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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 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020P
ECS 68361 69487 71524 72374 73241
Grade 1 56667 55628 55746 56229 56226
Grade 2 55189 56045 55245 55422 56210
Grade 3 54013 55350 56400 55495 55845
Grade 4 50984 54315 55796 56804 56016
Grade 5 49441 51297 54717 56189 57374
Grade 6 48493 49760 51709 55247 56694
Grade 7 48258 48820 50335 52171 55714
Grade 8 47213 48672 49268 50769 52757
Grade 9 46197 45650 48897 49320 51072
Grade 10 49010 50709 49645 51374 51508
Grade 11 48607 48483 48913 49934 51298
Grade 12 69215 70674 71694 69047 67847
All Grades 691648 704890 719889 730375 741802

Table 2. Alberta student population by authority system

School Authority System 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020P
Public 464519 473174 483661 487710 493990
Separate 162654 166215 168687 173272 176091
Francophone 8066 8143 8398 8617 8878
Charter 9277 9400 9530 9576 9921
ECS Private Operator 5689 6189 6563 6942 7169
Private School 28763 29418 30552 31632 33141
Provincial 1565 1670 1577 1701 1407
Federal - First Nations 10253 9916 10314 10293 10559
Federal 862 765 607 632 646
All Schools & Authorities 691648 704890 719889 730375 741802

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 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019
10 ECS Developmentally Immature 407 339 337 332 312
30 ECS Mildly or Moderately Disabled 9,999 10,350 10,618 9,831 10,026
41 Severe Cognitive Disability 6 10 11 11 10
42 Severe Emotional/Behavioural Disability 948 980 953 1,008 1,004
43 Severe Multiple Disability 335 307 307 331 373
44 Severe Physical or Medical Disability 1,697 1,910 2,008 2,300 2,594
45 Deafness 63 44 45 48 49
46 Blindness 25 25 31 24 19
47 ECS Severe Delay Involving Language 8,198 8,926 9,140 9,825 10,187
80 Gifted and Talented 444 419 450 414 370
99 More than one special education code 22 16 - 14 20
  Total More than one special education code 22 16 - 14 20
  Total Mild/Moderate/Gifted 10,850 11,108 11,405 10,577 10,708
  Total Severe 11,272 12,202 12,495 13,547 14,236
  Overall Total 22,144 23,326 23,900 24,138 24,964

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

Code Grade 1 to 12 Students 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019
41 Severe Cognitive Disability 191 189 190 175 163
42 Severe Emotional/Behavioural Disability 8,339 8,506 8,587 8,888 9,197
43 Severe Multiple Disability 1,188 1,221 1,264 1,304 1,350
44 Severe Physical or Medical Disability 9,422 9,929 10,498 11,090 11,970
45 Deafness 330 345 348 352 374
46 Blindness 184 180 170 181 175
51 Mild Cognitive Disability 5,581 5,579 5,462 5,313 5,067
52 Moderate Cognitive Disability 517 512 482 502 496
53 Emotional/Behavioural Disability 5,399 5,689 5,742 5,717 5,767
54 Learning Disability 20,020 20,279 20,532 20,439 20,439
55 Hearing Disability 460 479 500 536 569
56 Visual Disability 111 118 136 167 168
57 Communication Disability 6,316 6,966 7,343 7,474 7,520
58 Physical/Medical Disability 6,124 6,994 8,030 9,007 10,035
59 Multiple Disability 2,903 3,293 3,654 4,067 4,614
80 Gifted and Talented 6,416 6,387 6,325 6,338 6,268
99 More than one special education code 690 750 897 820 1,004
  Total More than one special education code 690 750 897 820 1,004
  Total Mild/Moderate/Gifted 53,847 56,296 58,206 59,560 60,943
  Total Severe 19,654 20,370 21,057 21,990 23,229
  Overall Total 74,191 77,416 80,160 82,370 85,176

Alberta special education statistics by school authority type

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

ECS Children 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019
  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 5,892 5,842 9 5,524 6,270 16 5,567 6,394 0 5,043 6,893 8 4,890 7,154 14
Separate 2,958 2,271 7 3,432 2,398 0 3,367 2,362 0 3,056 2,655 0 3,043 2,768 0
Francophone 42 57 0 38 64 0 41 69 0 46 74 0 91 70 0
Charter 149 0 6 146 6 0 162 0 0 154 0 6 151 0 6
ECS Private Operator 1,553 2,450 0 1,675 2,759 0 1,861 2,981 0 1,973 3,237 0 2,129 3,508 0
Private School 256 652 0 293 705 0 407 689 0 305 688 0 404 736 0
Total 10,850 11,272 22 11,108 12,202 16 11,405 12,495 0 10,577 13,547 14 10,708 14,236 20
School Year Total 22,144 23,326 23,900 24,138 24,964

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

Grade 1 to 12 Students 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019
  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 38,634 14,730 383 40,426 15,161 434 41,792 15,562 531 42,754 16,233 455 43,740 17,028 627
Separate 11,898 3,938 128 12,393 4,184 118 12,978 4,411 143 13,186 4,658 136 13,431 5,006 142
Francophone 407 109 12 436 114 11 432 117 7 508 101 8 544 122  
Charter 1,368 148 142 1,521 130 159 1,508 126 184 1,579 132 187 1,640 140 201
Private School 1,540 729 25 1,520 781 28 1,496 841 32 1,533 866 34 1,588 933 34
Total 53,847 19,654 690 56,296 20,370 750 58,206 21,057 897 59,560 21,990 820 60,943 23,229 1,004
School Year Total 74,191 77,416 80,160 82,370 85,176

A new student information system came online for the 2013/2014 school year. As part of the new system, more efficient and accurate processes for collecting student data were instituted and historical student enrolment data was converted to reflect these new processes. Student population information including special education statistics from previous years has also been restated to allow for appropriate trending analysis.

School and authority enrolment 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.

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, 197 KB)

2017/2018 Authority Enrolment Data (XLSX, 29 KB)

2016/2017 School Enrolment Data (XLSX, 250 KB)

2016/2017 Authority Enrolment Data (XLSX, 36 KB)

2015/2016 School Enrolment Data (XLSX, 233 KB)

2015/2016 Authority Enrolment Data (XLSX, 37 KB)

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