​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

Key Features

Some of the key features of the National Sport School are:

  • A learning environment that uses advanced online technologies to support learning
  • Grades nine to twelve in the academically rigorous Alberta Education Program of Studies.
  • Teacher Advisors for each student-athlete.
  • A Sport Psychologist on staff.
  • Sport Psychology courses.
  • A four period day with fixed-time classes including embedded tutorial time.
  • Personal Learning Plans for each student-athlete.

How students can access their teachers outside of the regularly scheduled face-to-face class instructional time:

  • Students are able to work with their teachers during every tutorial period.
  • All teachers are available by email and telephone
  • Students can also access instruction in their course through Desire2Learn (an online learning management environment), or through distance packages provided by their teacher.
  • All students have access to instruction 24/7.

Balancing School and Sport

A working relationship between the sport organizations and the school takes into consideration the best interests of the student-athletes. The school recognizes that there are times when sport commitments will take priority over academic responsibilities; correspondingly, there are times when the sport organizations need to recognize that academic requirements must take priority over sport.

Although student-athletes are given greater flexibility in how they complete their work, they still must cover all the material in the course outline and in accordance with the Program of Studies, as provided by Alberta Education. The flexible school environment allows student-athletes to adjust their academic responsibilities to their training and competition schedules. Student-athletes who are heavily involved in their sport in a specific term should take fewer classes during that academic term. Flexibility within a course exists where athletes may negotiate with the subject teacher to accommodate their athletic commitments.

Personal Learning Plans

The National Sport School offers a unique academic experience that allows Canada's high-performance athletes to complete their high school education around their training and competitive lives. Personal Learning Plans continue to be used as tools for planning school and post secondary for students. To assist with learning needs for our

traveling students, we have focused on developing more resources to support our traveling student-athletes through their desire to learn shells. This year we focused on the development of multimodal electronic learning resources to support concept development via the web. These resources were created using several resources including livescribe pens and Jing. These resources have not only become great tools to support self-directed learning, they also are used to reinforce concepts for students preparing for exams, reviewing material or furthering their depth of understanding of concepts. As well, these resources have translated into classroom based learning resources. Group projects, project planning and concept process development can be supplemented through the use of these tools.

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​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.​​​

​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 on-going opportunities.
  • Reduce first year course load and the time required to complete a program.

As a dual credit student, you would be enrolled in both a post-secondary institution and in your high school concurrently. You would earn credits towards both a high school diploma and 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 opportunities for personalized learning that are dynamic and 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 designed for our 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, but they will also access the CTC to enhance their learning through credentialed, dual credit or pre-placement programs for specific periods of time.