Choosing the right school

Family Affairs

Whether you are moving to the area or your child is graduating from to the next stage of their education, The Grande Prairie School District offers parents and students a comprehensive range of options. Here are some of things to consider.

French Immersion? 

Students of the Grande Prairie Public School District have the opportunity to participate in a high quality French Immersion program that runs from from preschool through to grade 12. There is also the option of late entry French Immersion starting in grade 5. ´Ecole Parkside School (preschool to grade 4), Montrose Junior High (grades 5-8) and Charles Spencer High School (grades 9-12) are the schools to consider.

Catholic values?

There are currently 12 catholic schools in the Grande Prairie Public School District. Each strives to provide “quality education surrounded by the love and faith of Jesus Christ” and incorporate Gospel values of respect and dignity into their educational approach. Discover more here.

International Baccalaureate?

The International Baccalaureate program is a non-profit educational foundation recognised around the world for the quality education and global mindedness it provides. In Grande Prairie, Montrose Junior High School offers the IB Middle Years Program, while Grande Prairie High School offers the Diploma Program.


Not only is it easier from a commuting perspective, but there are other advantages to choosing a school close to home. The social aspect of school can be just as important to a child’s development as the academic component. Living close to school usually means that other classmates will live in the vicinity, making playdates and after school get-togethers problem free. It’s also a great way to meet other parents.

Arts & Athletics

GPPSD sports teams and individual athletes have been recognised as being some of the best in the province and the country. The same can be said of the district’s music programs, while our high school drama and visual arts students have participated in various productions and exhibits. If your son or daughter is particularly interested in one area, contact the School District at (780) 532 449 for recommendations on schools that could be a good fit.

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