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The Great Kid Friendly O u t do o r s

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iPads Digital Distraction Or The Key To Learning?

What’s Your Child’s Online Reputation? Keep Your Children Safe Online

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a school of Profound Learning™ ...preparing students to be FUTURE READY

Will your child be Future Ready? How important is this question? Presently, our world is experiencing massive change in virtually every sector. This change is being driven by human ingenuity and invention. Our competitiveness as Canadians, within the global marketplace, is being challenged by thriving economies in Asia and elsewhere. But, as educators, we must ask the question, “What are we doing to prepare students for the “World of Massive Change”? Since 1997, Master's Academy and College has been developing its 21st century learning model called, Profound Learning™. The Profound Learning™ model, with its signature of innovation and creativity, elevates the academic performance of all students while simultaneously preparing them to be FUTURE READY. Today, Master's Profound Learning™ model is a reality – students become researchers, engineers and designers of the future by engaging in learning experiences designed to cultivate FUTURE READY skills.

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STRONG literacy programs that teach phonemic awareness and comprehension skills CONTINUITY of vision and mission throughout the school EMPOWERMENT of students to reach quality standards COMMITMENT to addressing individual learning targets INTENTIONAL development and tracking of essential habits for success EXTENSIVE integration of technology with one-to-one computing HANDS ON science and mathematics INTEGRATING Christian values and beliefs into daily learning. OUTPERFORMING provincial standard of excellence on Provincial Achievement Tests by three times

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Integration of Christian values and beliefs in daily learning 90% + students go on to university or other post secondary institutions, University prep school offering select Advanced Placement courses Two time Garfield Weston Award finalist by the Fraser Institute Small high school classes A school of Profound Learning™ • students becoming researchers, engineers and designers of the future • activating innovation and creativity • preparing students to be FUTURE READY with twelve essential skills • achieving academic excellence

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Our   small   class   size   promotes   individual   attention   and   helps   develop   strong   work   ethic.     Our   humanitarian   and   volunteer   opportunities   will   encourage   your   child   to   become   a   compassionate  young  citizen  of  good  character  that  will  be  a  leader  of  tomorrow.       Our  Rundle  College  Academy  program  proudly  offers  an  outstanding  academic  program  for   students  in  Grade  4-­12  with  diagnosed  learning  disabilities.        

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Welcome to River Valley School

Where every child始s potential is nurtured

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Contents ABC: The Basics

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Encouraging Spirituality In Your Child Create A Positive Environment

Preparing Students For A Changing Global Economy iPads Digital Distraction Or The Key To Learning?

One Month Shape Up fyi : educating yourself

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A Guide To Grow With

The Great “Kid Friendly” Outdoors Build A Creative, Safe Space For Your Kids

Academic Accommodations In Private Schools

Keep Your Children Safe Online

Is Your Child At Risk?

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Youth Singers - The Program That Keeps On Giving Leadership, Teamwork And Self-Esteem

School: full listing

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Whats Your Child’s Online Reputation?

The Connection Between Obesity And Bullying

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Private/Independent Schools

Talk the Talk

Charter Schools

School Index

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Faith-Based Schools Special Needs Schools Language Based Schools Out of Area Schools

Map of schools: Area Map of Schools

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Welcome To The 2014 And 9th Edition Of The Annual Guide To Schools A Note From The Publisher

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela Becoming a first-time Mom this year, I’ve come to truly understand the value of a good education. As a mother, I have a first hand perspective on the decision’s parents need to make when choosing the best education for their child, I understand the importance of each decision. My daughter’s future is always on my mind, finding myself wanting what is best for her every second of the day. The care, attention and research we put into the choices we make for our children today will assist in shaping their future. This perspective has inspired me to put a considerable amount of time into the 9th Edition of The Annual Guide to Schools Magazine. Our mandate has always been, and continues to be, to provide resources for parents via our publication, social media platforms, and informative blogs on our website. We provide parents with timely, well-researched information surrounding a wide range of topics relating to education, providing them with resources both on and offline. Ultimately, our goal is to provide parents with the information they need to make the best decisions for their child’s education. The 9th Edition of the Annual Guide to Schools includes a variety of articles, topics and insights ranging from spirituality in schools to building self-esteem through song. We have found that social media and the use of technology continue to be hot topics for parents. As such, we have provided an article on iPad use and it’s affect on learning. A child’s online reputation has also been a frequent topic of discussion amongst parents. As issues surrounding safety on the Internet and the use of technology are wide spread, we hope these articles can provide you with in depth information to help you better protect your child when it comes to their use of the Internet and technology. The articles published within the Annual Guide to Schools are only a small collection of the many articles published on our website www.guidetoschools.ca. This tool acts as an additional resource of information for parents. In addition to this, information about the schools listed in our publication can also be found on our website. From the entire team at The Annual Guide to Schools, we wish you, your children, and your families a wonderful 2014 and continued success in everything that your children endeavor to accomplish.

Best regards,

Tara Molina Publisher

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Encouraging Spirituality In Your Child Create A Positive Environment

Encouraging spirituality in your child has many benefits, including moral development and a connection to a higher power. Unlike certain academic subjects, spirituality does not always have a curriculum to follow. As you begin as a guide on your child’s spiritual journey, how can you encourage them to develop spiritually?

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Provide The Environment. A recent study identified that children who had higher levels of spirituality were happier than those who did not. Create a positive environment where your children can feel free to express themselves spiritually. For fifteen minutes everyday, remove all electronics and have quiet time for thinking and meditation. Encourage your children to think about the things they are grateful for during this time.

Lead By Example. It is important for you to define what your own beliefs are. Consider if your family will attend a house of worship regularly and if you will send your child to a religious school. If you are not religious, have an idea of what you will say when your child asks you about God. Having a solid understanding of your own spiritual beliefs will help tremendously when introducing these concepts to your child.

Teach Respect. When your child begins questioning spiritual ideas, make sure to teach them about respecting others’ beliefs. Depending on the type of school your child attends, they can be introduced to many different religious and spiritual beliefs. Explain that there are many different beliefs that people have and it doesn’t mean that one is right or wrong.

Give Honest Answers. When your child comes to you with questions about God or what happens when we die, answer honestly. If you have strong religious beliefs, the answer may be easier. For some questions, it is fine to answer that you aren’t sure. It is a good idea to explain some beliefs people have for these questions, but you do not need to provide every answer your child will ask about this subject.

Discuss Family Traditions. Looking at past traditions in your family can help identify many spiritual beliefs. It is important to pass these beliefs on to your children to help them feel connected to something higher than themselves. Instilling family traditions in your children will help them develop a sense of security and belonging. These will also help link your child with the beliefs of previous generations.

Introduce A Spiritual Community. As your children get older, you can begin to introduce them into a spiritual community. If you practice a certain religion, your religious community will be well defined. As a spiritual person, it may be harder to go to a place of worship that only welcomes a certain set of beliefs. If you are not religious, you can still bring your children into a spiritual community. There are many places of worship that welcome many different beliefs and viewpoints. These communities offer a chance for your child to open their minds to other types of beliefs. Whether your spiritual guidance is religious or not, the benefits of spirituality will help your child with challenges throughout their life. The easiest way for a child to develop spiritually is to start as early as possible. Just as you will help your child develop physically and emotionally, it is important to help them develop spiritually as well.

-Leann Cameron

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have spent almost my entire life in school. And for at least a third of my career, I have been simultaneously a teacher/administrator and a student as I have been enrolled in university courses and programs while practicing in the field of education, giving me a broad perspective on the evolution of education, both in Canada and abroad. It has exposed me to the everyday practice of running schools, to changes in government educational policy, and to the theoretical frameworks and research emerging from our institutions of higher learning. I say these things to qualify my next statement. There has never been a more challenging time in education. And by challenging, I mean exciting, confusing, uncertain, hopeful and intriguing all rolled into one. At Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) we focus on developing well-balanced students for a life of purpose by inspiring excellence in scholarship, leadership and character – all while the educational ground beneath our feet is shifting. We are truly experiencing a transformation in education, brought about by technology and an explosion of new knowledge that is unparalleled in our history. And there is no turning back. Technology is unlike previous innovations in education. The Internet has fundamentally and irreversibly altered the interactions among students, teachers and knowledge. At the same time, research is providing new insights into how students learn. Now, in the world of education, there is a pervasive discourse ongoing about how best to prepare students for living in the 21st Century – an era in which most of the jobs we are preparing them for do not exist today. The best minds in current educational thinking are telling us that the new “basic skills” for students are things like: creativity and innovation; digital literacy and citizenship; collaboration; research and information fluency; critical thinking; technology-based communication skills; intercultural understanding; and so on. In times of rapid change and uncertainty, we tend to cling to the things that have served us well in the past. Standardized testing is one of those lingering elements of measurement designed to assess the target skills of an earlier era. There is mounting evidence to demonstrate why standardized tests are no longer serving our needs. For example, Dr. Zong Zhao, internationally renowned scholar and author, found that those with high mathematics scores have low entrepreneurial scores. The point here is not that mathematics is unimportant – the opposite is true. However, standardized testing of basic skills fosters teaching strategies that thwart students’ creativity and natural curiosity, which are seen as important elements of innovation and entrepreneurism – the very skills that we now believe will be important to their future success. At STS, we prepare our students to succeed in a rapidly changing world and increasingly global economy. Grounded in their communities, they collaborate as part of their responsibilities as ethical citizens of an interdependent world. Intrinsically motivated and persevering, analytical and reflective, they seek innovative solutions to challenges. Effective communicators and lifelong learners, they are adaptable to change. The journey is not straightforward, but it certainly is interesting. Our school is proud to be a part of this exciting time in education – ensuring our students have the skills needed to thrive in the 21st Century. -Dr. William Jones Head of School, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

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is a large amount of controversy surrounding iPad use by students in the classroom. Many have argued that the technology is distracting when it is used in a learning environment. However, due to the widespread use of iPads, some schools have begun to embrace the technology for the educational benefits it offers. Could teachers begin integrating smart devices into their everyday lesson plans? Our society is rich with information technology. Because of the benefits of this technology, governments are increasing funding to give classrooms the technology needed to help with the education process. With the growing use of smart technology, teachers have expressed the benefits of information accessibility and an increased ability to communicate with their students. Some fortunate teachers cannot imagine teaching without an iPad. However, a recent study has found that 99% of students found using iPads in class distracting, indicating that changes will need to be made before smart technology is fully integrated into schools.

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iPads Digital Distraction Or The Key To Learning?

In some schools, teachers and principals believe that schoolwork done using an iPad can increase student engagement. Classroom use includes looking up words or definitions and keeping track of homework assignments. Teachers are also making use of apps to give kids their homework or deliver course notes. Since it is easy for kids to access content that is not school related, privacy and security issues need to be addressed. In this case, privacy controls can be installed for smart devices that are owned by the school. However, these issues are nothing new to students who can work around privacy filters when accessing the Internet through school computers. Many parents and teachers encourage iPad use for education because it allows for an increased level of mobility and accessibility of learning. The fun of using an iPad allows for a less restricted way of getting your children to learn. In the classroom, the widespread use of iPads can contribute to the 1:1 teacher to student learning model that is becoming more widespread.

Since kids are comfortable using their iPads, it may be useful to use this platform to connect with these students educationally. As the iPad generation gets older and students become teachers, the use of this technology could see exponential gains in the classroom. At this point, not all students have the option to use an iPad, so it will not become a major form of student-teacher communication unless schools begin to offer students the technology. This option is becoming more feasible as iPad technology becomes less expensive and more widely available for schools to implement. Instead of trying to restrict iPad use, schools should learn more ways to embrace the technology. As we have seen over the past five years, iPad use has continued to grow. There are many useful ways that iPads can be used in order to enhance the educational experiences of students, and it has come to the point where we can begin to figure out the ways in which to achieve this. -Carolyn Gartner


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One Month Shape Up A Guide To Grow With

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changes that the human race have experienced in the last ten years have been exponential. With the technological advances available, many kids have taken the idea of physical activity and refined it into what we now call technology. Video games, smartphones and tablets are fun to play on, but can often leave your child void of physical activity. Signs of stress, loss of sleep, fatigue, or even diabetes are sure signs that your child isn’t getting the necessary activity they need. At least 60 minutes of physical activity per day is recommended. Following the guide below, you can easily introduce your child into a healthy and active lifestyle. At the beginning of this workout plan, start at the easy level labeled “e”. If this is too easy, move to the next difficulty level. The workout plan shows 7 days of exercise that should be repeated each week. The idea is it to improve and grow with this guide, not to live by it. Try different combinations, different times, or more sets. It is yours to do with it as you please. Get moving and have fun!

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e: 10-mins of walking m: 10-mins of jogging h: 10-mins of running

e: 20 jumping jacks m: 30 jumping jacks h: 40 jumping jacks

e: 10-mins of walking m: 10-mins of jogging h: 10-mins of running

e: 20 jumping jacks m: 30 jumping jacks h: 40 jumping jacks

e: 10-mins of walking m: 10-mins of jogging h: 10-mins of running

e: 20 jumping jacks m: 30 jumping jacks h: 40 jumping jacks

Push - Ups

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e: 5 | 5 | 5 m: 10 | 10 | 10 h: 20 | 20 | 20

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e: 10 | 10 | 10 m: 15 | 15 | 15 h: 20 | 20 | 20

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e: 10 | 10 | 10 m: 15 | 15 | 15 h: 20 | 20 | 20

e: 10 | 10 | 10 m: 15 | 15 | 15 h: 20 | 20 | 20

e: 25 sec m: 45 sec h: 1-min

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*repeat 7 day split for one month

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Squats Start: Standing Motion: Bend knees till bottom reaches 2 inches off ground End: Slowly bring yourself to standing position Wall-Sits Motion: Sit against any wall with knees bent at 90 degrees Plank Motion: Hold top push-up position Lunges Start: Standing Motion: Move down, touching one knee to ground End: Come up, switching legs and repeat Leg Raises Start: Laying Down Motion: Raise both legs while straight End: Bring down and repeat Scissors Start: Laying Down Motion: Cross legs in the center. End: Repeat High Jumps Start: Ending Squat Motion Motion: Jump up as high as you can End: Repeat Burpees Start: Standing Motion: Drop down, one push-up, up and jump End: Repeat Superman Start: Lay face down, keep arms and legs straight Motion: Arch back, lifting arms and legs, hold for 2 sec End: Repeat -Stuart Smart

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The Great “Kid Friendly” Outdoors Build A Creative, Safe Space For Your Kids

Designing a family friendly outdoor

space has many variables one should consider before breaking ground. We recently sat down with expert landscaper Ron Jones from Ananda Landscapes to get his take on

4 year old neighbor child was following your child up the tree? Another concern may be creating blind spots in the yard for children. In other words, when you look out your window, the children are hidden by the foliage

designing the perfect kid friendly outdoor space. T: Why is it important to design your outdoor space with your children in mind? R : On any landscape design, question you should ask yourself is what lifestyles do I want to create for my family? People with young children, may say “I want a spot to be with my children in their outdoor space” or maybe “I want to watch my children from the living room or kitchen”. Unfortunately the tendencies are for children to spend more time indoors with their electronic devices or TV’s, neglecting their physical needs, which can be satisfied with the proper considerations in an outdoor design. T: Which plant material is ideal for a kid friendly outdoor space? What are some that should be avoided? R : I believe that a large part of growing up is discovering the environment around us. As children, it is important to be able to fail in a safe manner. Let children discover the thorn of the rose, most plants can add to a child’s education. A couple of concerns though may be a tall climbing tree in the back yard. What would happen if your 5 year old climbed to the top of a Poplar tree that was twice the height of your house, or what if a

and Mother’s panic sets in. Having said all this, I have on occasion created hidden gardens for children in which the young child could spend countless hours creating their own special hidden place, we call the hidden garden, in which the child creates their own version of a special place surrounded by shrubbery. This is a magical time for the child’s imagination to soar. T: How much space should be dedicated to play and how much for adult entertaining? Is there a way to create a balance? R : I do not feel there is any right answer here. Some families are naturally quite physical, and may desire. Significant grass space for whatever ball games or badminton that inspires them. Some May want a chipping and/or putting green. Some may want a climbing/swinging/sliding play Set. Or maybe just a sand box? This needs to be discovered based on family dynamics. As for Adult entertainment. The sky is the limit. Outdoor BBQ area, how many couples would you like to entertain? What about a Bar? What about the ability to hoist a Stampede size gathering once or twice throughout the year? The important question to ask is not, how do

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I currently live my life? The important question is, how would I like to live my life? T: What safety concerns should be considered when designing your outdoor space? R : We addressed some of these issues earlier. Always be present to natural drainage from not only your own property, but those of neighbors’ as well. Stay at least 5 meters away from overhead power lines with hot tubs. Be aware of community guidelines in planting trees, proximity to property lines for any type of construction, watch out for restrictions for utility right of ways as well as drainage swells. Most of our projects involve both gas lines as well as power lines, these all require final proper inspection and approval. T: What ideas do you have to manage outdoor clutter from toys, bikes, sports equipment etc.? R : Many back door sills come off the house 3-4 foot above grade, a deck can be designed to come out a short distance to allow for a BBQ on top and the space below can be used for storage. Outside of that, in a back corner of the yard or a side yard, a small storage shed can be tucked. For just some toys, wooden benches or wicker baskets can conceal them. T: What overall tip do you have for those looking to create a child friendly space of their own? R : A place where both the child as well as the parents feel is safe, yet a place geared to the child’s interest for them to exercise their imaginations as well as physical presences. Allowing the child to be the creator. T: What was your favorite feature in your backyard growing up? R : My flowerbed was my favorite feature. Maintaining it and watching it grow was a fond memory I have from my childhood.

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Beyond The Steering Wheel An Interview With Southland Transportation Ltd.

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What do you need to know about school bus evacuations? Interview conducted with Andrea Silverthorne, Safety Manager 1) What is the greatest importance of bus evacuations?

6) Are there differences in school bus evacuations when it comes to age?

The most important part of bus evacuations is to remain calm. In an emergency, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or panicked, but staying composed and working as a team makes it easier for the group to get out of the bus in a safe, timely manner.

No – in emergency scenarios, all children are treated equally.

2) What type of training do the drivers receive regarding school bus evacuations? In a school bus evacuation, it is the responsibility of the driver to conduct safety measures among the passengers. At Southland, our drivers are thoroughly trained to complete rear door evacuations and front door evacuations to ensure the entirety of the bus is accounted for. 3) Do the children do evacuation drills? Students, as well as drivers and school support, conduct both rear door and front door evacuations to make certain all involved in the evacuations know exactly what to expect in a real event. 4) How often do these evacuation drills occur? These evacuations occur twice during school the year: once in the fall and once in the spring. This process is repeated twice to ensure all students get the practice they require to perform evacuations safely and effectively. 5) What are some common reasons that cause these evacuations to happen? If there were a situation that would cause smoke to expel from the engine compartment, a bus fire, and/or these events happen in an unsafe location, an evacuation would occur. A collision or bus breakdown would also require an evacuation and a rescue bus to transfer the students.

7) What are the common steps that take place during these drills? During rear door evacuations, students are instructed to leave all backpacks and lunch bags in their seat. The driver will assign two taller students to stand on the ground outside the rear door and assist the other students to the ground level. A third student is asked to stand away from the bus and gather the students coming off the bus and keep an accurate count. Students are given the instruction to leave their seat by the driver and are directed to the rear doors where the students are instructed to sit on the floor of the bus and put their feet to the road, with the assistance of the two students at the back door. Front door evacuations are similar – there will be two students standing at the front door to ensure no one slips on the stairs and a third student is assigned to gather and count the students. After each evacuation the driver checks the bus to ensure all students are off the bus. 8) How important is safety to Southland? Safety is our number one concern as it is our first core value. It is paramount that our passengers understand the importance of evacuating a bus safely in a timely manner to ensure the safety of not only our drivers and passengers, but everyone on the road. Our commitment to safety is the promise we make to the community to get everyone Safely Home.

9) How can parents stay informed about school emergencies? Southland does not provide safety information directly to the parents, but rather the board of education communicates safety procedure information to the parents and families of the children taking the bus. If parents have any questions regarding school emergencies, concerns can be directed to the child’s school. 10) Is there anything a parent can do to prepare their child for these types of events? While it is the responsibility of the driver to conduct all safety procedures, it is important that the passengers of the bus cooperate and listen to instructions given. It wouldn’t hurt to have a safety talk with your child regarding the importance of staying calm under pressure and remind them to follow all instructions given.


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accommodations are alternative strategies made available to students who may have specific learning differences (learning disabilities, ADHD, etc.). They often consist of relatively easy to implement strategies including the use of extra time to write timed tests and exams, the permission to write tests in quiet/ limited-distraction environments, the use of word processing or voice-recognition software for written tasks, and so on. In many private schools, such accommodations are available. We have come to find that there are increasing numbers of students with learning disabilities and ADHD in all school, including private schools, necessitating the implementation of effective accommodation planning. Such planning is critical as these students are generally very bright and capable individuals who simply process information differently than their peers – they can quite effectively understand the concepts being taught, but may need more time to process questions and generate responses; additionally, they may struggle with the myriad distractions present in traditional exam situations.

Academic Accommodations In Private Schools

Not all private schools accommodate students in the same way (or even at all), but given contemporary demographics, most, if not all, private schools have students with learning disabilities and/ or ADHD (or related disorders) who would benefit significantly from the use of accommodations. Generally, in order for accommodations to be granted, a student must have a psychoeducational assessment indicating a diagnosis of a specific disorder of learning, along with specific recommendations for appropriate accommodations. Certainly this is the case for provincial achievement tests, particularly diploma exams, which require assessment data within three years prior to the writing of the exams. It is also critical to note that accommodations are also widely available in post-secondary environments and in the workplace, so in no way does the use of academic accommodations fail to prepare students for life in the “real world”; in fact, the use of effective accommodations during the school years is likely a passport to enhanced success at the post-secondary level.

Typical Academic Accommodations:

• Extra time on exams • Limited-distraction environments for exams • Word processing/ voice recognition software for written work • Use of a calculator • Auditory versions of exams

If you have a son or daughter who may benefit from the use of accommodations (and to be clear, not every student will benefit from the application of accommodations: I often tell my clients that you could give me a grade 12 level math test and it would not make a difference if I had 1 hour or 3 – my performance would be hysterically low in either situation!), it would be wise to investigate the academic accommodations policy at your school of choice. 22 Annual Guide to Schools 2014

- Brent Macdonald, Ph. D., Registered Psychologist Macdonald Psychological Services complexlearners.com


What Is Your Child’s Online Reputation?

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Keep Your Children Safe Online

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The

issues surrounding safety on the Internet are wide spread. The ease with which children can access and post content on the Internet is becoming increasingly vast. Although the Internet provides a lot of great information and learning tools for children, there are also safety issues that need to be taken seriously. As children begin using the Internet at such a young age, it is important to be aware of the risks involved with posting content or information. What most of us don’t realize is that anything that is published online is permanent. With endless databases and archives, information that appears on the Internet never truly disappears, even if you ”delete” or “remove” it. This being said, it is crucial to educate your children think about what they post online before publishing it. Unlike their personal image, your child’s online image is permanent and difficult to re-establish should it negatively portray them. This being said, there are ways to ensure that your child does not tarnish their online reputation. To ensure your child understands the dangers related to posting content online, explain the long-term consequences of their online activities. Anything they post or upload now could be retrieved in the future and negatively impact them, whether it be a college application or landing their first job. Enable the privacy settings available on social media sites to protect the information that your child publishes and to ensure that only their friends can see it. Enabling privacy settings will help keep the audience of the published content to a minimum; however, keep in mind that even if something is on a private page, it is always at risk of being hacked and accessed by a complete stranger. As such, children must understand to think before they share. Everything that is published online stays online. From comments to images, content that is published will exist long after it is deleted. This content could have been downloaded, crawled by a search engine and stored in their archives, or copied and pasted elsewhere on the Internet - only to re-appear in the future. Encourage your child to publish things that will positively portray them, such as achievements, community involvement, or other positive activities such as their involvement in team sports. You can help your child manage their online reputation by having a proactive approach – help your child create a blog or website that documents their accomplishments and focuses on their interests. The Internet provides us with endless possibilities and tools that can positively affect our lives but we must bear in mind that it also has an ever-lasting memory. The Internet can offer many opportunities for your children, but they need your guidance and supervision to ensure that they use it to their advantage. Starting a conversation about managing your child’s online reputation is the first step to preventing them from posting inappropriate content that could have negative consequences in the future. -Sonia Lapointe

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The Connection Between Bullying And Obesity Is Your Child At Risk?

For

parents that have struggled with their weight, having an overweight child can be a harsh reality. Knowing that your child may face a tough road ahead can leave parents feeling helpless. Statistics Canada reports that a staggering 29% of adolescents are overweight. To put that number into perspective, in a classroom of 30 students approximately 9 students will be labeled as having an “unhealthy weight.” This number has grown due to the influx of pre-packaged goods that are now considered a diet staple for many families. Healthy kids tend to live healthier lives. With the rise in obesity in Canada over the past couple of years, the fear that children are becoming less active and healthy is a valid and daunting concern. Obesity is more than being overweight; it’s a consistent lifestyle choice. Obesity begins at home and tends to be a family problem. When children grow up watching parents snack and drink soda throughout the day, they will likely emulate the behavior. Lifestyle Choices That May Lead To Obesity • Breakfast is frequently skipped • There is no family “dinner time” • Meals are eaten in front of the television • Ready-to-eat meals are a staple at home • Sugary sodas are consumed on a daily basis It is normal to identify with at least one of these lifestyle choices as it impacts most families. A real problem remains if all lifestyle choices are part of an everyday routine. Obese Children 65% More Likely To Be Bullied Children who are overweight tend to be bullied more often. In a study done by the Pediatrics Journal, it was found that children who were overweight were 65% more likely to be bullied than their peers. The study also found that strong social skills were not a deterrent to the bully.

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In the case of overweight adolescents, this means that talking themselves out of being bullied did not seem to have any affect. Bullying is linked to many emotional health problems, some of which include decreased mental health, depression, anxiety and increased feelings of sadness. Early intervention in this case is critical. If a child is being bullied, they are probably ashamed and won’t seek help. If a change in behaviour or mood occurs, seek assistance from school counselors, teachers, or school nurses. Don’t allow your child be a bullying statistic and stop the cycle of obesity. Stop the Cycle of Obesity It begins with small changes. Incorporate one new healthy item into a favourite family meal. Use spaghetti squash in place of pasta in the family bolognese recipe. Address the ability to eat healthy with a positive attitude, family will be much more apt to try new ingredients this way. Involve family in outdoor activities. Check local community websites to identify types of activities that can be done year-round. Make time together as a family for a weekly event.

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Co-ed | Boarding | Grades 9 -12 | British Columbia | Canada Annual Guide to Schools 2014 25


Youth Singers - The Program That Keeps On Giving Leadership, Teamwork And Self-Esteem

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Having the opportunity to chat with Youth Singers provided us with great insights into what the Programs offer their students. Their

programs are well structured to build upon the students’ existing talents and personality traits, allowing them grow both as artists and individuals. Youth Singers is a unique performing arts organization that provides young people with an opportunity to express themselves onstage through music, dance and theatre. B: How does Youth Singers allow participants to develop their performing arts skills? SM: Both the content and the instruction by our high caliber choral directors and choreographers are tailored to the specific age group or program type. This ensures that students have the foundation they need to further their musical experience and provides opportunities to improve their performance skills. B: Do you notice any changes in the level of confidence people have after joining your programs? SM: Having observed kids who are in programs from year to year, you definitely see a change and increase in their self-confidence. Even after a few months, in their first performance, you see a difference and that they feel more confident with their performance abilities. The friendships they build throughout the program combined with the support from instructors gives them the confidence they need to shine. B: How does Youth Singers work with people to develop their self-expression? SM: Youth Singers understands that having a supportive and encouraging team of instructors, both in music and dance, is the most valuable tool to fostering self-expression. Additionally, kids can audition for solos and are applauded just for trying out. The environment in which the children are learning is one that recognizes their personal traits and helps combine them with their performing arts skills. B: What strategies are used in Youth Singers’ programs to teach teamwork and leadership? SM: The program organizes a variety of social activities that allow the children to get to know each other and hang out. Being in a show choir is like a team sport because everyone has to be in their “position” and supporting each other during a performance. As some of the students have more background or aptitude, you often notice students asking each other for support and helping each other learn and remember dance moves, fostering leadership and teamwork. Students can both emerge as leaders and take on specific leadership roles.

B: Are there any pre-requisites required to join Youth Singers? SM: There is only one requirement for joining Youth Singers – being able to match pitch (carry a tune). If you can match pitch and show up ready to work hard at having fun, there are endless opportunities to expand your performing arts abilities and become a wonderful artist.

-Benson Clegghorn -Steven Morton An Interview Conducted with Youth Singers www.youthsingers,org

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International Studies

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Late Immersion

Creativity

Extensive Co-Curricular Activities

Communit

Fine Arts

Health Sciences

Experiential Education

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private/independent schools

Learning About Private and Independent Schools Some parents will inevitably prefer that their child receives education outside of the public school system and, therefore, may decide to enrol their child in a school that follows the private system. Private and independent schools are founded, conducted and maintained by a private group rather than by the government and often charge tuition, or have other fees associated with enrollment. In Alberta there are two types of private schools: registered private schools and accredited private schools. Registered private schools, defined by the School Act, meet the basic registration requirements established by the Minister, and are not eligible for Alberta Education funding. As well, registered are not required to teach the Alberta Program of Study but are expected to have results that are uniform with The Goals and Standards Applicable to the Provisions of Basic Education in Alberta. Accredited private schools are approved by the Minister under the School Act, and request additional recognition beyond basic registration to obtain accredited character. Any private school that is non-funded is required to enroll seven or more students and from a total of two or more families. Accredited private schools break into three

different categories: • Accredited non-funded schools are predominantly language and culture schools, but some put focus on adult learning. • Accredited funded schools meet educational standards and are entitled to partial provincial funding. In accredited funded schools students are required to write provincial tests and are taught the Alberta Programs Study by Alberta certified teachers. • Designated Special Education Private Schools (DSEPS) only work with students who have special needs, and provide education services to students who are entitled to special learning programs. DSEPS’, which are approved every year by the Director of the Special Programs Branch, meet the same liability requirements for funding as public systems and receive the same special education funding rates. According to the Alberta Education, accredited private schools must employ certified teachers and must follow the Alberta Education Program of Studied, which identifies what students are expected to learn and do in all subjects and grades. Many private and independent schools follow a particular philosophy or viewpoint that is based on a careful match between school and parent values about learning. A long-term

commitment is desired by private school educators in order to allow individual students to achieve the Alberta curriculum according to their own development and encourages mastery over content before moving a student to a more challenging level. Students will exercise project-based learning with specialist teachers in the core curriculum as well as in art, drama, music, language, home economics, and computer science. All of these options take a wellbalanced approach and give students control over their learning. Private and independent schools focus on well-rounded integrated studies programs that will provide students the opportunity to pursue their academic interests and provide additional opportunities for students to learn hands-on skills, for example in culinary arts or a shop dedicated to maintenance. Alberta respects parental choice and upholds its educational standards, which reflects one of the reasons why the province is recognized for providing its citizens with one of the best education systems in the world. Built on a range of educational choices that provide diversity and healthy competition, independent and private schools were designed to enhance the efforts of providing excellence in education, and be an integral part to Alberta’s development of a first-rate school system. Annual Guide to Schools 2014 29


Year Constructed

Year Remodeled

Parent Conferences/year

Students to Teaching Staff

No. Guidance Counselors

(elementary, jr. high, sr. high)

Year Established

4-12

$9750

$750

$1650

190

$15000

1994

1994

on going

4

16,16,16

16:1

2

Calgary French and International School

PreK-12

$323014600

$900

$1550

680

N/A

1969

2002

N/A

4

20, 20,20

8:1

1

Calgary Waldorf School

PreK-9

$47809050

$295-575

$2500

280

$13000

1985

2002

N/A

2

24, 24, N/A

12:1

1

Delta West Academy

PreK-12

$890016000

included in tution

N/A

125

N/A

1993

1921

various

2

10,10,10

10:1

2

Edelweiss Preparatory School

PreJK-K

$180265

$200

N/A

200

N/A

N/A

1989

N/A

3

16-20

Edge School for Athletes

5-12

$15000

$0

$2200

315

1999

2007

4

20,20,20

16:1

1

Edison Private School

K-12

$55008000

N/A

$2500

184

N/A

1993

1997

2010

2

12,12,12

12:1

1

Equilibrium Senior High & ESL School

1012

$18003400

$120-340

N/A

120

$450850

1993

1960

2001

3

15

15:1

2

Ernest Manning High School

1012

N/A

general school fee

N/A

910

2011

N/A

Pre-12

$250011000

2000

2004

2007

0

15

10:1

0

Lycée Louis Pasteur

PreK-12

$1030012700

$0

N/A

350

1982

2000

2008

3

Average 16,17,5

8:1

1

Master’s Academy & College

K-12

$5300

$335-800

N/A

610

N/A

1997

1952

2000

2-3

max 22,25,25

16:1

1.5

Montessori School of Calgary

PreK-6

$48007500

$0

N/A

100

N/A

1983

1920

2004

4

22

15:1

0

Mountain View Academy

PreK-12

$29008500

minimal

N/A

120

N/A

1995

N/A

2002

5

16

16:1

1

River Valley School

JK-6

$1000012000

$225

$25003000

230

N/A

1983

1987

2005

2

12-18 Progressive 20-28 Montessori

8:1

0

Rundle College

PreK-12

$790013800

N/A

$18003000

1026

N/A

1985

N/A

N/A

3

14,14,14

8:1

2

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

1-12

$1665019530

varies

$2570

650

N/A

1905

1971

2013

2

18,22,18

1:1

4

Green Learning Academy

Gr 6-12 write SSAT

100

N/A

Average Class Size

Average Expenditure/student

(elementary, jr. high, sr. high)

Calgary Academy Collegiate

School Population

0

Fundraising Required

12:1

Bursaries Available

12,12,12

Uniform Required

2

Bussing Fees

N/A

Bussing Available

N/A

One Time Bond/Mem. Fee

1979

School Fees

N/A

Tuiton

60–70

Performed

N/A

Placement Assessments

$950

Entrance Requirements

$75008500

Religious Affiliation

PreK-12

Grades Offered Banbury Crossroads School

1:81:16

0

3

Tanbridge Academy

4-9

$9750

$3650

N/A

60

$15000

2007

N/A

N/A

3

16,16,N/A

16:1

0

Webber Academy

JK12

$600011800

$0

$2300

830

N/A

1997

2000

2007

2

20

12:1

3

West Island College

7-12

$12800

$750

$2150

451

N/A

1982

1994

2004

2

N/A,20,20

17:1

1

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private/independent schools

Length of School Day (hours)

Accessible

% Building Wheelchair

Post-Secondary Institutions

% Graduates Attending

% Grade 12 Students

SAT Available

Students to Computers

Programming for Giftedness

Programming for ESL

Disabilities

Programming for Learning

Outdoor Education

IB Courses

AP Courses

Computers

Band/Music

Days/school year

No. Teacher Improvement

school year

No. Instructional Days/

N/A

N/A

188

8

100

30

0

1:1

100

100

100

7.5

63

35

2

3:1

100

100

100

7.00

P-Gr 6:180 P-Gr 6:20 Gr7-12:186 Gr7-12:14

Graduate

2:1

Trades

N/A

German

N/A

Spanish

ALL

French

7

Drama

184

Art

Library

Cafeteria

Doctorate

5

Masters

20

Bachelor

N/A

Lunchroom

Activities

No. Other Extra-Curricular

Activities

No. Athletic Extra-Curricular

N/A

Other Languages

Courses Offered

Teacher’s Degrees

6.5

8

6

7

3

174

23

100

35

0

2:1

N/A

N/A

100

6.43

6

12

184

8

100

0

0

1:01

100

96

0

7.15

N/A

N/A

4

100

1

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

7

2

186

12

100

23

5

100

95

100

4.2

5

2

185

5

50

45

5

N/A

N/A

N/A

30

6.5

N/A

10

Yearround

3

80

20

0

10:1

80

70

10

6.00

N/A

N/A

188

8

4

5

N/A

0

65

5

0

N/A

N/A

6

5

173

3

65

32

3

5:1

100

184

16

75

25

0

N/A

100

Allexcept outdoor Ed Football

5.10 N/A

100

6.55

100

7.00

92

N/A

6.40

N/A

N/A

173

2

100

6

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

0

7.00

3

varies

183

5

80

40

0

4:1

100

100

100

6.00

10

10

186

10

91

9

0

3:1

N/A

N/A

100

7.00

37

22

187

9

100

16

1

2:1

100

100

100

7.00

44

50

185

4

100

25

1:01

100

100

75

7.00

9

2

188

25

100

33

0

1:1

N/A

N/A

100

7.45

15

20

190

2

100

10

3

1:1

100

99

100

7.15

25

24

182

4

100

36

1

3:1

100

99

85

6.57

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private/independent schools Banbury Crossroads Located in the historic Currie Barracks, Banbury Crossroads is a Self-Directed Learning school. One of the oldest independent schools in Calgary, and unique philosophically, it offers an individualized learning environment for children aged 3 through 18. Banbury is founded on mutual respect; thus, it enables students to achieve the academic mastery appropriate to their own interests, abilities and motivation. Character development is promoted. The combination of a low-ratio, student-paced program existing within a multi-aged setting, is most conducive to not penalizing students socially for being academically behind or ahead of their peers. Students are mentored to take responsibility for their own education through inquiry-based and kinesthetic projects, and communityfocussed learning. They devise their own schedules, develop intrinsic motivation, and learn skills in time management, goal setting and self-assessment. Students receive tutorial instruction in the core curriculum, and collaborate during group lessons in unusual options such as philosophy, world religions and art history. Physical Education has an extensive outdoor component, including horseback riding, skiing, archery, golf, hiking and canoeing. International travel programs are offered. Secondary students participate in contributive internships at community businesses. Students assess career options, develop meaningful and trusting relationships with adults, and cultivate altruism and communication skills. Academic learning within school walls has a living connection with the work that goes on in the world outside those walls. At Banbury Crossroads, students are not cut off from the world. Students are people worthy of dignity and the liberty to make their own choices without infringing on others’ rights. Banbury’s well-balanced approach creates an enriching and inspiring school experience that promotes the development of autonomy and confidence. These two elements are necessary for students’ engagement in the academic, emotional and social aspects of post-secondary education and adult life. For further inquiries, call the school’s Director, Diane Swiatek, at 403-270-7787, or visit www. banburycrossroads.com.

Calgary French and International School “Fluency in multiple languages, supported by a diverse academic and co-curricular program, creates amazing opportunities for our students.” ~Mme. Margaret Dorrance Head of School At the Calgary French & International School, learning extends far beyond the language arts for each of their 750 students in preschool to Grade 12. Located on 14 acres in Cougar Ridge, the school’s warm and welcoming community of parents, enthusiastic faculty, and skilled staff work to support each student’s unique potential through an international focus and the development of the whole student in a rich and dynamic learning environment. Academically, the elementary division is the highest-rated in Alberta among French immersion schools and the tenth highest of all schools in the province, according to the Fraser Institute rankings. The secondary division continues with strong academics, varied Advanced Placement program choices, and a wealth of co-curricular offerings including more than 80 options, teams and clubs. As a UNESCO designate school, at every grade level, leadership, international and citizenship initiatives, including a fantastic travel studies program, brings learning to life, developing character and a strong sense of responsibility. Beginning with the early childhood programs, academic and co-curricular courses are taught in a French immersion context, complemented by formal English instruction beginning in Grade 3, Spanish classes beginning in Grade 4, and intensive Spanish instruction in the secondary division. The Calgary French & International School also has practical programs of support for families including before and after school care, a school-operated bussing service and two cafeterias with hot lunch programs. With a excellent academics, a global perspective and proficiency in Spanish, French and English, Calgary French & International School graduates step into a world of choice. Please contact the school for a prospectus by email at admissions@cfis.com, by phone at 403-240-1500, or you can visit www.cfis.com to learn more.

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Delta West Academy

Edge School For Athletes

Lycée Louis Pasteur

Delta West Academy (DWA) is a universitypreparatory, Alberta accredited independent school which challenges average to gifted students looking to achieve exceptional outcomes from Jr. K to Grade 12. Centrally located in Bridgeland, close to downtown, the school occupies a historic building which has undergone modernizing renovations. This charming setting is home to our lively school community. What does community have to do with the learning journey? At Delta West Academy, everything… DWA students are community members with one common goal: to become lifelong achievers. Everyone in our community knows each other, is supportive of one another, and as a result, trusts each other. Less time spent on behaviour issues is more time spent on learning. At Delta West Academy, feeling safe in your environment allows you to consistently participate, problem solve and think critically. Ultimately, Delta West Academy students are better able to reach overall achievement socially, physically and intellectually. Our students have an enriched academic foundation which also includes Languages, Athletics, Arts, community service and international travel experiences. Teachers in the DWA community are subject specialists that believe children learn and grow best when they feel comfortable taking risks with their learning in an interesting and interactive learning environment. Class sizes are kept small to ensure participation and promote excellence in learning and achievement. This is only the start of the journey! With outstanding provincial achievement test results, 100% graduation rate and 96% of our graduates accepted into their College or University of their choice, the possibilities are endless. The Delta West Academy community of students are on a dynamic educational journey focused on academic excellence, social intelligence, and global citizenship. This rewarding journey is shared with our families who have a greater opportunity for involvement and communication. It is a journey of caring community members, who demand excellence in education. Are you ready to join the journey?

At Edge School, a passion for sport drives a passion for learning and leading. As a university preparatory program, Edge School challenges student-athletes in Grades 5-12 to achieve a level of excellence reflecting their personal best. Through the purposeful integration of academics, athletics and character-building, we offer an innovative learning environment where student-athletes achieve a balanced life. Edge school offers skill training in dance, figure skating, soccer, golf and hockey. Our flex academy is for student-athletes with demanding schedules, training in other sports such as luge, swimming, tennis, equestrian, and gymnastics. In our model, sport is a vehicle for character development; instructors and coaches highlight fair play, teamwork and integrity in all aspects of training and competition. Edge student-athletes receive a complete education with small class sizes and personal learning plans. Supported by a broad range of accredited course offerings, post-secondary counselling, and college scholarship services, Edge supports each student-athlete to achieve their athletic and academic goals. Edge is committed to the holistic development of student-athletes. Extensive, in-house Athlete Health Services such as nutritional programs, sport psychology support, a high performance training centre and an on-site Athletic Therapy Clinic are just a few of the ways the school ensures success for its students and families. Since the first graduating class in 2004, Edge students have been recognized and accepted into some of the world’s most prestigious universities and organizations. With alumni attending schools such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Queen’s University, Juilliard School, and Joffrey Ballet School, Edge is proud of every studentathletes achievement. Located in the west end of Calgary, the 170,000-square-foot facility is a world-class athletic, recreational and community-use complex housing two NHL-sized arenas, two NBAsized courts, two professional dance studios, a golf centre, and more.

Founded in 1966, the Lycée Louis Pasteur is a private, non-denominational, non-profit international French school. It is the only pre-K to Grade 12 school from France in Western Canada that is accredited by both the Ministry of Education (France) and Alberta Education. It welcomes children of all nationalities, from pre-school (Maternelle, 3 to 5 years old) to Grade 12 (Terminale). The Lycée Louis Pasteur belongs to a network of nearly 500 French schools in 130 countries worldwide and provides a unique education with both a Canadian and an international perspective. Our Vision Education for Participation in the Global Community. Our Mission To provide challenging and stimulating bilingual education, within a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment. We value… . Bilingualism with a strong 3rd language . The study of the French language as per the programs set by the Ministry of Education (France) and Alberta Education . Culturally diverse students and educators within the school population . Exceptional academic standards . Student achievement fostered through independent and supportive learning . Curriculum-embedded art, music and physical education . Community awareness and responsibility . Teaching and learning that stimulate the growth of the whole child. We consider the student’s journey through school from 3 years old to Grade 12, culminating in the obtention of both the French Baccalaureate and the Alberta High School Diploma. Various after school clubs are offered in areas such as sports, music, drama, sciences, foreign languages, cooking, sewing, and circus. The committed staff provide a caring and supportive environment that encourages students to fully develop their intellectual, physical and creative potential. The school offers a Before and After School Program, Study Hall for students from Grade 1 (CP) as well as a hot lunch program. For more information, please contact Admissions at (403) 243-5420 ext. 123, admissions@lycee.ca or visit the school’s website at www.lycee.ca.

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private/independent schools Master’s Academy and College

Mountain View Academy

Master’s Academy and College, a K-12 school founded in Calgary in 1997, is an Alternative Christian School in the Palliser Regional School District. Master’s philosophy of Christian Education is to integrate a Biblical worldview into all aspects of student learning. Master’s vision is to go beyond academic excellence; to prepare its students to be FUTURE READY, to be innovators, creators and leaders of change. Master’s has gained international attention for its efforts of moving education from the Industrial Age into the 21st century. Master’s builds its FUTURE READY model of education on a foundation of academic excellence and has been a finalist four times for the Garfield Weston Award for Excellence in Education by the Fraser Institute. Presently, our world is experiencing massive change in virtually every sector. This change is being driven by human ingenuity and invention. As educators, we must ask the question, “What are we doing to prepare students for the “World of Massive Change”? In order to remain relevant, schools in today’s world must equip students with skills that go beyond the basics of academic excellence. Master’s signature is innovation and creativity, recognizing that we no longer live in an industrial age where conformity, compliance and meeting standards are the desired virtues. We now live in the creative age, where an ability to think creatively, to design innovative solutions and to see possibilities where others see impossibilities are the most sought after competencies. The i.d.School (innovation and design) is Master’s high school’s answer to the challenges posed by massive change. i.d.School is delivered in our Innovation Centre – a “one of its’ kind” center in Canada, where student’s learn critical 21st century skills through patented methods and models facilitating creativity, design-thinking, collaboration, and innovation. This is the competitive advantage our students gain by attending Master’s.

Mountain View Academy (MVA) is celebrating another year of 100% graduation and Rutherford Scholarship achievements for our grade 12 class. MVA is proving to be a leader in education, providing essential ingredients for every child’s well being, and using proven and effective techniques to help build a lifelong curiosity and love of learning. High academics and university preparatory programs are at the center of our philosophy, but what makes Mountain View Academy unique is the warm, supportive and nurturing attitude and environment. At MVA it is essential for each child to feel safe and cared for so that they enjoy school. The development of each child’s self esteem is a key component to the school’s philosophy and is therefore the pivotal point in the planning and the execution of the daily activities. By challenging the students to think outside the box and create change, be comfortable with their final decision, receive critique and be able to have an intelligent conversation about their thought, decision and conclusion will not only allow them to get into university but to also finish their program. The Academy focuses on both academic and personal growth by teaching homework/ study techniques, stress management, problem solving with adults as well as peers, even social and business etiquette in order to ensure that each child may reach their full potential. Such awareness is possible because of MVA’s class-size (a maximum of 16 students per teacher with floating aids to help where needed). Field trips, individual support and hands-on experiences enrich their learning. The students at MVA are strong, motivated learners, and their teachers empower them to achieve their highest potential! If you would like more information regarding this unique school and the programs offered, please call Colleen Pollock, Admissions Director at 403- 217-4346 or check out their web site at www.mountainviewacademy.ca.

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River Valley School

West Island College

River Valley School is a premier and inclusive school that provides unparalleled educational and character development, for the next generation of global citizens. Through our accredited Montessori and Progressive programs, we ensure each child receives personalized instruction and mentorship promoting independence, confidence and academic success. Programming extends beyond the classroom by offering a multitude of activities as well as busing and before/after school care for students.

At West Island College incredible opportunities happen every day, in an environment where learning is tailored to each individual student; where relationships are nurtured through effective teamwork and collaboration; and where students are immersed in a community of enthusiastic learners. West Island College is a university-preparatory school that emphasizes respect, responsibility and citizenship. We believe that inspiring our students to pursue excellence in academics, leadership, athletics and global awareness prepares them for success in the 21st century. In addition to exceptional teachers, an Advanced Placement Programme, small class sizes and extensive co-curricular activities, WIC offers courses in French (Immersion or Second Language) and Spanish (Second Language). At WIC, the heart of our vision involves each student participating in unparalleled and diverse learning opportunities in captivating, relevant and rigorous curriculum. Our students are encouraged to follow their passions, expand their creativity, and take on new challenges. Furthermore, WIC students and their parents enhance WIC’s culture of caring, of commitment and of community. WIC is a place where students belong just the way they are, and where discovery is achieved alongside friends, family and the extended WIC community.From our International Studies programme and authentic student leadership opportunities to Outdoor Education and WIC’s Business and Health Sciences Institutes, students are challenged to go beyond their comfort zones and discover what handson learning really means.WIC is dedicated to inspiring our students, not only through our academic courses and timetabling, but through our physical environment and student supports. A WIC education not only builds a strong knowledge base but inspires students to connect their passions to purpose for the rest of their lives.With 30 years of success in Calgary, West Island College has a proven track record of innovation,growth, success and leadership. Discover a school that’s so much more than a school. Visit www.discoverwic.ca or call 403-444-0023.

For more information, please call (403) 246.2275 or visit us at www.RiverValleySchool.ca.

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private/independent schools Rundle College

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

Rundle College Academy, part of the Rundle College Society group of schools, is an independent, co-educational, day school for students with diagnosed learning disabilities in Grades 4 to 12. Our quiet, residential campus centrally located in the city of Calgary provides a safe and caring learning environment. Rundle College Academy is accredited by Alberta Education, a member of Calgary’s Independent Schools Athletic Association and affiliated with CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools). Rundle College Academy is one of the premier learning disability schools in Alberta and has earned a reputation for high standards in academic instruction. Students create an Individual Program Plan (IPP), which follows the Alberta Education Curriculum. Our program is unmodified; our faculty provide accommodations to maintain the integrity of the Provincial curriculum. Rundle students are taught strategies that will increase their independence in learning as well as improve their organizational and study skills. Our students understand their individual learning styles and are strong advocates for their requirements for learning success in a post secondary environment. Small class sizes, ranging from 6-10 students per class, provide individualized instruction and support. Rundle students achieve their full potential and are highly engaged in their learning, resulting in strong academic performance. Rundle teachers are dedicated and enthusiastic with numerous teaching specialists in both academic and complimentary courses. Along with an exceptional athletic program, fine and performing arts, Rundle has a variety of extracurricular activities for students to develop leadership skills, independence, social and team building skills. Rundle has an extensive field trip and travel program that provides opportunities for students to apply their knowledge both in our community and abroad. Rundle’s humanitarian program highlights the importance of giving back to society and develops our students as compassionate global citizens. For more information contact Nicola Spencer, Director of Admissions, at 403-291-3866, or visit www.rundle.ab.ca.

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) is more than a great school – STS inspires journeys that lead our students beyond anything they could have imagined. Our school has a storied history of more than 100 years in southern Alberta, developing rich traditions and shared values that strengthen our sense of community and provide an enriched learning environment for all of our students in Grades 1 through 12. Unique to STS, our 200-acre country campus offers students hands-on learning, physical activity, fresh air, and natural beauty. Outdoor activities develop curiosity, independence, and an appreciation for our environment, while building lasting friendships and memories. Students also benefit from highly-qualified, dedicated faculty, and a learning environment with a small student-teacher ratio, allowing them to build supportive relationships, while maximizing their full potential. Our school’s mission is “to develop wellbalanced students for a life of purpose by inspiring excellence in scholarship, leadership and character”. We strive to achieve this mission through rigorous academic and diverse co-curricular programs, preparing our students to succeed in a rapidly changing world and increasingly global economy. STS is Alberta’s only independent school authorized to deliver IB Programmes in Grades 1 through 12. Being both an IB and Round Square School, STS embraces the philosophy, values and ideals we share with these organizations such as internationalism, service and intercultural understanding. Together they enable us to instill in our students the knowledge, values and qualities of character that will enable them to live purposeful lives and be the leaders of tomorrow. STS students graduate from STS driven to be their best and inspired to make a difference. Our School community and the opportunities we provide ensure they are prepared to do so. Visit www.sts.ab.ca or call Lydia Hawkins at 403-938-8303.

Other: Calgary Waldorf School Edelweiss Preparatory School Equilibrium Senior High & ESL School Ernest Manning High School Green Learning Academy & Foundation Montessori School of Calgary Tanbridge Academy Webber Academy

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charter schools


charter schools

Chartering and Schools What is a charter school? This is a question that may lurk the minds of most parents, especially as they see the increasing popularity charter schools have gained amongst other parents, children, school educators and some federal governments. According to the Canadian Charter Schools Centre, charter schools are autonomous public schools with a unique focus that sets them apart from other public schools. They do not charge tuition and operate under a time-specific contract (charter), normally granted for 3 to 5 years, that stipulates the school’s mission, program and goals. At the end of the term, the schools that are successful may renew their contract. Since charter law was passed in 1990 by state legislature, charter schools have emerged as an alternative to the traditional system of education and have experienced an increase in reaching parents and children. In Canada, Alberta is the only province that offers charter public schools, and currently there are 13 charter schools in Alberta; six of which are in Calgary. Funded by the province, Alberta’s

charter schools follow the Alberta Program of Study teach the Alberta Education curriculum. Among the six member schools in Calgary are an all-girls school and a school for gifted students, as well as programs with specialized instructions in arts and science. Based around a distinctive environment that concentrates on personalized learning, charter schools run freely of today’s public school systems where teachers focus highly on the different learning styles among their students. Some teachers will craft the same lesson in a number of different ways such as incorporating technology as an educational tool to enhance thinking and learning rather than means of replacing the needs for careful and logical thought process, while others may assist their students through a more traditional, individual-based learning approach of study and academic counselling. As a highly praised province for providing an education system that has a broad range of alternatives, Alberta’s charter schools allow students to access numerous studies including math, science, social studies, literacy arts, visual arts, music, drama, dance, brain gym and

physical education. As well, students have admittance to tailored programs that emphasize on their belonging, independence, mastery and generosity and assist them in achieving their fullest academic potential. Whether a student’s educator decides to exercise a learning process that takes a more modern or traditional approach it will, more or less, reflect the teacher’s personal evaluation of the child’s educational needs and what will best supply him or her. Charter schools and their student providers focus to give students an education that opens access to the various components of today’s communities while they engage the use of, and develop, twenty-first century survival skills. Note: Independent, non-profit “charter schools” do not consult to the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) and have specific registration procedures. Parents who want to find out more about a charter school should contact the school individually.

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Year Remodeled

Parent Conferences/year

$0

$155-335

$225-450

299

$8307

2003

1956

2004

3

19,18

18:1

0

$725

600

N/A

2003

1950

ongoing

3

25,25

17:1

2

No. Guidance Counselors

Year Constructed

K-9

Students to Teaching Staff

Year Established

Calgary Arts Academy

(elementary, jr. high, sr. high)

Average Expenditure/student

11:6:1

Average Class Size

(elementary, jr. high, sr. high)

21,18

School Population

3

Fundraising Required

N/A

Bursaries Available

N/A

Uniform Required

1996

Bussing Fees

N/A

Bussing Available

99,156

One Time Bond/Mem. Fee

School Fees

$75

Performed

$0

Placement Assessments

$0

Entrance Requirements

Tuiton

Academy

Religious Affiliation

K-9

Grades Offered Almadina Language Charter

Calgary Girls School

4-9

$0

$85+laptop

Calgary Science School

4-9

$0

$320-350

$625

600

$7500

1999

1964

2002

3

25,25

17:1

1

K-12

$0

$110-185

$300-700

3194

$10083

1997

N/A

N/A

4

20,25,25

16.7:1

8

K-12

$0

$155-285

$375-750

1130

$10860

1996

1952/ 1966

2011

2

17,23,21

15:3

4

Foundations for the Future Charter Academy Westmount Charter School

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Masters

Doctorate

3

4

182

7

100

0

0

4:1

N/A

N/A

N/A

6.30

9

10

174

8

100

27

0

4:65:1

N/A

N/A

100

6.26

5

4

181

5

100

15

0

1:1

N/A

N/A

N/A

6.20

10

16

186

16

100

15

0

2:1

N/A

N/A

96

6.50

10

7

177

10

100

43

0

4:1

94

89

90

7

6

20

175

15

100

15

1

2:3

99

80

90

6.52

Length of School Day (hours)

Accessible

% Building Wheelchair

Post-Secondary Institutions

% Graduates Attending

Graduate

% Grade 12 Students

SAT Available

Students to Computers

Programming for Giftedness

Programming for ESL

Disabilities

Programming for Learning

Trades

Outdoor Education

IB Courses

AP Courses

Other Languages

German

Spanish

Teacher’s Degrees

French

Drama

Art

Computers

Band/Music

Days/school year

No. Teacher Improvement

school year

No. Instructional Days/

Library

Cafeteria

Lunchroom

Activities

No. Other Extra-Curricular

Activities

Bachelor

No. Athletic Extra-Curricular

charter schools

Courses Offered

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charter schools

Other: Almadina Language Charter Academy Calgary Arts Academy Calgary Girls School Calgary Science School Foundations for the Future Charter Academy Westmount Charter School


faith-based schools


faith-based schools

The History of How Faith Was Established in Canadian School Systems

The Current Canadian School System and Faith

In Canadian education faith has been contentious for centuries, and it was between 1867 and 1975 when the British North America Act, a series of laws, was passed by the UK legislature to create the Domain of Canada as an independent colony that would become a self-governing country. Within the British North America Act was the creation of two school systems funded by Upper and Low er Canada, now named Ontario and Quebec. During the early nineteenth century religious study was considered an extremely integral part of education, and became problematic when colonial governments began to set up publicly funded school systems. Because Catholics and Protestants had completely separate views on how faith should be delivered, two school systems were established, a Catholic and a Protestant.

Today a vast number of beliefs are practiced in Canada and, while faith doesn’t play an active role in most regular public schools, faith-based education serves as a core component on some provinces’ public and private school systems. A faith-based school teaches general curriculum and either can have certain religious character or has formal association with a religious organization. Distinct from other school institutions, faith-based schools provide students with both academic and spiritual education that respects their culture and beliefs. Faith-based education is fostered mainly or wholly by quality professionals who engage, and exercise, with students religious teachings. In Alberta, faith-based schools build educational lessons around the Alberta Education curriculum, and teachers incorporate education that leads to development of the student intel-

lectually, physically, artistically, socially, morally and spiritually. In the classroom students are provided with a sense of community and, together with classmates, come to understand personal academic excellence and Christ-like characters in themselves and each other. Essentially, faith-based schools concentrate on encouraging students to intake religious learning and educates student on every aspect of expressing their distinctiveness, vitality and character.

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Year Constructed

Year Remodeled

Parent Conferences/year

Students to Teaching Staff

No. Guidance Counselors

(elementary, jr. high, sr. high)

Year Established

JK12

$46005040

$100$340

N/A

550

$46005040

1998

1998

N/A

23

max 25,25,25

max 25:1

1

Calgary Christian School

Pre K-12

N/A

Society Program Fees $11253220

$14173150

800

$3100

1963

1963

2001

3

25,25,25

13:1

3

Calgary Jewish Academy

K-9

$28455250

$0

N/A

197,67

N/A

1920

1959

1991

2

17,16

13:1

1

Clear Water Academy

JK12

$570011900

$2000

N/A

N/A

1995

1930

2012

3

18,16,20

8:1

2

Eastside Christian Academy

K-12

$3100

$700

N/A

50,25,25

$2600

1999

1985

2004

4

20,18,25

10:1

1

Foothills Lutheran Christian Preschool

PreJK

$100225

$40

N/A

46

N/A

2002

1969

1988

1

N/A

1:6 1:10

2

Glenmore Christian Academy

K-9

$2,5105,950

$14702520

748

1980

2001

2012

1

20-25

22:01

1

Heritage Christian Academy

K-12

$8503975

$100-900

N/A

232,75,100

$4921

1979

1970

1997

2

20,25,25

9:1

1

Menno Simons Christian School

K-9

$10002500

$250-350

N/A

163

$5024

1983

2001

N/A

2

20,20

13:1

0

Prince of Peace Lutheran School

PreK-9

$0

$1000

$200

100

$6700

1995

1994

N/A

2

17

14:1

0

Trinity Christian School

K-9

K$19491-9 $5018

$150

N/A

293, 112

$5100

1993

1997

N/A

23

3,22,26

14:1

Âź

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307,101, 65

Average Class Size

Average Expenditure/student

(elementary, jr. high, sr. high)

Bearspaw Christian School & College

School Population

N/A

Fundraising Required

12:1

Bursaries Available

11

Uniform Required

3

Bussing Fees

N/A

Bussing Available

1960

One Time Bond/Mem. Fee

1980

School Fees

$15000

Tuiton

40

Performed

N/A

Placement Assessments

$75-100

Entrance Requirements

$40005000

Religious Affiliation

K-6

Grades Offered Akiva Academy


Masters Doctorate

5 5 170-175 6 80 0 0 1:1 N/A N/A 100 7.10

7 2 180 3-4 90 10 0 4:1 100 60 100 6.15

11 8 180 N/A 100 9 0 3:1 99 84 40 7.05

4 8 176 2 88 0 4 4:1, 1:1 N/A N/A 70 7.05

18 8 185 6 100 10 6 1:1 100 98 40 7.00

2 1 181 4 100 0 0 10:1 95 90 85 7.15

0

various

180

3

67

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

98

2.45

4

6

174

10-14

89

22

.05

4:1

100

N/A

75

7.00

4

8

171

6

100

0

0

N/A

100

60

85

6.30

5

3

178

10

100

0

0

7:1

N/A

N/A

100

7.00

0

0

185

8

100

29

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

100

6.55

11

8

180

6

100

10

0

5:1, 1:1

N/A

N/A

60

7:1

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Length of School Day (hours)

Accessible

% Building Wheelchair

Post-Secondary Institutions

% Graduates Attending

Graduate

% Grade 12 Students

SAT Available

Students to Computers

Programming for Giftedness

Programming for ESL

Disabilities

Programming for Learning

Trades

Outdoor Education

IB Courses

AP Courses

Other Languages

German

Spanish

Teacher’s Degrees

French

Drama

Art

Computers

Band/Music

Days/school year

No. Teacher Improvement

school year

No. Instructional Days/

Library

Cafeteria

Lunchroom

Activities

No. Other Extra-Curricular

Activities

Bachelor

No. Athletic Extra-Curricular

faith-based schools

Courses Offered


faith-based schools Clear Water Academy

Glenmore Christian Academy

Clear Water Academy is an independent private Catholic day school located in the heart of Calgary, Alberta. Our campus is conveniently located in the centre of the city with easy access to downtown and to all four quadrants of the city. Clear Water Academy’s mission is to provide the highest quality education while developing Christian leaders in service to our community. One of only a few schools in Canada to offer a gender specific approach to education, Clear Water Academy is one of Alberta’s premier private schools and has been consistently ranked as one of Alberta’s top schools by the Fraser Institute. Centered upon the principles of the Catholic faith, the Integral Formation philosophy of education at Clear Water Academy seeks to educate the whole person. This proven educational model emphasizes academic excellence and spiritual formation as well as a strong program of character development and commitment to apostolic works. As an accredited university preparatory school, Clear Water Academy offers its students a core academic curriculum taught by highly qualified teachers, as well as specialized courses such as Religion, Spanish, Latin, Outdoor Education, Music, Art and Drama. Spiritual growth is encouraged through the celebration of mass, confession, retreats and one-on-one guidance. Building on their solid academic and spiritual foundation, students participate in virtue programs, service projects and a number of extra curricular activities. The Deans of Students promote character and apostolic development, helping students gain a better understanding of self and the difference they can make in the world around them. Our Athletics Department offers an exceptional physical education program and fitness classes, an active intramural program, dynamic inter-school competition,and a consummate outdoor education program. Small class sizes, gender specific classes from grades 4–9, the Integral Formation method of education and faithful, devoted staff ensure that graduates of Clear Water Academy become well prepared citizens of principle and integrity who are committed to making a difference by establishing a society that embraces Christian values. Inquiries can be directed to Mrs. Margaret Matthews, Director, Admissions & Development at 403-240-7917 or by visiting www.clearwateracademy.com

Glenmore Christian Academy is a faith-based private school located on a state-of-the-art, 10-acre campus in the southwest of Calgary. Focused on educating children in a dynamic Christian environment dedicated to excellence, GCA strives to offer students a unique, wellrounded education that includes academics, arts and athletics. Christian principals are integrated into the students’ day through morning devotions, chapels and other opportunities to serve. With many families and staff who are also alumni, GCA is a school with a family tree rooted in Christ that nurtures the educational development and Christian discipleship of its students. GCA was founded by First Alliance Church in 1980, offering its students a strong, innovative accredited education within an interdenominational Christian tradition. The 740+ students agree to uphold GCA’s faith-based perspective, yet are representative of society, coming from culturally diverse backgrounds. Students at GCA achieve the expectation for excellence on provincial achievement tests as well as during daily activities. Holding strongly to the philosophy of providing expert instruction in all subject areas, exposure to specialist teachers begins in kindergarten. Alongside core subjects, students have the opportunity to specialize in band, drama, art and Technology, Design and Innovation. From this solid foundation, students are invited to participate in a number of extra-curricular activities including the Choristers and Handbells, Concert Band, and theatre productions. Our GCA Royals’ athletic teams regularly achieve excellence in basketball, volleyball, badminton and track & field. Located in a 130,000 square foot building, the Intermediate School Wing was finished in 2012. The bright, spacious building provides for innovative teaching and learning. The renovated Elementary School Wing recently unveiled a completely remodeled Media Resource Centre. The school also includes two double gymnasiums, a 550-seat theatre, a cafeteria and our Innovation Centre. Please visit www.gcaschool.com for more information, or call 403-254-9050 to arrange a tour.


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special needs schools

A Special Learning Opportunity Often Canadian families have a difficult time addressing the special learning requirements of their child and, in the past, may have felt forced to steer their way through the school system with little to no guidance. While all public schools, by law, are required to provide special education programs, not every school is able to address the specific needs of each child. Alberta respects and caters to the idea that all children learn differently and provides to children who have special needs that require support beyond what is offered in other school settings. The province’s school system is recognized for being one of the world’s best and provides two main types of special needs schools: accredited non-profit private schools and designated special education private schools. Accredited non-profit private schools are operated by a non-profit society or corporation and receive the same funding for severe special needs children (those who traditionally have been labelled having grave to profound mental retardation) as public schools do, where designated special

education private schools do not have such an affiliation, and parents of students identified as having special needs can elect to have their child attend. To identify and better understand a child’s particular requirements that will enable them to flourish in a special needs learning environment, school boards develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP). IEP’s are based on a thorough assessment of a child’s needs and strengths to learn, and describes the special education program and/or services required for him or her. This allows special needs educators to identify a child’s potential, and foster social development through tailored accommodations and/or learning programs. Such accommodations and learning programs are modified above or below the age-appropriate grade level expectations of a child for a specific subject or course and utilize a curriculum that is infused with strategybased learning methods. Within special needs schools, educators are experienced in having instructional control of a student and incorporate innovative teaching

programs from the curriculum that can foster to all children. Some courses developed for students who require visual and auditory communication, while other programs are tended to children who have average/above average intelligence levels and are struggling with academic skill acquisition. Regardless of the nature of a child’s disability, special needs schools strive to ensure a child is exposed to a learning environment that works for them, and can limit their disability and improve their learning. Because special needs educators use different teaching approaches that identify a child’s social/emotional domains, children are better prepared for an academic world and are provided the opportunity to develop a positive self-concept and high self-esteem where they can visualize themselves as empowered, competent learners.

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Students to Teaching Staff

No. Guidance Counselors

(elementary, jr. high, sr. high)

Parent Conferences/year

K-12

N/A

232,75,100

$4921

1979

1970

1997

2

20,25,25

9:1

1

Janus Academy

K-12

$11000

$0

N/A

37

N/A

1997

1911

N/A

3

7,5,5

1:1

0

New Heights Early Learning Services

PreK-12

$12000

N/A

N/A

45

$24000

1999

N/A

N/A

4

9,9,9

2:6/ 2:9

2

Renfrew Educational Services

JK-6

$0-3500

$250

$650

650

$16500

1974

19982010

19982010

3

12

3:1

8

Rundle Academy

4-12

$1130013200

N/A

$17202925

225

N/A

1996

N/A

N/A

3

6,8,10

6:1

1

The Third Academy

1-12

$11500

Nominal

$2350

187

$11500

1997

1940s

2003

24

18,18,18

12:1

10

Westmount Charter School

K-12

$0

$155285

$375-750

1130

N/A

1996

1952/ 1966

2001

2

16,23,21

15:3

4

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Average Class Size

Year Remodeled

Heritage Christian Academy

$100900

Year Established

Year Constructed

Average Expenditure/student

(elementary, jr. high, sr. high)

2

$8503975

School Population

2

6:1

Fundraising Required

8:1

12,12,12

Bursaries Available

16,16,16

3

Uniform Required

4

2007

Bussing Fees

ongoing

1990

Bussing Available

1994

1979

One Time Bond/Mem. Fee

1981

$22350

School Fees

$26500

200

Tuiton

400

$0

Performed

$1650

Minimal

Placement Assessments

$750

$11400

Entrance Requirements

$16250

3-12

Religious Affiliation

2-12

Foothills Academy

Grades Offered Calgary Academy


Masters Doctorate

20 5 188 8 100 30 0 1:1 100 88 100 7.50

7 5 177 5 100 15 0 1.3:1 90 80 100 6.50

8

9

171

6

100

0

0

N/A

100

60

85

6.30

0

0

187

3

84

1

0

5:1

N/A

N/A

186

6

100 Length of School Day (hours)

Accessible

% Building Wheelchair

Post-Secondary Institutions

% Graduates Attending

Graduate

% Grade 12 Students

SAT Available

Students to Computers

Programming for Giftedness

Programming for ESL

Disabilities

Programming for Learning

Trades

Outdoor Education

IB Courses

AP Courses

Other Languages

German

Spanish

Teacher’s Degrees

French

Drama

Art

Computers

Band/Music

Days/school year

No. Teacher Improvement

school year

No. Instructional Days/

Library

Cafeteria

Lunchroom

Activities

No. Other Extra-Curricular

Activities

Bachelor

No. Athletic Extra-Curricular

special needs schools

Courses Offered

6.50

2:1

7

1

3

180

10

100

0

0

4:1 iPads

N/A

N/A

100

7

18

12

188

6

100

15

0

1:1

100

70

70

7

1

10

183

5

95

4

1

3:5:1

75

25

100

8

7

20

175

15

100

15

1

2.3:1

99

80

90

6.52

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special needs schools Renfrew Educational Services

Rundle Academy

Renfrew Educational Services is a not-forprofit society and registered charity that has been offering a broad range of specialized programs for children since 1974. Fully accredited by Alberta Education, Renfrew’s programs and services lead the field in program development for children with special needs and their typical peers. With five centres in Calgary, Renfrew accommodates 650 students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 6. Renfrew offers several highly specialized programs both within our facilities and in the community for children with Autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) or motor disabilities. We also offer a broad range of programs and services for children attending other Calgary area schools through our Community Services department and share our expertise with the community through a full complement of highly regarded workshops for parents and professionals. Early schooling is the critical time to teach positive learning skills. This can only be done effectively in a positive learning environment, which is a combination of many factors. ECS (Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten), and elementary Education programs offer an environment that fosters enthusiasm, a love of learning and openness to new ideas where children can experiment and explore with the guidance and encouragement of caring professionals. Renfrew’s inclusive attitude respects all children in a rich and stimulating environment that is warm, creative and supportive. Our low student-to-teacher ratios allow the individual needs of the child to be continually addressed. We also understand the vital role of the family in each child’s development so staff work closely with families to gain insight, offer education and support, and address individual family concerns. Highly-trained, professional teams work with classroom staff to facilitate learning and development. In addition to teachers and child development facilitators, we have speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, family support specialists, assistive technology specialists, therapy assistants, a recreation specialist and a certified fitness instructor.

Rundle College Academy, part of the Rundle College Society group of schools, is an independent, co-educational, day school for students with diagnosed learning disabilities in Grades 4 to 12. Our quiet, residential campus centrally located in the city of Calgary provides a safe and caring learning environment. Rundle College Academy is accredited by Alberta Education, a member of Calgary’s Independent Schools Athletic Association and affiliated with CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools). Rundle College Academy is one of the premier learning disability schools in Alberta and has earned a reputation for high standards in academic instruction. Students create an Individual Program Plan (IPP), which follows the Alberta Education Curriculum. Our program is unmodified; our faculty provide accommodations to maintain the integrity of the Provincial curriculum. Rundle students are taught strategies that will increase their independence in learning as well as improve their organizational and study skills. Our students understand their individual learning styles and are strong advocates for their requirements for learning success in a post secondary environment. Small class sizes, ranging from 6-10 students per class, provide individualized instruction and support. Rundle students achieve their full potential and are highly engaged in their learning, resulting in strong academic performance. Rundle teachers are dedicated and enthusiastic with numerous teaching specialists in both academic and complimentary courses. Along with an exceptional athletic program, fine and performing arts, Rundle has a variety of extracurricular activities for students to develop leadership skills, independence, social and team building skills. Rundle has an extensive field trip and travel program that provides opportunities for students to apply their knowledge both in our community and abroad. Rundle’s humanitarian program highlights the importance of giving back to society and develops our students as compassionate global citizens. For more information contact Nicola Spencer, Director of Admissions, at 403-291-3866, or visit www.rundle.ab.ca.

Other: Foothills Academy Heritage Christian Academy Janus Academy New Heights Early Learning Services The Third Academy Westmount Charter School


language-based schools


language-based schools

Linguistic Diversity lan·guage [lang-gwij – an orderly means of communication with the use of controversial symbols or by word-of-mouth; a way capable of expressing ideas and concepts

A Quick Look at the Past that Brought the Present During the 1960s, Canada pioneered French immersion programs that were developed to enhance the teaching of native-Englishspeaking students by educating them to become more proficient in the second language. Today, as French and other language-based schools have emerged and make for an integral part of Alberta, school systems have built to provide parents and students with a wide range of options in language-based schools and programs.

Currently In a world that is more and more universal—and in a province like Alberta where multiculturalism flourishes immensely, continuing to introduce diversity to the province’s population—the vast growth in Aboriginal population has allowed an increased opportunity for children in Alberta to develop and build connections on a much larger global scale in school.

Acknowledging the rich linguistic and cultural heritage found within Alberta, the province’s school system delivers a broad spectrum of second language (including French, heritage, Aboriginal and international) courses and programs that are tailored to meet the requirements of a student’s culture and/or choice in second language learning. The aim is to provide Alberta children with academic experiences starting in kindergarten that are ideally persistent through Grade 12 and support educational and linguistic development in two languages that advance students’ understanding of their own and other ways of life. One of the key standards of second language education is that linguistic and cultural familiarity is a resource—the more a child knows, the better off they will be. Second language learning complements knowledge about a different language and culture while exploiting a child’s English language and understanding of the Canadian culture. To make second language educational lessons clear and logical for students, and to support their learning, teachers—who are highly dexterous in English and the second language—use a broad range of instructional approaches that cover the school district’s curriculum.

Promoting global education and intercultural understanding through the interaction of young people, advanced language learning is enriched with exciting opportunities and opens the doors for students to attain high ranks of academic success. Language-based schools are designed to provide a caring environment customized to meeting the special needs of international as well as Canadian students. Provision for all students can be seen through student-centered learning that immerses children to have a higher level of second language proficiency and become well-rounded independent learners. While the majority of Canadian languagebased schools compromise the focus on French and English, Alberta Learning is committed to supporting second language learning and providing second language learning leads. Today, foreign lingual courses are becoming among the quickest growing, and most useful forms of language programs available in Canadian schools, and students are discovering different parts of the world while gaining a greater perception of the connections between those different parts of the world and one’s self.

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Tuiton

School Fees

Average Expenditure/student

Year Established

Year Constructed

Year Remodeled

Parent Conferences/year

Students to Teaching Staff

No. Guidance Counselors

K-9

$0

$0

$75

99,156

N/A

1996

N/A

N/A

3

21,18

11:6:1

0

Calgary French and International School

PreK-12

$323014600

$900

$1550

680

N/A

1969

2002

N/A

4

20, 20,20

8:1

1

Equilibrium Senior High & ESL School

1012

$18003400

$120-340

N/A

120

$450850

1993

1960

2001

3

15

15:1

2

LycĂŠe Louis Pasteur

PreK-12

$1030012700

$0

N/A

350

1982

2000

2008

3

16,17,5

8:1

1

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(elementary, jr. high, sr. high)

Average Class Size

(elementary, jr. high, sr. high)

School Population

Fundraising Required

Bursaries Available

Uniform Required

Bussing Fees

Bussing Available

One Time Bond/Mem. Fee

Performed

Placement Assessments

Entrance Requirements

Religious Affiliation

Grades Offered

Almadina Language Charter Academy


3

4

8

6

0

10

Yearround

6

5

173

7

100

0

0

4:1

N/A

N/A

N/A

6.30

63

35

2

3:1

100

100

100

7.00

3

80

20

0

10:1

80

70

10

6.00

3

65

32

3

5:1

100

N/A

100

7.00

N/A

Length of School Day (h:mm)

Accessible

% Building Wheelchair

Post-Secondary Institutions

% Graduates Attending

Graduate

% Grade 12 Students

SAT Available

Students to Computers

Programming for Giftedness

Programming for ESL

Disabilities

Programming for Learning

Trades

Outdoor Education

IB Courses

AP Courses

Other Languages

German

Spanish

Teacher’s Degrees

French

Drama

Art

Computers

Band/Music

Doctorate

Days/school year

Masters

P-Gr 6:180 P-Gr 6:20 Gr7-12:186 Gr7-12:14

Bachelor

182

No. Teacher Improvement

school year

No. Instructional Days/

Library

Cafeteria

Lunchroom

Activities

No. Other Extra-Curricular

Activities

No. Athletic Extra-Curricular

language-based schools

Courses Offered

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language-based schools Other: Calgary French and International School “Fluency in multiple languages, supported by a diverse academic and co-curricular program, creates amazing opportunities for our students.” ~Mme. Margaret Dorrance Head of School At the Calgary French & International School, learning extends far beyond the language arts for each of their 750 students in preschool to Grade 12. Located on 14 acres in Cougar Ridge, the school’s warm and welcoming community of parents, enthusiastic faculty, and skilled staff work to support each student’s unique potential through an international focus and the development of the whole student in a rich and dynamic learning environment. Academically, the elementary division is the highest-rated in Alberta among French immersion schools and the tenth highest of all schools in the province, according to the Fraser Institute rankings. The secondary division continues with strong academics, varied Advanced Placement program choices, and a wealth of co-curricular offerings including more than 80 options, teams and clubs. As a UNESCO designate school, at every grade level, leadership, international and citizenship initiatives, including a fantastic travel studies program, brings learning to life, developing character and a strong sense of responsibility. Beginning with the early childhood programs, academic and co-curricular courses are taught in a French immersion context, complemented by formal English instruction beginning in Grade 3, Spanish classes beginning in Grade 4, and intensive Spanish instruction in the secondary division. The Calgary French & International School also has practical programs of support for families including before and after school care, a school-operated bussing service and two cafeterias with hot lunch programs. With a excellent academics, a global perspective and proficiency in Spanish, French and English, Calgary French & International School graduates step into a world of choice. Please contact the school for a prospectus by email at admissions@cfis.com, by phone at 403-240-1500, or you can visit www.cfis.com to learn more.

Lycée Louis Pasteur Founded in 1966, the Lycée Louis Pasteur is a private, non-denominational, non-profit international French school. It is the only pre-K to Grade 12 school from France in Western Canada that is accredited by both the Ministry of Education (France) and Alberta Education. It welcomes children of all nationalities, from pre-school (Maternelle, 3 to 5 years old) to Grade 12 (Terminale). The Lycée Louis Pasteur belongs to a network of nearly 500 French schools in 130 countries worldwide and provides a unique education with both a Canadian and an international perspective. Our Vision Education for Participation in the Global Community. Our Mission To provide challenging and stimulating bilingual education, within a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment. We value… . Bilingualism with a strong 3rd language . The study of the French language as per the programs set by the Ministry of Education (France) and Alberta Education . Culturally diverse students and educators within the school population . Exceptional academic standards . Student achievement fostered through independent and supportive learning . Curriculum-embedded art, music and physical education . Community awareness and responsibility . Teaching and learning that stimulate the growth of the whole child. We consider the student’s journey through school from 3 years old to Grade 12, culminating in the obtention of both the French Baccalaureate and the Alberta High School Diploma. Various after school clubs are offered in areas such as sports, music, drama, sciences, foreign languages, cooking, sewing, and circus. The committed staff provide a caring and supportive environment that encourages students to fully develop their intellectual, physical and creative potential. The school offers a Before and After School Program, Study Hall for students from Grade 1 (CP) as well as a hot lunch program. For more information, please contact Admissions at (403) 243-5420 ext. 123, admissions@lycee.ca or visit the school’s website at www.lycee.ca.

Almadina Language Charter Academy Equilibrium Senior High & ESL School


out of area schools


out of area schools

A Variety of Learning While the majority of parents seek no farther than the nearest local school as the inherent place to educate their children, there are countless options that can tailor to each individual’s preferences, needs and talents. Out of area schools are schools of, relating to, or being from another town or city and, the majority, are private schools. Often when a child is enrolled in an out of area school parents are charged with associated fees, which allows a variety of educational focuses and makes opportunity available. Out of area schools encompass an array of excellent educational alternatives that fall outside of Calgary and its nearby municipalities. Within these schools students are offered a broad symphony of academics, visual and performing arts, and/or athletics. Through full participation as team players and creative individuals, students explore their unique strengths within a supportive residential community that nurtures scholars of integrity. In some out of area schools applicants are required to submit school reports, recommendations from up to three teachers and a short essay before receiving an acceptance

letter. Other out of area schools interview each applicant for willingness to attend and the ability to participate in the school’s outdoor and academic programs. The reasons a parent may choose a nonlocal placement for their child can vary and include: · Change of residence · Transition from a non-government school · Medical purposes · Siblings that are currently enrolled to the school · Distance · Travel arrangements · School’s size · Certain learning programs and courses · Student interests and needs · Certain procedures · Belief/non-belief in school uniforms · School structure and administration Regardless of the reason, out of area schools focus on providing all they can to students, and strive to prepare students for future success through a high-quality education. To achieve this, some schools may require students to participate in a three-sided learning experience

that consists of academic subjects, outdoor adventure and work experience. Students are provided with exciting challenges as teachers infuse the students with their own thrill for the subject and learning processes. Some out of area schools educate in small classes where the curriculum is advanced-level and non-semester, while other schools sport modern classrooms and labs with Internet access. As well, some out of area schools have an outstanding athletic tradition and offer strong programs in other study such as music, drama, dance and visual arts. Note: The overall number of students an out of area school may enroll is constrained by the availability of classroom space. Because local children are also enrolled within these schools, some may not have room left for non-local enrollments. To prevent disappointment, it would be ideal for parents to ensure whether or not there is placement available in a school prior to applying.

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Year Constructed

Year Remodeled

Parent Conferences/year

Students to Teaching Staff

No. Guidance Counselors

(elementary, jr. high, sr. high)

Year Established

3

CCI Renaissance School

1012

$27372

$2737

$0

120

N/A

1995

1600

N/A

0

13

10:1

1

Ridley College

5-12, PG

$37000

N/A

N/A

104,503

N/A

1889

1904

1989

2

17

9:1

7

Saint John’s School of Alberta

7-12

$9500 -21000

N/A

N/A

75

$17000

1968

1968

2002

5

16

14:1

1

Shawnigan Lake School

8-12

$2150040000

N/A

N/A

455

N/A

1916

1916

N/A

3

14

7:1

4

St Margaret’s School

7-12

$38500

$2000

1908

1970

2006

2

15-18

8:1

3

2008

23

18

7.5:1

10

2

18,18,18

8:10

1

St. Michaels University School

8-12

$44,345

Queen Margaret’s School

Pre12

$870038325

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N/A

138,246 N/A

570,250

1906

1912

321

1921

1921

Average Class Size

Average Expenditure/student

(elementary, jr. high, sr. high)

9:1

School Population

7

Fundraising Required

3

Bursaries Available

N/A

Uniform Required

1923

Busing Fees

1923

Busing Available

School Fees

N/A

One Time Bond/Mem. Fee

Tuiton

456

Performed

N/A

Placement Assessments

$2120051500

Entrance Requirements

$2120051500

Religious Affiliation

9-12

Grades Offered Brentwood College School


Masters Doctorate

24 31 200 0 75 22 0 2:1 100 100 80 10.00

6 6 110 0 40 60 0 6:1 100 99 0 6.00

22

40

180

3

90

25

5

1:1

99

96

50

7.00

7

9

187

5

90

10

0

4:1

100

75

95

6.00

28

45

205

10

100

35

0

1:1

100

100

80

10.00

31

26+

160

4

100

25

2

2:1

100

96

95

7.00

41

70+

171

4

100

42

5

100

100

100

7.00

34

32

180

3

97

29

0

100

100

75

7.00

2:10 Length of School Day (hours)

Accessible

% Building Wheelchair

Post-Secondary Institutions

% Graduates Attending

Graduate

% Grade 12 Students

SAT Available

Students to Computers

Programming for Giftedness

Programming for ESL

Disabilities

Programming for Learning

Trades

Outdoor Education

IB Courses

AP Courses

Other Languages

German

Spanish

Teacher’s Degrees

French

Drama

Art

Computers

Band/Music

Days/school year

No. Teacher Improvement

school year

No. Instructional Days/

Library

Cafeteria

Lunchroom

Activities

No. Other Extra-Curricular

Activities

Bachelor

No. Athletic Extra-Curricular

out of area schools

Courses Offered

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out of area schools Other: CCI Renaissance School Ridley College Saint John’s School of Alberta


Brentwood College

Brentwood College is a co-educational boarding school for Grades 9 to 12 located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Prospective students are drawn to our school’s innovative approach, university preparatory programs, and spectacular oceanfront setting. Since 1923, we have worked diligently to establish a transformative place of learning and leadership, mirroring the educational experience of a small college rather than a traditional boarding school. Our primary purpose is to help students gain the independence and skills necessary to succeed in the post-secondary world while studying in a safe, caring, and nurturing environment. As a contemporary school with a unique approach to balancing academics, arts, and athletics, we offer a university preparatory atmosphere. As a boarding school, learning opportunities are not limited to school hours but continue throughout the day – on our fields, in our art studios, on our stages,

and in our boarding houses. We believe that this deep, enriched learning leads to a transformative experience. Brentwood is a dynamic and progressive place of learning where student choice is at the forefront; the school’s culture is based on the fundamental concept of students choosing to attend Brentwood. This philosophy of choice creates a warm, friendly, and passionate community of learners and leaders that comprise the Brentwood Family: students, staff, parents, and alumni.
 Our school is a remarkable place to make lifelong friends while gaining a world-class education. We welcome visitors and invite you to share in the Brentwood experience.

Highlights: •

100% University Acceptance

2013 Acceptances - 539 to 147 schools in 11 countries

49 Acre Oceanfront Campus

50/50 Co-Educational

74% Canadian; 19% International; 7% American

20 Advanced Placement Options

9:1 Student to Faculty Ratio

35 Visual and Performing Arts Options

24 Athletic Options

24 Olympians

Visit our website at www.brentwood.bc.ca or contact Admissions at admissions@brentwood.bc.ca or (250) 743-877

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appendix

Talk the Talk Commonly Used Educational Terms Defined

Accreditation

Bursary

ESL

Is granted by Alberta Learning, which requires schools to provide audits, annual reports, threeyear plans, verification of all teaching credentials and on-site visits.

A financial award made primarily on the basis of financial need or some other criterion in addition to academic merit.

English as a Second Language program.

CBE Advocacy

Calgary Board of Education

Monitoring the needs of an individual and actively seeking out the needed resources.

CCAT

Extracurricular Outside the regular curriculum or program of courses.

FOIP Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

CESG

IB (International Baccalaureate)

Canada Education Savings Grant

This is a rigorous liberal-arts curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking skills. Offered in many nations, the IB curriculum can lead to a diploma often recognized for college credits.

AISCA The Association of Independent Schools and Colleges of Alberta. For more information log on to www.aisca.ab.ca.

Charter School Alberta Achievement Tests Provincial achievement tests are administered annually in English and Français/ French language arts and mathematics in grade 3, and in English and Français/French language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies in grades 6 and 9. These tests require students to respond independently to machine-scorable questions. The language arts tests also contain written response components. The purpose of the Achievement Testing Program is to: determine if students are learning what they are expected to learn; report to Albertans how well students have achieved provincial standards at given points in their schooling; assist schools, authorities, and the province in monitoring and improving student learning.

Charter school are autonomous nonprofit public schools designed to provide innovative or enhanced education programs that improve the acquisition of student skills, attitudes and knowledge in some measurable way. They differ from other public schools in their focus on meeting the needs of a particular group of students through a specific program or teaching/ learning approach while following the Alberta Education Program of Studies.

CTBS Canadian Test of Basic Skills

CTS Career and Technology Studies

Inquiry-Based Approach The teacher provides a question and the students determine how they are going to explore and answer the question. The student’s work becomes the lesson while the teacher guides the lesson and the learning.

IPP (Individual Program Plan) A program given to students with mild, moderate or severe special needs. The areas of need can be physical, learning, behavior or giftedness. The IPP identifies the student’s strengths and needs, detailing strategies to help remediate the difficulties or modifications to help compensate for the difficulties.

Diploma Examinations Alberta Education The provincial body governing education within Alberta. For more info log on to www. education.gov.ab.ca.

ALIS Alberta Learning Information Service

AP (Advanced Placement) Senior-high school students are allowed to register and take university or college-level courses for which they receive university or college credit.

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The Grade 12 Diploma Examinations Program, established in 1984, has three main purposes: to certify the level of individual student achievement in selected Grade 12 courses; to ensure that province-wide standards of achievement are maintained; to report individual and group results. The program provides examinations in selected Grade 12 courses: English Language Arts 30–1, English Language Arts 30–2, Français 30, French Language Arts 30, Social Studies 30, Social Studies 33, Pure Mathematics 30, Applied Mathematics 30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, and Science 30.

ISAA Independent School Athletic Association. Provides opportunities for competition in sport.

Immersion Programs Language immersion is a method of learning a second language. Most in-class activities, as well as some of those outside of the classroom, are taught in the target language. The intent of an immersion program is to provide a learning environment which focuses not only on the second language, but the culture associated with it as well. While immersion


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programs originated in Canada to offer French, the success of the formula has allowed it to be applied to various other language and cultural programs.

given curriculum, and is most frequently applied to the subjects of math, science and language arts.

A school or class for young children between the ages of four and six years.

Modifications Changes to instructions that are necessary for a student to be successful. For example, extra time on tests, a reader or scribe for tests, fewer questions, using a laptop.

seek the needed resource or help from teachers.

SSAT Private/Independent School

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Private and independent schools are founded, conducted, and maintained by a private group rather than by the government. These schools often charge tuition or have other fees associated with enrollment. Accredited private schools must follow the Alberta Education Program of Studies, employ certified teachers, and are monitored by Alberta Education. Many private and independent schools follow a particular philosophy or viewpoint.

Secondary School Admission Testing. Requires students register with the SSAT Board prior to writing the test. For more information log on to www.ssat.org.

Statement of Courses and Marks An information report to provide students with the information Alberta Education has available regarding their courses and marks. The Statement of Course and Marks is intended for use by students. It is not the same as a Transcript.

Montessori Is a way of learning based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori that allows children the freedom to explore the environment in an ordered and structured setting. Teachers are facilitators and study is child-centred, based on the interests of children at certain ages. The use of didactic materials allows children to gain a concrete understanding and leads to abstract knowledge and memorization.

NCCP National Coaching Certification Program

One-Time Bond A school may require payment in the form of a student enrollment bond or capital initiation fee, etc., the interest on which, helps to fund capital projects the school may initiate. This fee may range from $700 to $10,000, and is returned upon graduation or withdrawal from the school.

Placement Assessment Placement assessments are standardized tests used to determine the level at which a student entering a school should begin instruction. Placements assessments ensure that students who are struggling in an area are given the opportunity upgrade their skills, while students with above-average abilities are appropriately challenged. Correct placement is designed to help ensure success for all students entering a

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In Canada, provinces are required to provide free education up to the end of high school for all citizens and permanent residents under the age of 20. In Alberta, this universally accessible education is provided through public schools, which are operated by public school boards, and overseen by the Government of Alberta. Alberta’s public schools teach the Alberta curriculum and may select optional programs as required to meet the unique needs of their students and communities. The Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School Board are the two public school boards that service Calgary.

Students are placed in instructional groups according to ability, learning style, or some other criterion.

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Teacher-Directed Approach The teacher designs a lesson plan and delivers it to the class.

Transcript An official report supplied by a school on the record of an individual student, listing subjects studied, grades received, etc.

Tuition The charge or fee for instruction, as at a private school or a college or university.

Registered Education Savings Plan

Waldorf SAIT The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is a post-secondary institution located in Calgary.

Scholarship A sum of money or other aid granted to a student, because of merit, need, etc., to pursue his or her studies.

Founded on the life work of Rudolf Steiner, it is a brain-based method of teaching which allows children to learn based on their d evelopmental ability. Teachers see their work as an art, their goal being to awaken a child’s mind to its potentials through a holistic approach to learning, taking into account physical, social, spiritual and intellectual needs of the child at different developmental stages.

Self-Advocacy Students learn how to identify their needs and

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School Index Quick Reference

To make finding the right school even easier, we’ve provided you with a complete listing of all advertising educational institutions featured within the pages of this guide. This index will provide you with a quick reference to the write-ups for each school. Survey results for each school are located at the beginning of the section in which the school appears.

Banbury Crossroads Brentwood College Calgary French & International School Clear Water Academy Delta West Academy Edge School for Athletes Glenmore Christian Academy Lycée Louis Pasteur Master’s Academy and College Mountain View Academy Renfrew Educational Services River Valley School Rundle Academy Rundle College Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

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schools not shown on map CCI Renaissance (Lanciano, Italy) Edison Private School (Okotoks, Alberta) Edge School For Athletes (Calgary, Alberta) Ridley College (St. Catherines, Ontario) Shawnigan Lake School (Vancouver Island, BC) St. Michaels University School (Victoria, BC) Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (Okotoks, Alberta)

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SCHOLARSHIPS SMALL CLASS SIZES OUTDOOR EDUCATION ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE CITY-WIDE BUSING

CLOSER THAN YOU THINK What is different about Strathcona-Tweedsmuir? Everything.

Closer to Nature – Hands-on learning on our 220 acre country campus Closer to Calgary – With over 75% of our student body from Calgary Closer to University – Graduates accepted to 70 universities across 60 areas of study in the past two years Closer to Mentors – Connection to a network of over 4,800 alumni Closer Financially – Scholarships and Financial Aid available For information on how to apply please contact: Lydia Hawkins, Director of Enrollment Tel: 403-938-8303, Email: enrollment@sts.ab.ca, Web: www.sts.ab.ca

EXPECT MORE Alberta’s only Grades 1 – 12 full IB independent school.

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