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Space for Students in Alternative Programs


Edmonton Public Schools offers 33 different alternative programs in more than 100 schools across the city.

Alternative programs offer unique opportunities for students interested in languages, arts, faith, sports and other interests, while teaching the Alberta Education curriculum. More than 27,000 students are enrolled in one of our alternative programs.

In May 2019, we asked stakeholders across the city to share ideas about how we can improve access to alternative programs while addressing some challenges, including growing enrolment, space shortages in schools and increasing costs to bus students in alternative programs.


Parents, families and community members provided feedback in person and online through a survey. More than 300 people joined the discussion. Here’s what we heard from stakeholders about alternative program demand, distribution and transportation:

  • strong demand for all programs, with a desire for more language and academic programming
  • families would like to see shorter ride times
  • received suggestions for how we can better utilize space and effectively distribute programs
  • Edmonton Public Schools should consider shared routes with other school divisions
  • stakeholders would like Edmonton Public Schools to do a survey to determine demand for programs
  • consider alternative pick-up/drop-off locations, like child care centres
  • received suggestions to improve our pre-enrolment process
  • consider centralized pick-up locations
  • consider changes to bus fee structure
  • transportation service is essential



For more information about the survey, contact Programs and Student Accommodation at 780-429-8539.