we offer a constellation of choice for your shining star

launched September 1, 2020

Our innovative approach to education helps Alberta students succeed through the elementary grades 1 through 6, junior high school grades 7 through 9, senior high school grades 10 through 12, and beyond. We recognize that the individual circumstances of learners vary greatly and, accordingly, ursa offers maximum flexibility to meet the needs of our students and their families. Students may take advantage of an online, onsite, and print based program or a combination of delivery methods through ursa Distance. ursa Shared Responsibility offers programs which are part parent-directed and part teacher-directed.  ursa Parent Directed programming is offered for families delivering “traditional home education”.  Through one of our three programming choices, ursa will help your shining star succeed.

three program choices – a world of possibilities

ursa supports home-based education families that want fully teacher directed programming, support in specific subject areas, as well as fully parent directed  programming.


Distance Programming

This distance learning alternative provides fully teacher-directed programming online, onsite and print. No matter where in the world your family may be, your student’s teacher is only a phone call, email, or video chat away throughout the academic year.

Now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 School Year for Alberta Students in Grades 1 through 12.

For information or an application form, email tgilluley@thirdschools.ca or call us at 403-288-5335  option “2”.


Shared Responsiblity

Some families will view our shared responsibility program as providing “the best of both worlds” by combining parent directed home education with teacher directed instruction for chosen subject areas. Shared responsibility programming is ultimately flexible, allowing you to home educate your child while gaining access to the services and support of a teacher in delivering some programming. Delivery of the teacher-directed component could be online, onsite, or print based.

Now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 School Year for Alberta Students in Grades 1 through 12.

For information or an application form, email tgilluley@thirdschools.ca or call us at 403-288-5335  option “2”.



Previously known as Willow Home Ed, this is a 100% parent directed program commonly known as “traditional” home education. Our Home Education Managers provide home education families the support they need to design and deliver a flexible program that meets their child’s needs while meeting Alberta Education’s standards for a home education program.

Soon accepting online applications for the 2023-2024 School Year for students in Grades 1 through 12.

Click below for instructions how to apply for ursa Parent Directed


ursa’s people – working together for student success

exceptional staff for exceptional students


ursa Home Education Managers

The “heart” of an ursa student’s program is their ursa Program Manager. In addition to being Alberta certified teachers, our Program Managers are experienced home educators. They know how to assist parents in providing a home-based program while referring students to the appropriate ursa Subject Specialist for teacher-directed instruction.


Ursa Subject Specialists

ursa’s teaching staff are certified teachers with broad experience across the curriculum, within Alberta, Canada, and abroad. Subject area experience includes Elementary Education, English, Social Studies, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math, Physical Education, Drama, Music, Film Studies, and more.


Ursa Students

The ideal student who should join ursa resides anywhere in Alberta and in Grades 1 through 12. You are students that want to pursue your passions, whenever and wherever they may take you, whether that be sports, the arts, specialized academic areas, travel, or….well…”the world is your oyster”. We’re here to support and serve.

meet the ursa team

We invite you to get to know our team a little more. Click on the photos below to launch an in-depth bio for each of our amazing teachers.

our home education managers:

our distance online/onsite teachers:

contact us today

403-288-5335 and select option “2”. 

400 Prince of Peace Way, Rocky View County, AB  T1X 1G2