Traditional Learning Centre Program


The Traditional Learning Centre uses teacher-directed, whole group instruction and character education to foster reflective thinking, continuous learning and responsible citizenship. It is a celebration of cultural diversity and commonly held values. The virtues-oriented class environment prepares students to meet the moral, technological and global challenges of the 21st Century.

TLC Philosophy and Guiding Principles

Three Pillars of the Traditional Learning Centre 

Respect for Self

Each student will strive for academic and personal excellence, and recognize that diligence, effort and scholastic achievement generate positive self-esteem; students also understand that they are to abide by a code of conduct and that they are a main contributor to the school climate and culture.

Respect for Others

This comprises respect for the human and property rights of all others, respect for roles and legitimate authority in the school, home, community and country, and respect for the contributions of those more or less capable than oneself in given areas. Students will contribute in an orderly, disciplined and secure environment based on clear ethical principles. The ability for each student to exercise their right to an education in optimal conditions is paramount and the school will strive to uphold this right.

Respects for the Environment

Students are expected to care for and nurture the school environment and the resources made available to them.

Character Education and Student Behaviour

Within the class and in the school, students will receive direct instruction related to Virtues and Character. Students are expected to participate in and demonstrate in their daily life the Virtues discussed and modeled in class. The goal is to nurture students who are self-disciplined, responsible and reflective about their behaviours and actions. 

How to Register

Please visit our How to Register page.

Last modified on

​Is this Program the Right Choice for My Child?

A successful student demonstrates:

  • Self-management and organizational skills and a commitment to daily homework
  • A willingness to participate in positive social interactions and take a leadership role when engaging in problem solving, acts of citizenship, and service
  • A willingness to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum and an eagerness for knowledge and service

Characteristics of Traditional Learning Centre Program

  • Character Education intentionally taught and reinforced daily and demonstrated through service to the school, local and global community
  • Whole group direct instruction that is sequential and enriched as the primary teaching approach
  • Students are provided with a structured, orderly setting appropriate to the learning activity
  • Elementary students are in straight grades. Students are grouped by skill ability for language arts and mathematics. Early literacy includes explicit instruction in phonics, spelling, and grammar. Horizontal enrichment opportunities are available to challenge students based on their achievement.
  • Middle School students are in straight grades in Language Arts and Math and in electives, as needed. Students may be grouped by skill ability for core. Opportunities are provided for horizontal and vertical enrichment in preparation for high school programming.
  • French as a second language begins in Grade 1 and is mandatory until the end of Grade 9; Music is mandatory until the end of Grade 9 with Band beginning in the middle school setting
  • School uniform (see uniform requirements)

Visit the CBE website​ to help determine whether or not the Traditional Learning Centre Program is right for your child, for the Alternative Programs Handbook (Alberta Education) and to find answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.​​