The St. Albert Cogito program started in September of 2003. A small committed group of parents were both the impetus and the reason for the program to come to St. Albert. Elmer S. Gish School was chosen as the host site as it had ample space to accommodate the new program. Elmer. S. Gish School is in the St. Albert Public School District.

St. Albert Cogito started with three classes. The classes were a grade 1/2 split, a grade 3/4 split and a grade 5/6 split. The total number of students in all three classes was 53.

In 2007, the first St. Albert Cogito Junior High class was formed at the grade 7 level. Three years later the first St. Albert Cogito grade 9 class graduated from Elmer S. Gish School.

Currently, there are over 300 students actively enjoying and participating in the St. Albert Cogito learning experience. This now spans from kindergarten through to grade 9. With a strong foundation, dedicated stakeholders and a committed school district, the future is bright for the St. Albert Cogito Program

Focused on Academic

  • Offers an expanded curriculum in structured classrooms. Students develop effective work habits, accuracy, confidence and pride. They achieve high levels of academic success.
  • Emphasis is placed on mental and written math skills, history, geography, grammar and penmanship.
  • Early literacy is supported by direct teaching of phonics, beginning in Kindergarten.
  • Classical and modern literature expands student learning and provides excellent models for their writing.
  • French as a Second Language instruction begins in Grade 1.
  • Teacher-directed instruction to the whole group is emphasized.
  • Regular homework is assigned at all levels to provide consistent practice with skills and concepts.
  • Memory skills and confidence are developed in preparing for recitations and presentations.
  • Parents are expected to support and be involved with their child’s learning.
  • Student uniforms reflect the structure of the program and foster a “dress for success” attitude.


Uniform Guidlines

Uniform Swap
parent brings items they want to swap to the check-in table with the volunteers,
-they go to the available inventory tables and choose items they wish to take in exchange,
-they go back to the check-in table and a volunteer confirms that the swap is reasonable.  (Value for value – you can’t swap a shirt for a tunic – $20 retail for $80 retail)
-if they don’t find anything, they keep their items until the next swap.  
The items that are brought to the swap are not added to inventory until the parent has found an acceptable swap. 

Link to St Albert Public Schools Cogito Information Page
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