​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

The Circle of Courage

The Circle of Courage is based on a North American traditional native culture and emphasizes four core values: Belonging, Generosity, Mastery, and Independence.

At Taradale School, we support and help our students as they develop their personal beliefs and intrinsic motivations, which will influence the choices they make and the behaviours they exhibit throughout their lifetime. The Circle of Courage and its four core values guide this important work with our students.


Belonging: All people need a positive, strong sense of attachment. Children develop this through safe, trusting relationships in the home, school and community.
Generosity: As human beings, we sense joy from the unconditional giving to others. As teachers and parents,
we encourage generosity through positive and supportive interactions.
Mastery: We need a sense of competence in one or more domains to feel a sense of self-worth and a desire to set further goals. As teachers and parents, it is important that we provide varied opportunities for meaningful activities building on children’s diverse strengths and interests.
Independence: People need to be able to make healthy, positive, autonomous choices. As teachers and parents,
we can provide safe opportunities for children to make appropriate choices. This will help them develop self-confidence, self-discipline and positive leadership.

Combined Grades 1/2 and 3/4

  • Combined grades support students’ rights to have their individual needs met. Extra help and enrichment can be woven into daily activities without calling attention to student differences;
  • Academic achievement of students in a combined grade classroom remains consistent or improves;
  • Combined grade classrooms, in which the same teacher and students stay together for two years, supports the development of deep relationships and in-depth understanding of students;
  • Positive student relationships within a combined grade classroom are developed across grade levels;
  • Older students deepen their understanding of concepts when they act as mentors to younger students;
  • Younger students feel secure and nurtured, while many older children develop socially and emotionally through the opportunity for leadership and responsibility; and
  • Research indicates that self-esteem is high in combined grade classrooms and that students have positive views of themselves as learners.

Research findings support combined grades as an effective approach to promoting students’ academic and social growth. It is one strategy that can be used to create conditions in which learning flourishes.

Whole-School Language Arts

Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to:

  • Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences;
  • Comprehend and respond personally and critically to oral, print and other media texts;
  • Manage ideas and information;
  • Enhance the clarity and artistry of communication; and
  • Respect, support and collaborate with others.

The Balanced-Literacy at Taradale School includes focus on reading and writing.

Through reading, students will participate in:

  • Modeled reading
  • Shared reading
  • Guided reading
  • Independent reading at school and home
  • Word study

Through writing, will participate in:

  • Modeled writing
  • Shared writing
  • Guided writing
  • Independent writing at school and at home
  • Word study

Friday Early Dismissals and Professional Days 

Every Friday early dismissal afternoon begins with a staff meeting for all teachers and support staff. This is an excellent opportunity for the whole staff to all meet together in creating hopes and dreams for Taradale School and in developing goals for the school year. The rest of the afternoons are dedicated to professional learning, system work and professional learning communities.

The support for Friday Early Dismissals continues to be appreciated! The time to meet, work and dream together with the whole staff is invaluable. Teachers also meet in Professional Learning Communities, on Friday afternoons, to create student learning goals and to focus on inquiry related to the Literacy School Development Goal. We continue to thank our Taradale community for adjusting your schedules to accommodate Friday early dismissals.

View our calendar page to see schedule for early dismissal and professional days.

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Friday, Sept 24 is a system-wide non-instructional day so there are no classes for CBE students. Have a safe long weekend and please continue to follow all public health measures #WeAreCBE https://t.co/2BCAzks4jb

RT @UsihChristopher: We all recognize the benefits of in-person learning. We are doing everything we can to minimize transmission of COVID-19 in our schools. We NEED your help! To all employees and students (who are eligible): Please get vaccinated as quickly as possible. Thanks for sharing message!

Thank you @JackJamesHS for sharing information about the history of Treaty 7 on the anniversary of its signing #WeAreCBE #WeAreAllTreatyPeople https://t.co/QeXj9cNonO

RT @Indigenous_cbe: Today is fall equinox - a time when daylight & nighttime share the sky equally. Today is also Treaty 7 Day - the 144th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 7. The 🌞 & 🌙s equality today teaches us how to honour the treaty...by walking together in equal partnership. #welcomeoko https://t.co/7nUdmGVAVL

A number of CBE schools have participated in #StudentVoteCanada last week and today to learn about democracy in action #WeAreCBE https://t.co/XugrIa8ZpC

RT @NickleCBE: Drive by and check out our new trees! Grade 7 Environmental Stewardship class planted 7 trees in front of our school (purchased by EcoClub last year). We are excited to be adding to the biodiversity of our community! #WeAreCBE #getoutside #environmentstewards @NickleParents https://t.co/Lpg5lX8LyH

We’ve reviewed the new health measures announced by government and provided an update to CBE families https://t.co/2kr6uYxlMq #yycbe #WeAreCBE https://t.co/qP1dPOwMTY

RT @ohscbe: It is definitely looking like fall out there! Our Grade 6s are learning about the autumnal equinox occurring on Sept 22, which marks the change of the season! #SkyScience #WeAreCBE https://t.co/BKZZMfmlnC

Thank you to all of the CBE students involved in the safety patrol program. We must all work together to ensure student and pedestrian/wheeler safety on the roads and pathways near our schools. #WeAreCBE https://t.co/QDjFocgZaj

Today’s Board of Trustees public meeting will be held virtually starting at noon. We invite you to stream the meeting online https://t.co/nvCl1fvF09 #yycbe https://t.co/ec1MUL3Toi