About the National Sport School

In 2021-2022, the National Sport School joins the Palliser School Division, ensuring its long-term future at Canada Olympic Park. 

The National Sport School (NSS) is for families of developmental and competitive athletes who wish to excel in high school and sport. We understand and accommodate the unique needs of student-athletes. Students are able to learn and thrive outside the traditional school setting and achieve a high school diploma while still pursuing sport. The NSS is for families who want to ease the pressure inherent with traditional school offerings that cannot support or accommodate student-athlete needs including academics, training, and competition requirements. Our unique program honours success in both academics and sport.

Our School provides an accessible, supportive, and flexible learning environment. Small class sizes, one-on-one tutorials, accessible athlete development, leadership training, flexible exam options, and preparation for post-secondary education as well as unparalleled access to onsite sports services, world-class training facilities, and various funding opportunities is what sets us apart. Students can be both successful athletes and graduate from high school with an exceptional education.

Join our community of like-minded students, families and educators at the National Sport School.

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November 25 Information Session Presentation

Applications are now open for the 2022/23 School year. Apply now to secure your spot.

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 If you are interested in applying for the 2021/22 School year, please email [email protected]

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Our Learning Environment

Our student-athletes are always on the go, travelling for training and competition. National Sport School is designed to provide education in the nimble environment, allowing any time any place access to learning resources. We maximize the use of technology to provide on demand learning and make our teaching team available to our student-athletes.
Working time alongside the classroom teacher is built into the schedule of every class, every day. Students have the opportunity to work through the curriculum at a pace that fits each individual student.

Students are able to connect with their teachers while in class or on the road, but they also have access to a Mental Performance Consultant and Counsellor. They build capacity in mental fitness and learn strategies for coping with stress as well as energy management as student athletes.

Our academic institution is part of a public education system and so remains accessible for families.


Students in grade 9-12, who are currently involved in sport that is recognized at the Provincial or National level. These students show a need for school programming that accommodates sport commitments. 

Apply now for 2021-2022


WinSport Canada Olympic Park offers a unique duality: premier training facility access collaborating with an esteemed school. Located in the SW corner of Calgary, Alberta, WinSport has access to arenas, the ski hill with World Cup facilities, halfpipe as well as the Calgary Gymnastics facility, and the Olympic Oval nearby. Premier training facilities include the Performance Training Centre gym and running track.

See our maps and location here.

WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre
110-151 Canada Olympic Road SW
Calgary, Alberta


The National Sport School has a 26-year history of honoring the specific needs of student athletes; utilizing a blended learning environment that allows student athletes to progress both online and in the classroom.  Students learn and train at WinSport’s world class training and competition facility.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of attending NSS?

There is an annual alternative program fee of $4,750.

What are the typical class sizes for NSS?

Typically under 20. 

How many NSS students go on to post-secondary and university?

More than 75% of our students graduate high school with the grades to attend university. Many students choose to follow their sport passion before attending university. 

What sports are currently represented at the NSS?

Alpine Skiing (8%)   
Artistic Swimming (<1%)
Cycling (<1%)
Equestrian (6%)
Figure Skating (5%)
Freestyle Skiing (10%)
Golf (2%)
Gymnastics (8%)
Hockey (33%)
Lacrosse (<1%)
Luge (5%)
Para-Karate (<1%)
Rowing (<1%)
Sailing (<1%)
Skeleton (<1%)
Ski Jumping (<1%)
Snowboarding (4%)
Soccer (2%)
Speed Skating (2%)
Swimming (4%)
Tennis (3%)
Track & Field (<1%)
Water Ski (2%)

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