Faith-based Alternative Programs

Palliser Regional Schools 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 high 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 Elementary School, will join 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' operation and administration are entirely the responsibility of Palliser Regional Schools.

For more information about alternative programs, the following resources may be of interest:

Palliser Board Policy 22 Alternative Programs

To review the master agreement between Palliser and its partner society, click on the name of the school below:

Brant Christian School

Calgary Christian School

Calgary Islamic School

Heritage Christian Academy

Horizon Elementary School

Master's Academy and College

Menno Simons Christian School

Trinity Christian School

Learn more about our faith-based alternative programs

Please contact the faith-based school near you to arrange a school tour.

Brant Christian School, Village of Brant

Calgary Christian School, Calgary

Calgary Islamic School Akram Jomaa Campus, Calgary

Calgary Islamic School Omar Bin Al-Khattab Campus, Calgary

Heritage Christian Academy, Calgary

Horizon Elementary School, Calgary

Master's Academy and College, Calgary

Menno Simons Christian School, Calgary

Trinity Christian School, Calgary

Being Part of Palliser

Meet Stan Hielema, principal of Trinity Christian School, which joined Palliser Regional Schools in 2012-2013 after years of operating as a private school in Calgary. He shares his thoughts on the many benefits of being part of the public school division.