Because one size doesn't fit all, especially when it comes to a child's learning. Our Alternative Learning Guide is here to provide you with alternative school and academic support options, extracurricular classes, resources, and supplies for home schooling families.
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If you love to sing or would like to learn, check out the Calgary Children’s Choir. This unique choral experience offers children ages 3 to 24 the opportunity to sing, perform, and appreciate a wide variety of musical styles. There are no fundraising requirements - it is a place to learn and have fun. Touring is available for eligible choristers.
For more than 20 years, Calgary Young People’s Theatre has provided youth ages 4 to 17 a variety of exciting opportunities to participate in the performing arts, explore creativity, and develop teamwork skills. Calgary Young People’s Theatre offers summer camps and year-round classes in both the North and South Calgary locations, as well as a season of family-friendly productions starring young actors. Gain confidence and hone your theatrical skills all at once. Act. Learn. Play. Grow.
Come sing with us, the music experience of a lifetime awaits! Cantaré Children’s Choir invites boys and girls ages 6 to 18 to join one of our four award-winning ensembles led by Artistic Director Catherine Glaser-Climie. Enrich the lives of your child through the power and wonder of music. Younger singers, ages 3 to 7, are welcome to join our Kodály Early Childhood program. No prior musical experience necessary!
Kodály Music Explorers program for children ages 3 to 7 offers a fun-filled approach to your child’s music development. Using the child’s own instrument, the voice, children learn songs, rhymes, and musical games to acquire knowledge and skills, and a love of music. You will be thrilled at how quickly your child can progress.
In our third generation now with almost 100 years of teaching experience, we offer tailored music lessons for every style of music, level, and age. We also can come to your home for lessons.
Private music lessons for ages 5 through adult. Two locations offering Piano, Keyboard, Organ, and Accordion since 1979. Popular, Classical, and Theory programs with exam preparation from qualified teachers. ‘Beginners Trial Program’ also offered! Package includes loan of instrument, lessons, and music book. Call for more information or to register.
Music makes great kids - kids make great music! Kids & Music is an innovative, dynamic, child-centered program with a fun approach to music education. No auditions, small classes, and a unique curriculum instilling a lifelong love of music. This four-level program is the first step in the Youth Singers of Calgary Performing Arts Company with divisions covering all ages from pre-Kindergarten to Adult. Register today!
Music lessons for every age, level, and style. At Long & McQuade, we believe every person is capable of acquiring the skills and knowledge required to make playing a musical instrument a rewarding activity. We have a wide variety of carefully chosen professional instructors offering year-round music lessons. Private and semi-private lessons, and several group programs such as “Rock Skool” and preschool classes available.
We provide the best quality music education to young children by blending the pleasure and the joy of music-making with sound instruction. In 1980, Frances Balodis set out to create a comprehensive music education program tailored to the strengths and abilities of young children. Today, Music for Young Children® has more than 24,000 students annually, 900 teachers, and is taught on three continents. MYC is the only early childhood method that integrates and actively uses conservatory repertoire and theory to prepare our graduates for their first practical and theory exams. Find a teacher near you using the website.
ORFF Music for Children is a music education program for children ages 2 to 10. Through speaking, singing, moving, playing instruments, and creating, each child experiences music in a small group setting. Parent & Tot classes, sequentially structured Preschool classes, and Ensemble classes offer a variety of music experiences designed to foster a lifelong love of music.
Come learn Music the Yamaha way! World Famous Yamaha Group Music programs are at Sonata School! Programs for ages 2 and up. Yamaha explores music through all the senses, Ear, Sing, Play, and Reading activities, giving children motivation and confidence while making learning fun! Sign up now and watch as we encourage the musical talent in your child. We also offer private music lessons.
The Westside Concert Choir offers non-competitive traditional choral music programs for girls and boys in Grades 3 through 12. The two divisions rehearse once a week and perform four times each year. There are no auditions and no fundraising. Call for information on fees and registration. Financial assistance is available.
WP Puppet Theatre is a touring company. Artistic Director Wendy Passmore-Godfrey, an award-winning educator, can customize workshops, residencies, and PD sessions (Kindergarten to Grade 12) to meet your classroom’s needs and goals. Our current production, Pigs in a Canoe and other Watery Stories is suitable for kids from Kindergarten to Grade 6 and links curriculum from art to science. Puppets on the Go is a very affordable rental program with four different crates to choose from.
Young Rembrandts teaches drawing, the fundamental skill of all visual arts. We offer child-friendly, relevant subject matter to spark children’s interest. Our classes are fun, engaging, and affordable; offering children a safe, comfortable place to learn drawing skills and have fun while surrounded by creativity and encouragement. Children taught using our method develop increased patience, discipline and focus, drawing and art skills, and expanded creativity, imagination, and confidence. Birthday Parties, Classes, and Special Events!
Evolutions School of Dance strives to provide students of all dance forms with the skills and experiences to become strong, confident and accomplished dancers in a professional atmosphere of positive learning and encouragement. Offering classes for all ages, experience and abilities in various genres, including ballet, jazz, preschool dance, Mommy & Me, and more! Centrally located just 3 blocks east of Chinook Centre!
Feel the warm, welcoming vibe the second you walk through the door. A non-competitive studio, Free House Dance Plus supports the technical and artistic development of the dancer, offering performance opportunities, yearly evaluations, and travel experiences. Exemplary teachers. Three floors of dance space. Wide range of styles and levels. Kids, Teens, and Adults. Mom & Baby, WeeBop, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Modern, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Highland, and more!
Looking for fun Hip Hop classes for kids? Pulse Studios is the first and only recreational dance studio in Calgary fully dedicated to Hip Hop and urban dance styles. Our program includes dance classes in Breaking, Funk, Locking, Popping, Voguing, Waacking, House, and Hip Hop for kids ages 3+, teens, and adults. Also home to two unique training and performance programs Beast Machine (ages 8 to 17) and our adult pre-professional company: Flomatk.
Pure Motion Dance Company is Calgary’s most innovative and fastest growing dance studio where every child can explore the world of dance for its Pure enjoyment and personal artistic expression. We provide students ages 2 and up with exceptional dance instruction through proper technical training in a fun, creative, and positive environment while promoting the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.
Our mission is to bring the passion and joy of dance to people young and old. Classes range from ages 2 to adult and include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro, and Musical Theatre. Visit our website for simple registration online, anytime!
We offer preschool, recreational, and competitive gymnastics and cheerleading. Conveniently located at Memorial Drive and Shaganappi Trail. Calgary’s longest and most experienced Cheer Program in Calgary, cheering 13 years strong! Day camps also available. Our experienced instructors will make sure it is an experience your child will flip over!
Our facilities and programs are innovative with a huge wow factor! Quality instruction in gymnastics, circus arts, trampoline, parkour, and stunt training. Programs for toddlers to adults, beginners to former competitive athletes wanting to bridge the gap to high-level circus or stunt training. Our facilities are clean, safe, and welcoming. We have a full array of circus and gymnastics equipment, several trampolines, climbing wall, and foam pit. Flip Arts has an engineered aerials system, black box performance space, and Alberta’s only trampo wall. Flip Café & Tot Spot is a drop-in preschool gym on our second level. Check us out!
Proudly teaching gymnastics, tumbling, and trampoline classes for over 25 years. Gymtastics Gym Club has two large colorful facilities in Calgary specializing in preschool, recreational, and competitive programs. Both locations offer classes for all ages and levels, 18 months to adult. Join us for extra special fun at drop-in gym, birthday parties, special event bookings, and summer camps. At Gymtastics Gym Club, we believe: “From Little Things Big Things Grow!”
A martial arts program gives a child the mental and physical skills to succeed in everything they do. Our children’s program is challenging and fun while encouraging every student to strive to do their personal best. In addition to Physical Skills, we teach Life Skills such as Discipline, Goal Setting, Confidence, Leadership, and Respect. Students learn to set and achieve goals, while building self-esteem in a fun, safe, and educational atmosphere. Our instructors are role models that will help give your child the extra edge to succeed in life.
We are an Official World Taekwondo Federation School recognized by Sport Canada and the Olympic Committee. Our Martial Arts program is designed to help children develop confidence, perseverance, self-discipline, integrity, and courage that leads to success in relationships, school and, ultimately, in life. We offer an extremely flexible schedule in order to suit your family’s needs and provide a positive, fun learning environment for our students.
Master Joo-han Cha, 6th-degree black belt, M.Sc., B.Phys.Ed., combines his competition success, coaching experience, and academic credentials to offer year-round, high-quality Tae Kwon Do classes for all ages (3-and-a-half years+) and for all abilities. A four-time Korean National champion, Master Cha has the competition and coaching background to build future champions, as well as the energy and enthusiasm to lead classes that children and parents will love.
Yu’s Taekwondo School applies the philosophies and teachings of traditional Korean Martial Arts, along with state-of-the-art, modern self-defence techniques to achieve total fitness of the body and mind. Our specially designed program will help you in both business and in daily life. After just a few weeks of training, you should notice improvement in your energy levels, flexibility, and overall health. Children, Family, Adult classes available.
No two days in Guiding are the same! With the widest range of activities and units in every community, Guiding gives girls a chance to try different experiences every time. If your daughter is looking for fun and friendship, make sure she joins us today. Girls ages 5 to 17+ welcome. Women Leaders are needed in all communities. Volunteer today!
Alborak Stable is located in wooded hills west of Calgary at Exit 143 off the TransCanada Highway. Riding lessons for all ages; school horses; horse boarding and training; horses for sale.
Calgary’s two best and biggest indoor climbing facilities, friendly staff, varied terrain, birthday parties, beginner lessons for all ages, kids climbing camps, youth and adult drop-in times, junior clubs and teams, corporate team-building, basic to advanced instruction, movement clinics, private coaching. Two convenient locations (Stronghold NW and Chinook SE).
Join the Crux Junior Climbing team. The Crux Fall/Winter programs are offered for all levels of climbers. The Crux offers a unique, exciting, and fun opportunity for kids ages 6 and up to increase their physical strength, confidence, and problem-solving skills. We also offer a drop-in program that includes instruction. For more information, visit our website or contact us.
Get skilled for school, for sport, for health, for life! We offer a variety of programs and services to suit all ages, abilities, and interests - from multi-day preschool and leadership programs to health and wellness and outdoor education programs. Join a program at one of our seven health and wellness locations, five child care centres, or two outdoor camp locations today!
Since 1979, Banbury Crossroads has been a self-directed learning school fostering student autonomy in a culture of mutual respect. Students work to mastery at their own pace with tutorial instruction in small multi-aged classes, conducive to inquiry and project-based learning. Community connection occurs through field trips, volunteerism, and internships. Students communicate, collaborate, solve problems and develop soft skills, and take responsibility for their own education.
At the Calgary French & International School (CFIS), an ability to effectively and confidently navigate among different cultures affords our graduates an exciting range of future options.
The Waldorf approach recognizes that children have distinct, age-related educational and social/emotional needs, which unfold through stages of their development.
Phoenix Education Foundation is an Alberta-accredited private, non-profit, independent school. Phoenix engages Kindergarten to Grade 9 students in parent-directed or school-directed programming to fulfill the Alberta Education curriculum. Phoenix offers Alberta’s only Kindergarten program for home schooling families, BlendEd and home education options for Grades 1 to 9, and “In-the-Scene” classes in the Creation Studio, giving students immersive instruction in Science, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Fine Arts.
Located a few minutes south of Calgary, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School develops well-balanced students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 for a life of purpose by inspiring excellence in scholarship, leadership, and character.
Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, who are motivated to learn and have a passion for independence, need an outlet to learn. We provide the canvas for students through self-directed learning, thereby increasing their accountability, responsibility, and empowerment. Traditional methods of teaching do not reach every student. Class sizes are small, tuition is affordable, and success is measured on the whole child. At Summit West Independent School, we teach how to think, not what to think. Schedule a tour today!
An internationally-recognized leader in hands-on learning with Lego® and Robotics for children ages 3 to 13+, we offer in-depth curriculum and proprietary designs that align with Alberta Education standards. Our trained educators provide flexible home, facility, or community-based options in an inquiry-based format that engages learners and supports whole child development.
Calgary Public Library offers books, magazines, newspapers, and databases on every topic imaginable. Download e-Books directly to your device (libraryebooks.ca). Check out free movies, TV, music, and audiobooks with Hoopla (libraryhoopla.ca). Free homework help is available through in-library programs or online (librarybrainfuse.ca or librarysolaro.ca). Visit the Library online at calgarylibrary.ca or visit any one of our 18 community libraries throughout Calgary. That’s the power of your Free Library card!
Engineering For Kids brings science, technology, engineering, and math, STEM, to kids ages 4 to 14 in a fun and challenging way through classes, camps, clubs, and parties. We are proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning. From launching rockets, building levitating cars to robotics, MinecraftEDU, video game design, and creating fun objects using Lego® bricks, Engineering For Kids covers it all.
Looking for fun, enrichment classes for your kids? Idea Lab Kids provides classes, camps, and party experiences based on the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) principles. At Idea Lab, children learn through hands-on activities utilizing critical-thinking skills and a great deal of imagination! Classes are developed throughout the year, and programs are rolled out to all of our locations. Ignite your child’s curiosity with STEAM programs that are fun!
Inspiring and sharing the passion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through innovative, hands-on learning. With small class sizes and professional engineering instructors and mentors, we provide a uniquely diverse and inclusive setting where budding scientists (ages 6 to 18) have access to state-of-the-art equipment including robotics, 3D design printing, and much more. Roots 2 STEM offers Junior Engineering year-round study programs, in-school education programs, and field trip class visits to our 4,000 square foot laboratory.
YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is a highly interactive museum that explores the amazing world of Calgary police. The centre is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, and admission is free! The centre offers a variety of public programs, including birthday parties, CSI Jr., group tours, and Police Summer Camp. Get ready for an Arresting experience!
Our one-on-one, direct instruction programs include reading, basic math, study skills, comprehension and vocabulary, as well as critical thinking skills and essay writing. We customize our programs to the individual student. How may we assist you and your student? Call now for your free, no obligation assessment.
UCMAS is a brain development program for the age group of 4 to 13 year olds to develop their skills like Concentration, Focus, Listening, Visualization, Memory Power, Mental Math, and overall Self-Confidence. This program is being offered in over 5,700 centres in more than 55 countries. In Alberta, we have five centres in Calgary, one in Okotoks, Airdrie, Chestermere, Medicine Hat, and two centres in Edmonton.
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