Transportation


Third Academy families have several options to travel to and from our campus:

  • Parent/Guardian drop off and pickup
  • Third Academy School Bus service
  • Calgary Transit
  • Access Calgary

Our central location – located adjacent to several of Calgary’s major motorways – provides convenient access.

Please discuss with your transportation options with Bruce Freeman, Third Academy’s Transportation Manager, at 403-888-8437 or by email at bfreeman@thirdacademy.ca.

Parent/Guardian Drop Off and Pickup

Many Third Academy parents or guardians find transporting their children to and from school the best way for their child to travel. This minimizes travel time as the route is generally from home to school and back. Our Principals and Teachers are usually available for unscheduled conversations in the morning and afternoon and this form of communication has advantages over telephone or email. While our normal operating hours are from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm (12:15 on Wednesdays), supervised extra-curricular act ivies are available most days for students who are dropped off early or picked up late for a nominal fee.

Third Academy School Bus Service

While most schools contract out Transportation Services, Third Academy operates our own fleet of school buses. We use these buses to transport students to and from school, as well as for local and out-of-town field trips. Our highly trained school bus drivers are Third Academy employees. They understand children with special needs and work with our Transportation Manager, Principals, and Teachers to ensure that riding the school bus is a positive experience for your child.

While we attempt to provide bus service to all areas of Calgary and some of the surrounding communities, our bus routes are determined by our ability to provide a shared bus service to our families’ residences. Currently we provide bus service to many Calgary communities, in addition to the towns of Okotoks and Cochrane.

The level of bus service provided by Third Academy is based on individual student’s needs and our ability to operate a bus system effectively. Priority is given to students requiring a shared ride service but are unable to ride Calgary Transit and are ineligible for Access Calgary.

Depending on student need and road conditions, door-to-door service may be provided with most Third Academy students picked up a short distance from their home. Our bus drivers use cell phone text messaging to communicate with parents (only while parked at a safe location) to ensure parents and students know when to walk out to meet their bus.

Calgary Transit

It’s easy for many Third Academy Junior and Senior High School Students to ride transit to and from school. Our campus is located 2.7 km away from Calgary Transit’s Heritage C-Train Station. Heritage Station is located on Route 201 Red Line (Somerset-Bridlewood / Tuscany) connecting communities from the far northwest to the southwest via downtown Calgary. Students living in the northeast or central southwest can transfer from Route 202 Blue Line (Sadddletowne / 69 Street) to the 201 Red Line. Riders must have a valid Calgary Transit Monthly Pass or Ticket. Third Academy encourages our students to gain “transportation independence” as a valuable life skill and we assist them in this process.

Third Academy students travel mornings from Heritage Station to our campus on Calgary Transit Bus Route 410. We offer a shuttle service on one of our school buses at dismissal  from our campus to Heritage Station at no cost to students wanting this service.

Click on one of the images below to access Calgary Transit’s website.

Access Calgary

For a variety of reasons, Calgary Transit may not be a option for some Third Academy students. Calgary Access provides transportation services to Calgarians – including students – who are not capable of utilizing the regular Calgary Transit service and may require a higher level of service than our school buses can provide. Access Calgary is shared ride service. Riders must have a valid Calgary Transit Monthly Pass or Ticket. Third Academy shares Access Calgary’s goal to transition Access Calgary riders to Calgary Transit if and when it possible to do so.

Click on one of the images below to go to Access Calgary’s website.