Charter schools are autonomous non-profit public schools that:

  • provide basic education in a different or enhanced way
  • follow Alberta's programs of study (curriculum)
  • have a focus not already offered by the board of the school authority in which the charter schools are located. This could include unique:
    • learning styles
    • teaching styles
    • approaches
    • philosophies
    • pedagogies
  • demonstrate collaboration or engagement with a post-secondary institution or a school authority
  • have the potential to improve the education system as a whole and enhance education research and innovation

Alberta has 13 charter schools in 23 school buildings. Most school authorities with charter schools are in Calgary and Edmonton.

Find a list of Alberta charter schools.

Charter Schools Handbook

The Charter Schools Handbook (PDF, 675 KB) includes information to help:

  • parents learn more about charter schools
  • charter organizers plan and establish a charter school
  • administrators process charter school applications

Government is revising the Charter Schools Handbook and will post the updated handbook online when it is available.

Additional resources


Connect with Alberta Education for more information on charter schools.

Phone: 780-427-6272
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)