Starting school is an exciting time in your child’s life. Columbia International School is proud to offer an English-based kindergarten program that establishes a strong foundation for learning in the early years for students four and five years old. At Columbia International School, your child is entering an environment that values the uniqueness of each child and the diversity of all its learners. In a safe and caring learning environment teachers work to promote the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of every child to ensure he or she is successful at school. Cradled in the “whole child” philosophy our kindergarten offers a healthy and safe learning environment where each child while actively engaged in their own learning process, is supported and challenged to reach their highest potential. Caring and experienced teachers provide opportunities for growth in six major areas: Personal and Social Development, Language, Mathematics, Science and technology, Health and Physical Activity, and the Arts.
Columbia International School’s elementary program incorporates a positive whole child approach that recognizes the need for each child to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
The small class size and the collaborative nature of discovery learning methodologies allows for the physical, social, emotional and academic development of each individual student. The student centered approach means purposeful and challenging experiences are designed around ideas, concepts and themes that are meaningful to students. Caring and highly qualified teachers use the latest strategies to support each student’s language development in our literacy rich classrooms. In this way your child develops fluency in both English and Japanese.
Welcome to the Columbia Junior High School Program! Our Junior High School for students from grade 7-9 offers two program tracks one for those students who are proficient in English and another program track for students who are beginners or are in need of language support. Small class sizes and our specialized and highly qualified teaching staff ensure individualized attention to language and academic needs and the personal growth and development of each student. In our wireless one to one laptop environment students use the latest technology to support their learning. We encourage all students to get involved in the many programs and activities made available to them at Columbia. Teachers and parents communicating, supporting and working together are an important component of student success. At Columbia we are committed to offering you a student-centered academic and co-curricular program ensuring an active fun and rewarding learning experience for your child.
Since our founding, we have offered our students one of the most challenging and globally-recognized courses of study based on the Ontario (Canada) curriculum. Why Ontario? Well, Ontario consistently places at or near the top in reading, math and science when compared to other jurisdictions in Canada and worldwide. For example, in comparative studies, Ontario Grade 4 student reading abilities are among the best in the world. In the most recent Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) assessment, Ontario was in the top 3 globally. In addition, 91% of Ontario Grade 10 students met or exceeded the critical science benchmark in the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study. In fact, on a global comparison, Ontario (and Canada) has consistently ranked near the top in the PISA ratings, much higher than the United States and Great Britain.