Edelweiss Preparatory School

Our History

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With an impressive history spanning 30 years, Edelweiss Preparatory School has stayed true to its original mission to support and encourage a child’s lively intellect; promote independence and self confidence; foster social competency and inspire a love of learning. Children enjoy a positive and nurturing environment where they are encouraged to try new things, think original thoughts, share of themselves and get along with others.

Where did the name “Edelweiss” come from? Well, “edelweiss” is a small white flower that grows high in the Alps and it is said that if a man really loves a woman, he will go higher up the mountain to get the edelweiss flower - going the “extra mile” for love. That’s part of our philosophy at Edelweiss - to go the “extra mile” for the love of all the children. In the 1950’s this flower became famous all over the world as synonym for Austria with the song Edelweiss from the Sound of Music Musical. Edelweiss is our school song.

  • We began as Edelweiss Educational Preschool in 1988 with 12 students from the Cambrian Heights community. The school has grown considerably since then and offers 10 different classes to Preschool, Jr Kindergarten and Kindergarten students.We now have an enrollment of 154 students attending at various times and days.
  • In January 1995, we changed our name to Edelweiss Preparatory School to reflect the addition of Kindergarten and the further enrichment of our program. The Edelweiss program was designed to meet the learning needs of average and above average children.
  • We are licensed with Alberta Children’s Services.
  • We have always operated in the Cambrian Heights community building since we began in 1987 and continue to operate Preschool, Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten there
  • We were featured on CFCN news in a feature on the uniqueness of our school in 1995.
  • In 1999, we added a Cultural Awareness program to our Kindergarten curriculum. An article in the Mirror was written about this special program.
  • In 2003, we added a Spanish program for our students.
  • In 2003 we began an Elementary school and our Kindergarten and Grade 1-4 programs were located at 599 Northmount Drive N.W. Our Grade 3 Provincial Achievement tests from June 2006 placed us 2nd for Math and 3rd for Language Arts for the Standard of Excellence category for Accredited Private Schools in Calgary.
  • Due to a problem with our Elementary School lease, and not being able to find another suitably zoned location for our Elementary School in NW Calgary, we closed the elementary school in June 2007.
  • We continue to operate at 600 Northmount Drive NW (our original location).
  • From 2007 through 2013 we were awarded annually “BEST PRESCHOOL” from Calgary’s Child Parent’s Choice Awards.
  • In June 2012 after offering Kindergarten for 17 years, we ended the Kindergarten program and now offer a 5 Day AM or PM Jr Kindergarten program for 4 and 5 year olds in it’s place. The was in an effort to meet parent’s choices.
  • In 2015 we began to operate Kindergarten again as a split JK/K class in the AM or PM.
  • From 2015 trhough 2019 we were awarded annually “HONORABLE MENTION” from Calgary’s Child Parent’s Choice Awards. Search Description