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In addition to the regular Core Curriculum, CAIS provides a number of locally developed curricula and specialized programs including Band, Chinese, Music/Drama, Visual Arts, Information Technology Education, Home Economics, Special Education, and Advanced Placement Courses. Chinese Studies
Instruction in band is available to all grade 5 and 6 students and as an option to students in grades 7 to 12. The secondary band participates annually in the South, East Asia International Band Festival and has earned a Superior rating in each year since 1999.Chinese Studies is a core subject to all students from preparatory to G.8. Chinese Language Arts is an optional credit course to all students from grade 9 to 12. All Chinese Studies courses are taught in Putonghua.
All primary students receive training in music and drama. Speech and Drama are optional for Grades 9-12. Musicals and/or dramas are presented at Christmas and at the Fine Arts Festival.
Students in grades 7 to 12 may choose visual arts instruction as an elective. Photo graphics and/or graphic arts are electives available at the grade 10 through 12 level. All primary students also recieve specialist visual arts instruction from our talented art teachers!
Information Technology (I.T.) Education
All students in grades 4 to 9 receive formal instruction in information technology (I.T.). Students in grades 10 to 12 may choose I.T. courses as electives chosen from the Alberta Career and Technology Studies (CTS) group of subjects. The use of I.T. is also strongly promoted in Kindergarten through grade 3. The integration of technology in all subject areas is strongly encouraged .
Instruction in Home Economics is available as an elective to students in grade 7 and 8. Instruction in Home Economics is also provided for all grade 5 and 6 students.
Accelerated Reader is a reading incentive program that has proven highly successful in stimulating student participation in reading and in improving English competency levels. A norm-referenced testing program monitors student performance and assists them in choosing materials at an appropriate reading level.
A qualified special education teacher provides instructional assistance to students. The special education program is designed to:
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. The AP Program provides motivated high school students with the opportunity to take college level courses in a high school setting. Students who participate in the program not only gain college level skills, but can earn university credits while they are still in high school. AP courses, including Calculus, Biology and English, are taught at CAIS. However, regardless of whether students have taken the instruction provided by the School, they have the opportunity to write AP examinations in May each year.