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CEFA Kelowna - McKay
CEFA Kelowna - McKay
#100 590 McKay Ave, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 5A8
Contact name:
Stephanie Lapointe

Phone number:
(236) 420-3868×
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CEFA Kelowna - McKay

CEFA Kelowna - McKay

#100 590 McKay Ave, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 5A8

Approach :
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler (6 months) to JK (Coed)
$13,000 to 15,000/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 16
Day: 30 (Gr. NS - JK)

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Contact Name:
Stephanie Lapointe

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School Address
#100 590 McKay Ave, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 5A8



About this school:


CEFA Kelowna embraces your child’s innate curiosity by creating a stimulating and nurturing academic environment. Every day is spent encouraging your young learner to confidently and independently pursue their inquisitiveness. While we focus on helping children master language, math, and sensorial experience at age-appropriate levels, we simultaneously nurture the development of conscientious, caring, and compassionate human beings. Our curriculum is follows a project-based approach. Call us today for a tour.


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 CEFA Kelowna - McKay says: Our teachers have the dual role of presenting activities to the children (as they would in Montessori) and also keenly observing children and their interests, documenting those, and following the child’s lead (as they would in Reggio schools). CEFA schools also focus on teaching children to learn from any and all circumstances, and to question their learning.

Curriculum Pace Student-paced

  • Standard-enriched
  • Accelerated
  • Student-paced

The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

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 CEFA Kelowna - McKay 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 CEFA Kelowna - McKay says: CEFA™ is based on a more contemporary approach to early childhood development, which reflects the needs of children worldwide in today’s society, and aims at ensuring that children have a voice in our society, and that they understand their social responsibilities. In our CEFA™ schools, every child’s special, unique individuality is encouraged, and children may express themselves with joy and exuberance, and move about the classroom with ease and freedom.

Developmental Priorities Intellectual

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

What CEFA Kelowna - McKay says: This information is not currently available.

Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

Mild difficulties

CEFA Kelowna - McKay can provide support for mild disablities. CEFA Kelowna - McKay 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
    Extra support

Gifted Learner Support No Support

No Support

CEFA Kelowna - McKay does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

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 JK, CEFA Kelowna - McKay students perform an average of No homework of homework per night.

Nightly Homework
CEFA Kelowna - McKay 0 mins0 mins0 mins
Site Average0 mins2 mins5 mins

Report Card Policy

How assessments are delivered across the grades:

Prose (narrative)-based feedbackNursery/Toddler to JK
Academic achievement reportingNursery/Toddler to JK
Habits and behaviour reportingNursery/Toddler to JK
Parent-teacher meetingsNursery/Toddler to JK

Class Sizes Not available

This information is not currently available.

Recess Policy

Non-lunch recessFrequency
Lunch recessAmount

What CEFA Kelowna - McKay says: This information is not currently available.


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This information is not currently available.

  • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
    Ice Hockey
    Track & Field
  • Clubs Offered

Tuition & Financial Aid



Need-based financial aid

This information is not currently available.

Merit based Scholarships

This information is not currently available.


Total enrollment 30
Average enrollment per grade10
Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler (6 months) to JK (Coed)
Boarding offeredNo

Student distribution:

Day Enrollment101010



Admissions Assessments:

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

Application Deadlines:

Day students:

What CEFA Kelowna - McKay says: This information is not currently available.


Acceptance Rate:


Type of student CEFA Kelowna - McKay is looking for: This information is not currently available.

Student Entry Points

Student TypeNSPSJK
Day Acceptance
(Acceptance rate)
10 (100%)10 (100%)10 (100%)

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