Back to School

On behalf of the 730 staff serving our 14 schools, we wish you and your family all the best for the coming school year. Our division’s motto is Together we learn. We work with parents and our communities to nurture and sustain excellent schools where children become active and ethical citizens.

We’ve prepared this guide to help new and returning students and their families get ready for school. The first day of school is September 4. Our school offices will be open before the first day to register students and answer questions. Please see the chart below for details. We look forward to seeing you!

Key dates for 2018-19

  • First day of school – Sept 4
  • Christmas break – Dec 24 to Jan 4
  • Teachers convention – Feb 7 to 8
  • Spring break – Mar 25 to 29
  • No school – Oct 5, Oct 19, Nov 23, Mar 8, Mar 15, Apr 12 (includes PD days)
  • Last day of school – June 27

When does the school office open in the fall?

Our school offices will be open to register students and answer your questions according to this schedule. Note – We will add information as it become available.
If you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to call our Regional Office in Barrhead at 780.674.8500. Note: our office will be closed July 16 to 27.

Schools Office opens Principal Phone
Barrhead Composite High
Grades 7 – 12
Aug 27
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Darcie Eamor 780.674.8522
K – Grade 6
Aug 27
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Pauline Gilmour 780.349.2464
K – Grade 6
Aug 28
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tammy Tkachuk 780.674.4401
École Barrhead Elementary
K – Grade 6
Aug 22
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Dale Bujold 780.674.8518
École Westlock Elementary
K – Grade 6
Aug 28
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pierre Ouimet 780.349.3385
Eleanor Hall (Clyde)
K – Grade 9
Aug 22
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Nadine Marchand 780.348.5341
Fort Assiniboine
K – Grade 9
Aug 27
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Lorna Hiemstra 780.584.3751
Neerlandia Public Christian
K – Grade 9
Aug 27
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Brett Seatter 780.674.5581
Pembina North (Dapp)
K – Grade 9
Aug 28
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Raime Drake 780.954.3790
R. F. Staples (Westlock)
Grades 7-12
Aug 22
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wayne Rufiange 780.349.4454
Swan Hills
K – Grade 12
Aug 27
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Slade Sekulich 780.333.4471
Vista Virtual (Online)
Grades 1-12
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Mike Loitz 1.855.974.5333
Edm Ext 6116
Cgy Ext 6240

Schools will contact parents of Kindergarten students before school starts with full details of their child’s schedule.

We also operate two schools serving the Pibroch and Sunny Bend Hutterite Colonies. We are proud to be the home of the Alberta Distance Learning Centre which provides distance learning courses to 40,000 students in Grades 1 to 12 across Alberta.

New to our schools? To register you will need:

  • Child’s birth certificate or proof of citizenship
  • Detailed land location or rural address

What about school supplies?

School supply lists are posted on your school’s website. Links will be updated here as they become available.

Barrhead Composite High School Fort Assiniboine School
Busby School Neerlandia Public Christian School
Dunstable School Pembina North Community School
École Barrhead Elementary School R. F. Staples Secondary School
École Westlock Elementary School Swan Hills School
Eleanor Hall School

All about busing

See the Transportation page for fees, registration and application forms.
Your key contact is Transportation Director Shantelle Haitel at 780.674.8510.
Office hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Special orientation events

  • R. F. Staples Grade 7 Orientation Camp — August 28 – 9:00 am to noon
  • École Barrhead Elementary School Open House — August 30 – 3:00 to 5:00 pm
  • Meet the Bus for Kindergarten students
    Kindergarten students and parents are invited to find out what it’s like to ride the big yellow bus!

    • École​ Barrhead Elementary School – August 23 at 10:00 a.m. – In the bus lane behind the school
    • École Westlock Elementary School – August 22 at 10:00 a.m. – In the bus lane beside the school
    • Swan Hills School – August 21 at 10:00 a.m. – In the bus lane in front of the school

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance

For your convenience, we have made arrangements for families to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program. Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance offers protection against the unexpected costs of injury from accidents. It is especially valuable for families who:

  • do not have medical or dental plans,
  • have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits
  • have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.

For complete plan details, please visit or access the registration form here.