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Educational philosophy

At the Calgary French & International School, students’ experiences extend far beyond the language arts. 

Students on a rafting trip to conduct a biology lab on river ecosystems

Using the Alberta Education Program of Studies as a baseline for learning, we surpass the provincial standard with a diversity of enrichment activities that cultivate enthusiasm for learning and build your child's interests into their curricular and co-curricular experience. 

Beginning with our 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.  

Academics are varied and supplemented by co-curricular offerings appropriate to students’ ages and interests.  These may include field trips, guest speakers, travel studies, fine arts, technology, philanthropy, athletics, and numerous options, teams and clubs. At every grade level, leadership, international and citizenship initiatives bring learning to life, developing character and a sense of responsibility. 

Outside the classroom experience, students learn from within an immersion environment. This includes dozens of clubs, teams and options taught by our teachers who cultivate their own passions through coaching, producing, directing and mentoring students outside the classroom.

Learn more about our Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Division or learn more about the ideal candidate for a CFIS education