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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Calgary French & International School

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1986

     

    1969


     

    Enrolment

     

    600

     

    780


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 8

     

    Preschool to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    English, French, Spanish


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Science and technology

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."
     
    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

     

    Traditional, Montessori

     

    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

     

    16 to 20

     

    16 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated class; 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

     

    $21,000 to $23,500

     

    $7,900 to $15,100


     

    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

     

    50

     

    49


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    75%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 17, 2020

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Calgary French & International School

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    RHMS was established in 1986, and has grown considerably over the years to where it sits now with an annual student population of 600. That’s big in the world of private schooling, particularly given that the program only covers preschool through Grade 8. Size can be a strength, to be sure, and Richmond Hill is a prime example of that. The program is broad and deep, with extensive curricular and extracurricular offerings. The campus has been developed throughout the life of the school, and today is an example, in every way, of how good a facility school can be, both aesthetically and practically. Classroom appointments are up to date throughout, including in-class technology that incorporates a full range of instructional devices and applications. All resources are applied in sympathy with the core program of the school and the values that undergird it. And, despite the size of the student population as a whole, the segmentation of the primary and elementary programs, in consort with the low student to teacher ratios, the lived experience of the school is quite close-knit and personal. Over the past three decades plus RHMS has done a lot, and in all the right ways, and the school certainly lives up to its reputation.

    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

     

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Calgary French & International School

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    • Complimentary Before/After School
    • CAT 4 Annual Testing
    • Innovative curriculum with proven learning tools
    • Low student to teacher ratio
    • Specialty certified teachers
    • Daily onsite homework support
    • Single grade Elementary classes
    • Award winning choir, athletics, and science competitions
    • Over 25 extra-curricular programs
    • Comprehensive Computer Program

    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

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Over more than three decades of service, we have educated thousands of children in our positive and progressive learning environment. Our methods empower children to form their own identity, and strive with ambition towards the goals that they choose. The foundation that our private school provides, gives children the tools to succeed at higher levels of education and beyond.

    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

     

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Calgary French & International School

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Message

    Dear Friends,

    Be it ever so beautiful. There’s no place like home. (L. Frank Baum)

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School is my second home; and a home-away-from-home for our students and teachers.  Each morning when I arrive, I am reminded how fortunate I am to be here.

    The spirit thriving within these hallways is powerful. It’s a testament to the school’s culture, developed over decades of passion, friendships and education. Students, faculty, and parents form this incredible community; a community that is caring, compassionate and supportive – an environment truly fostering the love of learning.

    My own journey at RHMS began in the classroom, back in 2006. I have filled the shoes of many diverse positions, each with it an opportunity to learn about the school from another angle, and to understand the complexities of each role.

    It humbles me to have a steady stream of former students and alumni, returning to share their great feats, and many adventures. Knowing the considerable victories they achieve each year not only motivates me, but reinforces the notion our school’s community is empowering young minds to find ambition and purpose in life.

    Soon, my own children will be joining the RHMS community and walking its bustling, bright halls; they’ll witness all that RHMS has to offer, including innovative curriculum, cutting-edge resources, a variety of extra-curricular activities, enthusiastic peers, and a team of knowledgeable and supportive teachers. What a great joy it will be to watch my children grow, develop and find a sense of belonging here, like so many children before them have.  

    RHMS’ culture is organic; it is grown from within -- I want to thank our teachers and faculty. Your commitment to students’ well-being and your own professional development move me each day.

    And of course, thank you to the RHMS parents, who have continued to provide ongoing commitment and support. We remain dedicated to upholding our promise to you, “To nurture each child’s distinct talents and ensure every child feels comfortable, challenged and confident they can achieve anything.” By working together, we can encourage students to accomplish incredible things.

    For families interested in learning more about RHMS, I welcome and encourage you to visit and experience our programs first-hand. You too may find your home-away-from-home.

    C. Ingravalle

    Principal

    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

       

      Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Calgary French & International School

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Montessori

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

      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

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.

      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

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      At Richmond Hill Montessori Private School (RHMS), one of our directives is to bring the world into the classroom using a multitude of resources. The transformation of classroom into 'real world' requires not only physical resources such as textbooks, exercise books, maps, globes and an ongoing emphasis on incorporating technology into the classroom via everyday computer usage, presentations, smartboards, and other digital devices; it also requires very important abstract resources such as imagination, vision, and passion. These are all encouraged under the careful supervision of our nurturing staff. We believe that, together, these components are essential for a student's success in advancement of knowledge and development. RHMS is committed to remaining current and preparing its students to participate fully and effectively in today's society. That being said, it is our mission to ensure that the traditional core knowledge and the educational philosophy at the preschool and elementary levels has been, and will continue to be, consistent over time.

      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

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Calgary French & International School

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        Approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.

        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

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        In personal, academic, and workplace situations, students need to write clearly and coherently with precision and style. While doing so, they must also accurately apply the conventions of language, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Our extensive program gives students the tools to develop confidence in their writing skills.

        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

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Calgary French & International School

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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.

        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

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Science is both a body of knowledge and an experimentation process within the natural world. Our Science program encompasses a set of principles and methods for investigating all aspects of the physical world. Theories and methods are constantly re-evaluated as new information becomes available. Students are taught to have a deep respect for the environment and are shown ways to act as environmental stewards. Our Science program allows students to learn of scientific accomplishments, past and present. In addition, students have the opportunity to experience scientific studies that inspire a sense of wonder and respect for life and the environment. Our students are guided through the scientific process of developing a hypothesis, followed by experimentation, evaluation, and reaching a conclusion.

        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

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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)

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Physics

      • Social Studies

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Calgary French & International School

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        Approach


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        At RHMS, the Social Studies curriculum is designed to give our students a solid knowledge of geography; an appreciation of the past through the study of history, helping them develop an understanding of the present; and how to apply this knowledge to daily life. We view our multicultural RHMS family as the perfect starting point to take our students on a fascinating journey around the world to study different environments, languages, architecture, literature, music, art, and traditions. This helps them develop pride in all achievements and responsibility for the future. Our Social Studies curriculum is integrated at all levels and exposes our students to a variety of hands-on activities meant to broaden their experience with various topics presented at different levels.

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Calgary French & International School

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        At the Intermediate (Grade Seven and Eight) level, RHMS introduces its students to the world of business and the economy. This provides an opportunity to explore technology; understand ethics, the community, and the environment; and how these rapidly changing issues relate to business today. It further explores the nature of the competitive global economy and investigates how individuals and societies can gain the information they need to make appropriate economic decisions. Students are introduced to macroeconomics and microeconomics; applying economic models and concepts to interpret economic information; assess the validity of statistics; and investigate marketplace dynamics. Students use economic inquiry and communication skills to analyse current economic issues, make informed judgements, and present their findings.

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Calgary French & International School

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        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

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        French is a key component of our core curriculum. The ability to speak French in this global age provides a great advantage for students and is a key factor in academic success. Learning our country’s second official language will not only enhance a student’s overall skills in learning, but can also expand his/her career opportunities, promote understanding of different cultures, and create bilingual citizens of our children. Beginning in Preschool and continuing until Grade Eight, our students begin with simple words that eventually grow into complete and complex conversations. Our curriculum focuses on an intense study of grammar, creative writing, and conversations. Learning a second language at an early age is always a positive influence on a young student’s mind. We also believe it is important to learn about other cultures: how wonderful it is that within our own country we have another language to explore and research.

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        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)

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Physical Education

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Our Physical Education program builds on the concepts learned at the preschool level by promoting self-confidence and reinforcing the benefit of physical fitness in maintaining good health. Our program fosters an environment where students can learn the skills, techniques, and rules of a broad range of sports such as ball hockey, badminton, volleyball, and basketball, among others. Our students build strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and co-ordination, and develop confidence, creative expression, freedom of movement, problem-solving skills, and the ability to work as a team to reach a common goal. Our two gymnasiums are well equipped with age-appropriate sports equipment and protective gear.

        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

       

      Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Calgary French & International School

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


      Our Take

      Our Take

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      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

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      The Montessori philosophy and method of teaching fosters a loving, independent environment tailored to the individual needs and development of each student. Our Montessori classrooms include students who are three, four, and five years of age, providing opportunities for learning, helping to create a sense of community where everyone contributes to and takes responsibility for the functioning and maintenance of the environment. The older children provide leadership and guidance, and act as models for the younger children; they benefit by helping the younger children, reinforcing skills and knowledge previously learned, and gain satisfaction and self-worth by helping others.

      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.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Calgary French & International School

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


      Our Take

      Our Take

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      At RHMS, one of our directives is to bring the world into the classroom using a multitude of resources. The transformation of classroom into 'real world' requires not only physical resources such as textbooks, exercise books, maps, globes and an ongoing emphasis on incorporating technology into the classroom via everyday computer usage, presentations, smartboards, and other digital devices; it also requires important abstract resources such as imagination, vision, and passion. These are all encouraged under the careful supervision of our nurturing staff. We believe that, together, these components are essential for a student's success in advancement of knowledge and development.

      CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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:

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private 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.
     

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Calgary French & International School

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Information not available

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Richmond Hill Montessori Private 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

     

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Calgary French & International School

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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

    CALGARY FRENCH & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    75%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 17, 2020

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 8

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    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

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    We understand that choosing the right school not only for your child but for your entire family is an important decision and one that requires a great deal of care and research. We would like to therefore  give you the opportunity to learn more about our school, through a personal orientation visit. During the orientation you will view our facility, see our classrooms and be given sufficient time to ask all of the questions necessary to assist you in this very big decision. You will also be provided with information pertaining to program availability, curriculum, policies and guidelines, school fees and hours, as well as all application registration documentation, including a step by step, concise outline, of the complete registration process.

     

    To book your orientation visit please contact us at 905-508-2228.

     

    We thank you again for the interest you have shown in Richmond Hill Montessori Private  School and we look forward to meeting with you in the near future.

    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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