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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 includes information to help:

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

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)