APPLYING TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN ALBERTA

APPLYING TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN ALBERTA

Applying to school districts in Alberta may differ slightly from district to district. Alberta has 62 publicly funded school districts, some of which are Roman Catholic and Francophone (French speaking). Some school districts have online application forms for international students to download, complete and mail to the school. Other districts (or specific program options within a district) may have forms to complete and submit entirely online.

As an international student, in addition to completing application forms you will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee (anywhere between $100 and $300, depending on the district). This can be paid by bank draft, certified cheque, electronic bank transfer or credit card. Once accepted, international students may also have to pay a homestay placement fee and deposit.

Additional requirements for international students may include report cards with certified translations into English or French as needed, immigration or citizenship documents, birth certificate, immunization records, reference letters from an official at your current school, and language test scores. Different school districts will have different application deadlines, requirements and application or registration processes, so be sure to consult the school district website and/ or call or write to them and get more specific information.

Note that international students apply to the school district program office, not to an individual school. In Alberta, school districts are responsible for accepting applications and admitting international students, and they may also arrange homestay accommodation.