A New School for Calgary – NOT Enough!

Issue:

December 16 – A new Catholic school was announced for Calgary. CFCN reported tonight that they could fill that new school right now even though it isn’t yet built! Calgary is expecting ~50,000 new residents in the next few years and 6,000 of those will be students. Apparently we could use 25 new schools in Calgary alone.

Solution?

Check out a publicly accredited private school like the Phoenix Foundation!

Contrary to the myths that some folks persist in perpetuating, privates schools have to fund their own capital for buildings which leaves more for the public system. Supporting your local private school saves the province upwards of $8000 per student per year!

Issue:

In the meantime, Calgary classrooms are brimming with kids. Some of our parents who have transferred from the public system are reporting any where from 24-45 students in classrooms this year. With so little one-on-one attention, parents are scrambling to find tutors so their children didn’t fall behind. They are spending hours every night doing homework with their children. And on top of it all, they worry about bullying with classrooms being so crowded. Does this sound like you?

Solution?

Check out a publicly accredited private school like the Phoenix Foundation! (Sensing a theme here?)

Our classes have between 6-14 students. And just like the new catholic school mentioned on the news, we take everyone plus we don’t charge a tuition! That’s right! We are a community of learners who work together to educate our children.

We might not be fancy but we are …

* Student-centered

* Innovative

* Efficient

* Accountable

* Flexible

* Engaging and more!

Issue:

ENGAGED LEARNERS, ETHICAL CITIZENS with a ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT – these are the broad new goals for our provincial education system. The ATA tells us that by supporting private education, we hurt our public system. This is simply not true!

Solution?

Supporting your local private school is good for public education.

Not only does it help fulfill the the mandates of the new reforms but leaves more in the public coffers for public schools. Did you know private schools and home schools in Alberta serve only 4% of students? In contrast, in BC, a province that is far more union-oriented, 13% of its students are supported through private schools. Surely there is more than enough room in Alberta for all aspect of our education system!

So please be sure to check out a publicly accredited private school like the Phoenix Foundation!

Author: Diana Stinn

Co-Founder of Phoenix

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