AN OUR KIDS REPORT:Bond Academy vs. Calgary French & International School

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  • SCHOOL LOCATION

    Distance From

    Map

    Address

    Address

    1500 Birchmount Road, Toronto, Ontario, M1P 2G5, Canada

    700 - 77th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 5R1, Canada

  • SCHOOL OVERVIEW

    Basics

    Basics

    Founded

    1978

    1969

    Enrolment

    350

    790

    Grades

    Preschool to 12

    Nursery/Toddler to 12

    Gender

    Coed

    Coed

    Living arrangements

    Day, Homestay

    Day

    Language of instruction

    English

    English, French, Spanish

    Faith Based

    School focus

    Academic

    Academic

    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."
    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

    Liberal Arts

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate

    Curriculum pace

    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.
    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

    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”.
    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

    15 to 18

    16 to 20

    Special needs support

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

    Gifted learner support

    In-class adaptations

    Preschool/K curriculum

    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.
    Play-based
    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.

    Tuition

    Tuition

    Day Tuition

    $13,500 to $16,800

    $9,200 to $18,570

    Boarding Tuition

    Financial aid (FA)

    No

    No

    Students on FA

    0%

    0%

    Eligible grades for FA

    None

    None

    Median FA package size

    $0

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment

    Avg. enrollment per grade

    22

    46

    Percent in boarding

    0%

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    100%

    75%

    Day entry years

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

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

    Boarding entry years

    10, 11, 12

    Day admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Rolling

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Not available

    Not available

    Interview required?

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

    SSAT required

    No

    No

  • OUR PERSPECTIVE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    BOND ACADEMY

    Begun in 1978, Bond has grown to include a wealth of programs, including those beyond the prospectus of the academy. Because of the association with them, the Academy is proximate to a full range of physical resources and a rich athletics program. Boarding supports international students, including a language centre offering ESL classes and tutorial in addition to core curriculum, as well as provisions for foreign credit equivalency. With AP courses and independent study options, the ideal student is one who is preparing for university enrollment.
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    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    BOND ACADEMY

    Bond Academy began its life in 1978 with a different name and a fairly narrow mandate. It intended to be an academically-oriented school, one designed to meet a well-defined constellation of needs. Time has marched on, and Bond has as well. There are still the supports necessary for students who arrive from away, if not more so, but the program intends much more than just giving them the tools they will need to be successful at university and beyond. Instruction makes the most of the international learning experience, but also the students’ experience, addressing a greater social, cultural, and academic diversity. In that Bond has taken the goal of a liberal arts education—to educate responsible citizens, ones with the tools and the postures required for empathetic, productive civic behaviour—and applied it in the service of educating citizens of the world. If the school was once a place for international students to prepare for post-secondary study, today Bond is that and much else, having developed programs and approaches to deliver a robust academic and social experience, from Kindergarten through graduation.

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    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    The Calgary French & International School (CFIS) is one of the leading independent schools in Canada. Students enjoy enriched academic courses, take part in incredible co-curricular programming, and graduate fluent in three languages. Each student’s unique potential is nurtured within our warm, welcoming community, and we work together to create a dynamic learning environment with each student’s individual learning needs in mind. Strong academics and robust language programming are the foundation of CFIS, and to that end, a wide range of options is offered to encourage students to explore interests in subject areas they may not have previously experienced. Within CFIS’s French immersion learning environment, the curriculum is taught in French, with the exception of English language arts and Spanish as a third language. CFIS students graduate fully bilingual in French and English and with functional fluency in Spanish. Tomorrow’s world will require today’s young people to be innovative and creative global citizens. As multilingual learners in a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Associated School, Round Square School and IB programming at the Senior High level, CFIS students will be confident in their ability to communicate in a variety of languages, which will help them to make a difference in their world. Each one is encouraged to lead advocacy and humanitarian work related to their studies, in their local community and even globally. Through international connections, including travel studies in higher grades, students are taught to effectively and confidently navigate among different cultures, which affords our graduates an exciting range of future options. CFIS graduates are well-prepared for university, finishing Grade 12 with the courses required to pursue post-secondary studies in the fields of their choice. CFIS alumni have moved on to study at French and English universities throughout Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom in a wide-range of disciplines.

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  • School’s perspective

    Who are you, as a school?

    Who are you, as a school?

    BOND ACADEMY

    "Bond promotes the academic, social & character development of our students within a challenging & supportive learning environment, using an enriched Ontario MOE curriculum. Facilities include a professional stage, double gym, cafeteria, library, computer labs, a large fenced field with a Creative Playground & a wireless campus. Fees include full-day Montessori Casa, Kindergarten, Early Start Literacy, Resource support, Numeracy, French, Daily Physical Education, Swim Program & Before & After school programs."

    • Character Education
    • Free Before/After School Program
    • Weekly Swimming Lessons
    • Early start French Classes
    • Art & Music & Drama
    • Daily Physical and Health Education
    • Sports Programs - SSAF Member
    • Small Classes
    • AP Courses
    • 100% Post Secondary Acceptance

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    "Calgary French & International School is a vibrant multilingual learning community where children aged 19 months to 18 years thrive through curiosity and exploration. Students graduate bilingual in French and English and fully fluent in Spanish. Student learning is enriched by International Baccalaureate, UNESCO and travel studies programs that develop compassion, respect, and understanding of other cultures. For 55 years CFIS students have been inspired to discover the world around them with energy and enthusiasm."

    • Founded in 1969
    • Full French Immersion Learning Environment
    • International Baccalaureate (Primary Years Programme and Diploma Programme)
    • Round Square & UNESCO member school
    • International Travel Studies
    • Intramurals & Sports Teams
    • Fine Arts (Music, Band and Drama)
    • Busing Services
    • House Program (grades 6-12)
    • Spanish Language Arts (grade 4-12)

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    What do you do differently and uniquely well?

    BOND ACADEMY

    "We set high personal & academic standards for our students. We believe that with positive support and direction. students will rise to the challenge of high expectations. Our students are recognized & respected as unique individuals, & their successes reflect our own dedication to providing high quality. well-rounded education. At Bond Academy, we remain committed to our students, our parents, & our philosophy. Simply put education at Bond is Beyond the Books and its Education as it Should be."

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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    What tradeoffs has your school made to serve families in this way?

    BOND ACADEMY

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    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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    What key junctures in your school's history have most shaped its present?

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    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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    What type of student is a good fit for your school?

    BOND ACADEMY

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    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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    Under what conditions would you advise a family against choosing your school?

    BOND ACADEMY

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    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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    To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

    BOND ACADEMY

    "Parents find that Bond promotes the academic, social, physical, & character development of our students by providing them with a challenging & supportive learning environment. Our students are recognized and respected as unique individuals, & their successes reflect our own dedication to providing high-quality, well-rounded education. We believe that a partnership of families is critical to maximizing the success of our students. Education that is beyond the books, Education as it should be."

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    "CFIS offers students a unique, full French immersion educational experience in an inclusive and diverse community. Our dynamic multilingual educational environment nurtures academic excellence, cultural understanding and global perspectives. We value the student experience and academic success to prepare students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world."

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    How would you characterize your school's image amongst the public?

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    What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

    BOND ACADEMY

    "The development of Learning Skills & Work Habits is also an integral part of the
    student’s overall learning environment & achievement. As well as a variety of after-school clubs, competitive sports teams, cultural events, individual counselling, and academic guidance.

    "Education as it should be” and a healthy active lifestyle are the foundations of Bond Academy. We strive to encourage our students to reach their full potential by developing into kind, caring and active members of our society."

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    What might families find surprising about your school?

    BOND ACADEMY

    "One of the things families find surprising about Bond is that not only does Bond have a sense of community, but it is also Its own community. An extended family, where everyone feels welcome. Bond has a culture that builds a child beyond academics, hence beyond the books. We emphasise that education is building future members of society, to be stronger, diverse, considerate, respectfully, caring, and knowledgeable which encourages lifelong learning."

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    "Our multilingual education opens doors to international cultures and connections. Join our diverse, inclusive community where differences are celebrated. We're not just a school, we are a global village. CFIS values your child's experience and academic success, preparing them with the skills, language, knowledge, and attitudes they need to thrive in an interconnected world. At CFIS education means becoming a global citizen with limitless horizons."

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    What improvements or changes has your school made recently?

    BOND ACADEMY

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    How will your school change in the next 5 years?

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  • SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

    Message from school leadership

    Message from school leadership

    As Principal of the Bond Academy Secondary program, I would like to welcome our new and returning students, as well as their families to the 2023-2024 school year.

    Bond provides an inclusive atmosphere that caters to all learning styles, while promoting the acquisition of the 21st-century competencies that our students require, such as collaboration, critical thinking, digital literacy, and social responsibility, to prepare them for their future vocations.

    Therefore, it is essential that students, parents, and staff all work together to provide the optimal learning environment for our students, to maximize their potential for success in their post-secondary studies and eventually their chosen profession.

    In addition, our Bond Girls Basketball team continues to grow as they compete in the elite OSBA league. The SSAF sports league also gives a chance for our Girls and Boys teams to compete in a variety of individual and team sports.

    Bond delivers "education as it should be" as demonstrated by our student’s academic success. Good luck to all our students during the 2023-2024 school year and thanks to all students, staff, and parents for playing such an integral role in delivering another successful school year at Bond Academy.

    Be Bold, Be Bond

    Phil Davies

     

     

    At Calgary French & International School (CFIS), we are inspired by exploration and curiosity. Our immersive language learning environment and global education bring the world to our students in ways that help them experience other cultures, people and places in authentic and exciting ways.

    Within a curriculum that encourages children to expand their interests and deepen their learning, CFIS students as young as 19 months benefit from enriched education, participate in various co-curricular activities, and graduate bilingual in French and English and functionally fluent in Spanish.

    Our academics, extraordinary language education, international focus and development of the whole student form the foundation of learning at CFIS. We are an IB world school — offering both the senior high Diploma Programme and Primary Years Programme for preschool to grade 5 students — and we are moving towards becoming a full IB continuum school.

    CFIS’s overarching programming develops the whole child — intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. As multilingual learners in a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Associated School, students are encouraged to lead age-appropriate advocacy and humanitarian work related to their studies in their community and worldwide. Students are taught to effectively and confidently navigate different cultures through international connections, including travel studies in the Secondary Division.

    At CFIS, our teachers and leadership team place a strong emphasis on individualized learning. Additionally, engaged principals, specialized classroom teachers, learning strategists and literacy coaches ensure CFIS students receive the attention required to thrive in all subject areas. As a result of the school’s dynamic learning environment, CFIS students’ average results on both diploma and course-awarded marks are considerably higher for CFIS students than the provincial average. Students are well-rounded in their achievements, transition easily into university and embody CFIS’s values as leaders, critical thinkers and ethical, engaged citizens. CFIS alumni avail themselves of an exciting range of post-secondary options at French and English universities throughout Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

    Thank you for considering CFIS for your children. I look forward to meeting your family!

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      BOND ACADEMY

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      BOND ACADEMY

      Information not available

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      BOND ACADEMY

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      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.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      BOND ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      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.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      BOND ACADEMY

      Bond delivers an enriched curriculum in a challenging and supportive environment. Our small classes and dedicated staff promote both the character and skills development of our students within a kind, caring and nurturing environment. We offer early literacy, arts and physical education programs as well as our strong academic curriculum. Through our preschool Montessori Casa program for students three to six and our enriched curriculum at both the Elementary and Secondary levels, Bond cultivates intellectual curiosity and prepares students to be successful in our global society. Our enhanced grade 6, 7 & 8 French program uses the computer-based "Rosetta Stone" program which teaches language through images, text, sounds and video, to support our regular program. Bond promotes a healthy active lifestyle with daily physical education classes and weekly swimming lessons. Students are encouraged to participate in our extracurricular sports activities both intramural and team sports. Bond recognizes the importance and benefits of a strong foundation in the arts. Our programs are designed to nurture awareness of Drama, Music and Visual Arts.

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      The Calgary French & International School blends a progressive approach to learning in a full French immersion environment that is enriched with Spanish beginning in Grade 4. Through projects, inquiry and a balanced approach to teaching and learning, students are guided and nurtured in a supportive and enriching environment. Offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, our candidacy with the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and through affiliations with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Round Square and Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), CFIS is actively supporting the development of global citizens while focusing on academic, artistic, musical and physical development.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

        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.

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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      • Early Reading


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Writing


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

        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.

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL 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

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        After gathering an impressive foundation of oral French vocabulary, students begin to read and write in French starting in Grade 1. At the end of Grade 2, English reading and writing begins and students quickly progress in their bilingual skills towards the end of Grade 3. In Grade 4, students begin Spanish lessons with specialist teachers.

      • Science


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

        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.

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        The CFIS science program is impressive, particularly into the senior high where laboratory assignments echo that of first and second year post-secondary studies.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BOND ACADEMY

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

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL 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)

        BOND ACADEMY

        Not applicable

      • Literature


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

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

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Science at CFIS is enriched with IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        BOND ACADEMY

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

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Core Knowledge


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

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

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Social Studies at CFIS is enriched with IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework.

      • Foreign Languages


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

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

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BOND ACADEMY

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

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL 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)

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Physical Education


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Our program is daily for one hour per day. One day is devoted to swimming lessons.

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        The Calgary French & International School recognizes that extracurricular athletics promotes school pride, sportsmanship, and good citizenship. The chief objectives of school athletics are to provide students with opportunities for leadership development whether as an athlete, coach or official. Representing CFIS demands a high level of commitment from students, coaches and parents, but not at the cost of academics.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM


      Approach

      Approach

      BOND ACADEMY

      Montessori


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BOND ACADEMY

      Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

      If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BOND ACADEMY

      We offer both half time and full time Kindergarten that reflects the expectations of the Ministry of Education with art, music, drama, french, daily physical education, swimming lessons, and library. We also offer a Montessori Casa program for students 3, 4, & 5 years old including all the additional courses as given in the Kindergarten program.

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Our emergent curriculum for children starting as early as 19 months, provides individualized learning based on children's interests. Intentional learning stations and activities are influenced by student interest and the development of language, pre-literacy, pre-numeracy, social and emotional skills. A wide variety of projects focus learning strategically on areas such as developing fine and gross motor skills, literacy and numeracy through play.

    • CURRICULUM PACE


      Pace

      Pace

      BOND ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BOND ACADEMY

      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.

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL 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

      BOND ACADEMY

      Information not available

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Student-led projects occur in every grade through our International Baccalaureate and UNESCO affiliations. Students are encouraged to take on community service initiatives connected to their curricular studies. A focus on differentiated learning occurs through individualized and small-group targeted instruction where learning strategists and literacy coaches support students across grades.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE


      Culture

      Culture

      BOND ACADEMY

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BOND ACADEMY

      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”.

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL 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

      BOND ACADEMY

      Information not available

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      BOND ACADEMY

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

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES


      Primary

      Primary

      BOND ACADEMY

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

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      BOND ACADEMY

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

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BOND ACADEMY

      Information not available

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL 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:
    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.

    Additional support

    Additional support

    BOND ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    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

    BOND ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL 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

    BOND ACADEMY

    Information not available

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Occupational therapy and Speech-language therapy are offered to students in our Early Childhood Division (Junior Preschool to Kindergarten).


    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

    BOND ACADEMY

    We provide the support required on individual needs of the student.

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    The school's learning strategists help students with both learning strategies and enrichment activities.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS

    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

    Ultimate


    Clubs Offered

    Clubs offered

    BOND ACADEMY

    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

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL 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

    BOND ACADEMY

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    • One of the best travel studies programs in western Canada with travel to five continents.
  • Financial Aid

    Grades eligible

    Grades eligible

    Students on aid

    Students on aid

    0%

    0%

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    $0

    $0

  • ADMISSIONS

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    100%

    75%

    Day entry years

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

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

    Boarding entry years

    10, 11, 12

    Day admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Rolling

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Not available

    Not available

    Interview required?

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

    SSAT required

    No

    No

    SSAT(out of province) required

    No

    No

    Entrance exams required

    No

    Yes: grades 1 - 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

    BOND ACADEMY

    We are looking for students and parents who have a strong commitment to learning through academics, arts and athletics. As a school we are also strong believers in character education, and giving to others. We support many charities that reflect the needs of our community and assist our students in developing into kind, caring individuals who have empathy and sympathy. Success starts at Bond!

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Families that find CFIS to be a good fit are committed to multilingual education enriched with global thinking, and enjoy being part of and contributing to our diverse school community. The ideal candidate for a CFIS is a student who is a curious and engaged learner and thrives in a diverse community. Self and mutual respect, strong character and a family emphasis on volunteerism and a commitment to education are all important characteristics in a CFIS student.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    BOND ACADEMY

    We welcome your inquiries and will make every attempt to answer your questions. For further information on admissions, please call 416-266-8878.

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Calgary French & International School is a full French immersion school that prepares children with the tools to learn Spanish and graduate with internationally recognized mastery of French and English. 

    Most students new to CFIS do not speak French at home with their families. At CFIS, our French immersion learning environment is designed to meet the needs of students who are new to the French language. 

    Our application process is intended to find a mutually good fit between families, students and the school. Our Admissions team considers each applicant’s academic record, character, and citizenship qualities.

    We welcome many new students to the CFIS community each year, and are excited to meet your family.

    If you have any questions about the application process, our Admissions Team is here to help! Please email us at [email protected].

    Student Eligibility: No previous experience in French is required for admission to our Early Childhood Division — Junior Preschool, Preschool, Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten — and for Grades 1 to 4 through our Embark transitional immersion program.

    Our Elementary and Secondary divisions welcome applicants currently attending a Francophone or French immersion school in all grades. Students entering Grade 5 to Grade 12 must be currently attending a Francophone or French immersion school to be eligible to apply and attend CFIS. 

    Application Process:

    Step 1: Visit CFIS for a tour and information session.

    Step 2: Complete an application at CFIS.com: Start Here

    Step 3: Applicants complete an educational assessment (Junior Preschool excluded). Preschool and Junior Kindergarten applicants participate in an assessment with a parent.

    Step 4: The Admissions Office offers placement to the applicants' family.

    Step 5: The applicants' family confirms enrolment by signing a tuition agreement and paying a deposit.

    International Students: CFIS welcomes applications from international families. Families who do not have Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status are considered international. CFIS also requires:

    • At least one parent of international students must possess a valid work or study permit during the application process, which must not expire before the start of school in September.
    • The student must reside with their family. We do not offer boarding facilities or a homestay program.
    • The student must be proficient in French if applying to Grade 3 and higher. 

    All applications received prior to the application deadline will be given equal consideration, regardless of the timing of their receipt. We are excited to receive your application and ask that you apply only in the appropriate year, not sooner.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    Alumni

    information not available

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Cameron Davenport (2014)
    I graduated from CFIS in 2014 and am a second-year student at the University of Sussex in the UK studying neuroscience.

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