Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Do you have to be Catholic to attend Clear Water Academy?

Clear Water Academy has an open admission policy and welcomes families of all faiths. Students experience an immersive Catholic education and formation, including daily prayer, weekly Masses, access to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and religion classes. 



Q: Do you offer a lunch program?

Balanced meals are available for purchase through several suppliers on the Health Hunger online platform Monday through Thursday for Kindergarten-Grade 12 students. Lunch purchases are currently on hold due to current Alberta Health Services COVID guidelines. We will notify all parents of any changes in our regular COVID-19 updates.



Q: When are decisions made about admittance?

The administration faculty reviews all applications and assessments within three weeks of submission. We begin making enrollment decisions for the next academic year in late November.



Q: Do you offer a bus service?

One bus route serves the northwest and westside communities of Calgary. The route runs from Nosehill Dr. and includes the Wentworth, Aspen, and Signal Hill neighbourhoods. As the school community grows, we intend to implement a route from Cranston, Mahogany, and Shawnessy. At this time, the school's bus program is temporarily on hold due to current Alberta Services COVID guidelines.



Q: Do you offer tuition payment plans?

Tuition is due in full on June 1st of the prior academic year. We offer a 12-month payment plan starting on this due date, with an additional 2% financing cost.



Q: Is tuition eligible for a charitable donation receipt?

As a faith-based private school, we provide a charitable tax receipt for the religious portion of the tuition fees for Kindergarten through Grade 12. Junior Kindergarten fees qualify as child care expenses if both parents work outside the home. The donation receipt has historically been around 60% of the tuition paid.



Q: Do students wear uniforms?

Yes! Our uniform contributes to the unity of our school community. Read more about the most recent uniform requirements here.


Q: Do you offer before and after school care?

Yes. Child care is available from 7:30 am to 8:30 am before school, and students can enroll in our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) program after school.

Q: What extra-curricular activities are offered? 

The Jr. Crusaders Athletic Program builds skills in Basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf, and badminton from Grades Four to Six. Participation in Athletics promote Christian virtues such as charity, obedience, patience, and fortitude.



Q: When is gender separate instruction delivered? 

The majority of instruction is delivered in gender separate classrooms from Grades 4-9. Clear Water Academy introduced girls and boys classes in 2003 to reflect a growing body of research showing that boys and girls see, hear, and react to the world around them in very different ways. Starting in Grade 4, faculty and students are empowered to succeed in the curriculum within a single-gender environment. Girls and boys benefit from instruction tailored to their learning styles and development supported through evidence-based research. 

Q: What extra-curricular activities are offered? 

In addition to excellent academics, our high school programs includes options to participate in athletics, fine arts, leadership and service opportunities. debate and Student Council. High school Mission and pilgrimage trips.

Q: What is included in the University Preparatory Program

One hundred percent of our Graduating Class receives offers for their first choice of university. Starting in Grade 10, faculty supports students with course selection to enrich their academic profile. Clear Water Academy offers the top academic courses (dash "1" stream) with Advanced Placement (AP) courses available in Calculus 35 AP (AP Exam) and English 35 AP (AP Exam). Advanced Placement courses are first year university curriculum taught in high school. An AP course involves one universal exam that is administered world-ride in the month of May each year. The AP exam is marked on a 1 to 5 scale, with 1 being no recommendation and 5 being extremely well qualified.