Is this a private school?
No. Dalhousie Community Kindergarten is a publicly-funded community school. Children in our kindergarten program are funded through grants from Alberta Education, in the same way as any school board. Alberta Education does not allow independent kindergarten programs to charge tuition, and requires that the same curriculum materials are taught.
Our Junior Kindergarten program is tuition based. Please see Program Information for additional detail and current fees.
What is the difference between this kindergarten and others?
Several things are important: the small class size (maximum of 18 students so the teacher can encourage each as an individual), the large space dedicated to the class, the high level of parent involvement, the small number of children sharing the playground, the direct contact between the program and Alberta Learning, and many memorable experiences (field trips, hatching ducklings, ski, skate and swim lessons, and special celebrations in class).
What about transition to Grade 1?
The Community Kindergarten children move to several different schools for grade 1, with the largest number going to West Dalhousie Elementary. To make the change as smooth as possible for the child, the community kindergarten class emphasizes academics- letters, sounds, sight words, numbers, and math concepts. In particular, the program emphasizes early literacy and language learning. Grade 1 teachers have commented that the students arrive on equal footing academically, but also that the children from the smaller class seem to be more focused.
What about a gym or a library?
The children have access to the community centre’s hall for indoor physical education, as well as the outdoor skating rink, sledding hill, and amazing new playground. A ‘library parent’ is chosen to bring books from the public library directly to the classroom, to add to our extensive collection.
Is there room in next year’s class?
Registration for the 2017 – 18 school year will take place on Tuesday January 24, 2017. Please see our registration page for more details. Class size will be limited to 18 students.