Chinook Winds will be operating under summer hours starting Tuesday July 2, 2024. Summer hours are from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Mon-Thurs and 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Friday.

Our Mission

Engaging students to:
Follow God completely, serve unselfishly, and to achieve excellence.

Follow God Completely

The primary aim of Adventist Education is “to restore the broken relationship between God and the student.” Through the teachings of the Bible and the assistance of the Holy Spirit:

  • Our students will be taught to know their Sovereign God, the Great Controversy and the Plan of Salvation.
  • Our students will be given opportunities to enter into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit.
  • Our students will spend regular time seeking God and will learn to trust and align their lives with God’s will.

Adventist Education aims to teach students to “live a life of joyful service to God and to others in this world and in the world to come” (Ellen G. White, Education p. 13) 

  • Our students will be taught to follow in Jesus footsteps to “look not only to their own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4). 
  • Our students will identify and respond to needs of local and global communities. They will be taught to show acts of compassion and kindness without expectation of personal gain or return.
  • Out of a heart of love for God and concern for others, our students will be taught how to be missionaries and how to “seek with unselfish earnestness to lighten the woes of suffering humanity and to minister to those in need” (Ellen G. White, Ministry of Healing, p. 104).

Serve Unselfishly

Achieve Excellence

Genuine Adventist education “enables the harmonious development of the physical, mental, social and spiritual powers” (Ellen G. White, Education, p. 14).

  • Our students will be imitators of Christ and “thinkers rather than mere (human) reflectors”(Ellen G. White, Education, p. 15)
  • Our students will develop their God-given abilities, striving to achieve balance in all aspects of their development.
  • Our students will “aim to reach the highest round of progress and advance as fast and as far as they can” and make their “field of study be as broad as their powers can compass, making God their wisdom” (Ellen G. White, Special Testimonies On Education, p. 216).


Chinook Winds Adventist Academy (CWAA) began serving Calgary families with Christian education in 1945 from the basement of a Seventh-day Adventist church. Over the years CWAA moved to various locations throughout the city until it acquired its permanent site in 1974 – a beautiful 20-acre parcel of wooded land on the side of a mountain. In 1985 the school was destroyed by fire and it re-opened its doors in the fall of 1986. 

CWAA has grown steadily from its inception as an elementary school to a complete K-12 day school today. The school is recognized by the Government of Alberta as a Category 1 Private School and by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities. CWAA is governed by an Operating Board made up of representatives from various Seventh-day Adventist constituent churches of Calgary. It is supervised by the Alberta Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Office of Education. CWAA is part of the Seventh-day Adventist educational system, which operates 7,200 schools worldwide with a total enrolment of over 1.5 million students. 

CWAA offers a spacious, well-equipped facility includes bright classrooms, an excellent gymnasium, portable laptop and mobile device carts, music room, science lab, kitchen, work-out space, soccer fields, and elementary playground.


For important information on the closure of Chinook Winds Adventist Academy in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please click below.

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