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Learning Supports

At CFIS, our students have access to an extensive array of learning and emotional support staff to inspire and to guide them towards success. Whether it is working with a student who has a learning difference, or supporting a student who wants to charge ahead in a particular area, our teaching and learning team are trained to help. 

Specialist Faculty and Staff

Our academic instructors partner with specialty teachers to provide learning support for students. Those specialists are exceptionally skilled in different areas:

  • Literacy facilitators to motivate students to love reading and help with homework completion in after-school care.
  • Reading specialists  to focus our youngest students on becoming proficient in written French. 
  • School psychologists  to aid students and parents overcome social and emotional challenges.
  • Learning strategists  to develop customized educational plans for students that need learning support and enrichment.
  • Teacher assistants  to provide in-class support to teachers and students.
  • Interns  to support students and teachers, while learning how to become educators.
  • External support  to strengthen student learning and development; includes educational aides, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and more.

Library and Student Resource Centre

Our campus houses two libraries, the Learning Commons, for our younger students, and the Marcel Tremblay Learning Resource Centre (MTLRC) in our Secondary division. These spaces provide students with tools, environment, experiences, resources and books that encourage inquiry-driven learning. Our libraries are staffed by professional librarians, who are passionate about fostering a life-long love of reading and inspiring curiosity to discover new things, including:

  • Literacy of all kinds, focusing on information, technology, and reading literacy
  • Ethical use of intellectual property
  • Digital citizenship
  • Cross-subject, STREAM-based learning (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and maths)
  • UNESCO principles
  • Alberta Cross Curricular Competencies – Approaches to Learning (ATLs)
In our Secondary division, students start to experience more independence in learning, within a structured environment created by:
  • Team teaching teachers work together in a classroom to learn from each other and provide close attention to students as they learn.
  • A faculty-mentor program faculty cultivate a long-term relationship with students through our House Program to develop their academic, social, and emotional potential.
  • University planning — faculty and leadership work with students to plan ahead, research, and explore post-secondary options and areas of study nationally and internationally.
  • Guidance counsellors  to provide individual attention to focus students' post-secondary or vocational plans, and help them plan for life after graduation.

As an independent, private school, our small class sizes create a learning environment with a standard, maximum class size of 20 students (16 students in Preschool and Junior Kindergarten, and 12 students in Junior Preschool). 

To find out more about the learning environment at CFIS, contact our Admissions team at