AP 302: Right Of Access To Education

Organization & Culture


In accordance with the Education Act (section 3), the Division provides education programming for resident students who at September 1 in a year are between six (6) and nineteen (19) years of age.

Additionally, the Division provides Early Childhood Services for students younger than six (6) years of age and access to learning opportunities for students who are older than nineteen (19) years younger than twenty (20) years on September 1 of the year in which the student is enrolled.


With respect to enrolment:

1. For Kindergarten enrolment:

1.1.  Any child being enrolled in a kindergarten program for 2019-2020 must have attained the age of five (5) years on or before the last day of February of the school year in which the student is enrolled;

1.2.  Any child being enrolled in a kindergarten program for 2020-2021 and subsequent years must have attained the age of five (5) years on or before the last day of December of the school year in which the student is enrolled.

2. Notwithstanding regular Kindergarten enrolment, a child with special needs may be enrolled in an Early Childhood Services program at an earlier age, as per Alberta Education regulations and Administrative Procedure 220 – Early Childhood Development and Services.

3. It is expected that the majority of students shall complete high school within three (3) years of enrolling in grade 10. Students less than twenty (20) years of age on September 1 of a school year and wishing to enrol for an additional year or years shall be accommodated:

3.1.  In one (1) of the Division's Outreach Schools; or

3.2.  In the Division's Connections for Learning Program.

4. Notwithstanding section (3) above, a Principal of a senior high school may enroll a student in an additional year or years if, in his/her opinion:

4.1.  Space and/or resources at the school are available to meet the student's needs, and/or;

4.2.  The student presents special needs or circumstances that cannot be addressed through other alternatives.

Registration Procedures:

5. For admission to any Division school, the parent or independent student shall submit a completed registration form that establishes:

5.1.  Legal name,

5.2.  Birth date/age,

5.3.  Citizenship, and

5.4.  Residence, as defined in, and in accordance with, the Education Act (section 4);

6. Legal name and proof of age shall be verified by the Principal through reference to one (1) of a birth certificate, a passport or a certified copy of birth registration.

7. Every effort shall be made to obtain proper verification of legal name and age.

7.1. The parent or guardian may make a statutory declaration regarding the student's legal name and age on condition that acceptable verification is provided within three (3) months.

8. Legal documents confirming guardianship shall be presented prior to registration




Date Approved: September 13, 2019

Reference: Education Act: 3, 4, 6- 13, 22-23, 31-32, 196

Reviewed or Revised:
Executive: September, 2019

References shall be updated as required and do not require additional approval.