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Wood Buffalo offers exceptional education opportunities for students all the way from pre-school to college and university. The four public school districts in the Municipality include twenty-four elementary and secondary schools in Fort McMurray and five in the rural areas of Wood Buffalo. Alberta’s educational system is respected and emulated around the world, with teaching to the highest standards in Canada.

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    • The Fort McMurray Public School District is the public school district for students in Fort McMurray. Alternative programs include assisted self-paced studies, French Immersion, and faith-based learning with the Fort McMurray Christian School and the Fort McMurray Islamic School. New to the Public School District is Ecole McTavish Junior High, a facility that is also home to the Edge School Skill Academy for hockey and dance.
    • In the FMPSD you will find 9 elementary schools, 1 Junior High, and 3 High School.
    • The Fort McMurray Catholic School District is the Catholic school district for students in Fort McMurray, offering French Immersion and First Nations, Metis and Inuit language programs in a faith-based learning environment. Recently the district opened Holy Trinity High School, home to Grades 7-12 and the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, a facility designed to host performing arts performances of every variety.
    • In the FMCSD there are 8 elementary schools and 2 high schools.
    • The Northland School Division extends across Northern Alberta and includes the rural area surrounding both the Town of Peace River and Wood Buffalo. There are five schools in this division in the region located in the communities of Fort Chipewyan, Fort MacKay, Anzac, Janvier, and Conklin.
    • The Greater North Central Francophone Education Region is the Northern Alberta school district for French first language education. Wood Buffalo is home to one of the schools in this division, Ecole Boreal.
    • Post-secondary education in Wood Buffalo includes technical/vocational training and university transfer programs. Fort McMurray’s Keyano College is a fully accredited comprehensive college providing post-secondary courses and programs to communities throughout Northern Alberta, with both in-classroom and distance education being offered.
    • While a large number of students are registered in skilled trades and training for employers in the oil sands, Keyano College collaborates with Athabasca University, University of Lethbridge, University of Alberta, University of Calgary and Mount Royal Univeristy to offer academic degrees in many disciplines without leaving Fort McMurray. Keyano is growing its relevance to the oil sands with the $22 million expansion of the Power Engineering Lab and at the same time is planning to continue to play a key role in education for the long-term future and innovations in energy.

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