Education in Alberta

In Alberta, parents and students can choose from a wide range of schools and unique and innovative programs.

Student and Adult Learners

Albertans value education and provide many opportunities for students and adult learners.

Children living in Alberta must attend school from ages six to sixteen. Public education is free for children and persons under twenty years of age and is of the highest caliber.

General grade classifications in Alberta include:

  • Kindergarten (optional to attend): age 5
  • Elementary (Grade 1 to 6): age 6 to 11
  • Junior High (Grades 7 to 9): age 12-15
  • High School (Grades 10-12): ages 16-18

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Alberta's Public Education System

Alberta's public system has a total of 26 publicly funded, post-secondary, education institutions, including:

  • 6 universities
  • 12 public colleges
  • 2 technical institutes
  • 5 independent university colleges
  • The Banff Centre, a learning center dedicated to the arts and leadership development

Approximately 270,000 students are enrolled in the public post-secondary education system. To learn more, please see the Government of Alberta, Living in Alberta website.