Education / Schools

Elementary / High Schools

Boyle School

Aspen View Public Schools is the school division – operating under the direction of the Government of Alberta Department of Education – that provides all elementary and high school education services for most communities in the region encompassed by the Alberta Energy Corridor. For communities in the Wandering River area, it is the Northern Lights School Division and for the Wabasca area, it is the Northland School Division.


Whispering Hills Primary School
Grades: K to 3

Landing Trail Intermediate School
Grades: 4 to 7

Edwin Parr Composite School
Grades: 8 to 12

Aspen View Virtual School
Grades 10 to 12

Athabasca Colony School
Grades: K to 9


Boyle School
Grades K to 12


Grassland School
Grades: K to 12


St. Theresa School
Grades: K to 5

Mistassiniy School
Grades: 6 to 12

Wandering River

Wandering River School
Grades: ECS to 8


Athabasca University

Athabasca University

Athabasca University is Canada’s leading distance-education and online university, serving close to 40,000 students annually. Approximately 265,000 students have registered in the university’s individualized courses and programs since the institution was created in 1970 by the Government of Alberta.

Athabasca University offers full bachelor degree programs and university transfer courses in the natural and pure sciences, humanities, social sciences, interdisciplinary studies, administrative studies, commerce, nursing and allied professional fields. At the graduate level, the university offers degree programs in distance education, health studies and business administration. Athabasca University’s programs are predominantly available through individualized study. Course materials are designed specifically for distance and online learners.

Portage College

Portage College has more than 30 certificate and diploma programs, including career programs, trades and technical, academic upgrading and university studies. Seven different areas of study are offered: business, university studies, human services, health and wellness, native arts and culture, trades and technical learning and employment foundations.

Portage College offers blended learning environments built into most programs to support the college’s students, whether they learn in the classroom or from their own homes via e-learning. Portage is constantly implementing new technology to offer its programs in the most convenient way possible – using videoconferencing and e-learning where required for distance education to serve the most number of students. Portage College has implemented a new program whereby high school students in the Aspen View school district are able to access apprenticeship carpentry and welding programs taught by qualified journeymen professionals. Find out more

Northern Lakes College

Northern Lakes College provides adult education programs and services in a community college setting. The college started in the early 1970s as a small vocational college offering academic upgrading in one community. Today, Northern Lakes College serves 30 communities in the region, offering a wide range of programs to both full-time and part-time learners. Program selection has recently been expanded to include trades training in carpentry, electrical, welding, and in the field of crane and hoisting equipment operator (boom truck).

More than 95 per cent of Northern Lakes College’s graduating students obtain employment – a testament to the results achieved by small class sizes, professional instructors and affordable tuition. The college is involved in various partnerships with corporations from the oil and gas industry, small businesses, band and settlement offices, community groups, municipalities and government agencies.

Portage College and the Aspen View School Division recently announced a unique agreement that offers apprenticeship carpentry and welding to Aspen View students. Through this partnership, high school students will be able to access enhanced learning opportunities taught by qualified journeymen. At the end of the training period, students will be eligible to write their first year apprenticeship exam, giving them a definite advantage.
Portage College will deliver apprenticeship welding to students at the Boyle School and Edwin Parr School, and apprenticeship carpentry at H.A. Kostash School in Smoky Lake and Thorhild Central School for the first semester. The locations and programs will be switched around for the second semester, giving even more opportunities to students in Aspen View.

“Aspen View is very excited and proud to be part of this leading-edge initiative, which we view as a paradigm shift in how educational supports are provided to students in Alberta. In addition to acknowledging the importance of career and technology studies for Alberta students, the project also promotes a process of smooth transitioning for high school students into post-secondary studies. This is the third such innovative partnership between Portage College and Aspen View school division in the last three years,” says Dermod Madden, superintendent of Aspen View Schools.

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