In partnership with post-secondary institutions and industry partners, collegiate schools bring together students with similar interests to benefit from enriched programming, specialized facilities and enhanced learning opportunities through a unique delivery model.

Collegiate schools offer specialized programming in a particular subject or field and provide all students with a clear pathway into post-secondary education and careers in their chosen field.

The schools can be public (public, separate, francophone, public charter) or accredited funded independent (private).

They are given special approval and startup funding, if applicable, by the Minister of Education. This could include a one time grant in the amount of $50,000, to support the completion of Phase 2: Business Case applications.

A collegiate school must continue to meet the requirements of its original school type.

Essential components

Collegiate schools are intended to provide specialized programming in a particular subject area or field and to provide students clearer pathways into post-secondary education and careers in their chosen field.

Essential components of a collegiate include

  • specific subject area(s) or field(s) of focus
  • formal agreement with a post-secondary institution/institutions
  • provision of experiential learning opportunities and work experience
  • dual credit programming and/or bridging opportunities into post-secondary

How to establish a collegiate school

For applicants using a pre-existing facility, initial application documents are required up to 2 years before the collegiate school intends to begin operations.

Applications for new public charter schools and accredited funded independent schools may be completed and submitted simultaneously with the collegiate status application.

However, approval of the school application does not guarantee approval of the collegiate status application.

Post-secondary institutions interested in partnering with an existing or new school authority to operate a collegiate school can initiate the collegiate school status application process.

Collegiate school status application process and requirements are further described in the following materials:


For more information regarding the collegiate school status application process and requirements or to request an application package, please contact Alberta Education:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-7235
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

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