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Elementary Program

As your child progresses into our Elementary Program (Grades 1 to 5), greater emphasis is placed on the development of self-discipline and academic success.

Students learn to take initiative, develop healthy work habits and organize their time.

Our Elementary Program enables all students to develop the necessary skills and knowledge for Junior High and High School. Our academic structure emphasizes the following:

  • Bilingualism
  • Mental math and problem solving
  • History and Geography
  • English Language Arts
  • Cursive writing (beginning in Grade 1)
  • Global projects with partner schools
  • Field trips and guest speakers

These subjects blend two curricula - the best of France and the best of Alberta.

Cursive Writing

Despite the growth of typing and the generalized use of print, cursive writing is not a matter of nostalgia.

  • Cursive writing activates different parts of the brain and improves synchronicity between the right and left hemispheres
  • For younger students, connecting letters reduces letter reversal and inversion.
  • Cursive writing encourages children to think of words as wholes, not parts and can improve reading ability

Students begin to write in cursive in Grade 1.

Grades 1 to 3

In Grades 1 through 3, students focus on the fundamentals of French, English, mathematics and sciences.

Civic education teaches the concepts of justice, equality and liberty for all. Our students explore the world and the past in history and geography.

Students also take part in art, music and gym. 

Grades 4 to 5

In Grades 4 and 5, students prepare for Junior High.

Individual projects are introduced to teach autonomy and organization and group projects introduce students to teamwork.

FLIP for French

Interested in enrolling your child in our Elementary Program but your child doesn’t have any prior exposure to French?

Visit Programs and Services to learn about FLIP for French, a unique program intended for new students enrolling in Grades 1 to 5 who have little or no prior exposure to French language.

Faq: 

FAQ

What classes are taught in French in the Elementary Program?

A: Math, physics, biology, chemistry, history, geography and music are taught in French according to the French curriculum.

 

 

 

Q: How many hours of English education do students receive in the Elementary Program?

A: In Grade 1 they receive approximately 6 hours per week of education in English. In Grades 2 to 5 they receive approximately 8 hours per week. Art, Social Studies and English Language Arts are taught in English according to the Alberta Education curriculum. Depending on the Grade of the student, gym may be taught in French or English.

Q: How many hours a week do kids have for gym, music and art?

A: Approximately six (6) hours per week are dedicated to gym, music and art in the Elementary Program. 

Q: Can my child enroll in the Elementary Program if we have not attended the Maternelle Program?

A: Yes. Applicants for grades 1 to 12 will be invited to undergo an assessment in both French and English. These assessments will evaluate an applicants reading comprehension, writing skills and mathematic abilities. Applicants may then be invited to participate in a trial day. 

 

Q Does the Lycée have a dress code?

A. Yes, children are required to follow the school dress code outlined below:

  • Plain navy or dark grey tailored pants, shorts, skort, tunic or skirt
  • Plain white, red or navy top; polo, collared or pullover shirts ONLY (no stripes, designs or other embellishments)
  • Plain navy or dark grey sweater - optional
  • Navy, gray or white socks or tights
  • Footwear – indoor shoes to be left at school; navy or black with non-marking soles and a heel not to exceed 2.5 cm.

 

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