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Calgary French & International School

Grades Nursery/Toddler TO Gr. 12 — Calgary, AB (MAP)

Calgary French & International School:

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School address

  • 700 - 77th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 5R1 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

CFIS offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only.

The regions CFIS offers busing from are:

  • Calgary

Additional notes: CFIS’s partnership with Southland Transportation offers bus routes serving various Calgary communities and the surrounding area. Because of this, CFIS is able to transport students from the Calgary and area - from Rocky Ridge, Scenic Acres and Cochrane in the northwest to Garrison Woods, Marda Loop, Lakeview, Willow Park and McKenzie Lake - and everywhere in between!

Our Perspective

How we see 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's Perspective

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How Calgary French & International School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

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

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

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

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

What might families find surprising about your school?

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

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Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Calgary French & International School

Video reviews of Calgary French & International School

Alum, Alessandra Mackay (2020)

Watch our alum interview with Alessandra Mackay to learn about the unique experience of attending Calgary French & International School.

Written reviews of Calgary French & International School


Parent, Jimmy Porter (2018)

Our daughter absolutely loves CFIS. She feels a strong community connection with supportive teacher...

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Mme Nicola Abrioux-Camirand, Head of School
Masters of Education, Second Language Learning


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

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

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

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

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

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

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