Frequently Asked Questions are categorized below in these 3 sections:

  • General
  • Programs
  • Wait Pool
  • International Students

General Admissions

Do you need to be a Christian to come to BCS?

Yes, we require one parent to be a Bible-believing Christian who can speak to their personal relationship with Jesus Christ in a faith interview.

Are BCS teachers Christians?

All BCS staff members must demonstrate a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and subscribe to the Statement of Faith of the Bearspaw Christian School Society while they are employees of the school.

Does BCS follow the Alberta Education Programs of Study?

Yes, Bearspaw Christian School teaches the essential concepts and skills required by Alberta Education. We are recognized by Alberta Education as an accredited private school. Our graduating students receive an Alberta Education diploma.

How does BCS integrate Christian faith into the curriculum?

Bearspaw Christian School uses a discipleship-based education model that is so much more than just curriculum. Every subject is taught from a Christian worldview linking faith to every aspect of learning and life. We are answering the deepest questions students are asking through a biblical, age-appropriate approach.

Are there membership or registration fees for new families?

Membership Fees

Every parent who has a student enrolled at Bearspaw Christian School automatically becomes a member of the Bearspaw Christian School Society. The Board of Directors has currently set the membership fee at no cost for families.

Are new families required to pay a capital fee?

Yes, there is a $5,000 Capital Fee required for all new families. This fee is is divided into a $2,500 Refundable Bond (returned at the time your student graduates or withdraws from BCS) and a $2,500 non refundable Capital Fee. This fee is used to assist BCS with capital costs associated with buildings and facilities. We do not pay interest on the bond.

New families are also required to pay a non-refundable Administration Fee as part of the admissions process. Learn more about Bearspaw Christian School’s application process.

What are the ages/cutoff dates for admissions into Kindergarten?

Alberta Education’s policy states that the child must be 5 years old by December 31st of the year they enter the program.  For example, if your child is applying for September 2025, they must be 5 or have turned 5 by December 31, 2025.

When can we apply to BCS?

Our admissions cycle runs November – April.  In November, siblings of current students have priority for new enrollment.  December is when those who have had a consultation will be given the online application.  The application is open until April or until we reach capacity.

Does my child need to be fluent in English language/studies to attend?

Yes. Bearspaw Christian School does not offer an English Language Learner program. We are a unilingual English school. As a school with an accelerated academic program, it is required that students have strong fluency in English communication.


Does BCS offer childcare outside of standard school hours?

Yes, Bearspaw Christian School has a licensed, accredited Out of School Care (OSC) Program with after-school workshop options. The OSC Program is open from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM on weekdays. Learn more about Bearspaw Christian School’s OSC Program.

What are the expectations around volunteering?

Learn more about Bearspaw Christian School’s Volunteering Information & Expectations.

Does BCS provide a bus service?

Yes, BCS has a busing program. For more information email [email protected]

Wait Pool

Each year Bearspaw Christian School receives many more applications from potential students seeking admissions than we are able to accommodate. Creating wait pools allows students to remain in consideration for admissions should space become available in their respective grade. To be considered, applications must be submitted in their entirety.

My child's application was placed in the wait pool. What does this mean?

This means that BCS has received more applications for your child’s grade level than we are able to accommodate. Offer of enrollment have been made for all open spaces and a wait pool has been created for the remaining students. This will allow these applicants an opportunity to remain in consideration for enrollment should space become available.

Why was my child's application placed in the wait pool?

BCS has been blessed over the past years to be running at full capacity. In order to keep our student-teacher ratios low we cap the number of students in each grade.

When will I know if my child will be offered a space in their grade?

Our school operates at capacity and space is created when current students withdraw. Students can withdraw anytime between February – June, sometimes we even have students withdrawing into September. Unfortunately, it’s hard for us to predict when a student will be withdrawing from BCS.

What is the probability of wait pool applicants being invited for enrollment?

It varies each year, depending on the number of current students withdrawing from a grade. It is possible that at least two or three openings will become available at each grade level.

Are wait pool applicants ranked in any way?

Bearspaw Christian School does give priority to current student’s siblings, but this does not guarantee admission. As space becomes available in a grade our Admissions Team considers class balance, makeup and educational needs in the classroom. The Admissions Team then reviews all the application packages in the wait pool.

What if one of my children is placed in the wait pool and one is offered admissions?

Most families in this situation see BCS as their family’s long-term choice, so they accept the offer being made for one child – even if that means having their children in two different schools for a period of time. Please note that when you accept an admissions offer and enroll, your family is committing to a binding enrollment agreement that carries with it significant fees for withdrawing at a later date. It is important that a family is committed to sending the one student to BCS, regardless of if their other child is pulled out of the wait pool.

Can my child do anything to strengthen their chances of being selected from the wait pool?

We recognize and appreciate the quality of their application already and no additional action is needed.

If my child is not selected from the wait pool, will we be welcome to apply again next year?

Absolutely! We would love the opportunity to welcome your family to BCS in the future and will work with you to reapply for admission. In November you will be sent the following school year’s application, we ask that you fill out and provide any updated documents required. You will not need to pay the application fee again.

International Students

Do you accept International students?

At this time we are not accepting applications for International students.

Can I apply from outside of Canada?

In order to begin the admissions process, we ask that families live in Calgary or surrounding area. Parts of our process require families and students to visit the school in person on short notice.

Does my child need to be fluent in English language/studies to attend?

Yes. Bearspaw Christian School does not offer an English Language Learner program. We are a unilingual English school. As a school with an accelerated academic program, it is required that students have strong fluency in English communication.

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