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Lycée Louis Pasteur

4099 Garrison Blvd SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 6G2

Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$12,200 to 14,300/year
Main Language:
English & French
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 400 (Gr. PS - 12), Homestay: Varies (Gr. 9 - 12)

School Address
4099 Garrison Blvd SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 6G2



About this school:


Lycée Louis Pasteur is a non-denominational bilingual private school offering full-time programs from 3 years old to Grade 12. We are the only school in Calgary accredited by both the French Ministry of Education and Alberta Education, offering students a truly unique education. No prior French exposure is needed to enroll in our Maternelle Program (3, 4 and 5 years old) and our French Language Immersive Program (FLIP). English is taught starting in Kindergarten. Spanish is taught beginning in Grade 6.


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Our Take: Lycée Louis Pasteur

our takeIn Canada, “lycée” most typically references a relationship with the French ministry of education, and that’s true of Lycée Louis Pasteur. When the school was established in 1966, it taught to the French curriculum to address the needs of French nationals, though it soon attracted families outside that community to the quality of the program and to the authentic provision of language immersion. Today, that remains, and families look to LLP for a strong French immersion program, one that is more robust than those found in public schools. They are also looking for a curriculum that is delivered through a different lens, one that is more cognizant of the diversity of the global community, and more reflective of a student’s place within that wider world. Certainly, Lycée Louis Pasteur provides all of that. The ideal student is one looking for a challenge and for an opportunity to learn within a diverse community of peers.  

School busing:

LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR offers bus transferring.
Additional notes: Lycée Louis Pasteur does not currently offer a busing service.

Principal's Message


Jocelyne Edwards, Head of School

Lycée Louis Pasteur is led by the Head of School, Jocelyne Edwards, an ex-officio member of the board of directors.

Ms. Edwards has lived and worked in Germany and Switzerland as well as her native France. She brings a wealth of administrative and teaching experience to Lycée Louis Pasteur. Her credentials include a Bachelor's Degree in German from the University of Strasbourg and the PLP2 (a teaching qualification) in French and German, accompanied by more than a decade of practical teaching experience.

Ms. Edwards has held senior management roles in the French education system since 2009 when she passed the Concours de Personnel de Direction, a rigorous French government exam. She strongly supports the multilingual objectives of the Lycée and as a mother of four is sensitive to the needs of parents.


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

What LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR says: Lycée Louis Pasteur encourages students to develop an appreciation for learning while also nurturing their intellectual, emotional, social and physical potential. We teach a core set of academic skills and offer an enriched curriculum, including the French curriculum and Spanish from Grade 6 onwards. Assessment is primarily based on testing and an emphasis is placed on knowledge acquisition and theoretical and academic learning, but the real focus is on cultivating the intellect of our students.

  • Approach:
    Focus Language-based
    Academic French immersion

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

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

    • What LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR says: Our mathematics program provides our students with a strong knowledge and mastery of the fundamental basic skills that students are able to draw upon when faced with solving more complex problems.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: We use a combination of approved resources from France and Alberta

    • Calculator policy: Scientific calculator use in Grades 6-12

    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 LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR says: Our early reading program blends phonics instruction in French and English, with guided reading and leveled literacy focusing on individual abilities and needs.

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

    • What LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR 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 LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR says: Our students benefit from a blended approach when it comes to our writing program. Students are provided with many opportunities to create authentic pieces which highlight their acquired skills and creativity.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: Our students benefit from two curricula, the French Ministry of Education and Alberta science curricula. In primary school, the study of science focuses on units of inquiry, for example, robotics and the solar system. Starting in Grade 6, science is taught as a specialized subject, leading to biology, chemistry, and physics study in later years.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • 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 LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR says: From Kindergarten to Grade 12 our students receive daily instruction in French and English. Our English program follows the Alberta English Language Arts curriculum which provides students rich experiences with literacy.

    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR says: Starting in Grade 2 students receive formal instruction in social studies. Following the Alberta curriculum, social studies uses a thematic approach to expose young minds to local, national, and international issues. Our students also benefit from the French Ministry of Education curricula which starts formal instruction in history and geography in grade 3.

    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 LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR says: Our students benefit from studying social studies and history/geography. The combination of these subjects provides students with a strong background to draw upon while contemplating contemporary issues.

    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 LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR says: Our students start formal instruction in Spanish in Grade 6. This provides our students with the opportunity to develop skills in a third language. Spanish instruction focuses on the interest of teenagers and the contents follow the recommendations set out in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. \nESL instruction is also offered.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   12
    • Languages Offered: • 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
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR says: Our Fine Arts program provides our students with the opportunity to unleash their creativity. Formal instruction in Music and Art starts in Grade 1 and continues until Grade 9.

    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 LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR says: Technology plays a role in all our programs. From the early years to high school, we promote good digital citizenship skills and the integration of technology to enhance student learning.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR says: Our Physical Education program blends the best of France and North America and is an important part of our program. Students learn traditional North American and European sports. Our students benefit from our state of the art climbing wall.

    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Alberta curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR says: This information is not currently available.

    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.


    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.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR 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 LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR says: Lycée Louis Pasteur offers a full-time Maternelle program for children aged 3 to 5. The Maternelle program is more than a daycare: it is a passport to the world. Through games, discovery, artistic activities and a range of diverse exercises, children learn to express themselves, they acquire a broader vocabulary and discover the written word. The main goal of the Maternelle program is for the child to acquire rich, organized language and to be understood by others and prepares them for the next step in their education.\n\n

    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 LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    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 LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR 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 LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR says: Lycée Louis Pasteur provides a challenging and stimulating bilingual education within a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment. We allow students to develop the skills necissary to be responsible, dynamic citizens, capable of playing an important role in the future of the world.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • 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
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      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
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR 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 12, Lycée Louis Pasteur students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR 0 mins0 mins0 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins
    Site Average2 mins6 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins69 mins80 mins95 mins108 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesPreschool to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackPreschool to 12
    Parent-teacher meetingsPreschool to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    • Climbing club!
    • Cooking club!
    • 3 to 5 year old clubs - Young Rembrandts, Music lessons and Yoga.
    • Leadership club where students organize charitable event to give back to the greater community.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Martial Arts
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Poetry/Literature club
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What LYCEE LOUIS PASTEUR says: Tuition fees include field trips, swimming lesson, all school supplies, and all technology.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    3rd child (sibling)Day$500
    4th child (sibling)Day$500

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 1 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid2%
    Average aid package size$4,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid1%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    March 01, 2018 Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 400
    Average enrollment per grade25
    Average class sizeVaries
    Gender (grades)Preschool to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment1639314737373019151322434
    Homestay Enrollment



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)1 - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Homestay students:


    All linguistic backgrounds are welcome.

    No prior French exposure is needed to enroll in our Maternelle Program.

    Our French Language Immersive Program (F.L.I.P.) allows us to welcome new students Grades 1 to 5 with no prior French.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Lycée Louis Pasteur is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Day Homestay

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypePSJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    016 - 32 (90%)16 - 32 (85%)1 - 5 (85%)1 - 5 (85%)1 - 5 (85%)1 - 5 (85%)1 - 5 (85%)1 - 5 (85%)1 - 5 (85%)1 - 5 (85%)1 - 5 (85%)1 - 5 (85%)1 - 5 (60%)1 - 5 (20%)
    Homestay Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size3
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements1
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): University of Calgary Université de Lyon Université de Nantes Université de Lilles Dalhousie University Sherbrooke University University of British Columbia St Georges University Dundee University Steirling University
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): University of Calgary Mount Royal University University of Alberta McGill Université de Lilles Concordia

    What Lycée Louis Pasteur says:

  • In Grade 10 our students are allocated 2 hours in their schedules for guidance with teachers in Math and Sciences, Economics, Literature and Languages. This sets students up well in advance to determine their aptitude for future careers.

  • Stories & Testimonials


    Lycée Student Prepares for Exchange to Tokyo, Japan

    Calgary - Meet Enzo. He’s from Tokyo, Japan. Meet Pierre. He’s from Calgary, Alberta.

    Enzo is attending Lycée Louis Pasteur, Calgary’s only lycée, for six weeks. Thereafter, Pierre will be headed to Tokyo to attend the Lycée Français International de Tokyo. Both Enzo and Pierre attend lycées have a partnership with the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE), a prestigious network of 495 schools in 137 countries.

    It all started when Pierre mentioned to Jocelyne Edwards, Head of School at Lycée Louis Pasteur, that he wanted to visit Japan. Thanks to the help of Madame Edwards, Pierre is now scheduled to study in Tokyo for six weeks this coming May.

    “When you enroll your child in an AEFE school, you join a network of schools who all teach the French Ministry of Education curriculum” explained Madame Edwards. “This allows students to enjoy a trimester or year abroad in schools around the globe. Students and their families can rest assured that they will continue to receive a high quality standard of instruction, allowing them to transition seamlessly between schools.”

    For Pierre, the opportunity to travel to Tokyo is a dream come true.

    “I have always been fascinated with Japanese culture and wanted to experience it first hand,” says Pierre. “I can’t wait to visit temples and walk around the Shibuya district. Sibuya is so densely populated. All of it will be so different from Canada.”

    Every year, Lycée Louis Pasteur welcome students from lycée's around the world. International students are part of what makes Lycée Louis Pasteur a truly multicultural school. International exchange opportunities like this one reflect Lycée Louis Pasteur’s unique partnership with the AEFE. 

    Lycée Louis Pasteur students in Grades 9 to 12 are eligible to study abroad.

    To learn more about Lycée Louis Pasteur, Calgary’s only Lycée, visit www.lycee.ca. To learn more about the lycée network, visit www.aefe.fr.


    « How it feels to be part of the Lycée community »

    In the ten years she has been a student, Chloé Ligier has dived into the wide range of programs and experiences offered by the Lycée Louis Pasteur.

    A challenging dual French and Albertan curriculum

    The youngest child of a family of five with a French dad and Canadian mom, Chloé loves the small class sizes at the Lycée and, in her words, the teachers who “do their utmost not to leave anyone in the dust”. She recognizes the high standards of the dual French and Albertan curriculum at the Lycée and how they help her to push and challenge herself, with particular reference to her baccalaureate program and its supervised project work.  Chloe relishes the bonds and kinships that are formed at the Lycée and has chosen to remain a long term student – much to the delight of her parents!

    Like her two older sisters who attended the Lycée before her, Chloé has worked hard on both her French and English since kindergarten, or what is known as Grande Section in the Lycée’s Maternelle program. She confided that French became much easier after grade 6 when she felt that more students arrived from France and she began to make lots of French friends and speak their language with them socially.

    A strong third language made fun with exchange programs

    While Chloé started Spanish classes in grade 6 with her classmates, she really wanted practice beyond her classroom setting. You can imagine how thrilled she was when the Lycée Louis Pasteur signed an exchange program convention with the Lycée Français d'Alicante Pierre-Deschamps (LFA) in Spain! In the fall trimester of 2013, an exchange student came to Calgary to stay with the Ligier family and attended the Lycée with Chloé. In January 2014, it was Chloé’s turn to travel to Alicante where she stayed with her exchange family, who live just 15 minutes’ drive from the LFA. Her host family was really easy to get along with and even took her on trips to Madrid and Cordoba. They spoke exclusively in Spanish and Chloé found her language skills improving by leaps and bounds. She still gets in touch her new Spanish family, as well as a school friend, on birthdays and special holidays.


    She treasures friendships with students from different places and makes the most of the lively multicultural debate in classes because she believes they foster open-mindedness. She has had a chance to meet students from countries including Colombia who study at the LLP for a year through its homestay program, and still touches base with several friends from the institution who have returned to their home countries over the years.


    In the News


    April 21, 2017 - Lycee Student Prepares for Exchange to Tokyo, Japan

    International exchange opportunities reflect Lycee Louis Pasteur's unique partnership with the AEFE. ...

    March 22, 2017 - Calgary's Lycee unveils new logo and launches new website

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of Lyce Louis Pasteur! To commemorate this momentous event and to kick off the next 50 years... ...

    March 22, 2017 - French Family Begins a New Chapter at Lycee Louis Pasteur

    96 per cent of the teachers delivering the French curriculum have received their teaching credentials from the French Ministry of Education. ...


    • Agency for French Teaching Abroad (AEFE) Associations
    • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
    • Association of Independent Schools and Colleges in Alberta (AISCA) Associations

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