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Calgary French & International School

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

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Curriculum:
Progressive
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$10,810 to 12,720/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

Highlights:

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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. — Visit school website




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The Our Kids review of Calgary French & International School

our takeLanguage is a window onto the world, and CFIS is a school that has designed its program to make the most of the benefits of bilingualism. Being bilingual 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 languages are 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. 





Principal's Message

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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

Primary Curriculum: Progressive


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. In 2015, the school tied for first place in the Fraser Institute rankings scoring higher on their provincial achievement tests than over 800 schools throughout the province.

  • Approach:
    Focus Language-based
    Academic French immersion


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      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 Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      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
    • 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
    • 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.


    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 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 CFIS says: Our emergent curriculum program means individualized learning based on a child's interest. Learning stations and activities are influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach. 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 Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    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 Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    CFIS can provide support for mild disablities. CFIS 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
    • What CFIS says: The school's learning strategist team helps students with both learning strategies and enrichment activities.


    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
    PSJKSK123456789101112
    CFIS 0 mins0 mins0 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins45 mins45 mins45 mins45 mins
    Site Average2 mins5 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins54 mins58 mins71 mins81 mins97 mins109 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.

    Recess Policy

     GradesPSJKSK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day No recess No recess
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Not applicable Not applicable
    Amount 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40
    Lunch recessAmount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 0 0

    What CFIS 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. Recess segmentation: This school segments recesses by grade

    What CFIS says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

    principal
    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

     
    PSJKSK123456789101112
    Day$12,720$10,810$11,970$12,720


    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 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:

    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.  

    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. 

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



    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

    Southeast Asia travel studies: Cultural and curricular immersion

    Each year, Calgary French & International School  students venture throughout the world to live immersed in other cultures and languages. Travel studies at the Calgary French & International School is an reflection of their community--their dedication to cultural peace and understanding, learning the curriculum in meaningful, memorable ways, language immersion in everyday life, all while nurturing the strong connections that continue as alumni. 

    In February 2013, 18 Calgary French & International School senior high students embarked on a trip of a lifetime to Cambodia and Hong Kong.  The trip combined a first hand study of history, a visit to UNESCO World Heritage sites, and volunteer work at an orphanage in Siem Reap.  Here is a bit from the students in their own words:

    On the killing fields and S-21 prison

    "We were all moved by seeing and hearing stories about the crimes against humanity that occurred there.  Our guide actually lost his father to the Khmer Rouge's violence.  It's one thing to hear the statistics and numbers of the deceased, but it's another to individualize the people that died.  The "S-21" museum was originally a secondary school in the city but during the war was converted to a prison where people were tortured into giving information to the Khmer Rouge.  All of us were disturbed by what happened there, but, it also taught us a lesson about the history of the country and also the crimes against humanity that we would never wish to happen in ANY country or to anyone ever again."

    On the Cambodian Landmine Museum, which is funded in part by the Canadian government. 

    "Neglected land mines have taken the lives and stolen the limbs of the victims of this terrible weapon of war.  Today I read a book full of the stories of several kids who were land mine victims, and how the Landmine Museum staff had taken them in of their own accord, to ensure that these kids have a brighter future.  These kids were no different than we are with as much potential to do anything they wanted to. I was touched by the stories of these kids, and how some have become lawyers, bankers and doctors."

    On Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: 
    Angkor Wat is an early 12th century temple, the largest religious monument in the world.

    "Angkor Wat is spectacular!  It's an amazing building, full of the most beautiful carvings.  Some are washed out, but some are so clear, even after all this time!!" 

    On working with the children at a Cambodian orphanage. 

    Students spent 5 days at the Prehatit Community Development Association (PACDOC) orphanage building a kitchen and garden.  Upon returning to Canada they filled backpacks with school supplies, and sent them along with gently used CFIS white shirts and navy pants so all of the children can attend school.

    "We started our work at the orphanage yesterday, and continued working today.  It has been a great, long, sweaty, tiring and fun few days here with the children.  We are making a lot of bonds, it will be hard to leave."

    "At the orphanage I taught three kids self-defence.  It made me happy to teach them something that might be useful in their lives later on."

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    United Nations Associated School: Instilling cultural peace and understanding

    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. The Calgary French & International School is the only independent school in Calgary to have received this designation since applying in 2009 and is part of a global network of over 6,000 educational institutions in hundreds of countries world-wide. 

    As part of this program, each class from preschool to Grade 12 has a connection with a classroom or community throughout the world. This past year, Calgary French & International School students connected with students in the United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Ecuador and many more. Older students might travel to visit communities, while younger students might connect via letters or Skype and raise money to make a difference within the community or school with which they are connected.

    Community service and taking action on knowledge are key aspects of the curriculum. Action projects are student-led and might range from developing an educational application to identify an invasive species to raising money to drill a well for our adopted village in Nicaragua. Each year, students raise tens of thousands of dollars in goods and cash donations for local and global charities. 

    Teachers and students involved in the UNESCO Associated Schools program work together to develop innovative educational approaches and materials focused on these four themes:

    1) World Concerns and the United Nations system
    2) Human Rights and Democracy
    3) Intercultural Learning
    4) Environmental Issues

    All UNESCO projects and initiatives are shared annually with our community at the UNESCO Showcase. 

     

     

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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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