Red Deer Public School District - International Services


Spanish as a second language is taught at Lindsay Thurber High School and Hunting Hills High School in grades 9 through 12. A Spanish Bilingual Program is offered at Escuela PINES School in September 2014 for K-2.

Here are some pictures from the Spanish club at Hunting Hills High School.


Spanish Bilingual Program Kindergarten and Grade 1 and 2  2014-15 School Year

Red Deer Public Schools opened a Spanish Bilingual Program for Kindergarten students during the 2012-13 school year and will  move from GH Dawe School to its own school building for  the 2014-15 school year.  

Starting in September 2014, the Spanish Bilingual program ( K-2) single track school  will be housed in:

Escuela Pines School
8 Page Avenue,
Red Deer, AB T4P 2T2

Previous Spanish experience is not required for enrollment in Kindergarten or Grade 1.

Please download our brochure for further information. modified Dec 2013.pdf

Download the Powerpoint on the Spanish Bilingual Program here

Spanish Bilingual Program Power Point Presentation

Registration for 2014-15 begins January 6, 2014

GH Dawe Community School Office will accept registrations for the  2014 Escuela Pines School Spanish Bilingual program. 

After School Care

This program MAY be offered should numbers warrant.  Please indicate your interest in this program at the time of registration. 

Spanish Bilingual Program Information Sheet

What is it?

The Spanish Bilingual Program provides students the opportunityto acquire the basic skills for speaking, reading, writing, listening and communicating in both English and Spanish at a young age.  English and Spanish are used as the languages of instruction, beginning in Kindergarten or Grade 1 and continuing to Grade 12.

 How will the program start up?

 Red Deer Public Schools intends to open the program to students in Kindergarten and Grade 1 in the 2012-13 school year.

The School Board is initially committed to offer a Spanish bilingual program to the grade 5 level if numbers warrant. The long term goal would be to continue instruction in Spanish to the grade 12 level.

Where will it be located in 2014-15?

We are happy to announce the program will move from GH Dawe School to its own single track school.

Escuela PINES School
8 Page Avenue
Red Deer, AB T4P 2T2
tel 403 342 4434
fax 403 342 4417

How will it work?


Kindergarten and Grade 1
Previous Spanish experience is not required and parents do not need to know the language.



Kindergarten, Grades 1 to 5*

  • Spanish Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Optional Subject
  • Complementary course

Grades 6 to 8 *

  • Spanish Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Optional course

Grades 9 to 12*

  • Spanish Language Arts
  • Mathematics or Complementary Courses

Great Reasons to Learn  Spanish:

  • Expands the intellect and problem solving skills.
  • Develops divergent thinking skills.
  • Teaches responsible citizenship.
  • Develops feelings of self esteem and pride in having acquired an additional language.
  • Strengthens long term English literacy skills.
  • Encourages the joy of lifelong learning.
  • Promotes exploration, understanding and appreciation of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Contributes to multilingualism and multiculturalism.
  • Allows students to compete internationally.
  • Provides students with more choices for advanced education and career options. 
  • Broadens students’ cultural life through access to literature, art, music and the theatre.
  • Makes learning a third of fourth language much easier.
  • There are 350 million Spanish speakers world wide.

For further  general information on the proposed Spanish Bilingual Program please contact :

Mr. Rob Porkka, Director of International Education 403-343-1405 or email