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Overview

Small class size, excellent teachers, a high-quality curriculum and parent involvement all contribute to Alberta being one of the best learning systems in the world.

How class size is calculated

The Class Size Information System is available for calculating class size averages at the school and jurisdiction levels. Boards are required to use the Jurisdiction Report generated by the Class Size Information System to post their annual class size survey results in their Annual Education Results Report each year.

Class size funding

Class size funding is based on a per student grant. The Class Size Initiative funding formula focuses on:

  • reducing class sizes in Kindergarten to Grade 3
  • enhancing funding for specific Career and Technology Studies (CTS) courses to address safety and teacher/student ratios

Government does not specify a maximum class size. Schools and school boards are in the best position to determine classroom organization that supports parent and student educational choice.

The class size funding formula allocates funds based on a specific grade level or specific CTS courses. School jurisdictions have the flexibility to hire or retain teachers in any grade based on local needs. This approach allows a more strategic and flexible approach for local boards in their decision making.

Since the inception of the Class Size Initiative in 2004/2005, government has invested nearly $3.3 billion to enhance student learning.

The difference between Class Size Average and Student/Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratios measure the ratio of students to all professional staff that provide classroom services and support. Student/teacher ratio includes counsellors, teaching assistants, librarians, principals and central office staff.

Class size averages measure the actual number of students being taught by a certificated teacher in one classroom.

Class size averages are therefore typically higher than student/teacher ratios.

Report of the Auditor General – February 2018

The February 2018 Report of the Auditor General to Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) highlighted topics of interest and importance to all Albertans, including an audit of the processes to manage the Class Size Initiative.

Report of the Auditor General - February 2018 (PDF, 6.6 MB)

Letter to the Office to the Auditor General - June 29, 2018 (PDF, 425 KB)

Open Government Portal

The Open Government Portal is a collection of datasets and publications by government departments and agencies. The public can use and access this data freely to learn more about how government works, carry out research or build web apps.

Current class size averages by jurisdiction

A table of current class size averages by jurisdiction, provincial averages and Alberta's Commission on Learning (ACOL) guidelines.

2017/2018

School Jurisdiction K to 3 4 to 6 7 to 9 10 to 12
Almadina School Society 19.7 22.6 22.1 n/a
Aspen View Public School Division No. 78 19.6 21.3 19.9 16.8
Aurora School Ltd. 20.0 22.0 24.0 n/a
Battle River Regional Division No. 31 19.5 22.3 21.2 16.9
Black Gold Regional Division No. 18 19.1 21.4 22.9 21.7
Boyle Street Education Centre n/a n/a n/a 15.8
Buffalo Trail Public Schools Regional Division No. 28 18.4 19.8 21.2 15.9
Calgary Arts Academy Society 19.8 23.0 22.0 n/a
Calgary Girls' School Society n/a 22.8 23.1 n/a
Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 1 21.4 23.9 22.6 26.7
Calgary School District No. 19 20.0 23.2 25.9 28.5
Canadian Rockies Regional Division No. 12 17.6 21.6 20.5 20.0
CAPE - Centre for Academic and Personal Excellence Institute 17.9 20.9 17.9 n/a
Chinook's Edge School Division No. 73 21.1 24.2 24.4 21.2
Christ the Redeemer Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 3 19.7 22.1 22.1 20.9
Clearview School Division No. 71 17.1 19.9 19.5 19.3
Connect Charter School Society n/a 23.5 22.6 n/a
East Central Alberta Catholic Separate Schools Regional Division No. 16 17.8 21.1 19.8 17.1
East Central Francophone Education Region No. 3 16.7 16.5 16.4 12.0
Edmonton Catholic Separate School District No. 7 21.7 24.1 23.9 22.9
Edmonton School District No. 7 21.8 22.8 25.1 27.4
Elk Island Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 41 19.4 23.8 24.5 23.7
Elk Island Public Schools Regional Division No. 14 21.4 23.1 23.9 21.8
Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 2 20.7 22.8 21.7 23.8
Foothills School Division No. 38 19.4 23.8 23.9 24.4
Fort McMurray Public School District No. 2833 18.4 18.5 23.3 20.2
Fort McMurray Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 32 19.3 22.4 23.0 21.6
Fort Vermilion School Division No. 52 17.0 19.1 18.3 15.8
Foundations for the Future Charter Academy Charter School Society 20.8 26.4 25.8 26.7
Golden Hills School Division No. 75 18.6 22.1 21.8 16.7
Grande Prairie Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 28 19.9 20.0 19.8 22.3
Grande Prairie School District No. 2357 21.7 24.3 24.7 23.4
Grande Yellowhead Public School Division No. 77 18.8 20.8 21.8 17.6
Grasslands Regional Division No. 6 19.9 21.5 21.4 19.6
Greater North Central Francophone Education Region No. 2 20.5 19.2 18.5 13.9
Greater St. Albert Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 734 21.6 23.9 23.3 18.2
High Prairie School Division No. 48 19.3 20.7 22.3 13.2
Holy Family Catholic Regional Division No. 37 17.1 20.2 19.9 17.8
Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 4 18.8 21.5 22.7 17.3
Horizon School Division No. 67 16.9 20.8 21.8 15.6
Lakeland Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 150 18.9 20.3 19.4 18.7
Lethbridge School District No. 51 20.9 24.0 25.4 23.8
Living Waters Catholic Regional Division No. 42 19.9 23.1 23.8 21.1
Livingstone Range School Division No. 68 17.6 20.3 20.8 15.8
Medicine Hat Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 21 22.1 23.0 23.0 21.8
Medicine Hat Public School District No. 76 18.7 21.8 25.0 23.8
Mother Earth's Children's Charter School Society 13.0 12.0 17.0 n/a
New Horizons Charter School Society 20.7 20.4 17.2 n/a
Northern Gateway Regional Division No. 10 20.0 21.1 21.8 21.4
Northern Lights School Division No. 69 19.6 22.6 23.2 20.2
Northland School Division No. 61 18.0 16.4 16.7 16.7
Northwest Francophone Education Region No. 1 17.0 18.9 11.6 5.6
Palliser Regional Division No. 26 19.0 21.4 20.6 15.9
Parkland School Division No. 70 20.3 23.1 23.3 25.7
Peace River School Division No. 10 19.7 20.6 19.6 17.2
Peace Wapiti School Division No. 76 16.4 19.7 18.7 17.5
Pembina Hills Regional Division No. 7 18.3 20.6 20.6 21.8
Prairie Land Regional Division No. 25 14.2 15.9 15.2 11.5
Prairie Rose School Division No. 8 17.7 19.4 19.5 20.4
Red Deer Catholic Regional Division No. 39 20.2 23.5 23.9 23.4
Red Deer Public School District No. 104 20.1 24.8 25.0 23.9
Rocky View School Division No. 41 21.4 26.0 25.7 25.2
St. Albert Public School District No. 5565 20.5 22.8 22.9 24.1
St. Paul Education Regional Division No. 1 17.2 19.7 17.9 14.2
St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 38 21.2 23.5 22.3 13.0
Sturgeon School Division No. 24 20.0 23.6 22.7 21.8
Suzuki Charter School Society 22.8 23.5 n/a n/a
The Southern Francophone Education Region No. 4 19.2 21.9 14.6 7.7
Valhalla School Foundation 15.7 11.7 13.2 n/a
Westmount Charter School Society 20.1 26.0 24.5 18.7
Westwind School Division No. 74 20.4 22.4 22.1 19.4
Wetaskiwin Regional Division No. 11 20.2 23.2 23.0 19.2
Wild Rose School Division No. 66 19.7 23.8 24.5 23.0
Wolf Creek School Division No. 72 19.2 22.2 24.3 22.9
Provincial Averages 20.2 22.8 23.5 23.2
ACOL Guidelines 17.0 23.0 25.0 27.0