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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Calgary French & International School

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2008

     

    1969


     

    Enrolment

     

    230

     

    780


     

    Grades

     

    5 to 12

     

    Preschool to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, French, Spanish


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
     
    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

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Accelerated
    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).
     
    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

     

    Varies

     

    16 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     
    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

     

    $18,750

     

    $7,900 to $15,100


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    10%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    5 to 12

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $1

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    29

     

    49


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    75%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 30, 2020

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 12

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Calgary French & International School

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Holy Name of Mary College School (HNMCS) began in 1964 as Holy Name of Mary School, and it has grown and changed in the decades since. For a time, the school was publicly funded, and while it operated continually through the years, it reopened in 2008 with a new name—the current one—and as a fully independent school for girls. Today, as in 1964, Holy Name is supported by the Felician Sisters, as well as by the Basilian Fathers of St. Michael’s College School, who co-founded the independent school. The vision of the school has also remained through the years, though it was rededicated in 2009. Families who turn to HNMCS are looking for strong academics and values, and indeed they find both. The values that the school promotes are those of the Catholic tradition, with an emphasis on empathy, justice, and excellence. The ideal student is one who shares those core values, will thrive within a challenging academic atmosphere, and is preparing for post-secondary education.
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    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    "We have been blown away by the care and attention demonstrated by the teaching staff at CFIS."
    Jimmy Porter - Parent   (Sep 11, 2018)
    Our daughter absolutely loves CFIS. She feels a strong community connection with supportive teacher...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    HNMCS began in 1964 as Holy Name of Mary School, and it has grown and changed in the decades since. For a time the school was publicly funded, and while it operated continually through the years, it was re-established in 2008 with a new name—the current one—and as a fully independent school for girls. Today, as in 1964, HNMCS is supported by the Felician Sisters, and is also supported by the Basilian Fathers of St. Michael’s College School, who co-founded the independent school. The vision of the school has also remained through the years, though was rededicated in 2009. Families who turn to HNMCS are looking for strong academics and values, and indeed they find both. The values that the school promotes those of the Catholic tradition, with an emphasis on empathy, justice, and excellence. The ideal student is one who shares those core values, will thrive within a challenging academic atmosphere, and is preparing for post-secondary education.

    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.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Calgary French & International School

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    • Catholic academic tradition
    • University preparatory school
    • Academic Excellence
    • Entrance exam (SSAT)
    • Scholarships & Financial Assistance
    • Private transportation options available
    • Duke of Edinburgh's Award
    • Leadership & Outdoor Education Programmes

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    • Founded in 1969
    • UNESCO Candidate School
    • Leadership/Character Development (7 Habits/Leader in Me)
    • Advanced Placement Program
    • International Travel Studies
    • Intramurals & Sports Teams
    • Music, Band, Drama and Spanish Program
    • Bussing Services
    • Hot Lunch Program
    • 14+ acre campus

    Description

    Description

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Holy Name of Mary College School (HNMCS) is an independent Catholic school for girls in grades 5-12. Set on a picturesque 25 acre setting in Mississauga, HNMCS empowers young women to transform the world through intellectual curiosity and personal growth as grounded in the Catholic traditions of the Felician Sisters and Basilian Fathers. Holy Name of Mary College School provides a high achieving, university preparatory programme to guide bright, curious and dedicated students by shaping their minds and touching their hearts.  With a distinctive balance of support, encouragement, and nurturing relationships HNMCS prepares students to meet the challenges and uncertainties of a changing world with resiliency and a strong moral compass.  A unique tapestry of academic excellence, focused on 21st Century competencies, combined with athletics, arts, outdoor education, co-curricular activities and leadership experiences, provides countless engaging opportunities for girls to be inspired & leverage their voices. HNMCS is A Connected Community: Building Curious, Courageous and Compassionate Young Women through respect, justice, compassion and transformation.

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Tomorrow’s world requires leaders who are multilingual, innovative, and creative global citizens. At Calgary French & International School, fluency in French and Spanish, along with the ability to navigate different countries and cultures opens a world of possibilities for our graduates. From preschool to Grade 12, each student’s potential is nurtured. We work together with parents and the broader community to balance academic achievement with enrichment across a variety of curricular and co-curricular activities.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Calgary French & International School

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Message

    The true spirit of the HNMCS experience is the relationship between caring, inspiring educators and the brilliant, curious minds of our engaged and talented students. We hold high expectations for our girls and their learning achievements, and our community accomplishments continue to make us proud. 

    We strive to shape the Catholic women leaders of tomorrow to “Be the Change” - knowledgeable, hopeful, confident and resilient for their future.

    It is through a rich learning landscape focused on girl’s learning that we not only foster quality standards for teaching and learning, but empower leadership, cooperation and teamwork with every girl. We are a school committed to preparing young women to meet the challenges and uncertainties of a constantly changing global future with a good moral compass.  

    Catholicity, being the cornerstone of our work, promotes core values focused on the spirit and teachings of Jesus Christ that nurture faith development and cultivate global awareness, community outreach and service leadership. We are supported by the Felician Sisters, and the Basilian Fathers of St. Michael’s College School who bring a rich history of faithful service. Our school culture not only shapes the minds of our girls, but touches their hearts while preparing them to become compassionate women leaders of integrity. 

    Thank you for your interest in Calgary French & International School.  

    Whether you are a current parent, a prospective parent or staff person, I hope your visit here is informative. Please contact us about any additional questions you have about our school community and programs. 

    I accepted the position as Head of School at the Calgary French & International School because I believe deeply in our school's mission and ability to support each student to succeed both today and tomorrow.

    At the Calgary French & International School (CFIS), an ability to effectively and confidently navigate among different cultures affords our graduates an exciting range of future options.

    Tomorrow’s world will require today’s young people to be innovative and creative global citizens.

    In our school’s warm, welcoming community of talented and engaged teachers, involved parents, and dedicated and skilled staff, each student’s unique potential is nurtured in a robust, dynamic and diverse learning environment. We work together toward the common goal of fluency in multiple languages, while balancing academic achievement and purposeful enrichment across a wide-ranging variety of curricular and co-curricular activities. 

    We develop the whole student alongside strong academics

    At the Calgary French & International School (CFIS), we believe in developing the whole student alongside strong academics. Not only are we one of the best independent schools Calgary has to offer, our French immersion education with a strong Spanish program and an international focus positions us among the best private schools in Canada. 

    We hope you enjoy your online experience, and we invite you to come visit our school soon. Here's a bit more about admissions and what sort of student would thrive at CFIS. 

    Sincerely,

    Mme. Margaret Dorrance
    Head of School

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Holy Name of Mary College School

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Calgary French & International School

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE 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.

      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

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      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

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      HNMCS provides an exemplary university preparatory programme that combines traditional curriculum with experiential learning experiences and integrates technology with 21st Century skill development. Driven by a student-centric focus on teaching and learning, we surround bright, curious minds with caring and supportive teachers who inspire a passion for learning.

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      The Calgary French & International School blends a progressive and traditional approach to learning. Project-based and student-led inquiry abound, supported by teacher-led instruction and skill development. CFIS Student Services provides learning support for enrichment and challenges. Offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, 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

      • Writing

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Calgary French & International School

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE 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.

        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

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Our program aims to develop a strong writing foundation that focuses on the improvement of grammatical and spelling skills, while allowing students to explore the writing process in a real world context; connecting literature, personal interest and current events into both formal and creative writing.

        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

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Calgary French & International School

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        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.

        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

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        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

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        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)

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Physics

      • Social Studies

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Calgary French & International School

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Core Knowledge


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        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

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Our integrated programme allows historical and geographical information to come alive in a variety of ways, using an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Through the use of technology, the arts and language arts, students participate in meaningful learning opportunities that bring content to life in a relatable way.

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Calgary French & International School

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        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.

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Students are best served when the use of technology enhances the learning that takes place in the classroom. HNMCS embraces the use of technology throughout the curriculum, and our broad use of Smart Boards and interactive projectors in all classrooms recognizes the importance of technology in education. Our school is fully accessible through wireless connectivity, leverages on site servers and cloud based technologies, utilizes educational software and communities, promotes the safe use of social media, and offers a green room multimedia environment for study and exploration. All students are encouraged to bring their own device to school and engage in learning with their tablets, laptops or phones in a stimulating way. This results in the development of their expertise and competency and their development as self-directed users. Students have full access to our comprehensive technology lab and all teachers incorporate the use of technology in their teaching and assignments.

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Calgary French & International School

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        The Holy Name of Mary College School Athletic Department provides opportunities for girls to pursue athletic excellence in a variety of sports while upholding Catholic core values and developing determination, resilience, balance, a sense of fair play, and pride in self and community. The athletic program at HNMCS is an integral part of the total growth experience. Student-athletes will mature physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. They will learn to take responsibility for personal growth by developing commitment, balance, and resilience as part of a strong and caring community. Pride in self and school, integrity and commitment are continually strengthened through participation on our teams. We believe that the life lessons learned through sport help to strengthen the Catholic values that will guide our students well into the future.

        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 The Calgary French & International School demands a high level of commitment from students, coaches and parents but not at the cost of academics.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Holy Name of Mary College School

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Calgary French & International School

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      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

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Our emergent curriculum program means individualized learning based on a child's interest. Learning stations and activities are influenced by student interest and the development of language, pre-literacy, pre-numeracy, social and emotional skills is connected to the student. Wide-varieties of projects focus learning strategically on areas such as developing fine and gross motor skills, literacy and numeracy through play.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Holy Name of Mary College School

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Calgary French & International School

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


      Our Take

      Our Take

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

      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

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Our environment is student-centred and tailored to girls' learning

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Student-led projects occur in every grade through our UNESCO program. Students are encouraged to take on community service initiatives connected to their curricular studies. A focus on differentiated learning through technology, learning strategists and literacy coaches is a great benefit for students across grades.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Holy Name of Mary College School

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Calgary French & International School

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


      Our Take

      Our Take

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE 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”.

      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

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Our main goal at HNMCS is to develop the whole person. Building a strong academic foundation allows our girls to become innovative thinkers who can draw on their wealth of knowledge and experience to tackle real world problems.

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      "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."

  • 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:

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    Calgary French & International 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.
     

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Calgary French & International School

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    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

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    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

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Information not available

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Information not available


    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

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Information not available

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    The school's learning strategist team helps students with both learning strategies and enrichment activities.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Holy Name of Mary College School

    Calgary French & International 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

     

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Calgary French & International School

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE 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

    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

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    • Mini-Medical Programme: HNMCS has established an innovative program to help develop a passion for science in our students. The overarching mission of the Mini Medical Program is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the sciences and the vital role they play in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire - humbly. The program is structured with active participation from the students and in partnership with key medical and science professionals in the community.

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    75%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 30, 2020

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 12

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 12

     

    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

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Holy Name of Mary College School welcomes applications from candidates eager to be a part of the school's enriched academic environment. At Holy Name of Mary College School, we offer you the opportunity to develop your academic interests, as well as a wide range of sporting options, visual and performing arts and other clubs and activities to engage in. HNMCS is fortified by a strong liberal arts education, a sound understanding of the role of technology in the world, and a belief that in our community we acknowledge and celebrate the many and varied gifts and talents of our classmates and teammates. We offer applicants the chance to demonstrate that they can be successful here. Each application is considered and assessed individually. We look for demonstrated academic achievement and the ability, and desire, to reach your true potential. There are no hidden social criteria; we simply want the best students to apply, regardless of their background. So whoever you are, and wherever you come from, if you have the ability, the enthusiasm and the motivation to study here, then we want to hear from you.

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    The ideal candidate for a Calgary French & International School (CFIS) education is a student who would thrive in a high-energy, positive environment with opportunity and involvement in academic pursuits, music, fine and dramatic arts, and physical education. Self and mutual respect, strong character and a family emphasis upon volunteerism and a commitment to education are all important characteristics in a CFIS student.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    The admissions process to Holy Name of Mary Catholic School is a straightforward once you've decided that this is the school for your daughter:

    1. Complete application online: apply.hnmcs.ca 

    2. Attach a recent student photograph. 

    3. Provide Academic Documents Online Scan and upload copies of the applicant’s final report cards from the previous two years and the most recent report card for the current year and, if applicable, a current Ontario Student Transcript copy. 

    4. Complete the Confidential Student Profile and ensure that it is sent directly from the applicant’s current principal, guidance counsellor or teacher to HNMCS. 

    5. Submit Application Fee Payment of a non-refundable $125 application fee. Application fee for international students is $250. 

    6. Please submit all the above application information by November 30th. Applications received after this date will be reviewed and applicants will be notified following the March break. 

    7. Register for the Admissions Test, which will be written on Saturday, December 12, 2020. To register for the test, go to: https://www.holynameofmarycollegeschool.com/admission/. 

    8. Once all requirements have been completed, the Office of Admissions will contact the family to schedule a one-on-one meeting with the candidate. 

    9. Offers of Admission will be sent out on February 19, 2021. 

     

    While Holy Name of Mary College School is an independent school, the tuition is not intended to exclude students on a financial basis. An income-based bursary programme is available for those in need and we encourage families to seek financial assistance when it is required. Families apply for bursaries during the application process to Holy Name of Mary College School. Apply for Financial Aid by November 30th. For more information, contact [email protected] 

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    It is important that the Calgary French & International School is a good fit for your child and that we will be able to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of each student offered placement.

    To most successfully meet the needs of all applicants and determine appropriate placements, an application process occurs through which a student’s academic record, behaviour and citizenship qualities are considered.  

    On behalf of each student, the family fills out an online application, including supplementary documentation, and an application fee and then attends the school for an assessment. Completion of these components of the process does not necessarily guarantee placement at CFIS. If you need more information before applying, you can fill out an inquiry form and our Director of Enrolment, Mme. Kathy Marinakos, will be in contact. 

    The ideal candidate

    The ideal candidate for a CFIS education is a student who would thrive in a high-energy, positive environment with opportunity and involvement in academic pursuits, music, fine and dramatic arts, and physical education.  Self and mutual respect, strong character and a family emphasis upon volunteerism and a commitment to education are all important characteristics in a CFIS student.

    A family commitment to French immersion education and to the CFIS community is also important.  Students may then be invited to continue the process by attending an assessment, which includes locally developed, age-appropriate evaluation as well an interview with CFIS faculty. 

    Prerequisites

    French language experience at the preschool, junior kindergarten and kindergarten levels is not required, but is certainly an asset. For applicants considering entry to grades 1 through 12, a requirement is current attendance in a French immersion program, a French education or for students to be native French speakers.




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