Logos is a faith-based, Christian Alternative Program for Kindergarten to Grade 9 students in the Edmonton Public School District. The Logos Program is unique in that students are learning alongside regular program students in a community school setting. It is the only tuition-free Christian program in Edmonton. All Edmonton Public School programming is based on curriculum determined by Alberta Education.
Logos Christian programming provides an inclusive, non-denominational, Christian education that supports students in achieving their academic goals and spiritual growth. “…any faith-based alternative program delivery model shall be: of a non-proselytizing nature, e.g., instruction about a religion or religions rather than inculcation; and based on a general faith rather than emphasizing or promoting a particular denomination or division of a given faith.” – EPSB Policy
- Develop academic skills while integrating biblical principles into all areas of study
- To provide an opportunity for students to live out their Christian values, morals, and beliefs in a supportive and nurturing environment
- Increased understanding of the Christian faith
- Development of spirituality through self-reflection and prayer
- Development of citizenship and leadership skills
- Ongoing study of the Bible, its principles, and application in today’s society
- Daily prayer, scripture memorization, and devotions integrated into classroom learning
- Regular chapels and other worship and fellowship opportunities
- Opportunities for community service
What We Do
Approach to Learning – High Academic Standards with a Christian Perspective All Edmonton Public Schools follow the curriculum as determined by Alberta Education. Students enrolled in the Logos Christian Program are encouraged to maintain academic excellence while learning to integrate biblical principles into all areas of study. Logos Christian program teachers will provide your child with a faith-based education that fosters spiritual growth while achieving their academic goals within a Christian context.
The non-denominational Christian environment is based on traditional Christian principles as set out in the Bible and the Apostles’ Creed. The program focuses on the principles of loving God and loving one another, a commitment to Christ’s teachings and an understanding that we are ultimately responsible to God for our actions.
This environment is created through:
Integration of a Christian Biblical context in the teaching of the curriculum. To this end, a teacher in this program would be expected to bring a Christian viewpoint to issues and topics from all curriculum areas.
Daily devotions and prayer; scripture memorization; periodic assemblies/chapels with a Christian viewpoint; selection of resources consistent with Christian beliefs; assisting students in their personal relationship with God.
Notwithstanding the above, the devotional and religious activities, such as morning prayers and chapel, shall be of a non-denominational character and be spiritually sustaining and nurturing rather than proselytizing (attempting to covert) and evangelizing (preaching).
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is religion taught as a formal subject in the Logos Christian Program?
There is no separate religion class, as Christian principles are incorporated into the curriculum whenever possible. A daily devotional time that includes prayer, scripture reading and memorization, and other spiritually nurturing activities is an important part of the Logos Christian Program.
Are Logos teachers Christians?
Teachers are chosen on the basis of their support for the Logos Christian Program and their sincere commitment to its mission, foundations, and methods. Logos teachers are to exemplify the Christian beliefs endorsed by the Logos Christian Program.
What does non-denominational mean?
There are many Christian denominations that share a belief in the fundamentals of Christianity, but differ slightly in doctrinal practices. This Program is intended to focus on the foundations of Christian belief and to nurture spiritual growth.
Are students in the Logos Christian Program segregated from other students in the school?
Logos classrooms are interspersed throughout the school (with the exception of Queen Alexandra School – which is currently a Logos-only site). Students in the Logos Christian Program are part of the school community and that community spirit is highly encouraged through shared activities, such as assemblies and field trips. Logos students are integrated with the rest of the school for option classes in Junior High. There are, however, some Logos activities such as chapel time, retreats, community service, and other activities of a religious nature to which students from the community are welcome to attend, with parental consent.
Is the Alberta Learning curriculum taught in the Logos Christian Program?
Instruction in this Alternative Program follows the Alberta Programs of Study with a Christian viewpoint into all curriculum areas.
Is learning assistance provided and can students with special education needs access this Program?
All Edmonton Public Schools are inclusive and as such, so is the Logos Program. All Logos Program students are valued equally. Students within Edmonton Public Schools that may have special education needs are assessed by Edmonton Public Schools Consultants on an ongoing individual basis (in accordance with current Edmonton Public School Board regulations) to establish appropriate supports for students and teachers.
Do Logos students’ participate in Hallowe’en activities?
Each Logos school is expected to decide upon and communicate holiday activities early with Logos parents. Each Logos school will decide whether an alternative holiday activity for Logos students will be provided. Parents of Logos students are able to choose whether their children participate in planned holiday activities. Joint community and Logos classroom activities should be respectful of Christian values (ie. Hallowe’en costumes should be appropriate for all ages of the local school).
Do Logos students participate with regular students in Christmas and Easter celebrations?
Christmas and Easter celebrations should include the entire school to encourage and foster a community atmosphere. However, Logos students’ participation should focus on a Christian perspective of each holiday.
Will materials that are objectionable or potentially offensive to Logos parents be removed from the school libraries?
No. Parents and teachers in Edmonton Public Schools work together in educating children on how to make responsible decisions regarding reading material, music, movies, and the internet.