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Alternative Program

Please visit the Edmonton Public Schools Cogito Alternative Program website at: http://cogito.epsb.ca/ for helpful program information.

Cogito is a knowledge-based program with clearly defined standards of achievement and measurable learning objectives. Cogito is dedicated to helping average students maximize their academic potential. Cogito (k 0 gi t o) is Latin for I reason. The program provides a Classic Liberal Arts Education and is designed for the student who is willing to work to achieve a high level of academic excellence, in a knowledge-based program, and in an atmosphere of structured and sequenced learning. Critical thinking is stressed. Students work in an environment that encourages self discipline.

The unique program characteristics include:

  • Enriched curriculum
  • Sequenced knowledge content
  • Focus on attention and increased concentration
  • Early literacy development through explicit phonics
  • Strong mental and written math skill development
  • Teachers oriented to a classical approach
  • Direct whole group instruction
  • Strong work ethic expected
  • Regular homework required
  • Committed parental support

Cogito Foundational Principles

Kindergarten Learner Profile

Grades 1-6 Learner Profile

Parent Commitment


To get a glimps of a day in the life of a Cogito Kindergarten student, please watch this video.

Information about the Cogito program specific to Mount Pleasant is also available in this short video.