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Student population

Starting with 2013/2014, the definition of an Alberta student is an individual who is registered as of September 30th of the school year in a school located in Alberta, where “school” means a structured learning environment through which an education program is offered to a student by:

  • a board (includes public, separate, Francophone, Lloydminster); an operator of a private school
  • an early childhood services (ECS) program private operator
  • the operator of a charter school
  • a parent giving a home education program
  • the Minister of Education
  • other Alberta-located educational institutions providing ECS to Grade 12 curriculum instruction, specifically Federal (First Nations schools and those operated by Corrections Canada) and provincial authorities (such as the four former Alberta Vocational Colleges)

Table 1. Alberta student population by grade

Grade 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020 2020/2021P
ECS 69,487 71,524 72,374 73,527 59,371
Grade 1 55,628 55,746 56,229 56,289 57,100
Grade 2 56,045 55,245 55,422 56,236 55,699
Grade 3 55,350 56,400 55,495 55,826 56,393
Grade 4 54,315 55,796 56,804 56,045 55,833
Grade 5 51,297 54,717 56,189 57,439 56,126
Grade 6 49,760 51,709 55,247 56,715 57,525
Grade 7 48,820 50,335 52,171 55,758 56,761
Grade 8 48,672 49,268 50,769 52,794 55,906
Grade 9 45,650 48,897 49,320 50,762 52,612
Grade 10 50,709 49,645 51,374 52,037 51,846
Grade 11 48,483 48,913 49,934 51,388 51,256
Grade 12 70,674 71,694 69,047 68,114 67,171
All Grades 704,890 719,889 730,375 742,930 733,599

Table 2. Alberta student population by authority system

Notes: Starting in 2019/20, changes were made to the statistics in cases where students receive programming from more than one provider. These changes support more accurate counts by school and by authority.

* Student population is also included in school authority numbers.

School Authority System 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020 2020/2021P
Public 473,174 483,661 487,710 494,053 483,532
Separate 166,215 168,687 173,272 176,128 174,299
Francophone 8,143 8,398 8,617 8,898 8,577
Charter 9,400 9,530 9,576 9,918 10,010
ECS Private Operator 6,189 6,563 6,942 7,132 5,754
Private School 29,418 30,552 31,632 33,382 37,865
Provincial 1,670 1,577 1,701 1,834 1,292
Federal - First Nations 9,916 10,314 10,293 10,903 11,807
Federal 765 607 632 682 463
All Schools & Authorities 704,890 719,889 730,375 742,930 733,599
Shared Responsibility Program* 1,466 1,285 1,230 1,238 1,115
Home Education* 11,433 11,908 12,606 13,558 24,417

Special education needs population

The information in the tables reflects children and students identified with special education needs as reported to Alberta Education by public, separate, Francophone, charter and private school authorities and ECS private operators in their September 30 student registration. Alberta Education identifies individuals attending Early Childhood Services programs as children and individuals attending grades 1 to 12 as students.

Alberta special education statistics by code

Table 3. Alberta special education statistics by code (ECS Children)

Code ECS Children 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020
10 ECS Developmentally Immature 339 337 332 312 273
30 ECS Mildly or Moderately Disabled 10,350 10,618 9,831 10,026 9,207
41 Severe Cognitive Disability 10 11 11 10 7
42 Severe Emotional/Behavioural Disability 980 953 1,008 1,004 977
43 Severe Multiple Disability 307 307 331 373 357
44 Severe Physical or Medical Disability 1,910 2,008 2,300 2,594 2,859
45 Deafness 44 45 48 49 63
46 Blindness 25 31 24 19 18
47 ECS Severe Delay Involving Language 8,926 9,140 9,825 10,187 10,405
80 Gifted and Talented 419 450 414 370 386
99 More than one special education code 16 - 14 20 10
  Total More than one special education code 16 - 14 20 10
  Total Mild/Moderate/Gifted 11,108 11,405 10,577 10,708 9,866
  Total Severe 12,202 12,495 13,547 14,236 14,686
  Overall Total 23,326 23,900 24,138 24,964 24,562

Table 4. Alberta special education statistics by code (Grade 1 to 12 Students)

Code Grade 1 to 12 Students 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020
41 Severe Cognitive Disability 189 190 175 163 156
42 Severe Emotional/Behavioural Disability 8,506 8,587 8,888 9,197 9,493
43 Severe Multiple Disability 1,221 1,264 1,304 1,350 1,399
44 Severe Physical or Medical Disability 9,929 10,498 11,090 11,970 12,862
45 Deafness 345 348 352 374 381
46 Blindness 180 170 181 175 171
51 Mild Cognitive Disability 5,579 5,462 5,313 5,067 4,980
52 Moderate Cognitive Disability 512 482 502 496 517
53 Emotional/Behavioural Disability 5,689 5,742 5,717 5,767 5,887
54 Learning Disability 20,279 20,532 20,439 20,439 20,941
55 Hearing Disability 479 500 536 569 644
56 Visual Disability 118 136 167 168 168
57 Communication Disability 6,966 7,343 7,474 7,520 8,227
58 Physical/Medical Disability 6,994 8,030 9,007 10,035 11,274
59 Multiple Disability 3,293 3,654 4,067 4,614 5,160
80 Gifted and Talented 6,387 6,325 6,338 6,268 6,259
99 More than one special education code 750 897 820 1,004 1,186
  Total More than one special education code 750 897 820 1,004 1,186
  Total Mild/Moderate/Gifted 56,296 58,206 59,560 60,943 64,057
  Total Severe 20,370 21,057 21,990 23,229 24,462
  Overall Total 77,416 80,160 82,370 85,176 89,705

Alberta special education statistics by school authority type

Table 5. Alberta special education statistics by school authority type (ECS Children)

ECS Children 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020
  Mild/
Moderate/
Gifted
Severe Multiple
Sp Ed Code
Mild/
Moderate/
Gifted
Severe Multiple
Sp Ed Code
Mild/
Moderate/
Gifted
Severe Multiple
Sp Ed Code
Mild/
Moderate/
Gifted
Severe Multiple
Sp Ed Code
Mild/
Moderate/
Gifted
Severe Multiple
Sp Ed Code
Public 5,524 6,270 16 5,567 6,394 0 5,043 6,893 8 4,890 7,154 14 4,389 7,016 10
Separate 3,432 2,398 0 3,367 2,362 0 3,056 2,655 0 3,043 2,768 0 2,750 2,953 0
Francophone 38 64 0 41 69 0 46 74 0 91 70 0 73 79 0
Charter 146 6 0 162 0 0 154 0 6 151 0 6 140 7 0
ECS Private Operator 1,675 2,759 0 1,861 2,981 0 1,973 3,237 0 2,129 3,508 0 2,104 3,919 0
Private School 293 705 0 407 689 0 305 688 0 404 736 0 410 712 0
Total 11,108 12,202 16 11,405 12,495 0 10,577 13,547 14 10,708 14,236 20 9,866 14,686 10
School Year Total 23,326 23,900 24,138 24,964 24,562

Table 6. Alberta special education statistics by school authority type (Grade 1 to 12 Students)

Grade 1 to 12 Students 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020
  Mild/
Moderate/
Gifted
Severe Multiple
Sp Ed Code
Mild/
Moderate/
Gifted
Severe Multiple
Sp Ed Code
Mild/
Moderate/
Gifted
Severe Multiple
Sp Ed Code
Mild/
Moderate/
Gifted
Severe Multiple
Sp Ed Code
Mild/
Moderate/
Gifted
Severe Multiple
Sp Ed Code
Public 40,426 15,161 434 41,792 15,562 531 42,754 16,233 455 43,740 17,028 627 46,060 17,900 790
Separate 12,393 4,184 118 12,978 4,411 143 13,186 4,658 136 13,431 5,006 142 14,057 5,268 148
Francophone 436 114 11 432 117 7 508 101 8 544 122   631 127 6
Charter 1,521 130 159 1,508 126 184 1,579 132 187 1,640 140 201 1,656 184 212
Private School 1,520 781 28 1,496 841 32 1,533 866 34 1,588 933 34 1,653 983 30
Total 56,296 20,370 750 58,206 21,057 897 59,560 21,990 820 60,943 23,229 1,004 64,057 24,462 1,186
School Year Total 77,416 80,160 82,370 85,176 89,705

School and authority student population data

In support of Alberta's Open Data initiative, the list of schools and jurisdictions is now available exclusively in machine-readable and searchable Excel format.

2020/2021 Preliminary School Enrolment Data (XLSX, 204 KB)

2020/2021 Preliminary Authority Enrolment Data (XLSX, 30 KB)

2019/2020 School Enrolment Data (XLSX, 205 KB)

2019/2020 Authority Enrolment Data (XLSX, 30 KB)

2018/2019 School Enrolment Data (XLSX, 206 KB)

2018/2019 Authority Enrolment Data (XLSX, 31 KB)

2017/2018 School Enrolment Data (XLSX, 247 KB)

2017/2018 Authority Enrolment Data (XLSX, 39 KB)

2016/2017 School Enrolment Data (XLSX, 243 KB)

2016/2017 Authority Enrolment Data (XLSX, 39 KB)

2015/2016 School Enrolment Data (XLSX, 241 KB)

2015/2016 Authority Enrolment Data (XLSX, 40 KB)

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