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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 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019
ECS 68223 68361 69487 71524 71759
Grade 1 55658 56667 55628 55746 56004
Grade 2 53417 55189 56045 55245 55183
Grade 3 50519 54013 55350 56400 55233
Grade 4 48926 50984 54315 55796 56571
Grade 5 47857 49441 51297 54717 55962
Grade 6 47692 48493 49760 51709 55048
Grade 7 46573 48258 48820 50335 52077
Grade 8 45947 47213 48672 49268 50726
Grade 9 45881 46197 45650 48897 49580
Grade 10 49208 49010 50709 49645 50711
Grade 11 48609 48607 48483 48913 49725
Grade 12 67822 69215 70674 71694 68643
All Grades 676332 691648 704890 719889 727222

Table 2. Alberta student population by authority system

School Authority System 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019
Public 455028 464519 473174 483661 487454
Separate 158094 162654 166215 168687 173164
Francophone 7353 8066 8143 8398 8560
Charter 9131 9277 9400 9530 9573
ECS Private Operator 5291 5689 6189 6563 6968
Private School 29400 28763 29418 30552 31439
Provincial 1483 1565 1670 1577 1152
Federal - First Nations 9836 10253 9916 10314 8299
Federal 716 862 765 607 613
All School and Authorities 676332 691648 704890 719889 727222

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 2012/2013 2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
10 ECS Developmentally Immature 384 414 407 339 337
30 ECS Mildly or Moderately Disabled 10,514 10,809 9,999 10,350 10,618
41 Severe Cognitive Disability - - 6 10 11
42 Severe Emotional/Behavioural Disability 847 946 948 980 953
43 Severe Multiple Disability 353 365 335 307 307
44 Severe Physical or Medical Disability 1,136 1,306 1,697 1,910 2,008
45 Deafness 53 58 63 44 45
46 Blindness 35 24 25 25 31
47 ECS Severe Delay Involving Language 5,748 7,211 8,198 8,926 9,140
80 Gifted and Talented 392 357 444 419 450
99 More than one special education code - 7 22 16 -
  Total More than one special education code - 7 22 16 -
  Total Mild/Moderate/Gifted 11,290 11,580 10,850 11,108 11,405
  Total Severe 8,172 9,910 11,272 12,202 12,495
  Overall Total 19,462 21,497 22,144 23,326 23,900

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

Code Grade 1 to 12 Students 2012/2013 2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
41 Severe Cognitive Disability 239 221 191 189 190
42 Severe Emotional/Behavioural Disability 8,146 8,292 8,339 8,506 8,587
43 Severe Multiple Disability 1,087 1,128 1,188 1,221 1,264
44 Severe Physical or Medical Disability 8,588 9,062 9,422 9,929 10,498
45 Deafness 318 321 330 345 348
46 Blindness 171 188 184 180 170
51 Mild Cognitive Disability 5,746 5,725 5,581 5,579 5,462
52 Moderate Cognitive Disability 488 530 517 512 482
53 Emotional/Behavioural Disability 4,725 4,967 5,399 5,689 5,742
54 Learning Disability 20,519 20,269 20,020 20,279 20,532
55 Hearing Disability 430 453 460 479 500
56 Visual Disability 110 109 111 118 136
57 Communication Disability 5,971 6,209 6,316 6,966 7,343
58 Physical/Medical Disability 4,693 5,373 6,124 6,994 8,030
59 Multiple Disability 2,363 2,638 2,903 3,293 3,654
80 Gifted and Talented 6,627 6,623 6,416 6,387 6,325
99 More than one special education code 626 628 690 750 897
  Total More than one special education code 626 628 690 750 897
  Total Mild/Moderate/Gifted 51,672 52,896 53,847 56,296 58,206
  Total Severe 18,549 19,212 19,654 20,370 21,057
  Overall Total 70,847 72,736 74,191 77,416 80,160

Alberta special education statistics by school authority type

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

ECS Children 2012/2013 2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
  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 5,250 4,031 0 6,294 5,130 7 5,892 5,842 9 5,524 6,270 16 5,567 6,394 0
Separate 4,251 1,574 0 3,422 1,958 0 2,958 2,271 7 3,432 2,398 0 3,367 2,362 0
Francophone 51 55 0 36 42 0 42 57 0 38 64 0 41 69 0
Charter 109 0 0 130 0 0 149 0 6 146 6 0 162 0 0
ECS Private Operator 1,369 1,973 0 1,451 2,184 0 1,553 2,450 0 1,675 2,759 0 1,861 2,981 0
Private School 260 539 0 247 596 0 256 652 0 293 705 0 407 689 0
Total 11,290 8,172 0 11,580 9,910 7 10,850 11,272 22 11,108 12,202 16 11,405 12,495 0
School Year Total 19,462 21,497 22,144 23,326 23,900

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

Grade 1 to 12 Students 2012/2013 2013/2014 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
  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 36,991 13,980 402 38,067 14,446 379 38,634 14,730 383 40,426 15,161 434 41,792 15,562 531
Separate 11,508 3,723 106 11,579 3,857 112 11,898 3,938 128 12,393 4,184 118 12,978 4,411 143
Francophone 421 77 0 438 91 0 407 109 12 436 114 11 432 117 7
Charter 1,306 103 100 1,304 84 109 1,368 148 142 1,521 130 159 1,508 126 184
Private School 1,446 666 18 1,508 734 28 1,540 729 25 1,520 781 28 1,496 841 32
Total 51,672 18,549 626 52,896 19,212 628 53,847 19,654 690 56,296 20,370 750 58,206 21,057 897
School Year Total 70,847 72,736 74,191 77,416 80,160

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.

2018/2019 School Enrolment Data (XLSX, 198 KB)

2018/2019 Authority Enrolment Data (XLSX, 29 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)

2014/2015 School Enrolment Data (XLSX, 231 KB)

2014/2015 Authority Enrolment Data (XLSX, 37 KB)

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