The Catholic Board of Education has 9 elementary schools (EEP, K-6) in Fort McMurray and two combined Middle and High Schools (Grades 7 to 12). Each school has a designated attendance area that is approved by the Board of Education in accordance with the Alberta School Act. Student transportation services are only provided to designated schools. Parents are encouraged to register their children to the school that has been designated for their area.
A new Catholic elementary school is under construction in the new Parsons Creek Area and is scheduled to open in September 2017. The Fort McMurray Catholic School District announced in April 2016 that the new school will be called the Elsie Yanik Catholic School to honour the lifelong efforts of the local Metis Elder to advance education and the Catholic faith.
Parents may register their children to a Catholic school in Fort McMurray outside of their boundary (choice school) in accordance with the Choice School policy of the Board. The School Principal has the authority to accept or refuse students from outside their designated area based on space and resource availability.
Before registering in a choice school, parents must understand that will have to arrange their own transportation, as busing is not provided to schools located in the attendance area.
Elementary School Boundaries
Designated school boundaries for students attending the English Program of Studies are as follows:
South of Athabasca River – Modified for School Year 2016-17 due the Fort McMurray Wildfire
(Good Shepherd and Father Beauregard Schools will be closed for the 2016-17 school year – See the change to boundaries below)
Good Shepherd School: Closed for 2016/17
Father Beauregard School: Closed for 2016/17
Father Turcotte School: Downtown / Lower Townsite – For 2016/17: Saprae Creek, Prairie Creek, Gregoire , Beacon Hill & Abasand
(For families that still have undamaged houses in Beacon Hill and Abasand, transportation services will be re-established if and when permanent occupancy is permitted by the RMWB.
NORTH OF ATHABASCA RIVER
St. Paul School: Thickwood including Ross Haven, Silver Springs, Silin Forest. Timberline, Garnet, Cedar Woods, Woodland, Castle Ridge and Hillcrest (ends at Hillary Place)
St. Gabriel School: Thickwood including Thundra North & South, Westview Heights, Westview, Signal Hill, Elmore, Duncan, Hillcrest/Signal Road (east of Hillary Place including Hinge and Hilltop) and Wood Buffalo/Martin Ridge.
Sister Mary Phillips: Dickinsfield, Cornerbrook and Timberlea North of Confereration Millenium Drive to Tower Road (Bear Ridge, Cartier Heights, Cartier Mobile Home Park and Timber Heights)
St. Anne School: Timberlea south of Confederation Way except for Eagle Ridge (Eglert, Ball, Bacon, Beaton, Burn, Brosseau, Burton Estates, Lakewood). Also included for St. Anne is the new Parsons Creek Area (until the new Catholic elementary school opens).
St. Kateri School: Eagle Ridge and area north of Confederation Way for those outside of boundaries of Sister Mary Phillips and St. Martha School (Prospect Point, Stonecreek and Paquette Heights)
St. Martha School: Timberlea North of Confederation, all within one km walking distance (Pine Place, Parson Creek, Pacific Place, Confederation Heights and Morgan Heights). As the designated area of St. Martha is within 1 km, there is no busing provided..
See the Map here for boundaries (in PDF , use zoom to magnify your area on the map)
FRENCH IMMERSION (ELEMENTARY)
St. Paul School: All children from Kindergarten to Grade 6 residing in Fort McMurray (North and South). Busing is provided from all area outside the 1km radius of the school.
Middle School and High School (Grades 7 to 12)
Father Mercredi High School is the designated school for:
English Program of Studies: All students residing south of the Athabasca River, Thickwood and Dickinsfield.
Career Technology Studies (CTS): Students in Grades 10-12 enrolled to an advanced level in a specialized program of studies requiring equipment available only at Father Mercredi High School. This includes students enrolled in the Power Engineering, Engineering, Instrumentation, Electrical or Millwright career pathways or the Mechanics, Fabrication Studies (Welding) or Cosmetology programs at the High School Level (Grades 10 to 12 only).
Holy Trinity High School is the designated school for:
English Program of Studies: All students residing in the Timberlea Area (including the new Parsons Creek sub-division)
French Immersion: All students in Fort McMurray (North and South)
Other Choice Programs
Some Catholic Schools offer specialized programs in specific areas such as Performing Arts at Holy Trinity High School or Sports Academies at Father Mercredi High School. Although students are invited to register for these programs even is only offered in schools outside their attendance area, students cannot be considered eligible for transportation and will not qualify for the reduced eligible transportation rate. In accordance with the Alberta Education Funding Manual, the only exception for attending a school outside of the attendance area are for French Immersion and CTS courses listed above (Welding, Cosmetology, Automobile Mechanics, Electrical & Instrumentation).
Get In Touch
Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Education
9809 Main St.
Fort McMurray, AB, T9H 1T7
Phone: 780-799-5700 Fax: 780-799-5706