available only to resident CBE students. A resident CBE student is a student where at least one parent/legal guardian (or the independent student) physically resides within the geographical boundary of CBE, and at least one parent/legal guardian (or the independent student) is not of the Roman Catholic faith. Regardless of living or parenting arrangements, parents/legal guardians must only identify one primary address, which must be within the geographical boundary of CBE.

Please note:  international students are not eligible to attend full-time studies at CBE-learn.

CBe-learn does NOT offer

  • Kindergarten
  • Alternative and other programs such as:
    • French Immersion
    • Spanish Bilingual
    • International Baccalaureate (IB)
    • Advanced Placement (AP)
    • Art-Centred Learning
    • Traditional Learning Centre (TLC)
    • Montessori
    • All Boys or All Girls
    • Special Education Classes (EES, TASK, etc.)
  • Correspondence-based courses where students progress through independently and at their own pace.

CBe-learn is different from Home Education, where families are responsible for offering a program of studies for their child by developing, administering, managing and evaluating the progress of their student.

Characteristics of a Successful CBe-learn Student

We encourage you to take this anonymous, optional Online Self and Family Assessment to help you determine if online learning is right for your family.  

Youngest Online Learners Require

Older Online Learners Require

  • Significant home support
  • Passion for learning
  • Responsibility over learning
  • Developing literacies
  • Comprehensive literacies
  • Good time management
  • Strong self-advocacy skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Self-disciplined
  • Home support (limited amount required)

Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning

Teachers at CBe-learn use both synchronous and asynchronous activities to support student learning.

Synchronous Learning

Asynchronous Learning

  • Examples: video conference, live chat and live streamed videos
  • Communication happens live in real time
  • All students learn at the same time 
  • Allows for instant feedback and clarification
  • Examples: recorded videos, blog posts, emails and written instructions
  • Information is available all the time
  • Each student can learn at different times 
  • Allows students to work at a time that fits their schedule


View additional information in the CBe-learn FAQ for Parents/Guardians

View the Grade-Specific Pages

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​About the CBE

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