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Calgary Catholic School District


Calgary Catholic School District

Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 1
1000 - 5 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta

Airdrie, Calgary, Chestermere, Cochrane
District information
Superintendent Mr. Gary Strother
Chair of the board Serafino Scarpino
Schools 106
Budget CA$400 million (2008-09)
Students and staff
Students 45,766
Other information
Elected trustees Serafino Scarpino, wards 1, 2, & Cochrane
Linda Wellman, wards 3, 5, & Airdrie
Margaret Belcourt, wards 4 & 7
Lois Burke-Gaffney, ward 6 & 8
Rosemarie Goerlitz, wards 9, 10, & Chestermere
Cathie Williams, wards 11 & 12
Mary Martin, wards 13 & 14
Website .ca.ab.cssdwww
Catholic School Centre (CCSD head offices)

Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 1 or the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) is the Roman Catholic separate school board in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It also serves the neighboring communities of Airdrie, Chestermere, and Cochrane. The CCSD receives funding, for all students, from the provincial government of Alberta.


  • History 1
  • Size 2
  • Governance 3
  • Special programs 4
  • Junior high schools 5
  • Senior high schools 6
  • See also 7
  • Notes 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The district began in 1885 as the Lacombe Separate School District #1 in what was then part of the North West Territories. Its first school, also built in 1885, was St. Mary's, which is the oldest operating school in Calgary (though in a newer building).


The CCSD is second in size (by student count) to the city's main school board, the public Calgary Board of Education (CBE). Unlike the Calgary Board of Education, the territory of the CCSD extends slightly outside the municipal limits of the city.

For the 2004-2005 school year, there were approximately 43,000 students in the CCSD, with 96 schools in total. This was made up of 49 elementary schools, 28 elementary/junior high schools, 6 junior high schools, 8 senior high schools, 2 junior/senior high schools, 1 elementary/junior/senior high school and 2 schools for special needs students.


A group of seven elected trustees run the CCSD. Each trustee represents two wards in the city. They are elected every three years, in the regular municipal election. In the election, Calgary voters can only vote for a trustee to one (not both) of the two school boards. Voters for the CCSD will include Catholics and non-Catholics who support the Catholic system. The public (CBE) and Catholic (CCSD) systems operate independently of each other, and are both under the direct authority of the provincial government of Alberta. The last election was in October 2010.[1]

Though affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church; the Church has no legal authority over the CCSD. Instead the Alberta government has final authority over the CCSD (as with any school district in the province).

Special programs

Bishop Carroll High School (photo taken in 2006)
St. Mary's High School (photo taken in 2005)

The CCSD offers a variety of special program in some of schools, such as the Independent Learning program at Bishop Carroll High School, which allows students to move through the Alberta curriculum at their own individual pace.

Junior high schools

In Alberta, a junior high school teaches grades 7-9. Yet some junior high schools are combined with high schools or elementary schools, some schools may have French immersion in Grade 7, 8 or 9. The following list are list of CCSD junior high schools:

Name Combined City/Town Grades
Ascension of Our Lord Elementary Calgary K-9
Bishop Kidd Incompatible Calgary 7-9
Blessed Cardinal Newman Incompatible Calgary 7-9
Blessed John XXIII Incompatible Calgary 7-9
Christ the King Elementary Calgary K-9
Don Bossco Elementary Calgary K-9
Father James Whelihan Elementary Calgary K-9
Father Scollen Elementary Calgary K-9
Good Shepeard Elementary Calgary K-9
Holy Cross Elementary Calgary K-9
Light of Christ Catholic Elementary and Junior High School Elementary Calgary K-9
Msgr. J.J. O'Brien Elementary Calgary K-9
Msgr.J.S. Smith Elementary Calgary K-9
Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary, High School Calgary K-12
Our Lady of Peace Elementary Calgary K-9
Our Lady of Assumption Elementary Calgary K-9
Our Lady Queen of Peace Elementary, French Elementary Calgary K-9
St.Albert the Great Elementary Calgary K-9
St.Alphonsus Elementary Calgary K-9
St.Ambrose Elementary Calgary K-9
St.Anthony Elementary Calgary K-9
St.Augustine Elementary, Jr. High Calgary K-9
St.Basil Elementary Calgary K-9
St.Bridgid Elementary Calgary K-9
St.Claire Elementary Calgary K-9
St.Elizabeth Seton Elementary Calgary K-9
St. Gabriel The Archangel High School Elementary, High School Chestermere K-12
St. Gregory Jr. High School Elementary Calgary K-9
St.Helena Jr. High Schol Incompatible Calgary 7-9
St. Isabella Elementary Calgary K-9
St. James Elementary Calgary K-9
St.Jean Brebeuf Incompatible Calgary 7-9
St.Joan of Arc Elementary Calgary K-9
Sr.Joseph Elementary Calgary K-9
St.Margaret Elementary Calgary K-9
St. Martha Elementary, French Jr. High Calgary K-9
St.Matthe Elementary, French Jr. High Calgary K-9
St. Michael Elementary Calgary K-9
St.Monica Elementary Calgary K-9
St.Rose of Lima Elementary,French Grade Seven Calgary K-9
St.Stephen Elementary Calgary K-9
St. Timothy High School 261101 Carlson Trail Cochrane 7-12
St.Vincent De Paul Elementary Calgary K-9

Senior high schools

In Alberta, a senior high school teaches grades 10-12 (what other jurisdictions call "secondary schools"). However, some may not teach all three grades. Also, some may also teach earlier grades. The following is a list of CCSD senior high schools:

Name Address City/Town Grades
Bishop Carroll High School 4624 Richard Road S.W. Calgary 10-12
Bishop Grandin High School 111 Haddon Road S.W. Calgary 10-12
Bishop McNally High School 5700 Falconridge Blvd. N.E. Calgary 10-12
Bishop O'Byrne High School 500, 333 Shawville Blvd. S.E. Calgary 10-12
Father Lacombe High School 3615 Radcliffe Drive S.E. Calgary 10-12
Notre Dame High School 11900 Country Village Link NE Calgary 10-12
Our Lady of Lourdes High School 1916 2 Street S.W. Calgary 4-12
St. Anne Academic Centre 1010-21 Ave. SE Calgary 12
St. Francis High School 877 Northmount Drive N.W. Calgary 10-12
St. Gabriel The Archangel High School 197 Invermere Drive Chestermere K-12
St. Martin de Porres High School 410 Big Hill Springs Road West Airdrie 9-12
St. Mary's High School 111 - 18 Avenue S.W. Calgary 10-12
St. Timothy High School 261101 Carlson Trail Cochrane 7-12

See also


  1. ^ "Calgary 2010 Municipal Election Results" (PDF). City of Calgary. 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 


  • Ramon Gonzalez (June 5, 2005). "Lacombe trumpeted education: Early Oblate helped establish residential schools, Catholic education".  

External links

  • Official site of The Calgary Catholic School District
  • "Catholic board looks at suing trustee O'Malley" (November 10, 2005) - CBC News
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