Education in Canada is known for its provincial curriculums. As a matter of fact, each province develops its own education program and students can easily transfer nationally.
The ECIC applies the Alberta Education curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 4. The Alberta Education curriculum is widely recognized and ranks amongst the top educational systems in the world. This internationally recognized diploma permits students’ entry into universities and colleges across the world.
In addition to the evaluation standards, the Alberta curriculum implements strategies to increase students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills by promoting Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) which is a process where students are involved in their learning, formulate questions, investigate widely, and then build new understandings, meanings and knowledge” (Focus on Inquiry, 2004, p.1). IBL is an educational approach that involves administrators, teachers, students, and parents in a culture of inquiry – a component of all Alberta Education curricula.
These Alberta curriculum learning and evaluation strategies resulted in the Alberta students ranking significantly above the Canadian average, knowing that Canada, academically, consistently ranks high in the international student achievement tests in Reading, Math, and science.
For more information regarding the Alberta Curriculum, please visit the Alberta Parent Resource Website, My Child’s Learning. For specific information outlining Alberta Diploma requirements, or other educational guidelines set out by Alberta Education, see the Alberta Guide to Education.