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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Alberta Ballet School

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1998

     

    1992


     

    Enrolment

     

    65

     

    100


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    7 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Boarding, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Arts


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    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.
     
    Standard-enriched
    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.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
     
    Rigorous
    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”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    8 to 12

     

    15 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $18,633 to $20,225

     

    $15,250 to $22,200


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $29,250 to $36,200


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    6%

     

    30%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    1 to 12

     

    7 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $6,500

     

    $11,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    4

     

    17


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    45%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    16%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Alberta Ballet School

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

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    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    "The teacher was able to acknowledge his individual needs while exposing him to new experiences with a variety of new activities."
    Chandra Iyer - Parent   (Jun 22, 2020)
    Our son joined the school in Junior Kindergarten. It was our son's home away from home. The Kinderga...
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    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    It’s a big world out there and for the students who enroll here, AcadeCap is a window onto all of it. The attention to global education is underscored by the adoption of the IB PYP and MYP programs, and things continue from there. Collaborative learning, among peers as well as intergenerational, is an important aspect of the delivery of the curriculum, as is the provision of authentic learning experiences. There is of course a vast array of resources available within the capital region, and AcadeCap rightly makes the most of them. Class sizes are small, and instructional support is personal and individualized. The school casts a very wide net, and models an approach to learning based in curiosity, empathy, and active engagement. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a diverse, challenging, vibrant and social learning environment.

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

    The Alberta Ballet School is a specialty school in the way that, say, a hockey school is a specialty school—it brings together students who share a passion, and builds the curriculum around their engagement with it. It’s not for everyone, which is the point, in a sense; the school is a place for students to join others who understand their perspectives and can empathize with their goals. Even just a conversation over lunch, let alone a training session or workshop, can be galvanizing experience--students will find themselves talking about interests with those who can speak equally to them. For many, this is the first instance in their lives where that is universally true. The instruction is top notch, as is the setting. For the right student, the experience is very much a dream come true.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Alberta Ballet School

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    • IB ® World School offering the PYP Next in bilingual formats
    • Pre-Secondary School Programme (PSSP) (Grade 7 & 8)
    • Ontario-Inspected Secondary School (OSSD) (English)
    • 21st Century Core Competencies Cursus (Grade 7 to 12)
    • Scholarship Programme
    • Small class sizes
    • Expertise in differentiated learning and Reach-Ahead courses for talented and gifted learners
    • Inclusive community
    • Well-rounded education: DELF, iSTEAM/Coding, visual & performing arts, music, international language
    • Synchronous and asynchronous online learning with teachers and peers

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

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    Description

    Description

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Acadecap International School (Académie de la Capitale) provides a rigorous, tailored bilingual and/or English education. IB PYP students engage in experiential learning in i STEAM, International Languages and PSPE. The PSSP and the OSSD promote in-depth understanding of content, teaching students to work hard and make practical connections between subjects and the real world, preparing them for post-secondary education. Our proprietary 3-tier 21st Century Learning Curriculum is implemented from grade 7 to 12.

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

    The Professional Division Grade 7-12 is a harmonious balance of academic and artistic training available to young dancers who aspire for a career in professional dance. Each school day is divided into equal halves with students receiving both academic and artistic instruction daily. In addition to daily course work, students plan and participate in local and school events to foster school spirit, hone leadership skills and build lifelong friendships.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Alberta Ballet School

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

    Message

    Académie de la Capitale (AcadeCap) I am proud to say, is a unique bilingual IB World School where students want to stay, long after the school day is finished! Soon after its inception, it had the distinction of being the first school in the Ottawa/Outaouais region authorized to offer the IB Primary Years Programme. AcadeCap, still true to its roots, upholds its unique approach to education. Our students: construct learning according to their potential rather than their age and/or grade; engage easily in learning “beyond the classroom” as a result of the “pick-up and go” potential of the small class; participate in e-long-distance learning to support geographically mobile students; become totally bilingual, and even multilingual; develop collaborative social skills through interaction across the ages; learn to work respectfully alongside each other in an open-concept facility; participate in an AcadeCap developed Globalization, Leadership and Innovation course in middle school; At AcadeCap, we are convinced that real life learning and a lifelong love of learning occur when a child or a teenager engages in on-going personal interaction with adults as well as other children, and participates in relevant learning experiences such as going to Bamfield Marine Science Center and to Race Rocks at Lester B. Pearson United World College. To tailor such authentic learning experiences, to offer guidance throughout the experience, as well as to nourish this love of learning, it is essential for educators to have the time to interact with each and every student. Open-mindedness, flexibility and small class size, allow for such learning to take place at AcadeCap. Take the challenge: we invite you to enrol your child at AcadeCap and find out how engaged in learning your daughter or your son can be when inspired to transcend limits!

    It is my pleasure to welcome you to Alberta Ballet School.

    With the continuous evolution and expansion of the school in both Calgary and Edmonton, we are delighted to offer an even greater variety of opportunities to enjoy dance, whether on a recreational basis in the Open Division or through the full-time Professional Division program. 

    Whilst continuing the first class standard of classical ballet training that has been praised throughout Canada and around the world, the 2021-2022 season will see a stronger on returning to Ballet safely. 

    As western Canada's leading professional dance school, the Alberta Ballet School endeavours to produce excellently trained, versatile dancers, while simultanetously offering a uniquely designed academic program for students in grades 7 through 12.

    Students experience a personalized learning environment that caters to their unique backgrounds, talents and abilities. Small class sizes foster individualized attention for each student. We have set high standards for academic achievement and our dedicated teaching staff are committed to supporting all students as they strive to achieve their personal best.

    Students not only graduate from Alberta Ballet School equipped with the technique and skills demanded of today’s professional dance companies, but also with the qualifications necessary to enter a post-secondary institution of their choice, or to pursue an alternate career after dance.

    I must thank our sponsors and donors whose continuous support and generosity ensure that the quality of our training and the magic of our art form continue to thrive at the school.

    Once again, welcome to Alberta Ballet School.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Académie de la Capitale

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Alberta Ballet School

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      International Baccalaureate

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      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.

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      At Acadecap International School (Académie de la Capitale), our students benefit from the philosophy, the approach, and the curricula of the Ontario Ministry of Education and the International Baccalaureate. Our younger students, from JK to grade 6, follow the IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), with classes taught 70% in French and 30% in English. Our grades 7 & 8 follow our own Pre-Secondary School Programme (PSSP) approach, with classes taught 50% in French and 50% in English. In grades 9 to 12, our students continue on with the English Ontario OSSD curriculum, all the while taking full advantage of the higher-order thinking skills and rigorous preparation gleaned from completing the PSSP. At Acadecap, we are a community of learners, encouraging the mingling of different age groups, especially when it comes to daily subjects and intra-curricular activities like Math, STEM (iSTEAM), Coding, Jiu-Jitsu, Violin, Visual Arts, Waterpolo and Skiing, where ability and age do not necessarily follow in lock-step. The result is a convivial atmosphere that one might be hard-pressed to witness in other schools.

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

      The Alberta Ballet School provides a passion-driven educational program that brings together a world renowned ballet faculty with first class academic professionals who work in concert to provide the very best technical training and academic study available. Our school provides the flexibility that is required to accommodate the training, travel and demands of our elite dancers. Our students are enrolled in an academic program designed to complete the requirements for their Alberta High School Diploma and to graduate with the qualifications necessary to enter the post-secondary institutions of their choice. Academic programming at Alberta Ballet School is offered for Professional Division students in grades 7 through 12. Students in the Professional Division experience a personalized learning environment that caters to the unique backgrounds, talents and abilities of the student. Small class sizes foster individualized attention for each student. Alberta Ballet School is committed to offering courses which reflect the passion of the students through locally developed courses as extensions of the mandated core curriculum.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Writing

         

        Académie de la Capitale

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Alberta Ballet School

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Equal balance

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        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.

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Information not available

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        The School of Alberta Ballet uses a combination of both approaches to facilitate the writing process - junior high students benefit from a systematic approach, while senior high students refine their writing skills with the process approach.

      • Science

         

        Académie de la Capitale

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Alberta Ballet School

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Inquiry


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        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.

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Information not available

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Physics is explored as part of the grade 10 science curriculum. Students in grades 11 and 12 who wish to further explore the subject have the ability to complete online courses through Alberta Distance Learning.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Académie de la Capitale

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Alberta Ballet School

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Information not available

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Académie de la Capitale

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Alberta Ballet School

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

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

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Information not available

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Académie de la Capitale

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Alberta Ballet School

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Equal Balance

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Information not available

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        French as a Second Language is taught to students in grades 7 through 9 using the audio-lingual method. As the School of Alberta Ballet has many international students, English as a Second Language is mandatory using a more communicative approach.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Information not available

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Académie de la Capitale

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Alberta Ballet School

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Information not available

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        The School of Alberta Ballet is the official training centre of Alberta Ballet, Canada's second largest arts organization. Classical ballet and contemporary dance training is at the forefront of the school's programming. Music History and Performing Arts are designed to support students as they pursue a professional career in dance.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Académie de la Capitale

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Alberta Ballet School

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Heavy integration

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Light integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Académie de la Capitale

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Alberta Ballet School

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        WELL-BALANCED P.H.E. Younger students, tweens and teens participate in activities that support self-knowledge and self-understanding; discover the capabilities of their bodies and the variety of ways in which they are able to use their bodies to solve problems, address physical challenges, function as part of a group, manipulate equipment or apparatus, and express themselves kinaesthetically in a range of situations. UNITS OF P.H.E Fitness conditioning and training (including yoga and pilates-inspired conditioning). Individual and team sports including; touch football, ultimate frisbee, baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, floor hockey, hockey, badminton and tennis. Gymnastics. Waterpolo and water fun. Jiu-jitsu instruction by a Renchi. Outdoor education such as cross-country skiing, hiking, downhill skiing/snowboarding. Track and field. Ballet and Jazz

        ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

        The School of Alberta Ballet's Physical Education program is web based because students achieve 80% of the curricular outcomes through their intensive dance training.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Académie de la Capitale

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Alberta Ballet School

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Academic

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      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.

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      The preschool age children benefit from the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum framework that enables 3 to 5 year old children to develop their full potential using guided inquiry and play as the best tools for exploring and studying mathematics, science and technology, languages, social studies, the arts, and personal, social, and physical education. We offer a 10 or 12 month inquiry-based programme for students.

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Académie de la Capitale

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Alberta Ballet School

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Student-paced

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      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.

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Information not available

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Académie de la Capitale

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Alberta Ballet School

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

      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 the school says

      What the school says

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      At Acadecap International School, we believe that education needs to be grounded in evidenced practice, while nonetheless accounting for forward thinking and change. We encourage learners of all ages to acquire holistic thinking, to seek answers, to use critical thinking, and to act. The Acadecap syllabus is structured to combine the age-banded stages of the Ontario Ministry of Education, with the developmental phases of the International Baccalaureate programmes. This combination takes any pre-conceived limitations away from the scope and depth of students' learning. The result is a constantly motivated and challenged student body, who are passionate about learning.

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Académie de la Capitale

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Alberta Ballet School

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      The Acadecap student is unlike any other. He or she not only develops the ability to think and to question critically, ethically, and divergently, but also the ability to create design and build. It is our aim to develop academically successful students, who also have the gumption to take risks, to innovate, and to tackle the unknown.

      ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

      Information not available

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Académie de la Capitale

    Alberta Ballet School

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    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.
    Dyscalculia
    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.
    Dysgraphia
    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.
    Developmental
    Autism
    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).
    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.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    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).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    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.
    Clinical Depression
    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.
    Clinical anxiety
    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.
    Suicidal thoughts
    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.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    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.
    Cerebral palsy
    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
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    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.
    Blindness
    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."
    Deafness
    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
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Alberta Ballet School

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Acadecap International School offers support on a case-by-case basis upon meeting with parents and assessing the child's needs.

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

    The School of Alberta Ballet has a wellness committee made up of academic, artistic, residence and administrative staff. Committee members attend training workshops delivered by Alberta Health Services and implement strategies learned. This assists all school faculty and staff in identifying at risk students. Our students' mental well-being is as important as their physical health. Professional support services such as mental health therapy and rehabilitation are offered through a referral process when required.


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    At Acadecap International School, differentiation is acknowledged as a sound teaching practice applicable to all students. Our small classes and open-concept space allow for a great deal of flexibility, opportunity and time to differentiate, giving every student the varying levels of support needed. Tutoring and one-on-one instruction can also be provided, such as Orton-Gillingham-based multisensory teaching. Specialists are also called in to provide additional support, if required. Before admission, all potential students are required to spend a visit day with a class, where he or she will be evaluated.

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

    Students with learning challenges are supported in academics through individual program plans that include a range of accommodations and extra support.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Académie de la Capitale

    Alberta Ballet School

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Alberta Ballet School

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    • After school Programming Clubs: JAVA script, HTML/CSS, Ruby, Python
    • Lunch period clubs: drama, newspaper, TEDed Talk, and much more
    • After school Math enrichment
    • After school RC Club
    • Master Chess
    • Jiu-jitsu and Water Polo as part of P.E. units
    • Downhill skiing/snowboarding and snow shoeing in the winter
    • Group violin lessons and concerts as part of music education
    • Extra language classes: Mandarin and Spanish

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

    • Performance opportunities onstage at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
    • Exclusive performance opportunities with Alberta Ballet
    • Opportunities to work with special guest teachers and choreographers from around the world
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    16%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    At AcadeCap, we strive to create a culture of academic excellence driven by the ideal of a community that embraces differences and risk taking; and the belief that education does not only stem from a place, but also an attitude. This is why, in addition to all the admission requirements, the day students spend at AcadeCap helps the students and parents decide whether or not they feel our community is the ideal setting for them to continue their education. It also helps us take note of their ability to contribute and to excel both independently and cooperatively.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    • The student must spend one day at the school to be evaluated in terms of willingness and ability to participate. Temporarily due to COVID-19, we are currently not scheduling day visits.
    • A copy of the student’s last report card
    • Any report impacting on the teaching and learning of your child
    • Students entering Grade 4 and up must submit a recommendation from the previous homeroom teacher, subject teachers, counselor and/or director

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

    Students ages 10 and up are welcome to audition for the Alberta Ballet School's Professional Division. The Professional Division consists of an intensive, dance-only after school program for students in grades 5 and 6; a full-time dance and academic training program for students in grades 7-12; and a Professional Graduate dance program for post-secondary students.

    The audition tour evaluates students for the Alberta Ballet School's Summer Intensive, which is a three to four-week-long audition process for students wishing to attend the full-year Professional Division program.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    ALBERTA BALLET SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Mahomi Endoh (2009)
    After graduating from the School of Alberta Ballet, Mahomi went on to dance for Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle and is now a soloist with Les Grands Ballet in Montreal.
    Laura Vande Zande (2012)
    After graduating from the School, Laura Vande Zande immediately got hired an apprenticeship with Alberta Ballet. Having completed her apprenticeship Alberta Ballet, she is now a full company member.
    Jennifer Gibson (2009)
    Jennifer Gibson trained with the School from 1997-2012. After graduating, she began her apprenticeship with Alberta Ballet. She is now in her sixth year with the Company.
    Alexandra Gibson (2009)
    Alexandra Gibson trained with the School from 1997-2012. After graduating, she began her apprenticeship with Alberta Ballet. She is now in her sixth year with the Company.
    Natalie Chui (2011)
    Natalie Chui joined Alberta Ballet as an apprentice after graduating from the School in 2011. She is now in her third year with the Company as a full member.
    Racheal Prince (2003)
    Rachael Prince trained with the School of Alberta Ballet’s Professional Graduate Program, then danced for four years with Alberta Ballet. She is now in her seventh season with Ballet BC.
    Shion Yuasa (2011)
    After training at the School, Shion Yuasa became an apprentice with San Francisco Ballet and then a company member in 2012. In 2013, Shion joined Tulsa Ballet.



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