Program, Focus & Approach

School Organization and Curriculum

Our school can be characterized as a community of learners. Within our learning community, each child has membership, each child has equal access to learning opportunities, and each child’s unique experiences (background, family, and cultural) are valued.

We believe that our school culture emphasizes the significance and importance of children and their learning.  Learning can achieve great heights when children have ownership and when learning is meaningful and relevant. Motivation is directly linked to learning.

Our school is organized to best meet the needs of children within seven classrooms. Given this reality, classrooms are most often a blend of combined grades. The purpose of these groupings is to ensure a reasonable class size as well as to provide the best learning environment for children by:

  • Keeping the student-teacher ratio as low as possible in allowing a more equitable distribution of students.
  • Promoting opportunities for students and teachers to be together for two years whenever possible.

The curriculum provides the basic foundation of learning experiences. Curriculum within our school is not viewed in a narrow, linear fashion but rather as continuous, seamless, and expansive. It emphasizes the connectedness of knowledge and learning and the understanding that prior experiences shape the construction of new knowledge.

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​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.​​​

​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.​​​

Friday, Sept 24 is a system-wide non-instructional day so there are no classes for CBE students. Have a safe long weekend and please continue to follow all public health measures #WeAreCBE https://t.co/2BCAzks4jb

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Thank you @JackJamesHS for sharing information about the history of Treaty 7 on the anniversary of its signing #WeAreCBE #WeAreAllTreatyPeople https://t.co/QeXj9cNonO

RT @Indigenous_cbe: Today is fall equinox - a time when daylight & nighttime share the sky equally. Today is also Treaty 7 Day - the 144th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 7. The 🌞 & 🌙s equality today teaches us how to honour the treaty...by walking together in equal partnership. #welcomeoko https://t.co/7nUdmGVAVL

A number of CBE schools have participated in #StudentVoteCanada last week and today to learn about democracy in action #WeAreCBE https://t.co/XugrIa8ZpC