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Our History

It began with one school.

Founded in a single classroom in 1981, Calgary Academy began as a private education institute offering specialized education to students with a diagnosed Learning Disability with an average or above average IQ. Today, the flagship facility continues to provide specialized education in its Academy program and also offers a Collegiate program that serves independent learners. Combined the two programs serve up to 600 students and offers personalized learning and relational teaching.

We’re here to serve the community.

With our proven success, exceptional programming and dedicated partners, we’re a community of strong connections. From our strategic work in the U.S. to professional development in Calgary, our reach is wide and our work is valuable.

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Headwater Learning Solutions is born.

As our reputation grew, so did our philosophy and capabilities. Our goal from the very beginning was to broaden our impact on education and shape the future of learning. We wanted to create a new education delivery system and a learning ecosystem that would enrich learners’ lives. Knowing the complexities, challenges and limitations within education, we developed two additional organizations, one dedicated education innovator, Headwater Learning Solutions, the other, Headwater Learning Foundation, dedicated to supporting and advancing Calgary Academy and Headwater Learning Solutions. Today, our Headwater team includes over 100 educators, consultants and program developers.

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