Alberta Education

Alberta’s K-12 education system

How Alberta’s school system works, school locations, and administrative planning, reporting and funding.

Education events, engagements and news

Newsletters, events, school councils and opportunities that help students, parents and teachers engage in education.

The Minister of Education is the Honourable Adriana LaGrange (UCP) MLA for Red Deer-North

Albertans invest each year in public education to educate the Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in Alberta’s francophone, public and separate schools. Costs of building and maintaining schools is also necessary.

The provincial government collects taxes and decides each year how much money to allocate to school boards, who decide how to spend that money locally. While taxpayers foot most of the bill for public education, school boards may collect a little money through local fees, selling goods and services, investments and local fundraising.

Alberta Education

Alberta Education supports students, parents, teachers and administrators from Early Childhood Services (ECS) through Grade 12.

Education Ministry Business Plan 2019-23

New K to 12 education funding model

Responsibilities

Through safe and caring schools for all students, Alberta’s government is making life better by investing in education – one of the most important investments we can make in our future.

The Ministry has the following responsibilities:

  • develop curriculum and set standards
  • evaluate curriculum and assess outcomes
  • teacher development and certification
  • support students with diverse learning needs
  • fund and support school boards
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit and Francophone education
  • oversees basic education policy and regulations

Guide to Education                Guide de l’éducation: Préscolaire à la 12ᵉ année 

A single, convenient reference with key information and requirements to operate and deliver ECS to 12 education in Alberta.

Assessment

K to 12 provincial assessment - Diploma exams, Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) students in grades 6 and 9, and Student Learning Assessments (SLAs) Grade 3 Students. (to help assure the public that students are meeting provincial standards).

Results for 2018/19 school year: Provincial Achievement Test (PAT) and Diploma Exam results