​Important Dates

We follow the CBE traditional calendar. The calendar sets common start and end days, non-instructional days and holidays. For our school’s additional non-instructional days, late entries, early dismissal days and events, see our school calendar page.​

The Calgary Board of Education continues to plan for the health measures that may be in place for the next school year. More details will be shared with families before the first day of classes.

Find the latest information on the CBE website and the Alberta Government website.​

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Welcome to the 2021 - 2022 School Year 

We are looking forward to an exciting new school year here at John G. Diefenbaker!

 Health Expectations:

  • Masks are currently mandatory at all CBE schools and on Calgary Transit.
  • Self-Health Check at home prior to leaving for school.
  • If not feeling well, please stay home and get healthy!
  • School doors open at 8:45 a.m.
  • Hand sanitizing is a crucial component of a healthy school environment.
  • No lockers, at this time; please bring all items in backpack.


Transportation Information:

Calgary Transit Bus routes, stop location and stop time information are available through links on our JGD website: https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/johngdiefenbaker/registration/getting-school/busing/pages/default.aspx

The stop time provided is the time the bus leaves the stop.  Please be at the stop at least five minutes before the scheduled departure time.  Buses will not wait at or return to stops once they have left.


Wednesday, September 1:  Timetable Period 1, 2, 3, 4

  • Grade 10 Students will meet with their Period 1 Teacher on the school‘s back field and enter the school together.
  • Grade 11s & 12s go online and connect with their classroom teachers through D2L, if possible, otherwise, no worries – we’ll see you Thursday.
  • There will be messages shared at the beginning of each period for all students to hear.
  • Lifetouch will be on property to take Grade 10 Students’ mandatory photo for lanyards.
  • Lunch is provided for Grade 10s.


Thursday, September 2: Timetable Period 1, 2, 3, 4

  • All students attend school.
  • Lifetouch will be on property to take mandatory photo for lanyards.
  • Lunch may be eaten in Period 2 classroom or outside for 15 minutes; please dress for the weather.


Friday, September 3: Regular School Day – dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

School Start and End Times

John G. Diefenbaker High School is committed to providing students with optimal learning environments that support academic, social, and emotional growth and success. As a staff, we continue to explore new and more efficient ways to support and enhance student learning opportunities.

As we finalize schedules and teaching assignments, students may have changes made to their respective timetables. These changes happen in an effort to lower overall class sizes, and provide students with optimal learning environments/situations. 

 Bell times are as follows: 

Student Schedules

Student schedules will be available through their MyCBE / PowerSchool account starting in early August. Please note that schedules may change until the first day of classes as counsellors balance classes and add new sections as classes fill up.  

Course Change Requests

To request a course change, please email johngdiefenbaker@cbe.ab.ca with the following information:

  • Student Last Name:
  • Student First Name:
  • CBE Student #:
  • Course you wish to remove:
  • Course you wish to add:
  • Best phone # to reach you:
  • Best email address to contact you:

This process is designed to develop a more effective way of requesting course changes for students without missing classes and to eliminate the long line-ups and wait times students have experienced during the first days of school.  If this request cannot be facilitated over the summer, we will forward it to your Guidance Counsellor when they return on August 23, 2021




Email on/after August 23rd, 2021

Last Names A – G

Ms. MacDonald


Last Names H – O

Mr. Wylie


Last Names P – Z

Mr. Reitbauer


International / ELL Students

Ms. Early



 When requesting a course change please remember: 

  1 - Course changes will not be allowed based on teacher preference, time of day that students wish to take the class or the enrolment of friends in specific classes. 

  2 - It is very important that students email if they have completed a course in Summer School but are still registered in the class, or if students do not have the prerequisite to take a specific class. 

  3 - Please use this process for “dropping” courses- Students in grade 12 are required to have a minimum of three courses per semester. Students in grade 11 may be eligible for one spare during the year. Grade 10s are not eligible for spares. 

 4 - Counsellors will contact students if they need clarification or have questions. This limitation on requests means that students must be thorough in their explanation and mindful that their initial request is also their one and only and FINAL request. 

 5 - Please be patient. Counsellors will be in contact with students through email or by phone if necessary. 

 6 - During the first 3 days of classes counsellors will only be meeting with students who have “See Counsellor” on their schedule and will call these students out of classes to meet with their counsellor in Guidance. 

Student Photos September 1 to 3, 2021

Plan to have your picture taken!

Student photo visual ID cards will be initially issued at no cost to all student.  Lost or damaged ID cards will need to be immediately replaced at a charge to the students.  


Student ID cards will be required for admittance to classes, school activities, exams, sporting events, checking out library books and textbooks. ID cards may also be required to verify student status on Calgary Transit.  

All students must have their picture taken, even if a photo package is not purchased. You do not need to bring money for photos during school start up.  Each student will have pictures taken and receive a proof package mid-September.  Please visit their website for further information at http://lifetouch.ca/  


Transportation to school is by Calgary Transit.   Please visit the Calgary Transit website for details of High School Service Routes.   

Student Parking Passes

We have a student parking lot at John G. Diefenbaker High School, but it is still limited and as such, students wanting to park on the school property are required to complete an application.  

 To be considered eligible for a parking pass, students making application must:

  • hold a Valid Class 5 Alberta Driver’s License at time of application
  • have paid their school fees through the Business Office or online at time of application  

 Parking passes will go on sale in October so watch for an announcement with further information.

Registration Information

Important documentation for registration:

  • Original Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Documentation to support your legal address (utility bill, bank statement, mortgage statement, home/renter insurance, property tax assessment)
  • Copy of the last report card or transcript
  • IPP if applicable
  • Custody papers if applicable
  • Delegation of Authority if applicable (e.g. not living with parent, living with foster parent)

Please visit our How to Register page for all registration details and registration forms.

Please fill in your registration forms and email them, along with the important documentation listed above to  johngdiefenbaker@cbe.ab.ca

School Supply List

Please bring your own basic school supplies, such as pens, pencils, and binders with paper. Your teachers will let you know if additional supplies are required.

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​​Fees and Waivers

School fees will be charged to families starting in October. Online fee payment is the simplest and most convenient way to pay school fees. Parents can use their online account to pay fees or apply for a waiver at: www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe.

You can find more information on the CBE school fees and waivers​ page.​​​​​​​

​​​Do You Have a MyCBE Parent Account?

Parents who have not already done so, must create an account in MyCBE to:

  • Pay fees or apply for a waiver

  • Register for transportation and lunch supervision

  • View student progress

To create a new account, go to www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe and click on Create Parent Account. You will need to have your child(ren)’s CBE Student ID Number and use your email on file at the school.​

​Further Inform​ation

We look forward to a great year ahead. If you have any questions that we haven’t addressed here, please contact the school. 

For further information visit our CBE back-to-school information​ page.​​​​​

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