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Calgary French & International School:

Calgary French & International School ADMISSIONS

Private schools in Canada have admissions policies, and they require application materials. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and tests (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students. Schools also use different criteria for evaluating student applications, have different acceptance rates, and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.

Admissions Requirements

InterviewPS - 12
SSAT (out of province)
Entrance Exam(s)1 - 12
Entrance Essay

CFIS admissions deadlines and fees

Day students: Rolling
Offer mid-year entry: Yes

Application fee: $275
Registration fee: N/A
Deposit: $2,000

What CFIS says about their admissions requirements:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Application Process:

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

Step 2: Complete an application at Start Here

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

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

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

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

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

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


Learn about the percentage of students typically accepted into Calgary French & International School. This can help you gauge your chances of getting into this school. For instance, a 95% acceptance rate means a school is relatively easy to get into, while a 10% acceptance rate means it will be difficult to get into.

Calgary French & International School acceptance rate: 75%

Calgary French & International School student entry points

Schools accept different numbers of students at different grade levels. Learn how many students are accepted into Calgary French & International School at each grade level.

Student TypeNSPSJKSK123456789101112
Day Acceptance
(Acceptance rate)
12 - 24 (100%)32 (70%)48 (85%)8 - 12 (80%)0 - 3 (50%)0 - 3 (80%)0 - 3 (80%)0 - 3 (80%)0 - 3 (80%)0 - 3 (80%)5 - 10 (80%)0 - 3 (80%)0 - 3 (80%)5 - 15 (80%)0 - 3 (80%)0 - 3 (80%)

What type of student CFIS is looking for:

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

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