About Us

Message from the Superintendent


I am pleased to extend an invitation to students who may be considering an International experience in Canada. Lethbridge School Division offers a full range of academic, fine arts, athletic, language and vocational programs for its students. The relationship between the School Division and the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College is exceptional, and provides a natural link for students who may choose to continue post secondary education in Canada.

We are proud of the support we receive from our parents and our community, both of whom recognize the School Division as progressive and one that provides an engaging educational experience for all students in a safe and caring atmosphere.

Lethbridge is the centre of economic and tourism activity in south west Alberta. The proximity to the Rocky Mountains, the city of Calgary and the Canada / United States border makes Lethbridge an ideal location for visitors to Canada to experience the wide range of opportunities that North America has to offer. We are proud of the diversity in our community and in our School Division, and I am confident that every student who chooses to attend one of our Division schools would leave with a lifetime of memories and life long friends.

Cheryl Gilmore 

Our Division

Lethbridge School Division offers a full range of programming to over 12,000 students in 24 schools.

The grade structure in our schools is:

  • Elementary Schools:  Kindergarten and Grades 1 - 5
  • Middle Schools: Grades 6 - 8
  • High Schools: Grades 9 -12

Students have a variety of programming choices that include core studies in:

  • English Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and General Science)
  • Mathematics

In addition, students may select from a large number of complementary courses including:

  • Arts Academy (Art, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music)
  • Career and Technology Studies (Design Studies, Communication Technologies, Financial Management, Legal Studies, Construction Technologies, Food studies, Fashion Studies, Information Processing, Cosmetology, Automotives, Auto body, Multimedia)
  • Physical Education, Sports Administration, Fitness, Yoga, Sports Medicine

Up to date technologies are available for use by teachers and students in all of our classrooms.  There are several unique programs available in our schools including:

We have a close working relationship with post secondary institutions including the University of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge College.

Our Schools

Most international students are enrolled in one of our four main high schools.  All four schools offer similar programming, with a few exceptions high-lighted below.  Detailed information is available on each school website.

All schools have:

  • strong academic programs
  • extensive co-curricular programs
  • student advisor programs
  • cafeteria services
  • library/learning commons
  • gymnasium
  • counseling services
  • student council activities

All schools are:

  • on city bus routes
  • close to city recreation areas (could include: sports fields, ice arenas, swimming pools)

Chinook High School

Population: 1000
Location: West side of Lethbridge
Special features: Advanced Placement Program, Dance Program, ESL Program

Immanuel Christian High School

Population: 244
Location: Central
Special features: Faith-based Alternative Program, serves Grades 7-12, Application is Separate to This Program 

Lethbridge Collegiate Institute

Population: 900+
Location: South side of Lethbridge
Special features: Advanced Placement Program, Dance Academy and Arts Academy, French Immersion Program, Independent Learning Centre, ESL Program

Winston Churchill High School

Population: 900+
Location: North side of Lethbridge
Special features: International Baccalaureate Program, ESL Program

Our Location


The City of Lethbridge is a vibrant community with much to offer for our visiting international students.  With a population just over 100 000,  Lethbridge is large enough to provide all major amenities and recreational facilities, and yet small enough for easy access by city bus.  We have a safe and caring community with diverse cultural backgrounds.  Important additional information about our city is available at:

Within our city we have two major post secondary institutions including the University of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge College.  International students who attend Lethbridge high schools would be well prepared for acceptance into our post secondary schools.

Lethbridge is the economic hub of south western Alberta.  The city is within easy driving distance to many popular destinations.  In under two hours you can be skiing, hiking or fishing in the majestic Rocky Mountains!  We are also close to the City of Calgary (to our north) and to the United States border (to our south).


Alberta is one of ten provinces and three territories that make up the country of Canada.  There is great diversity in the regional landscapes within Alberta including the majestic Rocky Mountains, vast open prairie, much farmland and large forested areas.  Alberta's major industries include energy, forestry, food production, electronics and telecommunications, tourism and manufacturing.  There are many recreational opportunities in Alberta including both indoor and outdoor activities.  Many people enjoy camping, skiing, fishing and boating.  Winter sports and summer sports are popular, as well as many cultural and artistic events.