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Education Spotlight

Education Spotlight


Calgary Christian School
Clear Water Academy
Glenmore Christian 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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Glenmore Christian Academy


Glenmore Christian Academy’s mission is to educate children in a dynamic Christian environment dedicated to excellence in learning and life development.

From a biblical world view, students learn liberal arts, sciences, fine arts, languages, technology and phys ed from specialist educators in our state-of-the-art facility.

Extra-curricular options include performing arts, band, choristers, intramural and competitive sports.

In Junior High, students partake in leadership programs including a mission trip in grade nine.

In partnership with supportive, involved parents, the goal of our educational team is to develop well-educated, faith-filled youth in a creative, active and nurturing environment.

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Heritage Christian Academy


Making an impact with jazz and dessert

The Senior High Music Program at Heritage Christian Academy (HCA) is excited to partner with professional jazz musician, Johnny Summers and a quintet of musicians from the Calgary Jazz Orchestra, to bring Moonlight Jazz: an evening of music, dessert and fundraising. Tickets are available at for the event on Friday, February 16, 2018 being held at First Alliance Church in Calgary.

Johnny Summers has partnered with HCA’s Annual Moonlight Jazz fundraising evening for four years, and his passion for jazz and incredible talent has been an immense blessing to the school.

“I LOVE working with the next generation,” Summers says. “Using music as a vehicle to teach expression, confidence, discipline and so much more to the students, and seeing them light on fire when they hear professional musicians is extremely rewarding. The music program at HCA is cutting edge in their inclusion of study and listening time with professional musicians, and I am proud to be a part of that.”

Secondary Music teacher Torri Airhart has been teaching and developing the award-winning music program at HCA since 2004.

“The success of HCA’s music program stems from hard work, dedicated students and families, a supportive school leadership team. Plus, we have the incredible opportunity to partner with professional musicians who are passionate about mentoring and sharing their expertise with our students,” Airhart says. “I hope you are able to join us for Moonlight Jazz this year – you’re guaranteed to hear excellent Jazz and support great students at the same time!”

Funds raised at Moonlight Jazz are used to provide student bursaries for annual music tours and competitions, and also support the school’s ability to purchase instruments for the music program. A partnership between HCA’s Music Program and the Heritage Christian Education Society provides a small percentage of the proceeds which go to support the school’s overall mission.

If you are interested in attending or sponsoring the 2018 Moonlight Jazz event, visit and click on the Moonlight Jazz image on the homepage.

Heritage Christian Academy (HCA) is a K-12 school located in Northeast Calgary with approximately 600 students representing over 100 Christian churches. Founded in 1979, HCA has remained committed their mission of equipping students for life through quality Christian education that inspires commitment to Jesus Christ and excellence in academics, moral character and service to others.

The Heritage Christian Education Society Calgary (HCESC) has operated the school in partnership with Palliser Regional Schools since 2006 as a Faith-based Alternative Program.


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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