Mennonite Educational Society

The Mennonite Educational Society of Calgary was formed in 1981 for the purpose of operating a private day school from Kindergarten to Grade Nine, providing a positive Christian environment in which children receive sound academic instruction. The mandate of the Society is to provide policy, leadership and guidance with regards to MSCS’s Statement of Faith, Mission and Philosophy.

In the spring of 2006, the Mennonite Educational Society voted unanimously to join with Palliser Regional Schools as part of the Province of Alberta’s Alternative Schools Program.

Structure of the Society Board

The Society Board is made up of membership from the Mennonite Educational Society of Calgary and consists of fourteen members. Nine are elected from within Society membership; three are appointed by current supporting Mennonite churches; the Principal and one staff representative complete the Board. Elected members hold position for two-year terms and meet on a monthly basis during the school year.

Any person, eighteen years of over, who is in agreement with the Biblical faith stance and the Anabaptist Mennonite faith tradition, as expressed in our school’s Statement of Faith and is an active member of a Christian church is eligible to become a member of the Society upon payment of an annual membership fee. All school parents are strongly encouraged to become members of the Society.

Monthly Society Board meetings are open to Society members except when confidential personnel or school family matters are being considered. An Annual General meeting is held yearly in November and is open to the general public.

Governance

Menno Simons Christian School is operated through a partnership of Palliser Regional Schools and the Mennonite Educational Society of Calgary. While the school division gives support to academic programming, student services, curriculum development and professional development, the Society Board focuses on maintaining the Christian emphasis and programming and all aspects related to the building.

Affiliations

The Mennonite Educational Society is affiliated with Canadian Association of Mennonite Schools (CAMS).

The Canadian Association of Mennonite Schools (CAMS) offers important opportunities for dialogue and for sharing resources with other Mennonite schools from elementary to college level. CAMS sponsors an annual Administrators’ Conference, and organizes Teachers’ Conventions and Choral Festivals for students.

Funding

The Mennonite Educational Society of Calgary is registered as a charity and the school is operated on a not-for-profit basis. The funds for operating the school are derived from these sources: grants from Alberta Education, Society fees, fund-raising projects, and private donations.

Our school also benefits from the involvement of the business people in our school community. Their expertise, support, and service contributions are highly valued.

What makes a Mennonite?

The “What Makes a Mennonite” content on this page has been developed to give newcomers a general but helpful introduction to Mennonites. For more detailed and inclusive information on Mennonite beliefs and values, see Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective.