Schools in Lethbridge

Lethbridge is a wonderful place to raise a family.  Every parent wants their children to have a good education.  Lethbridge is home to some of Alberta’s best schools as well as a world-renowned university.  Here is a brief overview of some of the school choices that await you in Lethbridge.

School District #51

School District #51 is Lethbridge’s public school district with over 11,000 students.  It offers a wide selection of programs to meet the needs of our diverse population. The district is comprised of 22 schools that offer curriculum for kindergarten to Grade 12. 


The breakdown of the school’s grade structures are as follows:

  • Elementary - Kindergarten to Grade 5
  • Middle School – Grade 6 to Grade 8.
  • High School – Grade 9 to Grade 12.

The Vision of the Lethbridge School Board is to create innovative thinkers and learners who are successful, confident, respectful and caring. 


The Board’s Mission Statement is:


“Lethbridge School District #51 is inclusive, forward thinking and accountable for engaging students in quality learning experiences that develop strong foundations, innovative minds and responsible citizens.”


West Lethbridge is home to four elementary schools, one middle school and two high schools.  The four elementary schools offer a host of different programs, which include a Spanish bilingual program, French immersion, and a violin program. 


The middle school in West Lethbridge, G.S. Lakie, offers a wide variety of excellent courses and extra-curricular activities for its students.  It prides itself on its partnership with the community of West Lethbridge. 


The high schools in West Lethbridge are Central High (Catholic) and Chinook High.  Chinook High is the newest and largest school in the district.  It is home to approximately 1,000 students and offers a wide selection of course choices.  The most notable are the CTS (Career and Technology Studies) programs. 


These programs are centered around five clusters in 28 occupational areas.  The goal is to link school curriculum to both workplace needs and the ever-changing technology in industry.  The five clusters are:

  1. Business, Administration, Finance and Information Technology (BIT).
  2. Media, Design and Communication Art (MDC).
  3. Health, Recreation and Human Services (HRH).
  4. Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation (TMT).
  5. Natural Resources (NAT).

Private Schools

In addition to the public school sector, Lethbridge is also home to a number of private schools.  Many of the private schools are affiliated with Separate Regional Division 4.  There are two private elementary schools in West Lethbridge as well as one middle school.  There are also other private schools located throughout the city of Lethbridge. 

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College offers more than 50 different career training programs, applied degrees and apprenticeships.  Many of these programs are nationally recognized and accredited. 

Lethbridge Research Centre

The Lethbridge Research and Development Centre was established in 1906, It is one of the largest agricultural research centres in Canada.  It conducts ongoing research around a wide range of agricultural related studies, including:

  • Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock.
  • Cereals.
  • Horticulture.
  • Oils.

The Lethbridge Research Centre works with a host of schools in the community to further the understanding and how to apply new technologies to the agricultural that is an integral part of the Lethbridge economy, its history and culture. 

University of Lethbridge

The University of Lethbridge is home to over 8,500 students and is one of Canada’s top-ranked universities and research institutions.  The university offers over 150 undergraduate degrees as well as 60 graduate programs in 7 Faculties and Schools. 

The University of Lethbridge campus overlooks the Oldman River.  The University first opened its doors in 1967 and since then has become one of the leading research-intensive post-secondary schools in the country.


The University of Lethbridge continues to be one of the top five ranked Canadian Universities by the annual Maclean’s Magazine University Rankings.  It gets especially high rankings for its undergraduate programs, and is ranked first in the percentage of its operating budget devoted to student services. 


This wide selection of schools as well as the post-secondary education choices add another interesting dimension to this enviable southern Alberta city.


Lethbridge is also one of the least expensive cities to buy real estate in Western Canada.  This affordability coupled with great schools and a welcoming small-town atmosphere make it a wonderful place to call home.   


I have lived in Lethbridge for 45 years and enjoy many of the great aspects of the city.  I have been involved in real estate for a number of years, and have been recognized as a top 10 real estate agent by REMAX, the largest selling real estate company in the world. 


I would love to show you some of the exciting, affordable properties that Lethbridge has to offer, and explain why I love living here.  I look forward to speaking with you soon.  

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