Elementary School (Kindergarten to Grade 5)
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Since our independent school first opened in 2011, ArtsCalibre Academy’s K-5 program has grown into a "destination of choice" for Greater Victoria families.
Students in our programs are encouraged to approach everything with unbridled curiosity, to "question the norm", and to continually find new perspectives in building their intellectual, emotional and creative capacities. This innovative learning environment enables them to become passionate and productive members of their community, both locally and globally. At the heart of ArtsCalibre Academy's curriculum lies our ability to accommodate all children's natural curiosity. Using experiential, theme-based and Arts-enriched activities, we are able to deliver an outstanding education across all subjects.
We consistently meet or exceed the BC Ministry of Education Curriculum, with many additional elements to help our students build confidence, poise and many other advanced social skills. Our curriculum is further enhanced by 3 core programs:
The Leader in Me — Based on Stephen R. Covey's legendary book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, this program equips students with all the fundamental "life skills" they will need to thrive in life...especially in this ever-changing and challenging 21st Century. Learn more…
MindUP — Provides social and emotional learning opportunities, where students learn to self-regulate their behavior and develop the focusing skills necessary for academic success. Learn more…
Handwriting without Tears — An easy-to-teach and easy-to-learn curriculum that makes handwriting mastery joyful for both students and teachers. Learn more…
Core Subject Delivery
ArtsCalibre Academy accommodates children’s diverse needs through experiential, theme-based activities across all disciplines, enabling us to deliver outstanding instruction in:
Language Arts — Developing strong reading, comprehension, writing and speaking skills through books, poems, music, dance and imaginative play.
Mathematics — Fostering numeracy skills through reading, music and rhythm, cooking, etc.
Social Studies — Teaching history, geography and various cultures through literature, music, dance, theatre and visual arts.
Science — Enhancing scientific and other traditional instruction methods through creative means such as role playing, manufacturing instruments, etc.
Health and Wellness — Promoting a healthy lifestyle through outdoor education, dance, body awareness and culinary arts.
Physical Education — Achieving lifelong fitness through traditional sports, as well as culturally diverse disciplines such as dance, Yoga, Pilates, swimming, etc.
French — Developing vocabulary, speaking skills and cultural understanding through reading, conversation, song and the study of visual and other art forms.
In addition to Full Day Kindergarten, we offer a Half Day (morning) option for children who need more time to transition beyond Preschool and Junior Kindergarten. A considerable amount of literature exists on Half vs Full Day Kindergarten. For example, the Canadian Council on Learning has stated that "ultimately, it is whatever works best for you and your child that is most important. We believe in meeting students where they are at, not where a standardized test says they should be at."
Our school year runs from September through June each year, and closely follows the Greater Victoria School District calendar and holiday schedule. However, unless otherwise specified on our own School Calendar, ArtsCalibre Academy is open on the non-instructional Professional Development (Pro-D) days scheduled by the District.
Half Day Kindergarten hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:00 noon*
Elementary School hours (including Full Day Kindergarten) are Monday to Thursday from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, and Friday from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM*. A one hour lunch is provided each day from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM.
* - excluding statutory holidays and occasional Pro-D days (2 per year).
We also offer comprehensive Before/After School (Extra-Curricular) care and classes. For complete details please visit our Before/After School Programs page and online registration form.
Tuition and other Fees
Half Day Kindergarten: $340.00 per month
Full Day Kindergarten: $625.00 per month
Grades 1 to 12: $625.00 per month
We also charge each family an annual $225.00 "Inspiration Fund" fee, which supports continuous program enhancements such as books and other learning resources, technology, other equipment and furnishings, and "in-the-timetable" activities (included in tuition) such as professional swimming and piano lessons.
As a registered non-profit organization, we charge no taxes on any of our fees.
Take a few minutes to view our outstanding facilities, at 3 very unique Saanich locations:
- Elementary and Junior Kindergarten Campus - 4201 Tyndall Avenue (Gordon Head neighbourhood)
- Middle/High School - 3909 St. George's Lane (near Cadboro Bay Village)
- STEAM* Lab and Outdoor Education Venue - 5500 Hamsterly Road (near the north shore of Elk and Beaver Lakes)
* - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math
Since our initial registration fees are non-refundable, we strongly recommend that prospective families book a personal tour with us or attend an upcoming Open House before proceeding with registration.
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