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ESL Reception Centres

Program Description

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Reception Centres provide students and families who are new to Canada with information about the public school system and English language assessment. Student assessments and family interviews are held by appointment only, at one of three reception centres: Harry Ainlay, Jasper Place and Eastglen schools.


  • Develop an understanding of English programming options and supports
  • Learn about the school system, school expectations and supports available for newcomer students


  • Awareness of how schools support newcomer students and families
  • One-on-one consultation in a welcoming environment
  • Increased confidence attending school in Canada

Program delivery

  • An appointment with a consultant to assess a student’s English language skills
  • A family interview to gather information about a student’s background and academic history
  • Assistance with choosing a program
  • Support for families and students in their first language


Upon registration at a school, an appointment is made at one of four ESL Reception Centres for students who:

  • Are foreign-born
  • Arrived in Canada after the start of the previous school year 
  • Enrolled in Grades 1 to 12 

For more information about eligibility, contact your child’s designated school.


Parking and public transportation are available. For more information about busing, call Edmonton Transit Service at 311.


Elementary 2020-21

Junior High 2020-21

Senior High 2020-21