Connect Charter School

Outdoor Education. Citizenship. Technology. Inquiry.

Field Experience Centre

Field Experience Centre

Outdoor Learning Campus in Kananaskis
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Apple Distinguished School 

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Innovative learning through technology
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Our Charter

Our Charter

Outdoor Education. Citizenship. Technology. Inquiry.
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What is a Charter School?

What is a Charter School?

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Welcome from the Principal
Welcome to Connect Charter School. Our established, non-tuition program combines outdoor education, technology and inquiry based learning to support students in becoming extraordinary citizens. We learn to care for each other, to care for ourselves and to care for our place. We instill the confidence and capacities for students to be life-long and engaged learners who think critically and globally about how to reach solutions and solve problems in meaningful ways. Inquiry lives here and our dedicated teachers develop programming that is research informed. We strive to be innovative and to be leaders in education.

Learning at Connect is vibrant and dynamic; you can hear, see and feel the enthusiasm as soon as you walk through the hallways of our school. Our alumni return to see our staff and speak to the long lasting friendships they’ve developed, the memories from their overnight excursions, and the solid foundations the program provided them to be successful learners and engaged citizens. Our track record proves that teaching and learning through a disposition of inquiry, supported by the integration of technology and outdoor education, leads to strong academic success and wellbeing. We live up to our motto “It’s Never Just an Ordinary Day.”
Shannon Bennett
Principal
  • Susana (Parent)

    "The care that the teaching staff has taken with bringing Emily into the school and having her feel a part of the community was really impressive to us"

    Susana (Parent)
  • Grade 8 Students

    Hear from students like Lauren in Grade 8 who talk to our Superintendent about their time at Connect.

    Grade 8 Students
  • Alixe (Parent)

    "I love everything about Connect - the staff, the outdoor ed, the technology... It appeals to all levels of learning"

    Alixe (Parent)
    Meet our Superintendent
    Chris Gilmour joined Connect Charter School (CCS) in the summer of 2018 as the Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer and is the 5th Superintendent at Connect since opening in 1999.

    Prior to arriving at CCS, Chris was the Superintendent of Schools with the Beaufort Delta Education Council in Inuvik, NT. Chris worked in this board for 16 years in a variety of roles including as a teacher, school administrator, board consultant, Supervisor of Schools and finally as the Superintendent. As superintendent, Chris designed and implemented school improvement plans that resulted in improved student achievement. He worked collaboratively with local indigenous organizations and leaders to design the remote synchronous online learning platform that, for the first time, provided smaller, remote communities, with access to 10-1, 20-1 and 30-1 (high school) level courses. The success of the program resulted in an expansion throughout the entire Northwest Territories, with the headquarters remaining in Inuvik.

    Chris is passionate about the programming and opportunities Connect Charter School offers. He believes the acquisition of the Field Experience Center at Sibbald Lake, combined with the innovative institutional mindset at the school makes the Connect difference.

    Chris holds a B.A. from Mount Allison University, a B.Ed from Acadia University, a M. Ed in Critical Studies from the University of New Brunswick and a M.Ed in Information Technology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. His wife, Tara, works in the education department at Mount Royal University. Chris and Tara live in the southwest region of Calgary with their three daughters Lexi (12), Karis (13) and Olivia(15) and two cats.
    Chris Gilmour
    Superintendent