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Global Education


CFIS is the only independent school in Calgary to be named a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) associated school. UNESCO has four pillars of learning that are incorporated into our everyday approach of instruction: learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together, and learning to be. Each of these four areas help develop internationally minded pupils that understand themselves but respect others for who they are, finding value in diversity. Implemented as a framework throughout our ECE and Elementary programs, UNESCO experiences deepen student learning.


As a full Global Member of Round Square, CFIS secondary students experience a global landscape, receiving a robust academic education while being able to experience elements of the vast world around them, in experiential ways that spark their imagination and passions.

Round Square offers countless opportunities to open student minds to life beyond their school. Students can host an international student, go on a reciprocal exchange, or attend a conference. Our students have already made numerous strong connections with students in countries as far-flung as Australia, Scotland, Argentina, Singapore, Colombia, South Africa, India and Peru. As Round Square Global Member, CFIS can make further connections with schools from around the globe, through a combination of student exchanges, attendance at conferences, and teacher networking and collaboration.


To ensure the best standard of international education, for our teachers to network with the best educators in their subject area, and for our senior high curriculum and learning experiences to be consistent with the best pre-university preparation available around the world, we are authorized to deliver the IB Diploma Programme. We are uniquely positioned to offer a Bilingual lB Diploma for grade 11 and 12 students. Our affiliation with IB is consistent with our mission and focus on internationalism and the highest standards of education.


Travel studies at CFIS support the development of CFIS students as active, engaged learners. Beginning in Grade 7, the CFIS Travel Studies program is one way our students put their knowledge and fluency in three languages into action. Leadership and interpersonal relationships are nurtured. Personal independence flourishes as students travel throughout the world, interacting in multiple languages, leading within the community and making a difference through their actions.