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Education is the basis of an advanced, progressive society. Alberta’s education system is multi-tiered and places a continuing emphasis on innovation.

Alberta’s elementary and secondary school system dates back to the days before Alberta became a province. Since its beginnings, the basic principles behind Alberta’s school system have remained the same: free, compulsory, and universal.

Having a variety of choices in education is important so that each student can attend a school that best fits his or her needs. Besides public schools, which the majority of students attend, Alberta’s educational system includes separate and private schools.

Post-secondary institutions in Alberta are at the forefront of innovation, whether it is in research, science and technology, or simply their approach to education. The post-secondary system also plays an important part of Alberta’s economic and social well-being. Alberta is home to some of the country’s finest and most innovative universities, colleges and technical schools.

Every single person growing up in Alberta must attend school. Education has an impact on everyone, so it is unsurprising that controversy and issues arise from time to time. The amount of government funding to public schools and the painful legacy of the residential school system are two important issues explored here.

The Faculté St. Jean is a significant educational institution in Alberta, and a landmark to Francophone heritage. Find out more about this school and about the history of the Francophone community in Alberta at the Alberta's Francophone Heritage website.

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