School Phone Number: 777-6030 ext. 0
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: When can my child start in the Spanish Bilingual Program?
Answer: Kindergarten and Grade 1 are entry points.
Question: What do I do to enrol/register my child?
Answer: Come into the school and complete a registration form, don't forget to bring the child's birth cerificate.
Question: Can I fill out the registration form at home?
Answer: Yes, you can click here: http://www.cbe.ab.ca/Parents/Forms/Student%20Registration%20Forms.pdf to print a registration form.
Question: Is Dalhousie School a private or charter school?
Answer: Dalhousie School is a Calgary Board of Education PUBLIC school.
Question: Do parents need to speak Spanish?
Answer: No. Parents do not need to speak Spanish. If parents want to learn Spanish, Chinook College offers classes to parents at Escuela Dalhousie School during the evening. A large majority of our students come from English speaking families!
Question: Is the program Spanish Immersion?
Answer: No, the program is Spanish Bilingual. Students are taught 50% of their day in Spanish and 50% of their day in English.
The breakdown is:-
English is taught in Science / Social Studies / English Language Arts
Spanish is taught in Math / Spanish Language Arts / Physical Education and other option (i.e. Music)
The Spanish language and culture is developed through music, poetry, art and literature. An emphasis on oral language is developed through modeling, repetition and use of everyday commands.
Literacy is high priority to prepare students for the demands of learning two languages. Mathematical terms and concepts are also presented in Spanish.
Question: Who is eligible to attend the International Spanish Academy Spanish Bilingual Program at Dalhousie School?
Answer: Follow the link for Dalhousie School’s designated areas:
The Calgary Board of Education Transportation Department will determine the bussing for morning and afternoon kindergarten programs.
Question: If we do not live in the designated areas can our child attend Dalhousie for kindergarten or grade one in the 2010/2011 school year?
Answer: No, Dalhousie School cannot accept out-of-boundary students for the 2010/2011 school year.
Question: Are there other Spanish Bilingual schools in North Calgary?
Answer: Yes. Area II and Area III students attend Collingwood School located at 3826 Collingwood Drive N.W. for the Kindergarten and Grades 1 - 4 Spanish Bilingual program.
ALSO: Area I, II, and III students attend Senator Patrick Burns School located at 2155 Chilcotin Rd. N.W. for grades 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 Spanish Bilingual program.
Question: What Area number do I live in?
Answer: Please click on this link to determine the area number you live in: http://www.cbe.ab.ca/Schools/areas/default.asp#imap
Question: At what age is a child eligible to attend Kindergarten for the 2010/2011 school year?
Answer: A child who turns 4 on or before March 1, 2010 can start Kindergarten in the fall of 2010.
Question: Do you offer full day Kindergarten classes?
Answer: No, we offer half day Kindergarten classes (AM and PM), five days per week. Fridays the AM and PM classes alternate as Dalhousie School dismisses at 1:10 pm on Fridays.
Question: What are the hours for the Kindergarten classes?
Answer: The hours for the 2009/2010 school year are as follows:
AM 8:55 – 11:37 and PM is 12:53 – 3:35 Monday to Thursday
AM or PM Classes Fridays 8:55 - 1:10
School hours for Grades 1 - 6 is:
8:55 to 3:35 Monday to Thursday
8:55 to 1:10 on Friday
Question: May we choose morning or afternoon kindergarten classes?
Answer: No and maybe. The decision on whether your child attends morning or afternoon kindergarten classes is totally dependant on your address. Transportation determines which community is bussed in the morning or the afternoon. If you MUST have a particular class for your child (i.e. mornings only) and you live in the boundaries for the afternoon program, then you could consider driving your child home from school everyday for the entire year. This could be accommodated IF there is room in a morning class after transportation needs have been met.
Question: Where will my child's bus stop be?
Answer: The bus maps are designed over the summer months based on the children who have paid for bussing by June 2010. This school year's bus maps may not be the same as next school year maps. They will be available for pick-up a day or two before before the 2010/2011 school program starts. Please watch our website for availability date.
Question: What are the class sizes?
Answer: Unknown at this time. Class sizes will depend on the numbers at registration and will be approximately 20 students per class.
Question: How many Kindergarten classes will there be next year?
Answer: We anticipate 6 classes (3 AM and 3 PM) but this is subject to change.
Question: What does it cost for my child to attend Kindergarten?
Answer: The only costs to attend Kindergarten are transportation fees (forms and payment in May/June) and School Fees (forms and payment in September). Kindergarten School Fees for the 2009/2010 school year were $50.00 per student. The school fees for grades one to six were $75.00 for the 2009/2010 school year. The Trustees approve these fees in May or June of each year.
Question: Is there a fee for transportation?
Answer: At this time the cost is $165.00 per year per student. The Trustees approve these costs every spring and inform the schools. A form will be sent to you in May or June regarding the transportation fees for the 2010/2011 school year. Lunchroom supervision fees for grades 1-6 are not charged for eligible bus riders. For more information on transportation please check out this site: http://www.cbe.ab.ca/transportation/default.asp
Question: Is there a fee for lunchroom supervision for grades 1 - 6?
Answer: If you live within the walk boundaries of Dalhousie School, and you wish your child to attend our lunchroom supervision program, you will be charged a fee. Currently the fee is $220.00 per year per child. These fees are subject to change each year. Bussed students do not pay a lunchroom fee at this time.
Question: May we have a tour of the school and observe the classrooms during a regular school day?
Answer: Unfortunately we cannot fulfill individual requests for observing classrooms in session, due to the large number of requests. We must respect the classroom teaching schedules and offer as few interruptions as possible. There will be a Kindergarten Information Evening on May 27, 2010 and you may see the classrooms at that time.
Question: If my child did not attend Kindergarten in the bilingual program, will they have problems in Spanish Bilingual grade one?
Answer: This has not been a major difficulty for students. New grade 1 students are mixed into classes with continuing students and they learn the language together. Please note that we cannot guarantee room in the grade 1 program for new students, as this program is very popular and growing quickly.
Question: Do students that are currently attending Dalhousie Kindergarten have priority over new students for the grade one classes?
Answer: Yes. Designated students that attend Dalhousie Kindergarten are automatically enrolled into grade 1. Any available spots that are left are open to new students. The number of spots available varies from year to year depending on enrollment. It is our policy to accept as many students into grade 1 as possible as it is the last entry point for this program.
Question: Do siblings have the right to automatically be admitted into the Kindergarten Bilingual Program?
Answer: Yes. As long as they live within the designated communities , siblings have first priority in the registration process to be accepted into the program, but this guarantee does not guarantee AM/PM placement.
Question: What are the benefits of the bilingual program for students?
- Improves academic achievement
- Enhances communication skills
- Promotes exploration, understanding and appreciation of the cultures of the Spanish speaking world and contributes to multiculturalism.
- Prepares students for future post secondary education in an international setting.
- Allows for learning in a second language during childhood, the best time to develop fluency, pronunciation and ease of expression.
Question: Will registrations be accepted on a first-come, first-serve system or will you hold a lottery for the available openings?
Answer: Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve system.
Question: Can I register my child at two CBE Schools until I decide which program I want foy my child?
Answer: No, the CBE system does not allow you to be registered at two Calgary Board of Education schools at the same time.