The legal entity, Palliser Regional School Division No. 26, was created in 1995 through the consolidation of two parent school boards which represented the majority of the County of Vulcan and the entirety of the County of Lethbridge.
Palliser's original geographic area stretches from just south of the City of Lethbridge to north of the Bow River on the outskirts of Calgary. With the addition of faith-based alternative programs, Palliser now serves students within the City of Calgary as well.
Palliser serves about 8,100 students in 15 community schools; 10 faith-based alternative schools, nine of which are in Calgary on eight separate campuses; two alternative programs for Low German-speaking Mennonite families; four outreach programs; 17 Hutterian colony schools; a home schooling program and an online and international program.
Palliser offers a broad range of programming from early learning programs (formerly known as preschools) through Grade 12. Some early learning and kindergarten programs at some sites may be operated by Palliser's private partners.
Palliser's student population doubled from 2005-2006 to 2012-2013 as the division serves a growing number of students with diverse backgrounds and learning needs.
Palliser Regional Schools takes its name from explorer John Palliser, who led a British expedition to what's now Western Canada from 1857 to 1861.