​​​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

International Students

Our school has easy transportation access through either public transit or designated school buses. We offer an outstanding program with English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and full integration into all other courses. Students will be enrolled in academic and complementary classes, i.e., Art, Foods, Design Studies, Photography or Yoga to name a few. We accept students that are coming here for a short term visit or those that want to get a high school diploma and move onto a post-secondary institution. If you have any questions please contact our International Advisor, Ms. M. Sigvaldason.

More information on the Non-Canadian Students page.


Students will be assigned to groups by grade. All students will participate in a mentorship program called Crescent PRIDE that will also serve as their homerooms. Students will remain with their specific Pride teachers for the duration of their time at Crescent Heights High School.

Semester Structure

Students can expect their courses to be equally divided between two semesters. Semester I runs from September to January; Semester II runs from February to June. This provides the greatest flexibility possible for student programming. Exceptions are the band, choral and senior sports medicine programs which run all year.

Returning Grade 12s

All Calgary High Schools are committed to offering high school students six semesters of schooling to complete their High School Diploma. Students, under exceptional circumstance, are allowed to return for a fourth year if they have an approved four-year program at the discretion of the school Principal.

Exam Flex Time

Successful high school completion is the primary goal at Crescent Heights High School. In an effort to facilitate successful course completion students have been provided with a Flex learning period, aligned with the current January and June exam periods, in which they can complete assignments, or look to improve their performance in relation to the course learning outcomes. Student and teacher, with school administration support when required, will negotiate the learning tasks to be completed, as well as the manner in which these are to be assessed.

Student Spares

It is advised that all students maintain a full program to maximize their educational opportunities. Students requesting spares must do so with great care. Students with spares will be expected to be in the library or Student Centre. Students on spare should conduct themselves in a way that ensures an ideal learning environment for all students. Spares must be approved by the student’s guidance counselor and administrator. Spares are not permitted for Grade 10 students. Grade 11 students are permitted one spare if they have passed all their Grade 10 courses, are carrying a heavy academic load and have approval of the administration. Grade 12 students must be enrolled in a minimum of three courses per semester.
Students requesting an additional spare will be required, along with their parents, to sign a contract outlining expectations.

Crescent PRIDE

The 2020-2021 school year sees Crescent Heights High School continuing with an important mentoring program. Students in Grades 10 through 12 will be enrolled in a Crescent PRIDE homeroom. All students will meet in their Crescent PRIDE homerooms once or twice per month throughout the year. Crescent PRIDE homeroom teachers will assist students and their parents in a variety of ways. The program is based on building strong teacher-student relationships, cultivating a sense of belonging, and advocating for individual student needs. The program will act as an important vehicle for promoting school events and activities beyond the classroom. Important information about our school will be communicated during the meetings. Teacher advisors will monitor attendance and serve as an important link with parents and guardians. The Crescent PRIDE Program will also support students in planning their school program, setting goals, and exploring Career Pathways.

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​​​​Dual Credit at the CBE

As a CBE student, you may choose to take a dual credit program as part of your high school learning plan. Dual credit programs allow you to:

  • Study in an area of passion and interest
  • Get a jump start on post-secondary learning.
  • Earn high school and post-secondary credits (transferable).
  • Build confidence and develop skills that will support a successful post-secondary transition.
  • Experience a post-secondary learning environment and learn about ongoing opportunities.
  • Reduce first-year course load and the time required to complete a program.

As a dual credit student, you would be concurrently enrolled in both a post-secondary institution and your high school​. You would earn credits towards both a high school diploma and a post-secondary degree or diploma.

Application packages and program details will be posted on:


​​​​​​Exploring Career Choices

Career and Technology education provides CBE students with dynamic, personalized learning opportunities that​ support them to transition into education, training and work. It is a part of the Alberta Programs of Study and is offered in every school, every day and for every student.

 Career and Technology Studies (CTS) is a complementary program for high school students. Students develop career and technology-related skills while enhancing employability competencies. Here is an overview of CTS pathways and Knowledge and Employability (K&E) Occupational Courses and information on specialized facilities.


Career & Technology Centre at Lord Shaughnessy High School

The Career & Technology Centre (CTC) is a hub for CTS learning for students registered in CBE high schools across Calgary. Students who attend the CTC will take courses at their designated high schools. Still, they will also access the CTC to enhance their learning through credentialed, dual credit or pre-placement programs for specific periods.