So before planning to move to Calgary in mid of April 2017, the first thing we had to decide was which part of the city we should move to. There were two options – either we move closer to my office or move closer to our kid’s school. But actually we didn’t have any choice because it is a requirement in Canada that in order to get your child admitted to a particular school, you have to live within the boundary that school’s designated area. After checking schools’ rating from here, we decided to target two top rated public schools of Calgary.
The first requirement before I could approach any school for my kid’s registration was to have an address proof that was needed to be submitted in the school along-with application. So, after doing a brief home search in both of those schools’ designated areas, we finalized a home on rent in NW (North West) part of Calgary. Though generally home owners prefer at least one year rental agreement, I signed an agreement on a month on month basis first by paying some premium on monthly rent. I did so because I wasn’t sure whether my daughter will get admission in IB curriculum and if not, I had to try other schools. For that I would have had to move to other school’s designated area. Usually the admission process starts during month of January and we were informed by the school that we were already late.
In Canada, the grades 10, 11 and 12 are called high school and grades 7, 8 & 9 are called junior high school. Note that for high schools, the designated area of any school varies based on the curriculum a student selects in that school. For example, if s/he chooses regular curriculum, the designated area of a school would be narrower than those having IB (International Baccalaureate) or AP (Advanced Placement) curriculum. This is so because there are fewer schools that have IB / AP curriculum than those who have regular curriculum. For more info about schools in Alberta province, click here.
IB / AP curriculum are academically rigorous and are advised to be chosen by the children who are academically strong. In general only the students who pass junior high school with good grades and have recommendation letter(s) from their teachers are given admission in IB / AP curriculum in high school.
After about two weeks of follow-up with the school, I finally got the confirmation that my daughter was accepted in IB curriculum. That was the time I decided to go for a longer term rental agreement to bring down the rent I was paying during month on month agreement.
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