Faith-based Alternative Programs
The Palliser School Division supports parent choice for the education of their children, through the provision of several alternative programs.
Alternative programs emphasize a particular language, culture, religion or subject matter, or use a particular teaching philosophy which is distinctly different from that emphasized in a regular program.
In Palliser, alternative programs include nine faith-based programs in Calgary and one in Brant; schools for children from a Low German-speaking Mennonite background located in Barons and Coaldale and the junior and senior high school at Huntsville School in Iron Springs, and outreach programs in Coaldale, Picture Butte, Carmangay and Vulcan. Palliser's 17 Hutterite colony schools are also alternative programs.
A 10th faith-based program, Horizon Leadership Academy, joined Palliser in the 2017-2018 school year in southwest Calgary, offering Islamic and Arabic studies and a leadership focus.
In February 2016, Palliser opened its first outreach school in Calgary, to support students in our faith-based programs in that city. Palliser Alternative Outreach Program is located near Heritage Christian Academy and Calgary Islamic School Akram Jomaa campus in northeast Calgary. The outreach allows students to access high school courses on a flexible schedule.
At our faith-based schools, Palliser works in partnership with members of a society. The society works to support the faith components of the school program, busing, if provided, and the facilities in which the schools are housed.
These schools' operations and administration are entirely the responsibility of Palliser Regional Schools.
To review the master agreement between Palliser and its partner society, click on the name of the school below: