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ArtsCalibre Academy

   
4201 Tyndall Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia, V8N 3R9

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Curriculum:
Progressive,  Reggio Emilia
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 8 (Coed)
Tuition:
$4,750 to 5,850/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
15 to 20
Enrolment:
Day: Varies (Gr. PS - 8)

School Address
4201 Tyndall Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia, V8N 3R9
3220 Cedar Hill Road, Victoria , British Columbia, V8P 3Y3

About this school:

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ArtsCalibre Academy is a registered independent school in Victoria BC, providing outstanding, Arts-enriched education at an affordable cost.  We use music, dance, theatre and visual arts as vehicles in meeting and exceeding the provincial curriculum, in a safe, experiential and collaborative environment.  Our dynamic program not only challenges students academically, but also builds their capacity to think creatively, to question the norm and embrace new perspectives...truly unlocking their full potential. — Visit school website




Reviews:

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The Our Kids review of ArtsCalibre Academy

our takeToo often when a public school board seeks to trim costs they look to arts programming. We like the three Rs, to be sure, and they’re important. But the division between those and the arts isn’t perhaps as clear as some might think. When the people, all those thousands of years ago, wanted to express themselves to others on the walls of the caves at Lascaux, they painted pictures and (presumably) told stories about them. They were communicating about hunting, or so it seems, and they did it through art. We do that too, of course. The arts—music, fine art, dance—are central to the way we express our thoughts, ideas, and our identities. As such, they are central to the way we understand the thoughts, ideas and identities of others. Which is the thinking that ArtsCalibre brings to the delivery of the curriculum. Rather than reducing and isolating the arts, they’ve decided to bring them forward. It’s not for everyone, perhaps, though for many students it’s an important means of engaging with the curricular content. The success that ArtsCalibre has had in the years since it was founded is certainly testament to that. The preschool and elementary programs are divided between two locations, giving each a sense of identity and, through proximity to the Cedar Hill Recreation facilities, an impressive range of resources, especially for a school of this size. Small classes, personal attention, a rich interface between faculty and families, and on it goes. In all, there’s a lot to love.





Principal's Message

principal

Sandra Walton, Principal

Walk through the doors of ArtsCalibre Academy at 7:30 AM, and you will see the teachers there busily preparing for the day.  At 8:45 the doors open to our students, and they all enter beaming in anticipation of what the day holds for them.

But what is beyond those smiles?  What is so special about our approach to education – the strong integration of the Arts into our curriculum?  Why ArtsCalibre Academy?

The reasons are many, and widely and credibly documented.  Years of research demonstrate that Arts education is closely linked to almost everything that we say we want for our children, and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, engagement and equal opportunity.  Involvement in the Arts is associated with strong gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking and verbal skills.  Arts enriched learning can also dramatically improve motivation, concentration, confidence and teamwork.

Why are our children so excited to come to school every day?  The intrinsic stimulation and pure pleasure of an Arts enriched experience do more than enhance a child's learning.  They connect him or her more deeply to the world, and open them up to new ways of seeing it – creating a foundation for forging strong social bonds and building community.

Combine these benefits with Stephen Covey's "The Leader in Me" Program, the “MindUP” Approach, and elements of so many other effective philosophies and tools that we embrace…and we feel that we truly have a “Win-Win” situation.

When I asked one of our Grade Five students what it is about ArtsCalibre Academy that she likes, she said "We are not taught to our grade, we are taught to our ability and skills.  We are encouraged to challenge ourselves in every area."  Another student reported “I don’t know…it just feels good.”  Simple words – but to me they are profound and reaffirming.

Inspired, and want to know more?  Please visit our website for a closer look at our programs, and feel free to contact us any time.  I would welcome the opportunity to personally answer any questions you may have.

Sincerely,

Sandra Walton

Principal and Founder

ArtsCalibre Academy

 

 


Academics


Curriculum Progressive, Reggio Emilia

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary Curriculum: Reggio Emilia

Reggio Emilia emphasizes the role of the child in directing their own learning. Heavily intertwined with progressive ideals in education, the program espouses ideas such as child-centred classrooms, discovery learning, and 21st century education.
If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.


What ArtsCalibre Academy says: Students are continually encouraged to build on their naturally creative capacities -- to think unconventionally and embrace all perspectives in order to become more productive and compassionate members of their local and global communities. ArtsCalibre Academy\'s programs surpass the BC Ministry of Education Curriculum, with many added elements designed to build confidence and advanced social skills. Our curriculum is based on many proven philosophies and approaches, including The Leader In Me, MindUp and Handwriting Without Tears.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Arts: Acting • Dance • Performing arts • Music • Visual arts


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What ArtsCalibre Academy says: Fostering numeracy skills through a hands on approach using manipulatives and exploratrory methods, Stories, music and various other activities are used on a regular basis to teach math in a way that meets the needs of our diverse learners,

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: We use a variety of textbooks and supplemental materials so that we can differentiate and individualize our lessons.

    • Calculator policy: Calculators are used for some activities, but not on a regular basis. Students in grade four are permitted to use calculators to check their answers on the Foundational Skills Assessment Tests as outlined by the Ministry of Education.


    Early Reading Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  


    • What ArtsCalibre Academy says: There's nothing else in this world that sparks the imagination, stimulates your thinking, and takes you through experiences that you might not otherwise experience as reading does. Our program is very simple, straight forward, step-by-step, and it can be used to teach even very young children to read. There are different phonics methods, and our program is a systematic synthetic phonics program. The other key component is phonemic awareness, and I like to refer to phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics as the two pillars of our reading program.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What ArtsCalibre Academy says: We have various reading assessment tools that we use to continue to cater to each child's individual needs.


    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What ArtsCalibre Academy says: The Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory tools and strategies. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning. We also use a thematic approach to our curriculum and children are given opportunities to express through writing.


    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: Reinforcing science and supplementing traditional instruction methods through creative means such as role playing, manufacturing instruments, etc. - See more at: http://www.artscalibre.ca/elementary#sthash.VFuWiIVc.dpuf

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What ArtsCalibre Academy says: Developing strong reading, comprehension, writing and speaking skills through books, poems, music, dance and imaginative play. - See more at: http://www.artscalibre.ca/elementary#sthash.VFuWiIVc.dpuf


    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What ArtsCalibre Academy says: Thematic teaching is a way of teaching and learning whereby many areas of the curriculum are connected together and integrated within a theme. It allows learning to be more natural and less fragmented than the traditional way, where a school day is time divided into different subject areas. It allows literacy to grow progressively, with vocabulary linked and with spelling and sentence writing connected. The result is that children have more fun and are actively involved; they will develop learning skills more quickly as each one is connected and reinforces the other. The children will be highly motivated. - See more at: http://www.artscalibre.ca/elementary#sthash.pfz6QKya.dpuf


    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What ArtsCalibre Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What ArtsCalibre Academy says: Arts Calibre Academy offers a French program in our timetable where children explore the language in the same ArtsCalibre philosphy. We also offer extra curricular Spanish classes. All classes are differentiated, so that students are encouraged to further develop their love of languages,

    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish


    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What ArtsCalibre Academy says: We use the Arts as a vehicle to deliver the BC curriculum in a hands on, experiential environment. All of the disciplines are infused into our program. We offer small group and individual piano lessons. For the upper grades we also offer small group violin lessons. The students have two opportunities to mount a musical or drama presentation that includes all students in the school.


    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What ArtsCalibre Academy says: We use technology to further enhance the learning environment of ArtsCalibre Academy.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What ArtsCalibre Academy says: Physical Education is an important component of our program. We want to equip our students with the tools to be fit for life. We offer swimming every week with the opportunity to train with our swim team that meets right after our scheduled lessons. We also have a fantastic program that is run by our staff specialist. We have ongoing support from experts in the field of fitness that come and work with our students.


    Sex and Health Education British Columbia curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in British Columbia
    Body parts K K
    Nutrition K K
    Human development K K
    Puberty Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene
    Reproduction
    Pregnancy
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 6 Gr. 6
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Contraception Gr. 6 Gr. 6
    Consent Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Sexual orientation Gr. 6 Gr. 6
    Gender identity Gr. 6 Gr. 6
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 5 Gr. 5
    Bias and stereotyping about sex
    Sexual harassment K K
    Body image issues Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Mental illness Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Social justice and diversity

    What ArtsCalibre Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.


    What ArtsCalibre Academy says: We have developed our program in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Education and the Island Health Authority. It is a continually evolving program that caters to the needs of our students.



    Preschool/K Curriculum Reggio Emilia

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What ArtsCalibre Academy says: ArtsCalibre Academy's overall goal is to provide children with all the skills necessary to excel throughout their scholastic futures, while firmly instilling in them a lifelong desire to learn. The Arts are the creative vehicle for this process. Preschool students will acquire all the skills needed for Kindergarten. Some of the programs that we use in our curriculum are the Handwriting Without Tears, and Stephen Covey's Leader In Me. We use the exploration, inquiry approach to engage the children. Einstein puts it so eloquently," It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.


    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What ArtsCalibre Academy says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What ArtsCalibre Academy says: Across all disciplines, ArtsCalibre Academy accommodates children\'s natural openness to learning with our experiential, theme-based approach. This enables us to deliver outstanding instruction across all subjects:\n\nLanguage Arts - Developing strong reading, comprehension, writing and speaking skills.\nMathematics - Building skills through practical application.\nSocial Studies - Teaching history, geography and international cultures.\nScience - Reinforcing science and supplementing traditional instruction methods through creative means.\nHealth − Leading by example in promoting a healthy lifestyle.\nPhysical Education − Promoting fitness through traditional sports and culturally diverse activities.\nLanguages − Developing vocabulary, conversational skills and an understanding of underlying culture.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Social

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
    Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

    What ArtsCalibre Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    ArtsCalibre Academy can provide support for mild disablities. ArtsCalibre Academy does NOT provide specialized support for moderate-to-severe learning disabilities, developmental disabililties, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support

    Gifted Learner Support In-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What ArtsCalibre Academy says: In a nutshell: our goal is to enable students to \"find their genius\" in a creative environment. We believe that every child possesses extraordinary abilities in one or more forms, and we use customized approaches to help them find and develop these interests and strengths.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 6, ArtsCalibre Academy students perform an average of 30 mins of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesK to 6
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackPreschool to 6
    Academic achievement reportingK to 6
    Habits and behaviour reportingK to 6
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 6

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

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    Non-lunch recessFrequency 1/day 2/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day
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    Amount 0 0 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 70
    Lunch recessAmount 30 30 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20

    What ArtsCalibre Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods.


    Extracurriculars

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    What ArtsCalibre Academy says:
    • The school puts on two theatre productions per year, building self confidence and creativity.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Cycling
      Gymnastics
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Drama Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Education
      School newspaper
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$4,750$5,850


    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students$5,500
    2nd child (sibling)all students5%


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 160
    Average enrollment per grade13
    Average class size15 to 20
    Gender (grades)Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

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    Day Enrollment851577542

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 8
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What ArtsCalibre Academy says:

    As a part of our admissions process we would like to meet you and your child and see what you are looking for in a school. As an independent school, we have the benefits of small class sizes, nurturing environments and academic challenge, but what sets us a part? At ArtsCalibre Academy, staff and students consistently bring their best as they work collaboratively to inspire an atmosphere of creativity, self-discipline, integrity and dedication.

    PROSPECTIVE STUDENT Q & A.

    We like all families to fill out our Prospective Student Questionnaire before booking a tour. 

    A TOUR
    Prospective families are warmly invited to arrange to have a tour of our campus. This is an important piece of understanding the ArtsCalibre community of learners. As a close knit school, it is important to us to meet you and be able to answer any questions that you may have in person. Email [email protected] to set up an appointment.We also have regular open houses. 

    APPLICATION
    Formal application to ArtsCalibre is made by completing the registration form. Once the application form is complete, please return it with your $75 non-refundable registration fee.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student ArtsCalibre Academy is looking for: We are looking for students that are eager to learn in an environment where creativity is encouraged and leadership is fostered. A student that enjoys a hands on approach to learning and collaboration will flourish in our school.



    Student Entry Points

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    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    80 - 85 (90%)12 - 15 (90%)010 - 12 (90%)10 - 12 (90%)10 - 12 (90%)10 - 12 (90%)10 - 12 (90%)10 - 12 (90%)

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    About us

    Creativity Creates Leaders

    ArtsCalibre Academy is a small alternative program whose mandate is to provide exceptional education at an affordable price.  We use the Arts as a vehicle to deliver the BC Curriculum in a hands on, experiential environment. We are teaching children to be critical thinkers and encouraging them to unleash their true potential.  We offer a dynamic and diverse program designed to challenge the student academically, while encouraging exploration and development of their unique and artistic skills and talents. Students are encouraged to build upon their creative capacity to inquire with deep curiosity, to think unconventionally, to question the norm and imagine and reflect on new perspectives in order to become more passionate and compassionate members of a local and global community.

    ...



    How are we different?

    How are we different?

    • Art is used as the vehicle to excite learning and remembering.
    • Active involvement of the learner enhances learning.
    • Allow space for students to be individuals with a small class size. 
    ...



    Four Core Values

    All of our learning community (students, teachers and families) believe in our four core values:

    Engagement 

    Children must be engaged for learning to occur. Full engagement is therefore one of the prerequisite aims of our program, and an essential purpose of our Fine Arts focus.

    Environment

    Maintaining a safe, respectful, stress- and confrontation-free environment is crucial to children's success. Learning is also greatly enhanced by our small class sizes and low student-teacher ratios.

    Expression

    Children who feel free to fully express themselves develop the confidence and emotional maturity to tackle any academic and social challenges they may face in the future.

    Growth and Community

    ArtsCalibre is growing with our children. Having built a highly reputable preschool, we are now planning to grow by at least one grade per year, to Grade 5 and beyond. Strong connections between the children, their families and our school are the natural result of this process and the warm, inviting climate that we strive to create.

    The Arts can be seen as a reflection of society. It is an excellent way to understand the time period, by seeing what the artists were expressing whether it be music, art or a play.

    Also, the arts provide us with aesthetic qualities.  Imagine how gray our world would be if not for the beauty of a Monet painting, a Beethoven symphony, an August Wilson play.  Taking time to appreciate this beauty is what makes us human, and that's a very important quality to hang on to.

    ...



    Key Program Areas

    The ArtsCalibre Curriculum goes beyond the BC Curriculum adding in aspects to help build confidence, poise and advanced social skills. Key program areas include:

    • Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st-century economy.
    • With MindUP, students learn to self-regulate behaviour and mindfully engage in focused concentration required for academic success.
    • Handwriting Without Tears is an easy-to-teach, easy-to-learn curriculum that makes handwriting mastery joyful for students and teachers.
    ...



    Testimonials

    "Thank you once again for a fabulous year.  Kamryn has grown so much through your programs.  We appreciate your hard work, compassion and dedication.  We are so thankful we found you and your vision, and are looking very forward to what next year brings."

        - Erin and Steve

    "Don and I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for all that you've done for Luke this year.  You have no idea how wonderful it was to see him so enthusiastic to go to school, and so excited to tell us what he did each day when we picked him up.  Your patience, caring and understanding made him feel safe, happy and comfortable being there."

        - Trish and Don

    "The teachers are so caring and committed.  The program is creative, fun and child-centered.  There is a greater ratio of staff to children, so each child gets a lot of attention and is truly valued by the staff."

        - Nadine

    "Thank you, Thank you!  You guys are awesome!!  The staff is extremely approachable, always in a great mood, and willing to help in any way possible."

        - Natalie

    ...



    In the News

    News

    August 13, 2015 - $5000 can buy a lot of books!

    Even in a digital age, books and literacy play a key role in teaching. We asked our students to use their leadership skills to help. ...



    Associations

    Associations
    • Federation of Independent School Associations (FISA) Associations


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