Education/Students

Here you’ll find stories about attending school from kindergarten to grade 12, college and university and all there is to do in between classes.

For potential students or instructors, Edmonton offers many leaning and working opportunities. We are home to the University of Alberta, one of Canada’s top research universities. The U of A also leads the country in undergraduate teaching excellence. Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton’s latest university, has 4 campuses across the city. And the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), the largest apprenticeship trainer in Canada, provides applied education in traditional and emerging technologies.

Aside from post-secondary facilities, we have great primary and secondary schools. Edmonton Public Schools has 195 schools and education sites and Edmonton Catholic Schools operates 84 schools around the city. Some of the great programs offered by these schools include programs in international baccalaureate, music enrichment, science and technology, aboriginal education, language education, and sport recreation.

There are many other education options in Edmonton – check out the related links for more information.

Post-secondary - The Students

  • A Lesser Known Edmonton - Todd Smith User submitted story
    Within the next year I had come out to my family, which was only possible with the great friends I had met and grown to love, both within the gay and greater Edmonton communities.
  • A Place to Call Home - Amy Carter User submitted story
    The very first day of school I missed the bus, waited for 40 minutes, and was 20 minutes late for class. But it got better.
  • Grant MacEwan Music Program - Bill Uren User submitted story
    In elementary school, I'd learned Edmonton was the capital city of Alberta, and that was pretty well it.
  • Mini Donut Madness - Matthew Dringenberg User submitted story Story has video
    I was very excited when I found out there was a chance for me to go out with my video camera and film all the aspects of Edmonton and then share it with other people.
  • Potluck - Nan Gai
    When I first arrived she helped me with the transition to this culture. To the community, and school especially. It saved a lot of time, because when you’re new to a country, sometimes you just don’t know what to do.
  • Spring Tryouts - Guillaume Petit
    Imagine 4 football players in a car driving 48 hours nonstop to get here for spring camp. It was a cheap way to go, only about $700 for the car, gas and everything between Quebec City and Edmonton.
  • Time For a Change - Jenn Dahlen
    I promised myself that I wouldn’t work in food service for the rest of my life.

Post-secondary - The Instructors/Researchers

  • Football Memories - Joanne Christie
    I’m a huge Edmonton Eskimos fan. I’m from a family of 3 daughters, so my poor father had to teach his daughters the rules of football. My world stops when the Eskimos are playing.
  • Northern Lights - Ian Mann
    I’m a big believer in the idea that science should be something that’s understandable to the average person. I hope to impact Edmontonians with the research that’s being done in space science in this city.
  • The Wild West - Dr. David Bressler
    Edmonton is a young city in a lot of ways. I don’t want to say it’s the Wild West, but it kind of is. There’s a lot of opportunity for people who are ambitious and want to try and do things and make an impact themselves.
  • Traces: LA, Honolulu & Edmonton - Heather Zwicker
    The truth is the idea for teaching the Edmonton course was seeded in something I did a few years ago.
  • Transforming Health Care - Jim Swaffield
    Alberta was in a transition time, and still is in terms of health care in my opinion. I think we’re leaders at looking at different models and different ways of doing things.

Primary & Secondary Schools

  • All the Stories Stay Together - Lisa Thang Story has audio
    One of Lisa's favourite memories involves chopstick day, and she was really excited to find out that it still existed when she returned to Kildare to teach.
  • Bridging Generations with Language - Wei Wong Story has audio
    You kind of have to know where you come from. That gives you, I guess, your character ... If this program wasn’t here, I would not have been able to teach my kids any part of their culture really, myself, right?
  • Can't Fry A Hurricane - Harma-Mae Smit User submitted story
    I wasn’t really an Oilers' fan this year. It was my grade twelve year — my most important year of school — much more important than hockey.
  • Janelle, 13, on Janelle - Janelle Somerville
    You’ve got the mountains right there. They’re good for hiking, good for skiing. They just give you a lot of opportunity for things to do, a place to go away that’s not too far so it’s easy to only go away for a weekend.
  • Love Conquers All - Lisa Kozak User submitted story
    Never had I been more proud of my son. Or more ashamed of my own ignorance. It may have been the third day of school for them, but I was the one who learned the lesson that day.

Adult/ESL

  • Learning English: 1 2 3 - Xiaodong Gu User submitted story
    Do you know the I-love-you numbers game? Read about Xiaodong and her family's funny encounters with proper English and numbers.
  • Life Journey - Hamid Tookhee User submitted story
    When I was young I had a dream of being a pilot but this dream was not possible because in my country there was lots of fighting. People have been fighting in Afghanistan for over 30 years.
  • Like A Dream Come True - Rose Yoki
    My baby had major health problems, which is how we ended up in Edmonton. The Stollery Children’s Hospital is the only one in Western Canada that does pediatric liver transplants.

International Students

  • A Memorable Journey to Edmonton - Catherine Zhou User submitted story
    Read some entries Catherine wrote in her diary during her stay in Edmonton. She was visiting from Chengdu in China's Sichuan province. Her friends call her Rabbit.
  • From India to Edmonton - Ananda Majumdar User submitted story
    I have been an international student at Grant MacEwan University since 2008, after arriving from Calcutta, India. This was my second trip to Canada, so I was not fearful of coming to Edmonton.
  • Why I Chose Edmonton - Ada Tai User submitted story
    I came to Edmonton as an international student and was always asked the same question, Why did you choose to come to Edmonton?

The Teachers

  • All the Stories Stay Together - Lisa Thang Story has audio
    One of Lisa's favourite memories involves chopstick day, and she was really excited to find out that it still existed when she returned to Kildare to teach.
  • Opera Boot Camp - Kim Mattice-Wanat Story has video
    I’ve always been an educator. If you want it, you can make it happen. Same thing, 11 years ago, when I had the idea to start Opera NUOVA, which came from a collection of things happening around the same time.
  • The Most Unexpected Place - Sherryl Sewepagaham
    One of my students asked me if we could sing it. We were on a field trip, riding on the bus. I said I didn’t think we were ready. It took me a long time to learn the song. Listening, listening. It’s a very long and complex song.
  • Traces: LA, Honolulu & Edmonton - Heather Zwicker
    The truth is the idea for teaching the Edmonton course was seeded in something I did a few years ago.

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