What geographical areas do you service? Phoenix is proud to service Calgary and surrounding areas (Strathmore, Olds, Okotoks, Turner Valley, Innisfail, and Cochrane) for preschool, Kindergarten, and school-directed programming, and the whole province of Alberta for home education or parent-directed programs.
Are there any fees involved for registration, etc.? Our registration fee is $50.00 for each new student and $25.00 for each returning student.
How hard is it to switch from a traditional or home education (parent-directed) program to a school-directed program down the road? If you start your *school year* as home education (traditional), you cannot move to blended or school-directed program in that same year. If you start your year as blended or school-directed (100% aligned) you can move to home education at any time in the year.
Can we meet our certificated teacher (learning coach) before registering? In most cases we will know who your learning coach will be, and you are welcome to make an appointment in the summer to come and meet them!
How much notice do we get for visits (example: for progress reports) and when are they most likely to happen? Plenty of notice! Your certificated teacher (learning coach) will contact you by email or phone to arrange a convenient time for both parties. The face-to-face meetings generally happen in September-October, January-February and May-June for school-directed students, and November and May for home education kids. You can, however, arrange a meeting for your child any time help is needed. Your learning coach is available by phone, fax, email, and in person Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM year-round according to the school calendar.
What kind of support is available if we are having trouble with a subject? Your certificated teacher (learning coach) is a wealth of information! If you need links, curriculum ideas, or supplementary items, they can often point you in a right direction. They can also give you new ideas and insights about how to approach a concept. Our teachers can be reached by phone, email, in-person and fax during Phoenix business hours (9:00-4:00, Tuesday-Friday) to help you and your child. Your calls will be returned within one business day. School-directed programs also include several hours of PSI – Private Student Instruction. We also offer private tutoring and small group classes such as Math Helper for the older grades.
What testing must be done? All school-directed and blended students are expected to write the PATs or SLAs for Grades 3,6 and 9. We also offer diagnostic testing to help identify strengths and weaknesses. Group testing for CTBS (Canadian Test of Basic Skills) is available twice in the year and included in a school-directed program.
How much funding do we get for resources? This varies depending on the program you choose. How you get resources may change next year depending on Alberta Education. In the past, we have reimburse parents for resources they purchased but going forward we may be required to purchase resources on your behalf (school-directed). We don’t know yet BUT this change will affect ALL schools in the province equally. For 2016-2017, the funding amounts are as follows:
- Home Education = $836 per year.
- School-directed = $1500 per year.
What can we use the resource allotment for? You can access your funding at any time of the year to purchase resources available through Phoenix as such novel studies, textbooks, tutoring, field-trips and classes. As for reimbursement of parent-purchased materials, we are still waiting to hear from Alberta Education on this matter. See the question above for more info. When in doubt, please ask your learning coach.
Does Phoenix offer access to second-hand materials? Phoenix plans several used curriculum sales throughout the year to give our families the opportunity to clean out their old items and purchase new-to-them resources and materials. Check our calendar for the next event.
What is the Creation Studio? The Creation Studio is a 3000-square-foot IN-THE-SCENE thematic learning space. Every 2 months it is freshly redecorated with huge props, murals, floor paintings, and sets to correspond to a new theme – for example, Polynesia, Roman Empire, Australia, North and South Poles, or Dr. Seuss (2015-16). Phoenix kids in Grades 1-6 are immersed in the topic and all classes relate to the theme! Check out our home page for a sneak peek! For 2016-2017, we will be exploring Night of Ninja, Muppets and Puppets, Peru, Start Stories and France.
Is there access to science labs or gym? Yes, we have a gym and run karate, dance, and other fitness programs, as well as P.E. classes that relate to our current theme. We do not have a science lab per se, but we do offer many science classes filled with fun hands-on experiments. Please see our current Program and Classes section for more information about classes being offered.