Our full-day Kindergarten Program is designed to prepare students for elementary school in French and in English. Through song, games, painting, sculpture, and classroom workshops, students develop and hone learning fundamentals. Children in our Kindergarten Program refine essential skill foundations such as the ability to listen, memorize and express themselves in a class setting.
Our Kindergarten Program allows your child to:
• Learn French
• Learn English
• Interact with others in a safe social setting
• Acquire the basics of reading, writing, and numeracy
Each Kindergarten class is taught by a certified teacher and an assistant. All teachers are fully certified by the French Ministry of Education or Alberta Education. They are specialized in early childhood development and education.
The program is taught in French 80% of the time. Students also receive five hours English Language Arts instruction per week, distinguishing it from French immersion Kindergarten programs in Calgary.
The Kindergarten Program runs from September to June, Monday to Friday, from 8:45 am to 3:45 pm, with a half-day on Thursday. On Thursday, students are in class from 8:45 to 11:45 am, and complimentary childcare is available from 11:45 am to 3:45 pm (registration required).
The Before and After School Program, Hot Lunch Program and school break day camps are available to all Kindergarten students. More information about these programs is available under Student Life.
All students are assigned a Progress Booklet in which teachers track skill development and highlight key abilities such as “I can say my name in front of a group” or “I recognize and say the first letter of my name”.
The Progress Booklet:
• Facilitates learning since children are aware of what is expected of them and are able to see their past achievements
• Allows teachers to personalize learning activities to best suit the needs of a child
• Positions parents to help their child develop key skills at home thanks to clearly defined learning objectives
The emphasis of this Progress Booklet is on validating and documenting development successes as well as tracking skill progression. The Progress Booklet is sent home periodically throughout the school year and parents can review it with their children to see active skill developments.