FAQ About GCA
While our campus is currently closed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our admissions process is still open. We continue to offer a strong, Christian education to our students via our online Distance Learning Program. For more details, please visit our Distance Learning Program page.
Do you teach the Alberta Curriculum?
We not only fulfill the requirements set out in the Alberta Curriculum, but we surpass these guidelines in all subjects and grades.
Who should apply to GCA
GCA is a Christian private school. Our entire curriculum is infused with a Biblical perspective, even in the core subjects. Our staff are all committed Christ followers. While we have a small percentage of families that do not attend church, the majority of our population regularly attend church. This is valuable because we require parents to commit to teaching and supporting the same Biblical teaching that we are providing at school.
What is the method of teaching?
We are a traditional model school in that there is some student-led learning but not before the teacher has provided instruction on concepts and core subject material.
Is there help for students who need extra support?
We do have Learning Resource Assistants to help students who are in need of extra support. Unfortunately, ou rprogram is currently not designed to accomodate students with special needs or learning challenges.
Do you wear uniforms?
Yes, for the majority of the school year, with the exception of designated Dress Down Days. We have both "official" and "casual" uniform pieces. Our uniform provider is Top Marks.
How much does it cost?
Please visit our Cost Schedule page for a more detailed breakdown of costs.
Do you offer financial assistance?
For families new to GCA, there is an opportunity to apply for subsidized funding through an organization called the Prosser Foundation.
How many students are in a class?
In order to best serve our students, we keep our class sizes to 20 for Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten (10:1 student/teacher ratio), 20 for Grades 1-3, and 25 for Grades 4-9. Under extenuating circumstances, principals reserve the right to expand a class.
Do you offer bussing as an option?
Yes, we offer bussing in the following areas: Bridlewood, Evergreen, Millrise, Shawnee, Shawnessy, Silverado, Somerset, Sundance (zone one) and Auburn Bay, Chaparral, Mountain Park, and Woodbine (zone two). Bussing costs are available on our Cost Schedule page.
Are your teachers certified?
Yes, all of our teachers are certified by the Alberta Government.
Why should I apply to GCA?
Those that apply to Glenmore Christian Academy are looking for an educational program where their child will be taught how to become a life-long learner, be encouraged to grow in their faith as they learn about Jesus Christ and be given opportunities to put that faith into practice. If this type of program speaks to you as a parent, then you should visit the school to see if GCA is a good fit for your family.
When can we apply?
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis during the school year and the summer.
Do you offer tours?
Yes! We encourage families to come in and see the school for themselves. Tours are available by appointment on Fridays at 1:00 pm during the school year. We also hold Information Evenings during the school year. To book a tour, or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the application process?
Please visit our Application Process page for full details on applying to GCA.
Is acceptance on a "first come, first serve" basis?
Our priority is to keep families together so to that end, siblings have first priority on any vacancies. As we are a ministry of First Alliance Church, any families that are members and/or attend FAC on a regular basis are also placed in a priority position. We also consider alumni and other Alliance church members as priority. All new families must go through the interview process before an offer of acceptance is made.
Is your school calendar aligned with the public school system?
While we follow the same national holidays as the public school system, GCA has different timing for Spring Break and PD Days.