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CEFA Early Learning (Core Education & Fine Arts™)
CEFA Early Learning (Core Education & Fine Arts™)
#100 590 McKay Ave., Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 5A8
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CEFA Early Learning (Core Education & Fine Arts™)
 

CEFA Early Learning (Core Education & Fine Arts™)

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

Approach :
Play-based
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
Tuition:
$6,450 to $18,420 /year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 10
Enrolment:
Day: Varies (Gr. NS - K)

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#100 590 McKay Ave., Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 5A8
#160-10811 No. 4 Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V7A 2Z5

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The CEFA Early Learning system (Core Education & Fine Arts™) is an educational method designed to educate the whole child, not simply academically, but socially, emotionally and physically. Each aspect of the CEFA program provides knowledge and stimulation to your child’s brain in different ways. This enriched world class learning curriculum was created by examining international best practices and is refined with the latest research in behavioural and developmental sciences and psychology. It features a unique partnership of core subjects (such as Reading and Math) and fine arts (such as Drama and Yoga) providing children with the freedom to learn and grow through play. Programs are designed specifically for infants and children up to five years old. Call or email us today to schedule a tour at one of our locations: 3 in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Kelowna, 2 in Langley, New Westminster, North Vancouver, 3 in Richmond, 4 in Surrey, 2 in Vancouver.


Academics


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 school says: The CEFA Enriched Curriculum provides your child with the opportunity to share learning experiences and play with other children of the same age and intellectual level. We offer programs for infants and children up to five years old. Our enriched world class learning curriculum was created by examining international best practices and is refined with the latest research in behavioural and developmental sciences and psychology. It features a unique partnership of core subjects (such as Reading and Math) and fine arts (such as Drama and Yoga) providing children with the freedom to learn and grow 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 school 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 school says: This information is not currently available.


Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

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

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

What school says: This information is not currently available.


Special Needs Support Moderate

Moderate

school provides special accomodations for certain learning disabilities (moderate to severe). They do not provide specialized support for developmental disabilities, 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
  • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
    Special needs
    Learning disabilities
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    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
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    Clinical Depression
    Suicidal thoughts
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Physical
    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 No Support

No Support

School 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.

Class Sizes Not available

This information is not currently available.

Recess Policy

 GradesNSPSJKSKK
Non-lunch recessFrequency
Location
Amount
Lunch recessAmount

What school says: This information is not currently available.



Extracurriculars

principal
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This information is not currently available.


  • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Ice Hockey
    Lacrosse
    Soccer
    Softball
    Swimming
    Tennis
    Track & Field
    Volleyball
  • Clubs Offered
    Drama Club
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Yoga

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition

This information is not currently available.



Need-based financial aid

This information is not currently available.



Merit based Scholarships

This information is not currently available.


Enrollment

Total enrollment Varies
Average enrollment per gradeVaries
Average class size8 to 10
Grades (gender)Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
Boarding offeredNo

Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


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Stories & Testimonials

News

Dear Staff at cefa™ Burnaby, On the eve of Benjamin’s preschool graduation, I want to put into words some of my thoughts and emotions as our son approaches one of his milestones. Benjamin has had an excellent year at cefa™ Burnaby and there are many reasons for this. I want to highlight and illustrate some of these reasons. The staff at cefa™ Burnaby are always warm and welcoming and take the time to greet the children by name, even if they are not their enrolling teacher. The teachers hug the children, joke with them, tickle them and when appropriate discipline, fairly and patiently. As a parent and an educator I know that this is a difficult balance to achieve. Speaking solely from a parent’s point of view, I appreciate the willingness of both the administration and staff to listen. I felt that I could bring both issues and successes to the staff and we could problem-solve and celebrate. Of course, there are the numerous activities and events that are the highlights for Benjamin, but at the end of the day, it is the fact that he looks forward to school that I love. I want him to love school and love learning for many years. So to all the teachers who have taught Benjamin and encouraged him, I thank you. Our only regret is that he did not start at cefa™ Burnaby earlier. Sincerely, Felice Ho and Cedric Ho ...



Ceilidh loves cefa!

Dear cefa Vancouver, I just wanted to pass along my thanks and offer some feedback regarding my daughter, Ceilidh's, time at your program. Firstly, she has had an amazing experience attending CEFA and has benefited greatly from both the educational and social components that make up the program. From day one she fell in love with all of the staff and immediately thought of it as “her school. The curriculum offered at CEFA is simply outstanding and one of a kind in BC coming from Europe I was shocked that official schooling did not begin here until aged 5 (by that time, I had already had two years of full schooling in the UK)! My only wish is that CEFA becomes recognized as a “school” by the Government, rather than a daycare setting. In the few months that Ceilidh attended CEFA she has learned to recognize many letters and numbers and can even write some without help; she is far more focused and has a greater attention span; she has learned to try new foods – a battle we have been unsuccessful with at home; and, most importantly, she has made new friends, social connections, and is able to play “with” other kids rather than play €œnext€ to them. Thank you, CEFA, for giving us the opportunity to see or daughter blossom – we truly hope we are able to rejoin the program very soon! Tracey Flattes ...



Reflections from a cefa parent

As her parents, we listened with much pride, joy and gratitude as our daughter Noelie recited the poem "An Epitome of the Triad" by Cleo Victoria Stewart at cefa's Holiday Event on December 16, 2001. Her ability to read the poem off the sheet that her Junior Kindergarten 3 teacher, Ms Forsyth, was holding, was definitely a culmination of everyone's hard work, working in tandem, just like the poem Noelie read "Day after day the teacher toiled/ With a touch that was deft and sure./ While the parent labored in support/ And polished and smoothed it o'er." We feel blessed to have been able to give Noelie the opportunity to learn at cefa since she was 21 months old, from Junior Kindergarten 1 and through to Junior Kindergarten 2 and 3, and thankful to the teachers for their dedication and hard work. Her acceptance into York House for kindergarten is proof once again of the high educational standards cefa™ has as a preparatory preschool. We look forward to her graduation from cefa™ with bittersweet joy and appreciative of the joy for learning now instilled in our daughter. ...



Kind words from a cefa parent

It is with great pride and earnest thanks that I write this letter today. It is Bradley's 4th birthday today and he was just accepted to Kindergarten at Mulgrave Independent School a whole year early. When we first enrolled Bradley at cefa it was for two reasons: to provide him with some social interaction skills and to give him a good start at an education. Our expectations were exceeded in every way. The most telling trait of your school is his love of learning. Even on his days off he asks to be there. He's excited about his class lessons, his friends, his teachers and about himself. He is confident, thoughtful, happy, and inquisitive. The program that you have put together fosters not just an understanding of the basic concepts such as the alphabet and numbers but problem solving, interest development, confidence building, and creativity. The foundation that cefa has given Bradley will benefit more than simply his academic career. It is the building blocks of exceptional character development. The preparation he has received is for more than just school, it is for life. With confidence we recommend your school to all parents who want to develop their child's complete potential. Sincerely, Stephanie Chu. ...



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