Calgary Catholic School District

We are the largest publicly funded Catholic School District in Western Canada. All of our staff strive to uphold the district’s mission: Living and Learning In Our Catholic Faith. The size of the district allows for a large dedicated support team, in addition to our qualified teaching staff, who ensure our International students receive the support required to master the English language.  Our large support team also includes interpreters and qualified staff who can support our International students with their emotional well-being, in addition to supports they receive for their academic success. 


Program Established: 2005

Programs Offered: Full Year (K-12), One Semester (Grades 10-12 only)

Specialized Programs: International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Hockey Canada Skills Academy and Fine Arts

Language(s) of Study: English, French and Spanish

Total number of schools: 117

High schools for international students: 9

Total Students: 58,000

Total International Students: 95

International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12

Nearest Airport: Calgary International Airport

Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta which is located in western Canada. It is nestled in the foothills of Canada’s Rocky Mountains and has many beautiful parks and rivers. The city is known for its friendly western hospitality and is a culturally diverse and thriving metropolis.


Calgary Catholic School District works with Canada Homestay Network (CHN) to place students into excellent host families in the City of Calgary (Grades 7-12).

All of our Host families have had thorough interviews, home inspections, safety checks and reference checks. They are enthusiastic to receive International students and they all speak English in the home.

All of our host family accommodations are located in appealing, and safe neighborhoods that are easily accessible to the school.

All accommodations include, at a minimum:

  • A furnished room with a window
  • A bed with clean linen (sheets, pillow and blankets)
  • Private storage for belongings (chest of drawers or closet)
  • Access to a shared bathroom with your own clean towels
  • A quiet place to study, usually in your own room

Once students are matched with their new Canadian family, supervision and support are provided by CHN staff throughout their stay. Students are supported in schools and have access to homestay support 24/7 in the event of a problem or emergency. While living in Calgary, homestay students become a member of their Calgary family!

Every school in our district offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities in areas such as athletics, fine arts, music and drama. Participation in extracurricular activities can help contribute to the development of self-confidence while allowing students to interact with new people and make new friends with similar interests. This experience is especially important for International students as it allows them to benefit from interacting with their new peers and experience all aspects of Canadian culture.

Entrance Dates: September (K-Gr. 12) and February (Gr. 10-12)

Application Deadlines: Last week of May 31st for a September intake & 2nd week of October 31st for a February intake

Application Fee: $250 non-refundable

Full Year Tuition Fee: $12,750

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $6,500

Mandatory Medical Insurance: $500 (Full year) $350 (1 Semester)

Homestay Services: $11,880 (Full year); $6,630 (1 Semester) – through Canada Homestay Network (CHN). Fees include:

  • Homestay registration
  • Placement
  • Orientation
  • Homestay host allowance
  • Custodianship registration
  • Student monitoring
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Airport pick-up & return
  • 3 meals/day
  • Refundable security deposit

All funds are in Canadian dollars

All fees are subject to change


General Inquiries Email: international@cssd.ab.ca

Website: www.cssd.ab.ca/international-students

Mailing Address: 1000 -5th Ave SW

City: Calgary

Province: Alberta

Postal Code: T2P 4T9

Phone: +1-403-500-2469

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