About Our School
Clear Water Academy opened its doors in 1995, with 2 teachers and 24 students. Our founders took a bold step in faith to provide a premier Catholic educational institution and community in Canada. A place where families who shared a desire for a Christ centered education could become a community and where future generations would be well prepared morally, ethically, and spiritually. They created Clear Water Academy, a school where students would receive a balanced spiritual and educational foundation. They implemented the model of Integral Formation®, as a means to ensuring that every child received a personalized education aimed at forming their character, intellect, faith and desire to serve others. Today, Clear Water Academy is home to nearly 450 students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12, and over 75 staff members (role models). Clear Water Academy teaches, educates and forms students so that they will become the leaders necessary to change society.
Semper Altius - Always Higher is Clear Water Academy's motto. Whether it is helping a classmate with difficult math homework, taking on a leadership role in a school club, or participating in the dozens of athletic teams or service projects that take us into local neighborhoods and around the world, Semper Altius is a way of life.
"We easily and unanimously picked the name Clear Water Academy. The image of clear, fresh water, something so vital to human life, seemed perfectly appropriate for our dream: a clean, nourishing, vibrant school. A place where students would receive what they need to live the way God wanted them to. They would be loved, understood, challenged, motivated and guided so that each of them individually could become all that God wanted them to be."
The Clear Water Academy crest was established to symbolize the ideals to which our school is dedicated. The banner displays our school motto “Semper Altius” which means Always Higher! This implies a constant pursuit of higher Christian ideals in our academics, spiritual lives, character, and service to the Church. This banner over the crest is a symbol of the guiding presence of Mary, the Mother of Christ, our faith model.
The mountain range represents the lifelong journey of our students to reach the summit of perfection by leading authentic Christian lives. The clear sky represents the purity of the soul while the stars in the sky are the Christ-like virtues that we reach for in our climb.
The armour represents the virtues of the apostle: fighting spirit and holy zeal to bring Christ to others. The armour is forged with tenacity, discipline, and order. The soldier wearing this armour is armed with mercy, charity, and truth.
The book and torch stand for education and the formation of the human intellect, enlightened by the torch of a strong faith. When united, they represent the wisdom that today’s leaders can use to change the world.
The wild rose represents the floral symbol of Alberta.
The Maple Leaf, in the centre of our crest reminds us that as Canadians, we promote the image of a just society, a peace-loving nation that is able to defend and protect its democratic rights and the rights of others.