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New Provincial Curriculum Under Development

Alberta Education is updating the K-12 curriculum province-wide. Curriculum, or the Program of Studies as it’s also called, outlines what students are expected to learn in each subject, for each grade.

This six-year project will focus on updating six subject areas: Language Arts (English, French Immersion, Francophone), Mathematics, Social Studies, Sciences, Arts, and Wellness Education.

Edmonton Public Schools is one of many school districts involved in this project. An up-to-date curriculum is needed to prepare our students with the skills and knowledge they need for the 21st century.

Where We’re At Right Now

Alberta Education is in the “Shaping” phase of the updating process, which involves reviewing current curriculum, a review on current research on the different subjects and needs of students, and curriculum in other jurisdictions.

This work will be completed spring 2017. The first stage of curriculum development has also begun. Curriculum working groups, composed mainly of teachers, have begun to develop some initial components of the new curriculum. Alberta Education’s targeted timelines for completion of curriculum development are:

  • Grades K–4, December 2018
  • Grades 5–8, December 2019
  • Grades 9–10 (3 subject areas), December 2020
  • Grades 9–10 (3 subject areas) and 11–12 (3 subject areas), December 2021
  • Grades 11–12 (3 subject areas), December 2022

The date for the launch of new curriculum is still being determined by the province.

Alberta Education will have several opportunities for parents and students to be involved. More information about these opportunities will be posted when it becomes available.

To Learn More

Alberta Education’s process and timeline for phased development of the new curriculum.