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Sports Alternative

Program Description

Sports Alternative programming enables student athletes to participate in rigorous sports training routines while remaining on track with their academic goals.


  • Develop academic skills with a flexible schedule that  allows for sport-specific training


  • Improved technique and enhanced knowledge of the chosen sport or recreational activity
  • Preparation for advanced training or competition
  • Improved time management and organizational skills

Program delivery

  • Academic classes scheduled for part of the day or week with sports training scheduled for the remainder of the day or week
  • Athletic and sport training by certified coaches
  • Access to on-site and community training facilities
  • Shadow Days to provide prospective students with a first-hand experience in the program

Sports training partners

The Division provides academic instruction and partner organizations provide sports training at a cost to parents. Current partnerships with Vimy Ridge Academy and Donnan schools include:


Students enrolled in Sports Alternative pay additional fees to cover extra costs such as equipment, transportation and facility rentals. Contact a school offering Sports Alternative for more information.


To be eligible, students must:

  • be in Grades 3 - 12
  • have sports experience, or be involved in sports training or competitions.

For more information about eligibility, contact a school offering Sports Alternative.

Alberta curriculum

All Edmonton Public Schools programming is based on curriculum determined by Alberta Education. Students enrolled in Sports Alternative will receive the same high-quality education offered in all of our programs.


  • Grade 3 to Grade 6 - Some yellow busing options are available.
  • Grade 7 to 12 - Edmonton Transit is the preferred method of transportation.

For more information about busing, contact a school offering the program or call Student Transportation at 780-429-8585. 


Elementary 2024–25

Junior High 2024–25

Senior High 2024–25