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    Fort McMurray Public School District

    The Fort McMurray Public School District has more than 300 teachers with a student enrolment of over 5,000. They are assisted by nearly 300 support staff with an operating budget of $67 million.

    The district has eight K-8 elementary-junior high schools, one K-6 and two grade 9-12 junior-senior high schools, as well as Frank Spraggins Alternate School. A new junior-senior high school named Ecole McTavish Junior-Senior High School opened in September of 2011.

    French Immersion is offered from K-8, as well as core courses in high school and French as a second language in grades 4 through 12. The District also offers several programs for students with special needs, for aboriginal students, and for students requiring English as a second language (ELL). Five schools offer the Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP).

    In the 2007-2008 year of study, more than 50 per cent of 393 graduating students continued their education at post-secondary institutions. Also notable are the District's fine arts and athletic programs which are considered to be some of the best in the province.

    For more information about the Fort McMurray Public School District, please visit its website at fmpsdschools.ca.

    Fort McMurray Catholic School District

    Our District serves approximately 6,000 students in 11 schools. Schools offer a wide range of programming geared towards meeting the academic, cultural and spiritual needs of our community. Instruction is primarily in English. French Immersion programs are provided at Ecole St. Paul School French Immersion Centre (K-6), and at Holy Trinity Catholic High School (7-12). A wide range of scientific, technological, sport-oriented, social, cultural, fine arts, spiritual and leadership programs are available at all schools.

    Before and after school programs (out of school care) are provided at six Catholic schools (at Father Turcotte, Sister Mary Phillips, Father Beauregard, Good Shepherd, St Kateri, and St. Gabriel schools).

    The Fort McMurray Catholic School District is the faith-based choice for publicly funded education.

    For more information about the Fort McMurray Catholic School District, please visit its website at www.fmcsd.ab.ca.

    Conseil Scolaire Centre-Nord (Greater North Central Francophone Education Region No.2)

    École Boréal is the only francophone school in Fort McMurray. Boréal is part of the Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord (Greater North Central Francophone Education Region No.2) which is the largest francophone school district in Alberta.

    École Boréal is fully funded by the Alberta Government, offering an excellent academic program from kindergarten to grade 12 as well as:

    • Free bus transportation beyond the 2.4 km walking distance
    • Full-time kindergarten program
    • On-site preschool programs for 3 and 4 years old
    • On-site daycare/after-school care
    • Special needs programming available

    School environment, programming and extra-curricular activities provide students with a solid and dynamic focal point for the French language and francophone culture as an extension of family and community life.

    École Boréal has a joint partnership with Westwood High School and École McTavish Junior High Public School to allow students the opportunity to graduate with a francophone diploma.

    For more information about École Boréal, please visit its website at www.bo.centrenord.ab.ca

    Keyano College

    Keyano College is a comprehensive community college serving the people of Northeastern Alberta. Based in Fort McMurray, the College was originally established as an Alberta Vocational Centre in 1965 to address the local training needs of the rapidly expanding oilsands industry. Since that time, Keyano has grown into a modern college with three campuses and four learning centres serving over 3,000 full-time students annually.

    Quality educational and training opportunities are available through three program divisions:

    Academic and Career Programs, Trades and Heavy Industrial, and Community and Upgrading Education.

    In addition to the full-time students it serves, Keyano College also specializes in workforce development programs for industry and business in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, and serves over 6,000 community members annually through its non-credit courses, workshops and seminars.

    In addition to the oilsands partnerships, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo's fire department and Keyano College have implemented an EMT-A and a paramedic program that will provide qualified graduates for recruitment in our region.

    Click here for more information about Keyano College.

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