Our School

Grades Taught

Preschool - Grade 11


John Davidson School is a PS-12 alternative program for Low German-speaking Mennonite children. The school teaches a full Alberta curriculum in English, in a setting that respects families' culture and language. In addition, students have a German and Bible-time class. The learning environment is sensitive to the LGM culture. For example, prayer is part of the day and Halloween is not celebrated. Our school also supports parents who may not speak English. We have a staff member who speaks Low German to assist with communication. Our Low German Mennonite School Liasion is Mr. Dan Doerksen and he can be reached at 403-715-4549.


Welcome to John Davidson School!

Foundation Statements


John Davidson School will provide a genuinely supportive learning environment where our Low German-Speaking Mennonite students experience academic success.

We envision academic programming that will recognize each students’ entry level of English and will provide instruction to advance each students’ English Language skills as a top priority.



Mrs. Crystal McGregor


Mission Statement

Together, we will provide exceptional educational programming, to ensure all the needs of every child are met as they develop to their unique potential.


What makes us “John Davidson” School

Principal’s Message

Welcome to John Davidson School!

We are a small, alternative school in Coaldale, Alberta. We serve approximately 180 Low German-Speaking Mennonite students from preschool through grade 11. We are anchored in the strong belief that all students can learn and succeed in a safe and supportive learning environment.

This is the second year John Davidson School is offering high school programming. Students may now continue their education to Grade 12 at JDS and obtain an Alberta High School Diploma. Our students may choose to attend scheduled classes everyday, complete most of their studies at home, or opt for a blend of the two. We work with students, families and employers to accommodate students who need to work while pursuing their high school diploma.

We take pride in working with students where they are. This includes accepting their culture, values, beliefs and educational needs. By doing this, we build a very strong relationship with our students and their families. As more of our Low German-Speaking Mennonite students graduate every year, we are confident that the community, as a whole, will see the value that a high school diploma affords its recipients.

Thank you for your support and participation in our school community. We anticipate a fabulous year!

Crystal McGregor