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Education Spotlight

Calgary Christian School
Clear Water Academy
Heritage Christian Academy
Koinonia Christian School
Menno Simons Christian School
















Calgary Christian School


At Calgary Christian School, the integration of our Christian faith into every aspect of our program is the cornerstone of our education philosophy in developing the whole student –  spiritually, physically, academically, and socially. As an Alternative Program within the Palliser School Division, CCS is a dynamic, culturally diverse and inclusive community equipping students to lead lives of purpose, meaning and impact in an ever-changing world. Our student academic achievements rank in the top 10% of the province, yet our programs fees remain affordable.

We believe students need to ask real questions that lead to real solutions for real people – this means CCS student experience extends far beyond our campus. On the West Coast Trail, at a robotics competition, along Belize’s city streets, or at the local recycling centre, students experience ways their abilities make a difference now and into their future as part of God’s amazing story.

We invite you to visit us at our beautiful 10-acre campus in southwest Calgary. Details can be found at, or contact our Admissions Coordinator by calling 403-242-2896, ext. 312 or writing to to register.


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Clear Water Academy


Clear Water Academy is a private Catholic School of Integral Formation centrally located in Currie Barracks, serving the Diocese of Calgary. We have nearly 450 students, of all faiths, enrolled in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12, and 80 staff members. Clear Water Academy is consistently ranked as one of Alberta’s top schools by the Fraser Institute.

The mission of our school is “to provide the highest quality education and foster integrally formed Christian leaders.” Clear Water Academy applies the model of Integral Formation to deliver a well-rounded education aimed at forming each student’s character, intellect, faith, and desire to serve others. Our personalized approach is achieved through small class sizes and by implementing gender-style education in a co-ed environment for students in Grades 4 through 9.

An accredited University preparatory school, Clear Water Academy offers students a core academic curriculum taught by highly qualified teachers, as well as specialized courses such as Religion, Spanish, Music, Art and Drama.

Spiritual growth is encouraged through the celebration of Mass, retreats, and one-on-one guidance. Building on their solid academic and spiritual foundation, students participate in virtue programs, service projects, and a number of extra-curricular activities.

Our Athletics Department offers an exceptional sports development program including an intramurals program and participation in competitive inter-school sports leagues. We also offer a high caliber Outdoor Education Program.

Through integral formation, Clear Water Academy promotes character and apostolic development, helping students to gain a better understanding of themselves and the difference they can make in the world around them.  Our educational model and our faithful, devoted staff, prepare our graduates to become citizens of principle and integrity who are committed to building a society that embraces Christian values.

Want to learn more? Please contact our Admissions Department at 403-240-7924 or visit


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Heritage Christian Academy


Heritage Christian Academy (HCA) is a K-12 school with approximately 600 students, located in Northeast Calgary. Operating in partnership with Palliser Regional Schools since 2006; we provide a safe and caring place for students to believe, belong and become.

Students at HCA are given opportunities to discover what they BELIEVE by engaging in real conversations – both in and out of the classroom. We provide excellence in academics, leadership development, and encourage everyday interactions with a biblical worldview.

We believe that experiences in music, missions, athletics, leadership, retreats, and field trips provide life-long memories and friendships. These extra-curricular activities encourage students to BELONG to a community that is built on trust, integrity and respect.

Heritage Christian Academy is also a place for students to understand their identity in Christ and to BECOME all that God created them to be. There are many opportunities for students to put their gifts, talents, and leadership skills to use in the school and within the community.

It is our privilege to partner with families in equipping students for life by inspiring a commitment to Jesus Christ, and supporting moral character and service to others.

If you are interested in HCA for your family, we would love to hear from you. Visit us at for more info.

Community celebrated on opening day

It was billed as a playground dedication and ribbon cutting, but the Back2School event at Heritage Christian Academy was much bigger than that. The opening day of the new school year was a celebration of community.

The day brought together students, staff, family and various community partners to celebrate the fruition of two years of planning, fundraising and physical labour.

Principal Leslie Olson said the playground build, which replaced a structure dating back to 2000, would not have been possible without the support of the entire community.

“This school is a place of community,” she said. “It’s just a big family and we work together for the betterment of the kids.”

When something is dedicated, it is set apart for a particular reason, said Olson, a teacher at Heritage Christian Academy (HCA) since 2007, a vice-principal for three years, and now in her second full year as principal.

The purpose of the new playground is joy – brought through physical activity – and the building of relationships, she said, which includes the friendships formed by students playing side-by-side. The build also brought together staff, more than 100 volunteers and countless community-minded businesses and organizations.

The fundraising goal of $172,000 was reached through donations of almost $84,000 and grants of $32,000 from the likes of the Calgary Foundation, Parks Foundation Calgary and Calgary Real Estate Board Charitable Foundation. School fundraisers included everything from bake sales to dunk tanks and spell-a-thons.

Five companies also donated food to nourish those who came together over four very warm days in July to “lift, carry, bolt, drill and shovel, all wrapped up with an attitude of joy.”

“It’s huge – and this being our first day out here, you can see the kids haven’t left it yet,” said Olson of the beehive of activity on the playground behind her. “It’s just such an exciting thing to know they are playing on safe equipment, that it’s updated and there’s years of fun ahead.”

The old playground structure was taken down and donated to a foundation which will refurbish and send it to an area of the world where children wouldn’t otherwise have such places to play.

Palliser Regional Schools was represented by former Heritage Christian Academy principal, Ryan Brennan, fellow Director of Learning, Jason Kupery, and trustee Don Zech. Kupery noted the importance of play in the learning process, while Zech commented on the “phenomenal” growth he has seen at the school over the last decade.

The first day of school at Heritage Christian Academy also included tours for special guests and, once again, a Food Truck Frenzy. Staff, students and their families lined up for freshly squeezed lemonade, deep fried potato treats, barbecued meats and various sweets at the mobile restaurants set up in the school parking lot.

Olson said the addition of food trucks on opening day has been well received the past few years. It proved a winning combination when paired with the playground opening the first day of school.

“What can you like more than that? Food and fun,” said Olson, who praised the Heritage Christian Education Society Calgary for its role in the day.

Heritage Christian Academy is a kindergarten to Grade 12 school in northeast Calgary with an enrolment of about 600 students.


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Koinonia Christian School


Koinonia Christian School Red Deer is an interdenominational discipleship school with full Biblical integration, serving Red Deer and surrounding communities. We are fully accredited by Alberta Education and employ Alberta certified teachers.

We believe that every child is made in the image of God and has unique talents and needs.

Over the years the spirit and integrity of our Koinonia School has successfully served preschool to grade 12 students and their families. KCS has inclusive education electives, English as a Second Language services, a variety of sports leagues, service opportunities, mastery learning, and high parental involvement. Koinonia also highly values learning outside the classroom and provide swimming lessons, trips to Vancouver, Mexico mission trips, overseas and cultural trips, ski trips and field trips.

Fine arts is another way of showcasing the God-given talents of our students through major music productions. Koinonia@home programs provide the following home based learning options for families: Traditional Home Education Parent-Directed Programming,Teacher-directed distance learning options and Little Lights membership. To see how the Koinonia@Home or Koinonia Campus communities can serve you and welcome your family, check out  Preschool/Kindergarten Open House Jan. 18, 5:30pm-8:30pm.


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Menno Simons Christian School


Menno Simons Christian School (MSCS) has been providing an “Education for Life” for almost 35 years. Located in the west side of Calgary, MSCS is an Alternative Program School with Palliser Regional Schools which allows us to be an affordable option for those interested in Christian Education.

What makes us special?

  • We offer small class sizes for students from Kindergarten to Grade 9
  • We pursue academic excellence by offering a well-rounded academic program with additional opportunities in choral music, band, drama and sports
  • We challenge faith and personal growth by emphasizing peacemaking, service projects and community involvement
  • We provide a safe & caring environment for students to belong
  • We teach and model Christian values by integrating them throughout all aspects of our school
  • We model community by having active involvement and participation from parents

Together with the home and the church, Menno Simons Christian School provides opportunities for students to integrate sound academic learning with growth in character, faith and service to God. To learn more about what our school has to offer visit our website at:


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