Cranston schools offer some of the best learning opportunities in the city, giving students the educational foundation and resources needed to thrive in our modern society. The public school system has been refined over many years to present students with opportunities to excel, while additional non-public options are available. The breadth of Cranston schools available to residents ensures that every family can choose the education that is right for their child.


Located within the community itself, Cranston School gives young learners from kindergarten through grade 4 the opportunity to attend school close to home. This elementary school focuses on building a strong foundation for Calgary’s youth through a wide array of opportunities. Cranston School focuses on nurturing growth that will be beneficial in the 21st Century, based on the guiding principle of “inspire, create, think, innovate, nurture, inquire, imagine.” Their child-focused, personalized learning structures blend traditional learning with modern technology, environmental awareness, peaceful living, and an appreciation for fine arts. The school has a “border-less classrooms” philosophy that allows children to receive the education best suited for their needs, regardless of their assigned grade-level.


McKenzie Lake School, located in its namesake community, is one of the last full-sized elementary schools in the city. Complete with 23 classrooms, a multi-use area, meeting rooms, and a large gymnasium, McKenzie Lake has the resources and facilities needed to provide students with a comprehensive education. The school utilizes cutting-edge technology with classroom sets of laptops, iPods, and iPads, as well as SmartBoard interactive whiteboards. Every classroom also grows a vegetable garden in solar-powered EarthBoxes, and McKenzie Lake is proud to be an Eco School.


R.T. Alderman, located in Maple Ridge, is a fantastic middle school that offers an array of academic, athletic, and fine art opportunities. Cranston students will join students who attended Maple Ridge Elementary School, providing them with new opportunities to socially interact and make friends. The school also has a number of popular facilities including a full service cafeteria, automated library, band program, and athletic program. R.T. Alderman students have a tendency to do well on Provincial Exams, giving them the foundation needed to be successful in high school.


Nickle School, located in Lake Bonavista, is a receiver school for students in Cranston. Local kids catch one of four buses in the morning, generally between 8:30 and 8:40, and catch the same bus to return home in the afternoon. A concession operates during the break and lunch periods, allowing students to purchase meals. The learning opportunities at Nickle School are diverse, and include home economics, CTS, art, physical education, band, and social learning.


Lord Beaverbrook High School, located in Acadia, provides young men and women with the opportunity to pursue a diverse and fulfilling education. In addition to traditional studies, the school also offers a significant number of complementary course programs.


  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Auto Technology
  • Auto-Body
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Business Essentials
  • Cabinet Making
  • CALM
  • Choral
  • Vocal Jazz
  • Computer Programming
  • Construction Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Creative Writing
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance
  • Design Studies (CAD)
  • Digital Animation
  • Digital Photography
  • Drama
  • Fashion Studies
  • Foods
  • French
  • Graphic Design
  • Improvised Theatre
  • Information Technology
  • Innovative Technology
  • Medical Studies
  • Metal Technology
  • Military History
  • Musical Theatre
  • Personal Living Skills
  • Psychology
  • Publishing
  • Recording Studio
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Performance
  • TEAM Leadership
  • Tech Works
  • Theatre Technology
  • Video & Audio Production
  • World Religions


French Immersion:

Sundance (K–4), Fairview (5–9), Dr. E.P. Scarlett (10–12)


Lake Bonavista School (K–6)


Canyon Meadows (K–4), Senator Patrick Burns (5–9), William Aberhart (10–12)

Traditional Learning Centre:

Le Roi Daniels (K–4), Fairview (5–8), Henry Wise Wood (9–12)

Private Schools:

A number of private schools can be found throughout Calgary, including both boarding and day options. Popular private school options include Foundations For The Future Charter Academy, Calgary Christian School, West Island College, and Foothills Academy. Families may also choose Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, a coed school on the way to Okotoks, which is considered one of the top 25 private schools in Canada.