All Northern Lights elementary schools offer a full-day Kindergarten program five days a week.

We enhance the provincially-mandated half-day Kindergarten curriculum with a Kindergarten Extension program based on Flight: Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Curriculum Framework to provide students with a full-day Kindergarten experience.

The Kindergarten curriculum is taught by a certified teacher and follows Alberta Education’s Program of Studies. The Kindergarten Extension program is provided by our Extension Educational Assistants (EA’s).

How the time spent in each part of the program is divided up during the day may look slightly different at each school. For example, at some schools students may spend the morning focusing on the Kindergarten curriculum with their teacher, and the afternoon on the Flight curriculum with their Extension EA. At other schools, the teacher and EA may alternate throughout the day. Each school will share what the schedule looks like with parents prior to school starting in September.

When is my child eligible for Kindergarten?

The age of entry is 5 years of age by December 31 of the school year you are enrolling in. So to start Kindergarten in September 2022, students will need to be 5 years of age by December 31, 2022. The age of entry is the same for all school divisions throughout Alberta.

Want to confirm when your child is eligible to start Kindergarten? Enter your child's date of birth in our Kindergarten eligibility calculator below:

Your child may begin kindergarten in September of

2022-2023 Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2022-2023 school year will open on April 1!

Parents of our existing Care to Learn Preschool students will be sent an email informing them that a form has been assigned to them in School Engage. Please follow the instructions for Care To Learn Preschool students below.

If your child is not currently enrolled in our preschool program, please follow the instructions for new Kindergarten students below.

  • Note: Please ensure you are filling out the form for the correct year. We often have registration for the current year running at the same time as registration for the upcoming school year. If you fill out the form for the incorrect year, you will be asked to log back in and fill out the correct form.

Open House Information

Our elementary schools will host Open House events on Friday, May 13 to provide families with an opportunity to visit our schools, get more information and ask questions about our Little Lights, Care to Learn Preschool, and Kindergarten programs.

Here is what is happening at each location (information will be added as details are confirmed for each school):

School Time Details

Ardmore School
K-8, Preschool

May 13 - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Explore our classrooms, meet the teachers and learn about our school.

Art Smith Aviation Academy
(4 Wing Cold Lake)
K-8, French Immersion

May 12 - 6:30-7:30 p.m.

May 13 - call 780-594-1404 to book an appointment

Meet our Kindergarten staff and learn about the programming available for K-8 students, including French Immersion!

Caslan School

May 13 - 9 a.m. - 3 pm. by appointment only Learn about our program, meet the teacher, tour the classroom and school!

Cold Lake Elementary
#803 - 16 Avenue
Cold Lake North
K-3, Preschool

May 12 - 6-7 p.m.

May 13 - 9-11 .m. and 12-2 p.m.

May 12 - Parent night with Q&A

May 13 - meet teachers, tour classrooms and learn about our programs

Duclos School 
4801 - 52 Avenue
K-4, Full-Day and Half-Day Preschool

May 12 - 6:30-7:30 p.m.

May 13 - 10-11 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.

May 12 - Kindergarten Cafe

May 13 - Explore our early learning programs, meet the teachers and tour the classrooms and school!

Ecole Plamondon School
K-12, Russian Language Program, Full-Day and Half-Day Preschool

May 13 - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 12:30 - 3 p.m. Come out to meet our teachers, see your classroom and have the chance to show off your talent at our learning stations.

Glendon School
K-12, Preschool

May 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Meet the teachers, see your classroom and ask any questions you may have.

Iron River School
K-8, Preschool

May 13, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. A rural community school with grades from PreK to Grade 8. We would love for you to join our school family.

Kikino School

9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. With a focus on high-quality, culturally- specific, and well-supported Early Learning programs and services, our programming is designed for, and with, Indigenous families and our community.

Learning Together Anywhere School
K-9, Online Learning

May 13, 1 - 3 p.m. Interactive online presentation. A teacher will discuss what to expect in an LTA classroom and there will be a Q&A. Contact the school for a link.

North Star Elementary 
5520 - 50 Avenue
Cold Lake South
K-5, Preschool

May 12 - 6-7 p.m.

May 13 - 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

May 13 - Booked Screenings 1-3 p.m. (book an appointment online)

May 12 - Parent Information Night

May 13 - children can meet teachers, tour classrooms and learn about our programs

Vera M. Welsh Elementary 
9912 - 103 Street
Lac La Biche
K-3, Preschool

May 12 - 4-7 p.m.

May 13 - 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Meet teachers, play games and learn about our school.

Wandering River School
K-6, Preschool

May 13, call the school at 780-771-3939 to make an appointment Tour the school, meet the staff and complete activities in our classroom!


Important Dates

April 1 Registration opens for the 2022-2023 school year
May 13 All NLPS elementary schools will host open house events
August 23 Schools re-open - Registrations received over the summer break are processed
September  School starts with introductory meetings and then staggered entry. Exact dates will be shared with families closer to the start of the new school year.


Birth Certificates

Your child’s proof of age and legal name and proof of your address are required to register your child in Kindergarten.

For proof of age and legal name, we require a birth certificate, passport or citizenship document. If you do not have a birth certificate and your child was born in Alberta, you can download a form HERE, fill it out and take it to the local registries office to order one.

You must provide an Alberta address to register for school and that address must be located within the boundaries served by the school you are attending. If you do not have an Alberta mailing address, you may be asked to provide a utility bill, rental agreement or other similar document as proof that you reside in Alberta. 

If we do not receive this documentation, we may not receive funding from Alberta Education for your child. The online registration form will allow you to upload a picture or scan of your child's birth certificate, passport or citizenship documentation. If you experience difficulty in uploading the documentation, please bring it into your school and our administrative assistants will be happy to scan it and add it to your registration information.

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