Established in 1978, Kelowna Christian has an outstanding reputation for providing quality, holistic education. Our passion is to create a challenging and engaging environment that nurtures the next generation of leaders to discover their true potential and impact in the local and global community. Our approach to education is transformational – one that strengthens the heart, mind and soul – and values community, discipleship, excellence, integrity, creativity, rigor, perseverance, and real world connections.
Gifted & Caring Teachers
Holistic & Individualized Teaching
Small Class Sizes
Strong Athletic, Music & Discipleship Programs
Transformative & Excellent Education
Connections with Local & Global Organizations and Charities
Our Take: Kelowna Christian School
Kelowna was founded in a broad evangelical tradition, created to express a set of ideals rather than those of a specific congregation. The academic tradition is strong, and that constitutes a significant draw for the families that enroll. Of course, values do too, including the delivery of the curriculum through the lens of Christian belief. The scriptures and biblical truths form the foundation of the life of the school and the lessons taught here. Students are encouraged to apply their learning through leadership and stewardship within the school community and beyond. The goal, no matter what career path is followed, is to live in service. The ideal student is one who shares the values of the school and who chooses to live through them, and who is able to thrive in a challenging yet eminently rewarding academic atmosphere.
Gifted & Caring Teachers
Holistic & Individualized Teaching
Small Class Sizes
Strong Athletic, Music & Discipleship Programs
Transformative & Excellent Education
Connections with Local & Global Organizations and Charities
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Curriculum approach at Kelowna Christian : Progressive
Kelowna Christian has a Progressive approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Traditional, Liberal Arts, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Progressive - 26%   Traditional - 43%   Liberal arts - 14%   Montessori - 16%   Reggio Emilia - 0%   Waldorf - 1%
What Kelowna Christian says: Kelowna Christian exists to educate, equip and inspire our students to be effective, active and engaged servants of Jesus - both in their life at school and in their lives beyond school. Our Design Principles for Teaching and Learning are simple and clear guidelines that facilitate our missionally-centred educational excellence. As Christian educators, these are principles we strive for in our classrooms and throughout our school: student focused, real world connections, commitment to rigor, teacher as designer, and teaching for transformation.
Learn more at: www.kcschool.ca/programs/academics
Sex and health education approach at Kelowna Christian : British Columbia curriculum
Kelowna Christian has a British Columbia curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Does not follow prrovincialcurriculum approach).
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The structure, pacing, focus, and tone of the sex education curriculum reflects that of the provincial one, taught in public schools.
Sex and health education at schools on OurKids.net
Follows provincial curriculum - 55%   Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 45%
Approach to sex and health education:
Kelowna Christian has a approach Fairly value-based (as opposed to Mostly value-neutral approach).
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Sex 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 .
Kelowna Christian has a approach Traditional (as opposed to Progressive approach).
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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.
Kelowna Christian 's approach to sex-ed: This information is not currently available.
Preschools and kindergartens tend to have a particular curriculum or curricular approach. This refers to what is taught and how it's taught. Most preschools have a curriculum that comprises a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. A preschool's curriculum may or may not, though, reflect its higher-level curriculum (if it's part of a school with elementary or secondary programs)
Preschool/K Curriculum approach at Kelowna Christian : Play-based
Kelowna Christian has a Play-based approach to Preschool/K Curriculum (as opposed to Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Academic approach).
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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.
This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.
Curriculum Pace approach at Kelowna Christian : Standard-enriched
Kelowna Christian has a Standard-enriched approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Accelerated, Student-paced approach).
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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.
Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.
Academic Culture approach at Kelowna Christian : Rigorous
Kelowna Christian has a Rigorous approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Supportive approach).
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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”.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Rigorous - 48%   Supportive - 52%
What Kelowna Christian says: A culture where commitment to rigor,integrity,excellence,perseverance and creativity are encouraged.
Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.
Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
Secondary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
What Kelowna Christian says: This information is not currently available.
Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.
Kelowna Christian offers No support
Kelowna Christian offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
Language Processing Disorder
This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
Drug and alcohol abuse
This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.
Dedicated gifted programs:
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.)
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.
What Kelowna Christian says:
Mission Trips - We want our students to engage the world. It is hoped that students at Kelowna Christian School, through the diverse experiences provided for them, will wrestle with the answers as to how they can be Jesus within their personal circumstances.
Intersession - Intersession offers teachers and students a chance to work together in meaningful and authentic contexts that awaken and deepen their interest in a particular subject or field, as well as provide better and more options to strengthen their faith. High school students engage in activities as diverse as missions trips and paper art, and as broad as set design and work experience placements.
Sports Academy - Sports Academy is a special program that challenges students to develop not only their athletic skills, but also their personal identity, self-esteem and character. Targeted, intentional coaching help students experience growth through commitment, achievement, challenges, perseverance and team work - founded on teaching students to show their G.R.I.T.
Performing Arts - Our Middle & High School students follow with passion and work diligently towards producing a wonderful drama or musical each spring. Our most recent production was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Athletics - Kelowna Christian School has fully equipped gyms at both campuses, external fields, indoor basketball courts and lots of opportunity for our students to get involved. We consistently rank highly in the province often winning provincial championships.Our teams rank with the best in British Columbia - placing in many Provincials over the past several years. KCS currently offers: Basketball,
Volleyball, Rugby, Soccer, and Track & Field.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
What Kelowna Christian says about their tuition: Our families receive a charitable tax receipt equivalent to 70% - 80% of total tuition paid. This benefit may be used to reduce the amount of personal income tax paid, and consequently, reduce the total cost of tuition by approximately 2/3rds of posted rates.
Tuition discounts are also available for families enrolling multiple children. Learn more at: www.kcschool.ca/admissions/tuition
2nd child (sibling)
3rd child (sibling)
4th child (sibling)
Need-based financial aid
Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
K to 12
Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid
This school works with Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST). for processing financial applications 1. Parents are asked to access the F.A.S.T. Program website specifically for Kelowna Christian School applicants.
2. Once there, click the Start Application button in the middle of the first page. All your financial information should be entered directly through the secure server. Space is also provided to fill out additional information that may be pertinent to your application. In addition, a copy of your most recent tax return and other supporting documents should be mailed directly to FAST.
3. A fee of $43.00 US dollars is charged by FAST to process your application (via online Credit card payment). Once completed, the application will be available immediately for review by our school’s Business Office. You may be contacted if additional information is needed.
4. Should you require assistance with your application, FAST Customer Service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll free at 877-326-FAST (3278).
Financial Aid Deadlines
The deadlines for applying for financial aid for the 2018-2019 school year are as follows:
April 15, 2018: FAST applications for returning families must be completed.
May 15, 2018: Supporting documents (i.e. tax return & other forms) must be received by FAST.
August 31, 2018: FAST applications for new families must be completed.
Once these deadlines have passed families can still complete an application, however financial aid may not be awarded if the annual Financial Assistance Fund budget is fully committed to prior applicants. Therefore, if a need for financial aid exists, families should not delay; they are advised to submit their FAST application at the very earliest opportunity.
Merit based Scholarships
Open Scholarship Program Amount: $5,500
Other Deadline: 07/29/2018
Eligibility Details: Students grade 2—
Our Grade 2 classes currently have unfilled capacity. Therefore, for the month of June we will be offering new families with students in these grade levels a significant tuition discount (up to 100%) for their first year (2018-2019). Learn more about the Open Scholarship Program on our Frequently Asked Questions page and how to enroll your child into KCS on our Admissions page (click here).
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrollment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrollment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrollment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrollment per grade.
Preschool to Gr. 12
Average enrollment per grade
Average class size
23 to 25
Preschool to Gr. 12 (Coed)
Percentage of students are international students
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
K - 12
SSAT (out of province)
Day students: Rolling
What Kelowna Christian says:
Stories are powerful... They are the fabric of society and one of the most powerful methods of education. Jesus taught through parables and lived the greatest story of all. Storytelling evokes emotion, encourages connection and invites the listener to engage in a deeper way to discover their story within the one being shared. At Kelowna Christian School, we believe each moment and learning experience provides the opportunity to help our students discover their own unique and meaningful story. Most importantly, their place in God’s story.
Our desire is to partner with parents to create a safe, challenging and creative environment at KCS to inspire students to develop and find their story. A community that strengthens the heart, mind and soul of students to discover his or her true potential and impact on the local and global communities. Students that are not only leaders of the next generation, but also caring servants in His kingdom through authentic, relationship with Jesus Christ.
Kelowna Christian School provides transformative, excellent education that builds a strong foundation of identity, knowledge, purpose and Christ-like character. We are passionate about education that equips and inspires students to be disciples who are world changers that love and serve God and others.
WHAT WE VALUE + PURSUE AS A COMMUNITY
God’s Story [Christian Worldview + Discipleship]
Students’ Story [Holistic + Individualized Education]
Relationship + Mentorship [Community]
Gifted Teachers Quality Education]
Project-Based Learning [Real Work, Real Problems + Real Audience]
Real World Connections [Leadership + Servanthood]
Growth + Grit [Intentional Effort + Commitment]
Creativity + Expression [Innovation]
KCS ADMISSIONS PROCESS
STEP 1 - CONNECT WITH OUR FRIENDLY ADMISSIONS OFFICE
Start your exploration of KCS by contacting Cyndy Loewen in our Admission Office. Feel free to call her at 250.861.3238 (ext. 311) or email [email protected].
STEP 2 - ARRANGE A TOUR
Come visit KCS! Many families find the process of touring our campuses extremely helpful. Get a feel for our school by meeting our students and teachers, visit classrooms, and learn about all the fun events and programs we offer. Tours are available on a flexible basis through our Admissions Office anytime during the year. We will try to accommodate walk in tour requests, but recommend families contact the Admissions Office (Step 1 above) to schedule a time to ensure availability. Request a tour online here: www.kcschool.ca/admissions/book-a-tour
STEP 3 - COMPLETE FORMAL APPLICATION
Our Admissions Office will assist you in completing the various pieces required to complete a full application. Please contact Cyndy Loewen in the Admissions Office to acquire a copy of the full Kindergarten - Grade 12 KCS Application Package for your family. If you are interested in enrolling in the KCS Preschool, please CLICK HERE to learn more and register.
STEP 4 - INTERVIEW
Once your application is complete, the school principal will meet with your family. Typically this process is used to assess the fit between the family and school, as well as identify and discuss any potential barriers or issues related to acceptance.
A decision regarding acceptance is communicated within several days of the interview. Upon acceptance, your family will complete a KCS Enrollment Form and Contract with the Admissions Office. This form will request more family, medical and financial information that we require for enrollment and safety procedures. Class placement decisions are usually made during the summer; however, with current year applications (if space permits) decisions are made at the same time as acceptance.
Have questions? Visit our list of frequently asked questions about KCS Admissions and Continuous Enrollment here.
Acceptance Rate: 90%
Type of student Kelowna Christian is looking for:
WELL-EDUCATED IN BOTH MIND + HEART
Our students are not only biblically informed and academically prepared (mind), but also have a habit of the heart to say ‘yes’ to God’s call. They respond to life with “Me Third” and “Send Me” attitudes. Our students are prepared to excel in a range of vocations that provide opportunity to serve God - including those which require significant academic preparation.
ENGAGED + CONNECTED
Our students are engaged and connected in the world through ministry and service. Whether in Kelowna, Canada, or the world our students seek to use their education, gifts and talents to serve and impact those around them in transformational ways in the name of Jesus.
Our students show an inclination to complete challenging tasks to their highest and best ability. They are characterized by the excellence of what they do.
Our students overcome obstacles in learning and in life to passionately fulfill God’s call on their lives. They are able to endure with resilience out of a place of identity and with character.
CONNECTED TO THE COMMUNITY OF GOD
Our students are engaged in the life of the Church. They both draw strength from being a part of His body, and contribute actively to its life and well-being.
BIBLICALLY INFORMED + DIRECTED
Our students look at the world through eyes shaped by God’s word. Their perceptions of what is possible and desirable are informed through the lens of scripture.
Where graduates of a school do their post-secondary studies can be an important factor in choosing a private school. Do you want your child to go to a Canadian university, an Ivy league school in the US, or some other institute? Regardless of your inclinations, take a look at a school’s university placement record, and the services they offer to support university applications and decisions.
Average graduating class size
*Canadian "Big 6" placements
*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)