At Maplewood Canadian International School we believe that the education of a child is best accomplished through a partnership with the parent that is based on mutual respect and one common goal - the success of the child. After all, the child’s first teacher is the parent. The famous poem below best describes this partnership.
I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there
The clay they used was a young child’s mind
And they fashioned it with care
One was a teacher- the tools she used
Were books, music and art
The other, a parent, worked with a guided hand
And a gentle, loving heart
Day after day, the teacher toiled with a touch
That was careful, deft and sure.
While the parent labored by his side
And polished and smoothed it over.
And when at last their work was done
They were proud of what they wrought
For the things they molded into a child
Could neither be sold or bought
And Each agreed they would have failed
If each had worked alone
For behind the parent stood the school,
And behind the teacher, the home
Curriculum and Assessment
At Maplewood Canadian International School, we believe that the effective study of data can be used to assess student growth and improve programming. We use a variety of strategies to collect data.
- Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)
- Student Learning Assessments (SLAs)
- Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs)
- Grade 12 Diploma Exams (DIPs)
- ACER IBT Arabic/ Islamic Assessments (IBT)
Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)
MAP is a computerized adaptive assessment aligned to the Alberta curriculum that is used to provide Maplewood Canadian International School teachers and parents with information needed to improve teaching and learning. Scores help teachers make student focused, data driven decisions.
Students in grades 1 to 9 are tested twice each year in math, reading and language usage. The assessments are conducted in October and May. The school uses the data from MAP to develop targeted instructional strategies and to plan school development. We want all students to do their best as that will provide the best information. This test is not used in computing student grades.
Student Learning Assessments (SLAs)SLAs are digital assessments administered at the beginning of the school year in Grade 3. They assess outcomes related to literacy and numeracy in language arts and mathematics found in Alberta’s current Grade 2 Program of Studies. The purposes of the SLAs are to: help parents and teachers identify student strengths and areas for growth.
Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs)
PATs are administered annually to all students studying in the Alberta, Canadian program. They are administered in grades 6 and 9. These standardized tests reflect the essentials that all students are expected to achieve.
PATs help: to determine if students are learning what they are expected to learn, to assist Maplewood Canadian International School in monitoring and improving student learning.
Grade 12 Diploma Exams (DIPs)
DIPs are typically written at the end of Semester 1 (January) and Semester 2 (June). Grades achieved on the written assessment are blended with the teacher awarded grades to arrive at a final course mark. Graduating students must write Diploma Exams in Social Studies 30 – 1 or 30 – 2 and English 30 – 1 or 30 – 2. Diploma Exams are also available for the following elective courses:
- Biology 30
- Chemistry 30
- Mathematics 30–1
- Mathematics 30–2
- Physics 30
- Science 30
ACER IBT Arabic/ Islamic Assessments (IBT)
The IBT is a standardized assessment that highlights the skills and abilities of your child and are designed to measure skills and concepts underlying the core subjects and build on higher-order thinking skills associated with these domains, they do not need any prior preparation. The tests need to be completed independently and in the stipulated time, in a quiet “exam environment” in order for them to provide an accurate reflection of the students’ abilities, their strengths and weaknesses. Please ensure that they do not have their mobile phones or any other electronic device while doing the test.
Post Secondary Education Resources
More About the Alberta Program of Studies
The series of links below are useful in providing information about the Alberta (Canada) Program of Studies
Our Approach to Digital Education
Maplewood Canadian International School was awarded the highest commendation in the region for the innovative ways we support student learning with technology. Students use laptops to support their learning. A major focus of our efforts is dedicated to always ensuring digital awareness and safety. When the school shifted to an Online Learning model due to the COVID 19 pandemic, our students and staff transitioned effectively. Abu Dhabi Education and Knowledge ranked Maplewood at the top for the smooth transition in the face of this challenge.
Students from Grade 3 to 12 have their own dedicated device to support learning while younger students use technology within the classroom as part of their lessons on a daily basis. The school is fully equipped with interactive whiteboards or digital screens in all instructional spaces. Reliable High Speed WiFi is available throughout the entire facility. Mastering the use of the internet is a requirement. The technical skills of our students support them in problem solving through research and project based learning as common modes of instruction in our school.
Parent / Student Handbook
Student Council News
Your Parent Council
A transition is underway to implement a new student information system. When fully implemented parents and students will have access to even more information. We are working hard in the background and on target for the implementation. In the coming months we will introduce this to parents and students following the implementation plan. Powerschool is an effective platform that is used in thousands of schools including many in the Province of Alberta.