Charter schools are autonomous non-profit public schools that:

  • provide basic education in a different or enhanced way to improve student learning, attitudes and knowledge
  • meet the needs of a particular group of students through a specific program or teaching/learning approach
  • follow Alberta Education's Program of Studies

Alberta has 13 charter schools that occupy 23 school buildings. School districts, mainly in Calgary and Edmonton, own 20 of these buildings.

Charter School Handbook and information

Charter Schools Handbook (PDF, 675 KB)

Charter schools list (PDF, 92 KB)

Charter schools and special education (PDF, 113 KB)

Regulations and Associations

Charter Schools Regulation

The Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools (TAAPCS)


To connect with Alberta Education's Metro Services for more information on charter schools:

Phone: 780-415-9312
Toil free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)