FAQ

Admissions Process

What is the difference in applying early (fall/winter) versus applying late (spring/summer)? 

As applications and enrolment are both timely processes for families that include a substantial amount of forms to be completed, we suggest applying early to avoid any rush/delays. This also includes a delay in processing payments/refunds. Our response times later in the year may take longer than usual. There is also a possibility that your child may be put on a waitlist should classes reach capacity. Please note that applications submitted over the summer break may result in your child’s start date being delayed. For those applying in August/September, please be aware that we still need to adhere to the admissions process and we need time to prepare for their first day of school.  

Do you consider international students?

We consider all students who have status to attend school in Alberta such as a Study Permit, Work Permit, Canadian Citizenship, etc. The student must be a resident of Alberta and be permitted to attend school in Canada. When considering any application, we must adhere to the same admissions process for all of our applicants. Please note that, for international students, additional fees will apply. Please see the Fees & Payments page for more details on the supplementary funding fee. 

Do I need to apply to Academy or Collegiate?

Once the Admissions Committee has reviewed your application and required documentation, they will determine which program is best suited for your child’s learning needs.

Do you accept students mid-year?

We do consider mid-year placement should the information in the application indicate that your child’s needs would be a match for our already existing groupings, and considering space is available in that grade. With any applications submitted mid-year, we must adhere to the same admissions process as we do with all other applicants. Please note that additional fees may apply if enrolled after Sept. 30 and tuition will be prorated. Please see the Fees & Payments page for more details on mid-year enrolment. 

What are the most important pieces in my application?

It is important to submit your child’s progress reports, Individual Program Plans (if applicable), speech/occupational therapy reports (if applicable), and a current psychoeducational assessment (required for Academy students and potentially for some Collegiate students). Upon reviewing these documents, if we feel we need to gather further information, we may need to have a conversation with your child’s school or professionals who have worked with your child. This will give us an accurate representation of your child’s strengths and helps us understand their individual needs. This will also allow us to determine appropriate program placement to best meet their unique needs.

What does CA do to determine if my child is a good fit? 

We review all the information you submitted to get a holistic picture of your child’s current capacity, and to determine if CA is potentially the right school for your child. Our ultimate goal is to empower students to unleash their potential and surpass their expectations, and that is why every application is uniquely assessed based on each applicant’s individual needs.

When do you make the decision on enrolment?

Once you have submitted an application online that includes all the required documentation and the admissions deposit, we will review your child’s file, which may take up to month to complete. A decision to move forward to the next phase of the application process may include a Student Needs Assessment. Following the assessment and informal interview, the Admissions Committee will complete a final file review. The Admissions Committee will take all your child’s learning needs into consideration and decide on an appropriate program placement to best meet their unique needs. Depending on the complexity of the file and the time of year, processing times may vary. We recommend you apply early and ensure your application is complete to prevent any delays in processing.

What is your admissions criteria?

A new applicant may be considered a candidate for Calgary Academy if he or she has average to above-average intelligence and no social/emotional and/or behavioural issues that require additional support.

What does the admissions deposit include? 

The admissions deposit of $950 includes a $250 non-refundable deposit (Grades 1-12) that covers the addition of your child’s name to the placement list, and a preliminary file review. If applying for Kindergarten, the application fee of $950 includes a $150 non-refundable deposit. The remaining portion of your admissions deposit will be applied towards you child’s tuition (upon acceptance) or refunded back to you should you withdraw your application or if CA is not able to offer your child placement.

Can I bring my child on the parent/guardian tour?

The focus of the parent tour is for parents and guardians to learn more about Calgary Academy and have an overview of the programs we offer. As we move forward in the application process, if we determine your child is a good fit, your child will have an opportunity at that time to have a private tour of our facilities.