Overview

Alberta Education works with international partners to enable them to offer the Alberta curriculum to students.

Alberta Accredited International Schools (AAIS) works to:

  • increase international recognition of Alberta’s high-quality education through it's international schools;
  • enable international schools to provide the Alberta curriculum and credentials to their local students;
  • create sustainable and efficient opportunities for internationals schools to receive and maintain Alberta Education accreditation; and
  • collaborate with government ministries and non-government organizations to link accredited schools, their teachers, students and community leaders with opportunities to study and work in Alberta.

AAIS has grown significantly over the last 10 years. Currently, there are 14 accredited international schools which support more than 5,800 students in K-12 and employ over 350 Alberta certificated teachers.

AAIS - Map (PDF, 2.3 MB)

Benefits of accreditation

Alberta's world-class education system has an excellent reputation and is recognized as one of the best in the English speaking world. In Alberta, many children start their formal schooling through early learning programs. Alberta Education recognizes that quality early learning education has a positive impact on children's well-being, learning and development. Strong early learning programs, a common curriculum, highly qualified and trained teachers and high standards contribute to students reaching their full potential.

When students graduate from an AAIS they receive the internationally-recognized Alberta High School Diploma. Many of Alberta's high school graduates continue their education at Alberta's outstanding universities and colleges. Others go on to other excellent universities and colleges in the world. More and more international schools want to give their students an Alberta education. Their students might include:

  • Canadian students who are living outside of Canada
  • students who plan to move to Canada or to continue their studies in Canada
  • students outside of Canada who want to achieve an Alberta High School Diploma

Why attend an AAIS (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Early Learning in AAIS (PDF, 244 KB)

Apply to an undergraduate program

Becoming accredited

Becoming an AAIS requires leadership, commitment, planning, resources and time.

Onboarding

Alberta Education's onboarding process includes the submission of an Expression of Interest Form, an application and an interview to determine the school's potential to proceed. For more details, please review page 9 of the Handbook for AAIS (PDF, 763 KB).

Accreditation Process

Schools move through four tiers as they proceed through the accreditation process. The tiered approach allows schools to build capacity and provides a step-by-step process that assures continuous improvement.

An AAIS must meet the accreditation requirements, as outlined on page 12 of the Handbook for AAIS (PDF, 763 KB).

AAIS Handbook (PDF, 763 KB)

Expression of Interest Form (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Working abroad

AAIS are seeking qualified and enthusiastic individuals to join their teams.

Teaching Credentials

All teachers that seek employment in an Alberta international school must meet the Teacher Certification requirements.

Teaching experience towards a permanent professional certification will be considered once the school is in Tier 3 and 4.

Each school is responsible for the maintenance of their websites and the recruitment and hiring of teachers and administrators. Teachers and administrators are responsible for due diligence when entering into employment contracts.

Tier 4

The International School of Macao – Macao, China

Tier 3

Canadian International School – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Canadian School – Guadalajara, Mexico

Canadian International School – Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China

Canadian International School of Phnom Penh – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Christian Alliance International School – Hong Kong, China

Colegio Rex Marina Mazatlan – Mazatlan, Mexico

Delia School of Canada – Hong Kong

International School of Qiushi – Qiushi, Henan Province, China

Maplewood International School – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Mount Saint Agnes Academy – Hamilton, Bermuda

QiLu Sino-Canadian International School (Dongying Shengli No. 1 Middle School) – Dongying, Shandong Province, China

QiLu Sino-Canadian International School (Qingdao No. 58 High School) – Qingdao, Shandong Province, China

Qatar Canadian School (Blyth Academy Qatar) – Doha, Qatar

Contact

To connect with Alberta Education:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-422-9423 or 780-644-5141
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: edc.aais@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Alberta Education
8th Floor, 44 Capital Boulevard
10044 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5E6