Program, Focus & Approach

Escuela Eugene Coste is a Spanish bilingual alternative program. Our students access the Alberta Program of Studies for all regular academic subject areas in addition to Spanish language arts. The bilingual program means that students are provided with 50% instruction in Spanish. Generally, Spanish instruction is provided in mathematics, physical education and through Spanish language arts. To make the language learning more authentic, teachers strive to embed Spanish language learning in other academic areas such as science and social studies and through a variety of  research-based instructional strategies. 

Inquiry & Concept-Based Learning

We use an over-arching inquiry question to guide our work in providing students with rich, authentic learning opportunities. This year’s focus has examined “Together we are resilient. Juntos, somos resistentes!”. 

Eugene Coste is a vibrant learning community where students thrive in a content-based language program; students learn Spanish through being immersed in and using the language throughout the day for routine activities and learning across subject areas. Teachers collaborate to create rich experiences, utilizing a Conceptual Understanding framework, where students explore big questions and tackle problems to understand curricular concepts and their world. Strong community values are supported through celebrations of learning and sharing times as a school. Students participate in hands-on learning with the support of artist in residence opportunities to support teachers and students examining learning through a different lens. (See "Concept-Based Learning Parent Communication Div 2 attachment)

Students at Eugene Coste learn about the perspective of others through looking at the world in different ways. With the contributions of many Spanish-speaking countries, their stories and traditions, and the culture of or local community, students learn to look at their world and the contributions of others in shaping our society and their place within it. Indigenous ways of knowing are explored through land-based learning opportunities and appreciation of the natural world. 


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The Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting on Thursday, May 26 at 7 pm to hear from parents, students and other persons on the proposed closure of Discovering Choices START Outreach – Bowness site for the purpose of relocation. Learn more: https://t.co/Nm0kkpiaG7 #yycbe https://t.co/FmLdoDBpGH

There are no classes for students on Friday, May 20 because it is a system-wide non-instruction day. All of our schools and offices are closed on Monday, May 23 for Victoria Day. Have a safe and relaxing long weekend! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/CTelZ2ks3d

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Students at Lester B. Pearson High School and many other schools took part in @Moose_Hide Campaign on May 12. The nationwide event raises awareness for the #MMIWG and violence against women and children. Read more on our website: https://t.co/M73qVEWEOi #WeAreCBE https://t.co/Iwolb09uVS

RT @SASCBE: Our Grade 3/4s had a hands on experience building birds houses after learning about the importance of birds in Calgary. Birds are often seen as spiritual messengers who bridge the natural and spirit world in Indigenous cultures. @DClovis https://t.co/7DoX3d45Ca

RT @CJMCBE: Our Grade 5 students explored Weaselhead Flats today. We learned so much about wetlands, plants, and animals. We studied aquatic invertebrates and saw so many different birds. Thank you to our guide and to our parent volunteers 😃 #WeAreCBE https://t.co/H26VYcj1EY