Programs and Services

The Prince Albert Catholic School Division has 2700-3000 students in six elementary, one high school, and one associate school.  The Division employs approximately 350 teaching, service and support staff. 

In addition to offering the provincial core curriculum in each of our schools, we offer a Catholic religious education program from Prekindergarten to Grade 12.  We also offer band from Grades 5 – 12, intensive French in Grade 6, and enhanced French in Grades 7, 8 and 9.  At the high school level we offer a number of options, such as:  Practical and Applied Arts, Drama, Communication Production Technology, Cree, Graphic Arts, Music, Wildlife Management, to name a few.

Although the Prince Albert Catholic School Division is large enough to offer such a rich and expanded curricular and extra-curricular program, we are small enough to be able to maintain that sense of “family” in each of our schools and our entire school division.

As a “family” we learn together, have fun together, and support each other.  We strive to build a strong sense of community and fellowship, fuelled by our common faith that makes the atmosphere of our schools welcoming and nurturing.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Prince Albert Catholic School Division operates on funds received from local property taxation and provincial government grants.

It is imperative for Catholic taxpayers to ensure their tax notices indicate that their taxes are being directed to the Separate School Division.  If your taxes are NOT directed to the Catholic School System, contact City Hall to have your taxes designated to our Catholic School System.

If you require information or assistance regarding any aspect of school taxes, please contact our Chief Financial Officer at 953-7500.

Admission Policy 

Catholic schools are intended to serve Catholic students.  In special cases non-Catholic students may be admitted after parent/guardians complete a registration process.  This process begins by contacting the local school principal.

St. Mary High School (Grades 9 to 12) is open to all students.

Religious Instruction 

In our Catholic schools we provide Saskatchewan Ministry approved curricula. In addition all students enrolled in our Catholic schools must take Religion or Christian Ethics and Family Life, and must participate in the liturgical celebrations of the school.

Prekindergarten

A Prekindergarten program is offered to 3 and 4 year old children at:

  • St. John Community School
  • St. Michael Community School
  • W.F.A. Turgeon Catholic Community School
  • École St. Anne School
  • St. Francis School

Kindergarten

All students who are 5 years old before January 1st are welcome to register for Kindergarten beginning in September of that year. 

French Immersion

Students may enrol in French Immersion in Kindergarten or Grade 1.  The goal of this program is to have students become functionally bilingual.  The French Immersion program is available in the following schools:

  • École St. Anne School (K-8)
  • École Holy Cross School (K-8)
  • St. Mary High School (9-12)

Intensive French

Students may enroll in the Intensive French program in Grade 6 and continue in successive grades.  This program is an enrichment of the Core French program and is offered at St. Francis School.

Transportation

Transportation is provided at no cost to parents under the following circumstances:

  • To all Kindergarten students.
  • To French Immersion elementary school students who leave their home school attendance area.
  • To all rural students attending our Catholic Schools.

Subsidized City Bus Transportation is available for students who attend St. Mary High School.

For further information regarding transportation contact our Chief Financial Officer at 953-7500.

Settlement Workers in Schools

The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) program is a partnership between YWCA, Boards of Education and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) with the aim to support the settlement of newcomer students and their families. The project aims to assist families to better understand the education system and provides information and referrals on other aspects of Canadian life. The SWIS worker aims to:
  • establish and maintain contact with newcomer families in order to determine their needs and questions
  • provide settlement services and information to newcomer families about services and resources that enhance the settlement process
  • connect families to resources and services in the schools and community
  • facilitate access to these services and resources where there are barriers due to language
  • promote cultural sensitivity links between school staff and newcomer families
  • YWCA Prince Albert/Settlement Services

Board of Education

Our Catholic Board of Education is elected to serve a four year term.  The board sets all policies for the Division and is ultimately responsible for its operation.

The Board is comprised of 6 urban seats and 1 rural seat. For a list of all present trustees please do not hesitate to contact 953-7500 or check website www.pacsd.ca