Calgary Board of Education

Fees and Waivers

This spring the Provincial Government introduced Bill 1 An Act to Reduce School Fees. This new bill will have an impact on school and transportation fees across the province.

For the 2017-18 school year, the CBE Instructional Supplies and Materials fees will no longer be charged. Optional courses, educational enhancements, programs of choice, travel, and extra-curricular activities will still have associated fees.

The CBE fee schedule has been sent to Alberta Education for review and approval. We expect to have more information about fees and waivers later in the summer. We are committed to making that information available to our families as soon as it is available. Payment arrangement deadline will be the end of October.

Thank you for your understanding and patience with the different process this year.

More information | CBE Fees & Waivers

Mandatory Fees

Security Deposit (Refundable)
    Refunded when all instructional resources are returned.

$ 50.00

Activity/Program Fees

Graduation Ceremony
Compulsory for all Grade 12’s
Band Program – Instrument Rental
Construction 10
Construction 20/30
Physical Education 10/20/30 - Fees are individualized  
Pre-Engineering 10
Musical Theatre
Sports Performance 15
Sports Performance 25/35
Culinary Arts

Elective Fees


Bowness High School Fees

Refundable Security Deposit

The Security Deposit covers the cost of lost and damaged instructional supplies and materials. If books and other instructional resources loaned to students for use in the school year are returned in satisfactory condition, the Security Deposit will be refunded at the end of June. If a student transfers to another school in the Calgary Board of Education system, the fees will be transferred to the new school. If a student is leaving the system, refunds may be issued depending on the return of instructional resource material.

Activity/Program and Elective Fees

These user fees are charged to students to cover the cost of the activity or program. Parents/guardians will be notified regarding the cost of additional individual field trips and extracurricular activities as soon as the information is available. Further information on additional costs for courses such as Art, Construction Technology, Foods, off-campus Physical Education, etc. is available from the teacher. Costs will vary depending on materials used.

Graduation Fees

The graduation fee is charged to Grade 12 students only. This fee includes a Bowness High School Graduation Certificate, costs for facility rental and insurance for the ceremony, gown rental and maintenance, program printing, announcements and invitations. This fee must be paid in order to access the website to purchase banquet and closing ceremony tickets.

Band Program

This fee is for the rental of a CBE instrument. If you are using your own instrument, no fee is charged.


Used to cover the cost of consumables for projects that students will be taking home at the end of the semester.


Used to cover the cost of consumables for projects that students will be taking home at the end of the semester. Additional fees may be required for larger scale project work.

Musical Theatre

The fee includes a cast t-shirt and a show DVD.

Sports Performance

Covers the cost of guest instruction and offsite activities.


The yearbook is an optional purchase. Orders are placed early in the year, if students wish to obtain one the payment is required with the rest of the fees.

Financial Hardship

If financial hardship prevents payment of fees parents/guardians should contact the Business Office to make alternate payment arrangements and/or complete an Application for Waiver of Fees form, which is available through the school or online at

Online Payment

School fees are due in October 2017. Online fee payment is the simplest and most convenient way to pay school fees. Parents can login to My CBE Account to pay fees or apply for a waiver.

There are a number of different ways you are able to pay school fees. Parents can pay online using VISA, MasterCard, VISA Debit, Interac Online or set-up pre-authorized debits from your bank account using your My CBE Account.

You can find more information on school Fees & Waivers on the CBE website.

Security deposit refund cheques for 2016-17 that were not picked up in June 2017 will be available in September.