Catholic Cogito Program

Catholic Cogito Academy

We are excited to launch the Catholic Cogito Academy during the 2023/24 school year at Albert Lacombe Catholic Elementary School. For the 2023/24 school year, the Cogito program will accept students in Kindergarten and Grade 1. Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools was the first Catholic School Division to announce the Cogito program in Alberta.

Cogito is a program that offers traditional teaching strategies to achieve the Alberta Education program of studies. This is a method of delivery that appeals to families who value structure, repetition and teacher-directed learning.

Cogito programming is designed for students willing to work to achieve high academic excellence in an environment that emphasizes structure and order and whose parents/guardians are committed to being actively engaged in supporting their child within the program. This program appeals to dedicated students who learn well through rote delivery of course material and value consistency. Students experience direct instruction and participate in daily homework.


  • Develop academic skills to achieve excellent results
  • Demonstrate diligence and self-discipline


  • Emphasis on reading and writing skills
  • Emphasis on math and critical-thinking skills
  • Improved work ethic, study habits and organizational skills
  • Preparation for a wide range of future academic, professional and skilled employment

Program Delivery:

  • Teacher-led, whole group instruction that focuses on students learning and progressing through the curriculum together
  • Structured classroom environment
  • Regular homework
  • Recitation, memorization and practice exercises to improve learning
  • Early reading instruction in phonics--understanding letters, sounds and syllables
  • Second language instruction introduced in Grade 1
  • Additional opportunities to study core subjects in-depth
  • Uniforms or a dress code requirement
  • A high level of parental support and commitment
  • The Kindergarten program will include half-day instruction.

For more information, you can refer the Albert Lacombe Catholic Elementary School Cogito Handbook.