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Calgary French & International School

   
700 - 77th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 5R1

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Curriculum:
Progressive,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to Gr. 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$7,490 to 14,310/year
Main Language:
English & French
Avg. Class Size:
16 to 20
Enrolment:
Day: 780 (Gr. PS - 12)

School Address
700 - 77th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 5R1

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About this school:

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Tomorrow’s world will require today’s young people to be innovative and creative global citizens. At the Calgary French & International School, fluency in multiple languages and an ability to confidently navigate among different cultures provides exciting future options for our graduates. From preschool to Grade 12, each student’s potential is nurtured. We work together to balance academic achievement with purposeful enrichment across a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular activities.

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Our Take: Calgary French & International School

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Language is a window onto the world, and CFIS is a school that has designed its program to make the most of the benefits that. Being fluent in French in the Canadian labour market is a benefit, though even beyond that, language provides a lens through which a student can learn about her place within her community and the wider world. Not all immersion programs are created the same—it’s not just about instruction, but also about how language is used to build out the programming and the life of the school, including the values that it seeks to express. At CFIS it functions very much in that way, providing a foundation for the entire curriculum, something that it’s been doing for decades, beginning even before the immersion programs within the public system that Canadians, since, have become familiar with. The size of the school allows for a very full offering of extracurriculars, including programs, such as international travel, that extend the lessons undertaken within the school walls. 





School busing:

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CFIS offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider, door-to-door pickup . The regions it offers busing from are Calgary, Airdrie, Okotoks.
Additional notes: CFIS’s partnership with First Student Canada offers six routes serving various Calgary communities and the surrounding area. Because of this, CFIS is able to provide an academically excellent education to students from all areas of Calgary and area - from Rocky Ridge, Scenic Acres and Cochrane in the northwest to Garrison Woods, Marda Loop, Lakeview, Willow Park and McKenzie Lake - and everywhere in between! Door-to-door service is provided for all passengers. No more waiting at your child's school bus stop - a very convenient start to the school day! Routes are planned with a view to keeping travel time to less than an hour.

Principal's Message

principal

Mme. Margaret Dorrance, Head of School

Thank you for your interest in Calgary French & International School.  

Whether you are a current parent, a prospective parent or staff person, I hope your visit here is informative. Please contact us about any additional questions you have about our school community and programs. 

I accepted the position as Head of School at the Calgary French & International School because I believe deeply in our school's mission and ability to support each student to succeed both today and tomorrow.

At the Calgary French & International School (CFIS), an ability to effectively and confidently navigate among different cultures affords our graduates an exciting range of future options.

Tomorrow’s world will require today’s young people to be innovative and creative global citizens.

In our school’s warm, welcoming community of talented and engaged teachers, involved parents, and dedicated and skilled staff, each student’s unique potential is nurtured in a robust, dynamic and diverse learning environment. We work together toward the common goal of fluency in multiple languages, while balancing academic achievement and purposeful enrichment across a wide-ranging variety of curricular and co-curricular activities. 

We develop the whole student alongside strong academics

At the Calgary French & International School (CFIS), we believe in developing the whole student alongside strong academics. Not only are we one of the best independent schools Calgary has to offer, our French immersion education with a strong Spanish program and an international focus positions us among the best private schools in Canada. 

We hope you enjoy your online experience, and we invite you to come visit our school soon. Here's a bit more about admissions and what sort of student would thrive at CFIS. 

Sincerely,

Mme. Margaret Dorrance
Head of School


Academics


Curriculum Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate


What CFIS says: The Calgary French & International School blends a progressive and traditional approach to learning. Project-based and student-led inquiry abounds and is supported by teacher-led instruction and learning support for enrichment and challenges. Affiliations with UNESCO, Round Square and IB allow CFIS to support the development of global citizens while focusing on academic, artistic, musical and physical development as well.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:
    Focus Language-based
    Academic French immersion


  • 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 CFIS says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    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 CFIS says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What CFIS says: This information is not currently available.


    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 CFIS says: After gathering an impressive foundation of oral French vocabulary, students begin to read and write in French starting in Grade 1. At the end of Grade 2, English reading and writing begins and students quickly progress in their bilingual skills towards the end of Grade 3. In Grade 4, students begin Spanish lessons with specialist teachers.


    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: The CFIS science program is impressive, particularly into the senior high where laboratory assignments echo that of first and second year post-secondary studies.

    • 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 CFIS says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies Expanding Communities

      The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What CFIS says: This information is not currently available.


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


    Foreign Languages
    • What CFIS says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What CFIS says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What CFIS says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What CFIS says: This information is not currently available.


    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)

      Group 2 (Language B)

        Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)

          Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)

            Group 5 (Mathematics)

              Group 6 (The Arts)

              Advanced Placement Courses
              • AP Physics 1
              • AP Physics 2
              • AP Psychology
              • AP Biology
              • AP Chemistry
              • AP European History
              • AP Macroeconomics
              • AP Microeconomics

              Sex and Health Education Alberta curriculum
              Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

              What CFIS 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 CFIS says: This information is not currently available.



              Preschool/K Curriculum Play-based

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

              Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

              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 CFIS says: Our emergent curriculum program means individualized learning based on a child's interest. Learning stations and activities are influenced by student interest and the development of language, pre-literacy, pre-numeracy, social and emotional skills is connected to the student. Wide-varieties of projects focus learning strategically on areas such as developing fine and gross motor skills, literacy and numeracy through play.


              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 CFIS says about flexible pacing: Student-led projects occur in every grade through our UNESCO program. Students are encouraged to take on community service initiatives connected to their curricular studies. A focus on differentiated learning through technology, learning strategists and literacy coaches is a great benefit for students across grades.


              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 CFIS says: This information is not currently available.


              Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Balanced

              Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
              Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

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

              What CFIS says: This information is not currently available.


              Special Needs Support Indirect Support

              Indirect Support

              Students remain in a regular classroom for the whole day; the teacher receives special training in accommodating special needs and/or learning disabled students.

              • 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
              • What CFIS says: The school's learning strategist team helps students with both learning strategies and enrichment activities.

              • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
                Special needs
                ADHD (moderate to severe)
                Learning disabilities
                Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
                Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
                Dyscalculia
                Dysgraphia
                Language Processing Disorder
                Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
                Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
                Developmental
                Autism
                Asperger's Syndrome
                Down syndrome
                Intellectual disability
                Williams syndrome
                Behavioral and Emotional
                Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
                Clinical Depression
                Clinical anxiety
                Suicidal thoughts
                Drug and alcohol abuse
                Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
                Physical
                Multiple sclerosis
                Cerebral palsy
                Muscular dystrophy
                Spina Bifida
                Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
                Blindness
                Deafness
                Cystic Fibrosis
                Multiple physical
              • Forms of support delivery:
                Support Type = offered
                A regular class with indirect support
                A regular class with resource assistance
                A regular class with withdrawal assistance
                A special education class with partial integration
                A full-time special education class
              • Additional Support:
                Support Type = offered
                Social skills programs
                Occupational therapy
                Psychotherapy
                Speech-language therapy

              Gifted Learner Support Dedicated class; 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: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

              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 CFIS says: Our talented and gifted students are provided opportunities within the class to explore grade level concepts in broader and deeper ways. Our school's learning strategists work directly with teachers to coach on how to differentiate our project-

              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 12, Calgary French & International School students perform an average of 45 mins of homework per night.

              Nightly Homework
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              CFIS 0 mins0 mins0 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins45 mins45 mins45 mins45 mins
              Site Average2 mins6 mins7 mins16 mins17 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins69 mins80 mins95 mins108 mins

              Report Card Policy

              How assessments are delivered across the grades:

              Lettered or numbered gradesPreschool to 12
              Prose (narrative)-based feedbackPreschool to 12
              Academic achievement reportingPreschool to 12
              Habits and behaviour reportingPreschool to 12
              Parent-teacher meetingsPreschool to 12

              Class Sizes Not available

              This information is not currently available.


              Extracurriculars

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              What CFIS says:
              • One of the best travel studies programs in western Canada with travel to five continents.

              • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
                Badminton
                Baseball
                Basketball
                Cross-country skiing
                Cycling
                Downhill skiing
                Field Hockey
                Football
                Golf
                Gymnastics
                Ice Hockey
                Ice Skating
                Lacrosse
                Mountain biking
                Rowing
                Rugby
                Running
                Soccer
                Softball
                Swimming
                Tennis
                Track & Field
                Volleyball
              • Clubs Offered
                Art Club
                Band
                Choir
                Community Service
                Computer Club
                Debate Club
                Drama Club
                Environmental Club
                Jazz Ensemble
                Math Club
                Musical theatre/Opera
                Outdoor Club
                Outdoor Education
                Photography
                Robotics club
                Science Club
                Student Council
                Yearbook
                Yoga

              Tuition & Financial Aid

              Tuition

              Day Day (Half day)
               
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              Day$14,310$12,160$13,460$14,310
              Day (Half day)$7,490


              Need-based financial aid

              This information is not currently available.



              Merit based Scholarships

              Calgary French & International School
              Amount: $200
              Other
              Deadline: Rolling
              Eligibility Details: Students grade 1 to 12—For ""The Extra Mile Award"" in honour of Ed Romanowski: : perseverance, stamina, a good student, but not necessarily top of the class; initiative, community involvement and a good, all-around athlete.
              Application Details: For scholarships, it is primarily academic results, but may also include leadership skills and effort. Doesn't accept applications on the bursaries/awards, but determines aid based upon our knowledge of the students. Parents requiring financial aid are urged to apply to the Prosser Charitable Foundation, which may assist them.  The Prosser Foundation tries to commit to existing clientele before accepting new applications (www.theprossercharitablefoundation.ca).
              For more details, visit: www.cfis1.com/main/admissions/welcom
              Calgary French & International School
              Amount: $200
              Other
              Deadline: Rolling
              Eligibility Details: Students grade 1 to 12—The Donna S. Finley Student Award For Excellence in Leadership: Looking for candidates with the following qualities: Initiating, inspiring, motivated, unselfish, responsible, resourceful, collaborative, innovative and committed.
              Application Details: For scholarships, it is primarily academic results, but may also include leadership skills and effort. Doesn't accept applications on the bursaries/awards, but determines aid based upon our knowledge of the students. Parents requiring financial aid are urged to apply to the Prosser Charitable Foundation, which may assist them.  The Prosser Foundation tries to commit to existing clientele before accepting new applications (www.theprossercharitablefoundation.ca).
              For more details, visit: www.cfis1.com/main/admissions/welcom
              Calgary French & International School
              Amount: $0
              Other
              Deadline: Rolling
              Eligibility Details: Students grade 1 to 12—
              Application Details: For scholarships, it is primarily academic results, but may also include leadership skills and effort. Doesn't accept applications on the bursaries/awards, but determines aid based upon our knowledge of the students. Parents requiring financial aid are urged to apply to the Prosser Charitable Foundation, which may assist them.  The Prosser Foundation tries to commit to existing clientele before accepting new applications (www.theprossercharitablefoundation.ca).
              For more details, visit: www.cfis1.com/main/admissions/welcom
              Calgary French & International School
              Amount: $4,000
              Other
              Deadline: Rolling
              Eligibility Details: Students grade 12—The Grade 12 Scholarship Fund is $1,000 a year to a maximum of $4,000. Criteria for the CFIS Grade 12 Scholarship includes: Canadian citizen or permanent resident; resident of Alberta. Candidate should be graduating from Grade 12 at CFIS and plan to enroll or be enrolled in a degree program or diploma-granting program at: i. Any Canadian post-secondary institution which is a member of, or affiliated with a member of, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) or the Association of Community Colleges of Canada (ACCC); or ii. Any approved equivalent U.S. or foreign post-secondary institution.
              Application Details: For scholarships, it is primarily academic results, but may also include leadership skills and effort. Doesn't accept applications on the bursaries/awards, but determines aid based upon our knowledge of the students. Parents requiring financial aid are urged to apply to the Prosser Charitable Foundation, which may assist them.  The Prosser Foundation tries to commit to existing clientele before accepting new applications (www.theprossercharitablefoundation.ca).
              For more details, visit: www.cfis1.com/main/admissions/welcom

              Enrollment

              Total enrollment 780
              Average enrollment per grade49
              Average class size16 to 20
              Gender (grades)Preschool to Gr. 12 (Coed)
              Boarding offeredNo

              Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


              Admission

              Application

              Admissions Assessments:

              Assessment = requiredGrades
              InterviewPS - 12
              SSAT
              SSAT (out of province)
              Entrance Exam(s)1 - 12
              Entrance Essay
              Application Fee 

              Application Deadlines:

              Day students:
              Rolling


              What CFIS says:

              It is important that the Calgary French & International School is a good fit for your child and that we will be able to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of each student offered placement.

              To most successfully meet the needs of all applicants and determine appropriate placements, an application process occurs through which a student’s academic record, behaviour and citizenship qualities are considered.  

              On behalf of each student, the family fills out an online application, including supplementary documentation, and an application fee and then attends the school for an assessment. Completion of these components of the process does not necessarily guarantee placement at CFIS. If you need more information before applying, you can fill out an inquiry form and our Director of Enrolment, Mme. Kathy Marinakos, will be in contact. 

              The ideal candidate

              The ideal candidate for a CFIS education is a student who would thrive in a high-energy, positive environment with opportunity and involvement in academic pursuits, music, fine and dramatic arts, and physical education.  Self and mutual respect, strong character and a family emphasis upon volunteerism and a commitment to education are all important characteristics in a CFIS student.

              A family commitment to French immersion education and to the CFIS community is also important.  Students may then be invited to continue the process by attending an assessment, which includes locally developed, age-appropriate evaluation as well an interview with CFIS faculty. 

              Prerequisites

              French language experience at the preschool, junior kindergarten and kindergarten levels is not required, but is certainly an asset. For applicants considering entry to grades 1 through 12, a requirement is current attendance in a French immersion program, a French education or for students to be native French speakers.



              Acceptance

              Acceptance Rate:

              75%

              Type of student Calgary French & International School is looking for: The ideal candidate for a Calgary French & International School (CFIS) education is a student who would thrive in a high-energy, positive environment with opportunity and involvement in academic pursuits, music, fine and dramatic arts, and physical education. Self and mutual respect, strong character and a family emphasis upon volunteerism and a commitment to education are all important characteristics in a CFIS student.



              Student Entry Points

              Student TypePSJKSK123456789101112
              Day Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)
              32 (70%)48 (85%)00 - 3 (50%)0 - 3 (80%)0 - 3 (80%)0 - 3 (80%)0 - 3 (80%)0 - 3 (80%)5 - 10 (80%)0 - 3 (80%)0 - 3 (80%)5 - 15 (80%)0 - 3 (80%)0 - 3 (80%)

              University Placement

              highlights
              Services = offered
              Career planning
              Internships
              Mentorship Program
              University counseling
              Key Numbers
              Average graduating class size12
              *Canadian "Big 6" placements0
              **Ivy+ placementsN/A

              *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

              **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)


              What Calgary French & International School says:

            • Alberta College of Art and Design Bishop's University Carleton University Culinary Institute of America (New York) Dalhousie University Mount Allison University Queen's University St. Francis Xavier University Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières University of Alberta University of Calgary University of Ottawa University of Toronto University of Waterloo University of Western Ontario

            • Stories & Testimonials

              News

              What Students Are Saying About Calgary French & International School

              Zainab J., Grade 3: I like the teachers’ encouragement, and that there are more languages to learn!

              Sarah L., Grade 3: We are so lucky to have many options in our school, like gym, music, art programs, and concerts.

              Charlie S., Grade 3: I like our school because it’s different from other schools. It giving us more choices and teaches us to be leaders.

              Evan B., Grade 7: I like how all the teachers are willing to help the students with anything they are having trouble with.

              Meera J., Grade 11:  I like that at CFIS, we have teachers who really care about us and how we do at school, and I like the fact that the teachers care about not just our academics but also about how we are doing. Also, at CFIS we are given opportunities that we might not get at any other schools. 

              Jared F., Grade 11: I like that CFIS provides a learning environment where different perspectives are more than just accepted – they’re welcomed. Throughout my years at the school, I have had the opportunity to participate in a multitude of unique activities which gave me a deeper understanding of global culture. I feel like when I leave this school, I will be well prepared for the future academically and culturally, thanks to the high-quality instruction and never-ending opportunities presented by CFIS.

              Freya M., Grade 8: I like that we have lots of opportunities at CFIS that we may not have at other school. But most importantly, I like the teachers and the support that they give us. The fact that this is a small population means that we have opportunities to gain support from these teachers academically, socially, and emotionally. 

              Tom D., Grade 9: I like how we have amazing quality teaching. Teachers are ready to help students whatever they need, regardless of the situation. They are understanding and we feel that they want the success of every student. The quantity of work is just great, challenging but not overwhelming.

              Sofia H., Grade 7: I like the support from my teachers. If you don’t have the right experiment, or if I am falling behind in a certain subject, teachers will help without hesitation. They don’t want to just teach, they want us to learn.

               

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              What Parents are Saying About Calgary French & International School

              "At CFIS, everyone makes a point of addressing the kids before the adults. To me, that is what a school should be.  CFIS is truly a kids first environment."  Gord E.  CFIS parent since 2015

              "Having visited many of the private schools in the city, we feel very fortunate to be at CFIS.  The culture at CFIS is fantastic. The kids are sensitive and appreciative of cultural differences (not just language differences, but differences in learning styles, and an appreciation for what makes each person special).  The UNESCO program is wonderful. I’m looking forward to the Round Square and the International Baccalaureate programs."  Tarra D.  CFIS parent since 2016.

              "Our son started at CFIS when he was three, and is now about to enter high school.  He has stayed because of the top quality french instruction, small class size and specialist teachers.  We had a chance to travel to Quebec City a few months after our son went there on the school trip.  He was our tour guide and told us stories about the places he saw, and funny things he and his friends did along the way.  He spoke to everyone in French. His confidence and language skills are a testament to the education he has received at CFIS. "  Bonnie S.  CFIS parent since 2006

              "We know we’ve chosen the right school for our family when our son thanks us regularly for sending him to CFIS and our daughter has fond memories of her time at the school."  Joanne Y parent of 2 CFIS alumni

               

               

               

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              Associations

              Associations
              • Association of Independent Schools and Colleges in Alberta (AISCA) Associations
              • Advanced Placement Canada (AP) Associations




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