English Second Language (ESL) is for students who “first” learned to speak, read and/or write a language that is not English.
Students may have recently immigrated to Canada or may have been born in Canada and live in a home where English in not the primary language.
ESL helps students learn English and to better understand Canadian cultural values and customs. It helps them better participate in school learning experiences.
ESL is offered in all our schools from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Families are required to attend an appointment at the school's ESL Reception Centre.
What school should I attend for ESL?
Families are encouraged to attend the Catholic school close to their home. Attending your neighbourhood school will help you and your family connect with other families. That is why we offer ESL to students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 in all of our schools.
ESL students are in a class with students of similar age because research tells us that ESL students are more successful when they learn with their friends and kids their own age.
How do I register my child?
Our schools are publicly funded and welcome children of all faith who desire a Catholic education.
Register your child at your neighbourhood Catholic school. This will help you make connections in your community. For a list of our schools, please visit www.rdcrs.ca/schools/our-schools or check out our school catchment area map.
Bring your birth certificate, report cards and all your current legal documentation from Immigration Canada. If you are Catholic bring your Baptismal certificate.
Once registered, you will receive an appointment time at the ESL Reception Centre where there will be a parent/guardian interview and student language assessment. An interpreter will be available if needed. This information will be shared with the school you registered at.
At the time of registration, the school will make an appointment for you with the ESL Reception Centre. The appointment will be about 1 to 2 hours long. If required, the ESL Reception Centre will arrange, at no cost, for an interpreter to attend your appointment.
Please note that if you are registered at St. Patrick's Community School or École Secondaire Notre Dame High School that your parent interview and student language assessment will take place at the school.
It is very important that you attend your appointment. Your child’s English abilities (oral, written and reading) will be assessed. Family information will also be collected to help develop proper support for your child. This information will be shared with the school you are registered at.
Coming to Canada
Coming to Alberta
- Government of Alberta
- Alberta Education
- Alberta Employment and Immigration
- Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies
- Alberta Immigration
Coming to Red Deer and the Central Alberta Region
- Central Alberta Refugee Effort
- City of Red Deer
- Tourism Red Deer
- Town of Olds (Holy Trinity Catholic School)
- Town of Innisfail (St. Marguerite Bourgeoys School)
- Town of Sylvan Lake (École Our Lady of the Rosary School/ École Mother Teresa School)
- Town of Blackfalds (St. Teresa of Avila School / St. Patrick's Community School)
- Town of Rocky Mountain House (St. Matthew Catholic School / St. Dominic Catholic High School)