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.


Columbia also provides students many opportunities to get involved in school life through clubs, social and cultural events, community events and extracurricular activities. I urge you to take full advantage of the many wonderful opportunities, experiences and advice that will be available to you at Columbia.
Parents, we also welcome your active involvement in your child’s education and the many activities of the greater school community. Teachers and parents working together as a team is a very important factor in a child being successful. Together we can create a wonderful and successful learning experience for all our students.


  • Mr. M. Merritt

    Mr. M. Merritt

    Homeroom: Grade 1

  • Ms. E. Galang

    Ms. E. Galang

    Homeroom: Grade 1

  • Ms. A. Krzewski

    Ms. A. Krzewski

    Homeroom: Grade 2

  • Mr. D. Berry

    Mr. D. Berry

    Homeroom: Grade 3

  • Mr. C. Tang

    Mr. C. Tang

    Homeroom: Grade 4

  • Mr. C. Lucier

    Homeroom: Grade 5

  • Mr. P. Denard

    Mr. P. Denard

    Homeroom: Grade 6

  • Mr. S. Robertson

    Mr. S. Robertson

    Music & Drama, ESL support

  • Ms. Y. Osawa

    Position: Elementary coordinator
    Subject Taught: Japanese

  • Ms. A. Suzuki

    Subject Taught: Japanese

  • Ms. C. Vella

    Ms. C. Vella

    Subject Taught: Kokugo/Japanese

  • Ms. A. Sakuma

    Ms. A. Sakuma

    Subject Taught: Kokugo/Japanese

  • Ms. R. Merritt

    Ms. R. Merritt

    Homeroom: Teacher Assistant

  • Ms. S. Yoshikane

    Homeroom: Teacher Assistant

  • Ms. R. Suzuki

    Ms. R. Suzuki

    Teacher Assistant

  • Ms. R. Hall

    Ms. R. Hall

    Teacher Assistant
    After School Care

  • Ms. A. Koyo

    Ms. A. Koyo

    Teacher Assistant

School Calendar

Spring Term / April – June

Apr. Entrance Ceremony
May Midterm evaluation, Parent conferences
School field trip
Jun. Final evaluation
Canada Day

Summer Holidays / July – August

Jul. Summer School

Fall Term / September – November

Sep. Term start
Oct. Sports day
Midterm evaluation, Parent conferences
Nov. Final evaluation

Winter Term / December – March

Dec. Term start
Christmas Fiesta
Jan. Midterm evaluation
Feb. Parent conferences, School field trip
Mar. Final evaluation
Graduation CeremonySee
Guidance oversea trip


Ms. Y (A parent of an Elementary student)

My 3 children are typical “kids” no different from other kids in general. Each growing in their individual way and becoming more independent. At this school, at quite an early stage of elementary level, students are given a lot of things they need to work on independently. Sometimes they have to choose and decide what to do, and that makes them become responsible for their own choices. They feel a great sense of accomplishment when they complete a tasks successfully. If they couldn’t complete the task they will need to see what they must adjust and make a plan for improvement, they will also need to manage their time, and decide what series of actions will help them learn and experience improvement. They make small successes step by step and then eventually try to challenge bigger and bigger tasks and that helps students build confident at this school.
Students learn to be responsible for their own academic success but a good school environment can really help. As parents, we make our best efforts to give our children great learning environment like Columbia and we help our students understand what they have and do their best at school. It would be great if they can all have good marks but different child has different skills, interests, character and have different successes. We like that Columbia supports and challenges our children in many different ways
I truly hope all children can learn where they can be themselves and build their own identity rather than being in a stressful environment and lose their natural power of being a child. I am now very satisfied and happy with the fact I can offer such a great environment to my children.

Admissions for Elementary

After School Care(ASC)

ASC(After School Care)

Columbia International School provides an after-school care program to help out working parents or others who are unable to pick up their children(K-G6) immediately after classes. ASC maintains a safe and comfortable environment for children’s quiet and independent study.