Starting February 7, 2019 and ongoing, all schools will be accepting new student registration (ELP applications, Kindergarten – grade 12). We ask that families identify their in-area school boundaries by reviewing the attendance area maps below. To register or to ask questions, please contact your local school; we are happy to help.   

We transport over 2,500 students including students with special needs.

The Board may provide transportation service for resident students in the following categories:

  1. Students within the school district boundaries who reside over 2.4km from their designated school.
  2. Grades K-3 students residing beyond 1.2km from their designated school.\


In order to serve families and students better, we have made a couple changes to our registration process for the 2019/2020 school year.    

All schools (for grade 1-12 students) will send home a Next Year Grade Level and Next Year School Placement form and a Student Demographic Update form for each student. We ask that families watch for these forms, fill them out and promptly return them to the school. The two forms identified above will replace the previous 4 page pre-populated registration form.

  • English students that are currently enrolled at Connaught School will be contacted by the school in their attendance area to go through the registration process.   
  • Current Grade 6 students that are transitioning from elementary to a middle or high school can expect to receive registration documents from their current school. Forms should be completed and returned to current school.
  • Current Grade 9 students that are transitioning from Dr Roy Wilson Learning Centre and Medicine Hat Christian School will receive forms from their current school.  Forms should be completed and returned to current school.

Note: Families may be required to fill out additional forms that are specific to each school. We are happy to help, if families require more information about changes to the registration process please connect with the school (see chart below).     




Alexandra Middle School



Ecole Connaught School



Crescent Heights High School



Crestwood School



Dr. Roy Wilson Learning Centre

ELP, K-9


Dr. Ken Sauer School

ELP, K-6


Elm Street School

ELP, K-6


George Davison School

ELP, K-6


Herald School

ELP, K-6
7-12 Specialized


Medicine Hat High School



Medicine Hat Christian School



River Heights School

ELP, K-6


Ross Glen School

ELP, K-6


Southview Community School

ELP, K-6


Vincent Massey School

ELP, K-6


Webster Niblock School

ELP, K-6


Medicine Hat Outreach School



Central Office



Early Learning Program Applications:
ELP applications will be accepted at any time, contact your local elementary school for more information. 

Our educational practices are shaped by a strong focus to create learning environments that honour the unique individuality of each child and nurture their growth in body, mind and spirit.  Early childhood programs and settings have been designed to include children with assessed developmental delays from three to five years old and play partners from three to four years of age.  Program Unit Funding (PUF) or mild to moderate support is available depending on your child’s assessed level of need. ELP is available in many of our Elementary Schools (see list below). Medicine Hat Public School Division also provides early intervention supports within private pre-schools and child care centres. 
  Early Learning offers the following:
  • Quality, early childhood education that supports healthy child development
  • Certified teachers and educational assistants
  • Low child-to-adult ratios
  • On-going professional development regarding special needs supports
  • Play-based, active learning
  • Integrated art, music, movement and sensory programming
  • Diverse student population
  • Family involvement opportunities
  • Inclusion with school activities
  • Ability to meet individual needs
  • Literacy, numeracy, creativity and social-emotional skill development
  • Involvement with school division and inter-agency supports
    • Services may include:
      • speech language pathologist supports
      • occupational/physical therapist support
      • Behavior and Emotional Support Team
      • transportation subsidy or support
ELP is offered in the morning or the afternoon for children age three and four; kindergarten students who are eligible to attend ELP may attend full time.  


Who can attend ELP?
  • Children with assessed developmental delays from 2.8 to five years’ old who qualify for early intervention through Program Unit Funding as outlined by Alberta Education.
  • Children with assessed developmental delays in the mild/moderate range who are 3.8 to 4.8 years’ old who qualify for early intervention as outlined by Alberta Education.
  • We also reserve five morning and five afternoon spaces for children who reflect typical development and are three or four years old. 
Will my child benefit from an early intervention program?
  • Is your child understood by unfamiliar listeners?
  • Is your child able to remember and follow short instructions?
  • Does your child play well with other children?
  • Is your child usually able to control their anger and behavior?
  • Has your child me most developmental milestones at the “expected” time?
My child was assessed by Alberta Health Services.  How do I ensure the school and division gets this information? 

Alberta Health Services works in close partnership with MHPSD. When a child is assessed through AHS services at the hospital (ie: CHADS or Speech Language and Hearing), if you indicate that you are interested in accessing educational programming, they will forward the report to our Early Learning Coordinator. Likewise, if you indicate on your ELP application that your child has been recently accessed, with your approval, we can request the report from Alberta Health. 

If your child has been previously receiving services through any of our MHPSD schools or community programs, reports will be transferred to any other program within our division.

How much does ELP Cost?

Fees for play partners are $200.00/month, and post-dated cheques are required upon confirmation of placement (not at time of application). School based student fees may be required, depending on student age and level of need.
Please note this is an educational program therefore it is not eligible for subsidy or a childcare deduction on your income tax. 

Is transportation provided for ELP students?

ELP children who qualify for PUF or mild-moderate supports may: 
  1. Access the ELP bus within zoned limits (first come first serve).
  2. If your child is unable to ride the bus, and you live within MHPSD boundaries, you may qualify for a Parent Transportation Contract in which you will receive a maximum of $3.00 for each day you transport your child to ELP.
How often will my child attend ELP?

ELP is designed to be a five day/week program, where three to four year old students can select a morning OR an afternoon program. Full day programming for students age three to four is not an option.

Kindergarten students who attend on alternating days may attend ELP full alternating days if they qualify. If families prefer that their child attends less than four to five days/week, several of the preschools and daycares that we partner with are able to accommodate a part-time program.

How and when will I know if my child is accepted into ELP?

By March 29, 2019 MHPSD will notify you through the email address you have provided regarding placement status.

I am not sure if my child is typically developing. How do I find out if he/she qualifies for early intervention services?

Medicine Hat Public School Division provides an annual Child Development Check-Up.  It will be held on April 11, 2019 at Southview School between 10:00 AM and 7:00PM.  It is free of charge.

Alberta Health Services provides assessment free of charge. Families may self-refer their children for assessment in speech and language occupational therapy, physical therapy and others. 

Speech Language and Hearing
To make an appointment, call 403-528-8175.
Speech Language and Hearing – Website

Children’s Health and Development Services
To make an appointment, call 403-529-8966.
CHADS – Website


How old does my child need to be to register for Kindergarten?

Children must be five years old by February 28, 2020 to register for 2019-2020 Kindergarten programming.  

Please note that there will be a change to the age of entry for the 2020-2021 school year as per the updates to the School Act; in September 2020 children will have to be five by December 31 to attend Kindergarten.  

Can my child attend full-time Kindergarten?

At this time, full-time kindergarten is not an option. If it is determined by the school based team that your Kindergarten child’s needs qualify for full-time programming, he/she may have Kindergarten supplemented by a placement in an ELP program.

Is my child eligible to receive transportation?

Kindergarten children who qualify for PUF or mild-moderate supports may: 
  1. Access the ELP bus within zoned limits (first come first serve).
  2. Access the regular school bus if you live along the bus route.  


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