​​​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

Arts-Centered Program

Being part of the Sir John Franklin School community means being responsible to yourself, your peers, your teachers and the community. Together we can make the school an exciting and engaging place in which to learn.

The Arts-Centered Learning Program focuses on learning in and through the arts. Our distinguishing feature is the focus in core curriculum on learning and teaching using the arts as a means of understanding the world. Students are given
opportunities to learn, present information and experience concepts in multiple ways. In addition to more traditional methods, students share what they learn through the discipline of the fine and performing arts. Sir John Franklin School strives to create a personalized learning environment that meets the needs of 21st Century learners.

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he/she grows up.” – Pablo Picasso 


Homework allows opportunity for students to reinforce understanding of curricular content and practice skills learned during class time. Parent’s interest and encouragement are invaluable to a child’s successful completion of homework. It is recommended parents provide a home environment that facilitates homework and daily reading time. As children progress through the grades it is an expectation that they will have increasing amounts of time devoted to reviewing, and to completing assignments on a daily basis. 

The CBE recommends the following home study times.

Division II (Grades 4-6) – Formal assignments may be given at the discretion of the teacher, particularly for pupils who need special attention or help, but in general, assignments should be of the reading or study type. No school requirement should exceed 20 minutes in length.

Division III (Grades 7-9) - Students are expected to study or complete homework from 30 minutes to one hour each night. 

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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.​​​

Friday, June 9 is a system-wide non-instructional day so there are no classes for CBE students. Have a safe long weekend and stay cool! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/aZILp20jXS

RT @Miskanawah: A huge THANK YOU to the students of Forest Lawn High School for supporting our Indigenous children, youth and families to have FUN and POSITIVE learning experiences by donating 50 new backpacks. #miskanawah #YYC #ForestLawnHighSchool https://t.co/mgNkw7uns8

Bob Edwards School alumnae Tegan and Sara stopped by their former junior high school this week. #WeAreCBE @BobEdEagles https://t.co/c0n2OuhtP7

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RT @RoyaloakCBE: Another successful Bike to School Day today with hundreds of energetic bikers arriving this morning. Many thanks to the amazing volunteers that tagged and sorted all our bikes! #wearecbe https://t.co/JkD7W9Qt92