About a hundred parents waited in line outside the Calgary Islamic School on Friday morning for a chance to get their children enrolled.
The private school — which teaches kindergarten to Grade 11 — has room for about 20 new students next year, officials said.
But since it's the only school of its kind in Calgary, which has a Muslim population of about 60,000 people, parents line up outside in the cold for a chance to register every year, said principal Moussa Ouarou.
He added that the waiting list already has 300 names on it.
The high demand demonstrates that the province should approve the creation of more Muslim schools, he added.
The school, which is located at 26th Street and 37 Avenue N.E., teaches the regular provincial curriculum in addition to Arabic language courses, Islamic studies and Qur'an recitation and memorization.