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Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver

   
3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7K 2E6

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Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 9 (Coed)
Tuition:
$10,700 to 13,700/year
Main Language:
French
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 24
Enrolment:
Day: 182 (Gr. PS - 9)

School Address
3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7K 2E6

About this school:

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The only school in BC offering a superior academic experience by uniting the best of France & Canada, from PS to Grade 9 / #1 in the Fraser Institute ranking of elementary schools of BC / Full immersion in French following the requirements of the Ministry of Education of France & BC / English is introduced at 3 yo & reaches 22% from Gr.6 / Accredited by the worldwide Agency for French Teaching Abroad (488 schools in 130 countries) / 3 bus lines / Before & After-school care / Various extracurricular activities

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The Our Kids review of Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver

our takeWhen schools describe themselves as international they can mean different things, from recruiting an international student population, to delivering curriculum through a global lens. In the case of Cousteau, however, it’s principally a reference to the curriculum: the school adopts both the BC curriculum as well as that of the French Ministry of Education, in partnership with the AEFE. That’s of interest to French nationals, for example, who intend to return to France at some point. It’s also of interest to families of children who may be moving elsewhere at some point and wish to enroll in another AEFE school. That said, most families have more general reasons for enrolling at Cousteau, including the quality of the immersion program and the focus of the curriculum, one centred on the values of multiculturalism and environmental stewardship. (The name was changed in 2013, from The French International School of Vancouver, in order to highlight formal ecological outcomes added to the school curriculum as well as a partnership with Cousteau Foundation and the Aquarium of Vancouver.)  The ideal student is one operating at the top of his or her peer group, and looking to be challenged within an environment of true peers.




School busing:

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school offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider. The regions it offers busing from are Vancouver, North Vancouver.
Additional notes: The school offers 2 bus routes from Vancouver to North Vancouver. There are 2 departures in the afternoon, just after school ends at 3:15PM and after the first club slot at 4:50PM. The bus routes change every year depending on the parents registration.

Upcoming Events Next event: December 05, 2017

upcoming events
  • December 05, 2017OPEN HOUSE
    Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver, 3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia
    Join us Tuesday, December 05 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Interested by the French educational system and willing for your child to become bilingual, please come to our Open house, to discover what we have to offer for your children. No need to register. It starts at 10 am with a presentation with our principal and some teachers and ends with a tour of the school.


  • January 09, 2018OPEN HOUSE
    Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver, 3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia
    Join us Tuesday, January 09 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Interested by the French educational system and willing for your child to become bilingual, please come to our Open house, to discover what we have to offer for your children. No need to register. It starts at 10 am with a presentation with our principal and some teachers and ends with a tour of the school.


  • February 06, 2018OPEN HOUSE
    Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver, 3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia
    Join us Tuesday, February 06 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Interested by the French educational system and willing for your child to become bilingual, please come to our Open house, to discover what we have to offer for your children. No need to register. It starts at 10 am with a presentation with our principal and some teachers and ends with a tour of the school.


  • March 06, 2018OPEN HOUSE
    Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver, 3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia
    Join us Tuesday, March 06 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Interested by the French educational system and willing for your child to become bilingual, please come to our Open house, to discover what we have to offer for your children. No need to register. It starts at 10 am with a presentation with our principal and some teachers and ends with a tour of the school.


  • March 30, 2018Application deadline for 2018-2019
    Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver, 3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia
    Register by Friday, March 30 from 10:00 am

    Apply by March 30th, 2018 to be sure to have a spot for your child for the next school year starting in September 2018.

    For more information: [email protected]


  • April 03, 2018OPEN HOUSE
    Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver, 3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia
    Join us Tuesday, April 03 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Interested by the French educational system and willing for your child to become bilingual, please come to our Open house, to discover what we have to offer for your children. No need to register. It starts at 10 am with a presentation with our principal and some teachers and ends with a tour of the school.


  • May 01, 2018OPEN HOUSE
    Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver, 3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia
    Join us Tuesday, May 01 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Interested by the French educational system and willing for your child to become bilingual, please come to our Open house, to discover what we have to offer for your children. No need to register. It starts at 10 am with a presentation with our principal and some teachers and ends with a tour of the school.



Principal's Message

principal

Franck Tavares, Principal

Dear Parents,

Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver is the only school in British Columbia that offers an academic curriculum that is approved by both the British Columbia Ministry of Education and the French Ministry of Education.

What we propose ? Why we are different ? 

A bilingual school based on an innovative and ambitious pedagogy of languages
A model school for multicultural and multilingual education, actively preparing tomorrow’s international citizens
We are a school of academic excellence that integrates the best of both the French and Canadian systems. We offer a personalized, high quality teaching and learning. Students are offered a rigorous an challenging workload that is adapted when needed to assist students to reach their full potential.

Our educational projects aim to develop respect for others and ourselves, a sense of responsibility and cooperation,

We aim to develop future citizens who are critical thinkers, who have intellectual curiosity and a predilection for initiative and openness. Citizens with enabling them to understand, value, and share the principles of solidarity, respect, and responsibility for everyone and for the environment.

Our bilingual education provides a creative and stimulating environment for this project. The parents, the  staff and the students, together we uphold the values of an international community, respectful of differences, open to the exchange of ideas, languages and cultures.


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What school says: The French International School of Vancouver provides the opportunity for the students to benefit from the best of both educative Worlds, French and Canadian. The school endeavours to achieve the following three objectives: 1) To educate the students to become active and responsible citizens 2) To support and expand their personal growth and psychological development 3) Expose these students to an excellent scholastic experience By following these objectives with an expanded curriculum that also encompasses cultural and artistic activities; the School’s Mission is to enhance personal development, creativity and to instill a well established work ethic, capable of co-existing and working with their fellow classmates. The French International School of Vancouver also places great value and respect for itself and others by imposing Code of Conduct based on community spirit and the acceptance of diversity. The students and parents that choose The French International School of Vancouver choose also to engage in a deeper bilingual educational experience.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • 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 school says: The teaching of mathematics is another point of pride and renown for the French educational system. It is a global approach in which students are exposed early to a wide range of mathematical concepts: geometry, addition, subtraction and multiplication, algebra, fractions, the decimal system, etc. In each year of the school, these mathematical concepts are expanded and students’ comprehension deepens. Logic and expression are always prioritized. Calculating the correct answer is not sufficient; a student must explain how the answer was obtained, and why. Logic and the ability to articulate one’s reasoning are emphasized in every grade and field.

    • 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 school says: Grade 1 is the start for Cycle 2 : Fundamental Learnings, which spans Maternelle and Elementary School. Maternelle and Elementary teachers have the same training and, in many cases, have taught both levels. As a result, the transition from Kindergarten to Grade 1 is smooth. During grade 1 students begin to read in French, English. They are taught to write in cursive (only in French in Grade 1) and to read all written forms. Language skills and oral expression are high priorities. A significant part of every school day is devoted to poetry, writing, oral language, reading, spelling. Mastering the language is one of the two main priorities of Cycle 2. In this Cycle, art, music, science, civics and physical education classes begin, and math, which is the Cycle’s second main priority, is taught formally.

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

    • What school 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 school says: Grade 1 is the start for Cycle 2 : Fundamental Learnings, which spans Maternelle and Elementary School. Maternelle and Elementary teachers have the same training and, in many cases, have taught both levels. As a result, the transition from Kindergarten to Grade 1 is smooth. During grade 1 students begin to read in French, English. They are taught to write in cursive (only in French in Grade 1) and to read all written forms. Language skills and oral expression are high priorities. A significant part of every school day is devoted to poetry, writing, oral language, reading, spelling. Mastering the language is one of the two main priorities of Cycle 2. In this Cycle, art, music, science, civics and physical education classes begin, and math, which is the Cycle’s second main priority, is taught formally.


    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: Logic and expression are always prioritized. Calculating the correct answer is not sufficient; a student must explain how the answer was obtained, and why. Logic and the ability to articulate one’s reasoning are emphasized in every grade and field. From KG level, we encourage experimenting the world by letting the students be part of the experiments, our Eco School coordinator is providing workshops on all grades and help the teachers to fulfill our ECOSCHOOL commitments.

    • 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 school says: Literature holds a prominent role in children's personal development since the reader becomes emotionally attached with the story and this has positive effects not only on the personal growth but also on the whole learning process. From this point of view, our curriculum for the includes appropriate texts which can be used to these purposes. We cover different types of texts : French poésie, albums, Bande dessinées, etc.


    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What school says: Pre school Another essential aspect of Cousteau Maternelle program is socialization. The school day is highly structured, incorporating specific periods for free, self-directed play. Children learn to express themselves in a manner appropriate to the time and place, and to distinguish the differences in circumstances. They are taught to respect others, and to understand the consequences of their behaviors. and After The goal of our school in reference to the French moral and civic educational programs is to combine the formation of future citizens with critical thinkers. Thus students acquire a conscience enabling them to understand, value, and share the principles of solidarity, respect, and responsibility


    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


    • What school says: The four years of Middle School are organized into two Cycles. Grade 6 (Sixième or 6e) is the end of the Cycle 3: it initiates students into the workings of Middle School and ensures continuity of learning from Elementary School. Grades 7 and 8 and 9 are the Central Cycle 4 : students deepen their knowledge and know-how; physics- chemistry enters the curriculum; discussions of professional paths and training start. In Grade 7 students add a foreign language (Spanish, German or Mandarin).


    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 school says: Our goal is to prepare our students throughout their schooling to fluently speak a second language and to understand the cultural nuances of another country. Neither the French nor English language will be considered a “foreign language”. ! To succeed in this multilingual plan, we rely on an adapted pedagogy. We teach in a manner that borrows and builds from both the mother tongue and the language of schooling. All subjects are taught in French. English is also taught, not only as a language, but also in subject areas such as art, geography, and history. This plan involves not only learning language for its own sake, but to use language as a tool to learn about the world through a different lens. Through project work, language is put into action

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Spanish • ESL


    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 school says: Our Grade 6 and 7 develop with the help of our litterature/drama teacher a whole year project including the choice of a piece, its adaptation, collaboration with students of other grades to present the piece. We also propose some circus workshops and camps throughout the year for KG and up.


    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 school says: IT tools are involved in all courses.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What school says: Physical Education will develop the WHOLE child in EVERY child The physical educators will serve as role models, and demonstrate knowledge of health, physical education and wellness The physical education classes will provide a variety of activities which will motivate the students and increase participation OBJECTIVES Our physical education program will allow the students to participate in developmentally appropriate activities Our physical education program will develop and reinforce cooperative behavior Our physical education program will teach the students to establish lifelong fitness goals


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow 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 Gr. 1 K
    Human development Gr. 5 K
    Puberty Gr. 5 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 6
    Reproduction Gr. 7
    Pregnancy
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 6
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 8
    Contraception Gr. 6
    Consent Gr. 8
    Sexual orientation Gr. 6
    Gender identity Gr. 6
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 8
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8 Gr. 5
    Bias and stereotyping about sex
    Sexual harassment K
    Body image issues Gr. 4
    Mental illness Gr. 7
    Social justice and diversity

    What school 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.

    31 % of Our Kids' schools use a progressive approach for sex and health education


    What school says: This information is not currently available.



    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

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

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    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: Cousteau Maternelle program is characterized by a high esteem for the intelligence and abilities of the pre-school-age child. In a warm, supportive environment adapted to their age, children are challenged and encouraged to think independently and act responsibly, thus fully realizing their potential at each developmental level.


    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: Our classes are pluri lingual then the pedagogical differentiation is required in all the class rooms for all the teachers.


    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 school says: Excellence and rigor of the French Education Certified French teachers from France


    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: Our goal is to prepare our students throughout their schooling to fluently speak a second language and to understand the cultural nuances of another country. Our bilingual education provides a creative and stimulating environment. Our educational projects aim to develop respect for others and themselves, a sense of responsibility and cooperation, a prediction for initiative and openness, intellectual curiosity, and critical thinking. ·The goal of our school is to develop future citizens who are critical thinkers enabling them to understand, value, and share the principles of solidarity, respect, and responsibility for everyone and for the environment.


    Special Needs Support High

    High

    school provides a high degree of support for special needs 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 school says: Cousteau School has a specialist teacher for children who have some difficulties. The teacher propose learning strategy in order to provide help to the children in need.

    • 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
    • What school says: Cousteau School has a specialist teacher for children who have some difficulties. The teacher propose learning strategy in order to provide help to the children in need.


    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 school says: Our bilingual classes offer a challenging environment for gifted students. They can develop their full potential in both languages.

    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 8, Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Academic achievement reportingPreschool to 8
    Habits and behaviour reportingPreschool to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsK to 8

    Class Sizes

    Average class size for each grade:
    Grade PS JK SK K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    Size 11 15 15 15 20 20 18 16 16 16 10 10 n/a

    Recess Policy

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    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60
    Lunch recessAmount 60 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30

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



    Extracurriculars

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    What school says:
    • Ecole Cousteau offers many extracurricular activities. Students can choose every day among 4 different clubs before and after school, from 7:40AM to 8:40AM and from 3PM to 5:30PM. Activities take place at school or in other facilities and are offered by professional providers.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Badminton
      Cycling
      Gymnastics
      Ice Skating
      Martial Arts
      Running
      Sailing
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Drama Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Math Club
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Yoga
      Ballet and Classical Ballet

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Boarding $13,700$10,700
    What school says: New students (when dropping off the completed application form) : CDN $1,000 Actual students : CDN $350

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students$800
    3rd child (sibling)all students$3,000


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 182
    Average enrollment per grade14
    Average class size12 to 24
    Gender (grades)Preschool to 9 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewK - 9
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)K - 9
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    N/A


    What Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver says:

    Early Pre-K (3 years old) and Pre-K (4 years old) children do not need any previous knowledge of French to be accepted, but they must be toilet trained.

    School Placement Test From Kindergarten :

    How Placement Tests Work ?

    For Kindergarten :

    The children are invited to participate in class activities at school.

    Registration for classes from Grade 1 to Grade 9:

    Placement tests at Cousteau are standard exams that challenge a student’s ability in a range of subjects. Students will be assessed in English, French and Math in a 90-minute test.

    Students coming from a school following the French curriculum, member of the French Agency Abroad or set  by the French Ministry of Education, can be registered directly at Cousteau upon submission of their report cards (photocopies) accounting for the past two years and after official acceptance into the following Grade.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    95%

    Type of student Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

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    Cousteau Spring Shoreline Cleanup

    Let's Go Bleu!

    A big thank you to all the staff and families who participated in the shoreline cleanup. Although, we were happy to discover that the beach had very little garbage, we collected about 60 lbs of glass and metal and had a great morning in the sunshine. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2nd Annual Cousteau Shoreline Cleanup and Picnic in Whytecliff Park, West Vancouver on Sunday, September 15th!

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    Biography of the School

    Established in 1997, The French International School Cousteau is the only school in B.C. offering a superior academic experience by uniting the best of France and Canada. It is the only independent school offering a bilingual education meeting the requirement of the French National Ministry of Education and the B.C. curriculum. Member of the worldwide AEFE network - Agency for French Teaching Abroad (480 schools in 130 countries), the school offers eleven grades ranging from preschool to grade 9 (for children from 3 to 14 years old).

    The school embraces 5 key values:

    Excellence, Unity, Enlightenment, Creativity and Environmental Awareness.

    The school aims to integrate Canadian and French cultures, providing students with access to a superior academic program, based upon the curriculum of French Ministry of National Education.  

    Its international approach attracts students from all nationalities and cultures, while promoting French culture in all aspects of the curriculum - arts, science, language and sports.  A strong focus is given to the school’s commitment to environmental awareness and education, focusing on understanding, appreciating and protecting marine ecosystems for the benefit of future generations.               

    The curriculum allows students to develop a superior knowledge of the French language, writing and culture, from preschool to grade 8 (grade 9 opening in September 2013), thanks to French native speaking teachers, diverse and rich means of immersion into the French culture (in-house library boasting more than 12,000 volumes, art and drama, school outings) and strategic links with key local partners, such as the French Consulate and the Alliance Française.  

    Fluency in both French and English is essential from as early as kindergarten, as are excellence in reading, writing, mathematics, science and sports, facilitated by the small class sizes and complemented by extensive arts and music education, as well as social & environmental education.  Mandarin and Spanish courses are offered from Grade 6.

    The school’s more recent deeper commitment to its ‘blue’ vision, as demonstrated by an active and exclusive partnership with the Cousteau Society and the Vancouver Aquarium, is given focus and drive through educational initiatives, from the students’, the teachers’ and the school’s involvements – individually, in class, at school, in the community and, ultimately, for our planet.

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    THE FRENCH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF VANCOUVER IS GOING BLEU

    Vancouver, B.C. March 14th, 2013 – The French International School of Vancouver has honored the legacy of visionary Jacques-Yves Cousteau— the most celebrated French defender of marine ecology— by renaming itself The French International School Cousteau and pledging to make environmental awareness a significant part of its ethos and curriculum.

    The French International School Cousteau becomes the first French International School in the world to be granted official permission by the Cousteau Society to bear its name. An annex school, named Calypso in memory of Cousteau’s infamous ship will also open its door in September 2013. Located in the South Granville area, this annex will offer a preschool program.

    The French International School Cousteau has pledged to honor Cousteau’s passion for, and committment to, marine ecology through a partnership with the world-renowned Cousteau Society and Vancouver Aquarium, that will make marine ecology a major part of the school’s day-to-day curriculum.  The French International School Cousteau will teach students the Cousteau philosophy—«To Know, To Love, To Protect ».   

    Cousteau is recognised around the world as a visionary, dedicated to protecting aquatic life, and at the forefront of raising global environmental awareness. He was also an accomplished artist, receiving international acclaim for his work as cinematographer and photographer.

    « I salute the French International School of Vancouver’s initiative to take on the Cousteau name, » said Diane Cousteau,one of the directors of the Cousteau Society and daughter of Jacques-Yves Cousteau. « Throughout his life’s work, Commander Cousteau believed education was the foundation for meeting future challenges, and he believed in educating youth with the knowledge and passion to make tomorrow’s crucial decisions to build a better future.  I hope his  name will inspire in students the thirst of exploration and knowledge, and the curiosity and determination that defined Commander Cousteau. »

    As of March 14th, 2013, The French International School Cousteau is represented by a new logo : a ship is depicted through the union of the national symbols of France and Canada, the Eiffel Tower and the maple leaf. It emerges from the ocean separating these two nations, symbolised by a whale’s tail. The French International School Cousteau has already initiated its new bleu* curriculum with a focus on marine ecosystems developed through its partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium.

    The new Blue curriculum embraced by students and teachers features:

    -     An awareness program, in which the discovery of marine fauna and flora and J.-Y. Cousteau’s work put ecological concerns in context ;

    -          Educational projects on the subject of the environment. For example, an original ‘Musical Audio Guide of the Underwater World’ is being put together by the middle school students of Grades 7 and 8 and an original mural of the aquatic underworld is being painted by the pre- school children.

    -          Regular visits by the students to the Aquarium ;

    -          Involvement in the cleaning of British Columbia’s beaches ;

    -          Educational support from a marine biologist, holder of a Masters degree in Sciences.

     The event has been honoured by the presence of Tarik Chekchak, Director "Science and Environment" of The Cousteau Society.

    Biography of Tarik Chekchak

    Tarik is an environmental Engineer by training. He is a specialist of the integrated management of natural areas, taking into account the natural assets as well as the socio-economic and cultural aspects. His approach also aims to stimulate the emergence of "biomimicry" - innovations inspired by Nature, helping to reach sustainable development targets. Tarik is also Secretary of Cousteau Divers, a participatory science program led by Pierre-Yves Cousteau, the youngest son of Jacques Cousteau, a program involving divers around the world. Trained in France and Canada (University of Montreal and University of Rimouski), he worked as a scientist in Quebec and in France with the National Museum of Natural History, and more recently as an expert to the French government to help define the strategic guidelines for the management of marine and coastal areas . For over ten years, he is regularly expedition leader and lecturer onboard polar ships.


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