How is Thrive different?
As a public charter school, Thrive is a lot like other public schools. There is no tuition, and our teachers are all certified to teach in Alberta. But we are different too. Our “charter” is a unique plan that outlines what our special mission is all about.
Every child has a right to an education. Thrive School exists to make the system more equitable. We believe every child deserves every chance. That is why our charter is all about eliminating the opportunity gap for disadvantaged students.
Is your child eligible to attend Thrive?
To meet our charter requirements, students and their families must meet these criteria:
1. Live in the neighbourhoods around our school.
We call this the “Thrive Zone.” View the map.
2. Have a low family income.
Thrive uses Statistics Canada;'s Low Income Measure - After Tax (LIM-AT) plus 15 percent to determine eligibility. Your combined household income must be below this threshold for your child to be eligible to attend Thrive.
Thrive recognizes that every family circumstance is different. If you want to register your child but have income that falls somewhat outside the guideline, please call us at (780) 446-2235 to discuss your situation.
|Thrive School Combined Household Income Thresholds for 2023 - 2024|
|8+ person household||$86,424|
3. Be dedicated!
Students and their families need to be curious about STEM (like coding and robotics) and be ready to strive for academic excellence. Families agree to be an active partner in student learning.
Steps to register
If you meet the criteria above, follow these steps to register your child for the 2023-2024 school year:
Fill out the registration form. Make sure you upload all of the necessary documents. We cannot process incomplete registrations.Register now
Not sure if your child is eligible? Have questions about the documents you need? New to Canada? Need help completing the registration form? Whatever you need, we are here to help! Visit our Contact page to find out how to call, text or email us.
What happens next
Registration for 2023-2024 is now open.
If we receive more registrations than we have space for, we will hold a random draw (also called a lottery). Only complete registrations will be considered.
Space is limited so please don't delay.
If your child is selected, you will have one week to accept the offer. If we do not hear from you, the spot will be offered to the next student on the waitlist.
Students who are not selected in the lottery will be placed on a waitlist by grade.
Thrive will contact you to confirm your registration has been received and collect any missing information.
Every child. Every chance.
Register your child for Thrive and open up a whole new world of opportunities.Register now
When and where is Thrive Elementary School opening?
Thrive School is located at 10735 McQueen Rd. in Edmonton. The school is scheduled to open in September 2023 for kindergarten through grade 6. In the future, Thrive hopes to expand to junior high.
Who can attend Thrive?
Our mission is to close the opportunity gap for students from a low socioeconomic status background who live in central west Edmonton. For more specific information on eligibility, see our Registration page.
Is Thrive really free?
Families pay nothing for their child to attend Thrive. No tuition, no school fees, no extra costs. Everything is included in the program, including yellow bus service to and from school, extracurricular activities and meals.
What is a public charter school?
Public charter schools in Alberta are autonomous non-profit public schools that offer unique programming to improve student learning and contribute to educational choice. Public charter schools follow Alberta's programs of study and employ certificated teachers. They cannot charge tuition and may not be affiliated with a religious faith or denomination. The public charter school board is accountable to the students, parents, community and the Minister of Education and ensures compliance with the Education Act and all regulations set out by the Education Act. The Minister ensures that the public charter school is operated in accordance with its approved charter, and that it achieves the outcomes outlined in the charter and as required by provincial legislation, regulation and policies, as well as to uphold its fiduciary responsibilities. There are currently 19 public charter schools approved in Alberta. Additional information can be found through Alberta Education and The Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools.
Does Thrive teach the Alberta curriculum?
Yes, we follow the Alberta programs of study and also enhance the core curriculum with an enriched STEM learning program that brings science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life through hands-on exploration and real-world problem-solving.