When Buying a Calgary Home Don't Assume Your Designated School Will Have Space for New Students

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When Buying a Calgary Home Don't Assume Your Designated School Will Have Space for New Students

Posted by Marnie Campbell on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 at 3:51pm.

When buying a home in a new Calgary community it's important to do your homework. As a home buyer with children, you may think your child is automatically accepted into the designated school in the community you love, but that may not be the case. If having your child attend your neighbourhood school is important, then before you buy a home, contact the designated school. Find out if there is space for new students or if your children will have to travel out of the neighbourhood.


According to the Calgary Board of Education a number of CBE schools can no longer accommodate all the students designated to them, due to a significant growth in the school-age population. When a Calgary Board of Education school is at capacity a lottery process is used. To be included in the lottery, applications must be received by the lottery deadline. If is a student is unsuccessful in the lottery they are designated to the overflow school.

Particular CBE schools in Calgary that are more likely to be at capacity are:

  • Battalion Park
  • Cambrian Heights School
  • Cranston School
  • Edgemont School
  • Dalhousie School
  • Le Roi Daniels School
  • McKenzie Towne School
  • Olympic Heights School
  • Panorama Hills School
  • Tuscany School
  • Simon Fraser School

The good news is there should be some relieve with overcrowding pressure with the opening of eight new CBE schools in 2016 and ten new Calgary Catholic Schools (in various stages of development).

New CBE Calgary schools scheduled to open September 2016

  • Auburn Bay | Auburn Bay Elementary School | Grades K-4
  • Copperfield | Copperfield School | Grades K-4
  • Evanston | Kenneth D. Taylor School | Grades K-3 (year 1); K-4 (year 2)
  • New Brighton | New Brighton School | Grades K-4
  • Northeast Calgary | Nelson Mandela High School | Grades 10-11 (year 1); 10-12 (year 2)
  • Panorama Hills | Buffalo Rubbing Stone School | Grades K-4
  • Rocky Ridge / Royal Oak | William D. Pratt School | Grades 4-8 (year 1); 4-9 (year 2)
  • Saddle Ridge | Peter Lougheed School | Grades 5-8 (year 1); 5-9 (year 2)

Students who are currently attending their designated regular program school will automatically be transferred to the new school. For information on new Calgary schools contact the Calgary Board of Education 403-817-4000 New school registration information

New CBE Calgary schools scheduled to open September 2017

  • Aspen Woods / Strathcona | Dr. Roberta Bondar Schools | Grades K-4 (year 1); K-5 (year 2); K-6 (year 3)
  • Cranston | Dr. George Stanley School | Grades 4-8 (year 1); 4-9 (Year 2)
  • Evergreen | Marshall Springs School | Grades 4-8 (year 1); 4-9 (year 2)
  • McKenzie Towne | McKenzie Highlands School | Grades | 5-8 (year 1); 4-9 (year 2)
  • New Brighton / Copperfield | Dr. Martha Cohen School | Grades 5-8 (year 1); 5-9 (year 2)
  • Saddle Ridge| Hugh A. Bennett School | Grades K-4
  • Tuscany| Eric Harvie School | Grades K-3 (year 1); K-4 or K-5 (year 2)
  • West Ridge School | West Ridge School | Grades 5-8 (year 1); 5-9 (year 2)

The best advice for home buyers with children looking to buy a home is - do your homework.  

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