Canadian American School is a Preschool & Primary education that follows a North American curriculum with a distinct focus on early multilingual learning that builds self-identity in a diverse, multicultural environment. Located in the heart of Makati and the business district area of the Philippines CAS hired Kahl Consultants to build and promote website for the newly opened International school.
Canadian American School Manila offers an international standards-based PK – 8 education with unique curricular programs in Preschool (Nursery, Toddlers, & Tots), Primary School (K – Grade 8), as well as modified and inclusive Special Education (2 – 14 Years) courses. Secondary School (Grade 9 – 12) programs will be offered in successive years as enrollment rises.
Applications for acceptance are on a first-come, first-served basis. Canadian American School have limited spaces and these cannot be guaranteed until an application is submitted, registration fees paid, and an assessment conducted.
CAS does not pre-screen for intelligence and aptitude children entering our Preschool and Kindergarten levels. The thinking behind this is that children in the early years, regardless of inherent abilities, will thrive in an environment that is both academically stimulating and emotionally nurturing. Modern pedagogical studies show that foreign language immersion during the early years helps young children increase their mental agility (mathematics), abstract thought and pattern recognition (language and physical science), and creativity (language and social sciences). Minimum testing, however, will be conducted to determine the starting competencies of children, so intervention may be tailor-fitted to their needs.
Student transferees from Junior (Grades 1 – 4) and Senior (Grades 5 – 8) Grade School levels at other schools are handled on a case-to-case basis and must sit for our Math and Reading Assessment Tests (conducted seamlessly during classroom instruction) to determine their grade level competencies. Aside from evaluating previous transcripts of record, these assessments will help determine any learning gaps that need to be bridged in order for children to reach their full potential while enrolled at CAS.
Preschool & Kindergarten
Language studies show that early immersion programs are more effective, resulting in faster language acquisition and learning of attendant skills sets, than foreign language programs begun during the middle and high school years.
At CAS, we go one step further, believing that bilingual or even trilingual — 1st + 2nd + 3rd languages — immersion and instruction should begin at the Preschool level.
Although most children may be unilingual with parents that may not be bilingual (to provide homework help), CAS Toddler, Tots, Junior and Senior Kindergarten Lead Language Teachers are native-tongue speakers experienced in instructing children with the primary aim of attaining language fluency at 6 years of age. They will be assisted by CAS Preschool Teachers for such co-curricular activities in Music & Movement, Creative Arts, and Science Discovery.
But what about English? CAS Kindergarten English Teachers are fluent English speakers that will provide language support so that children do not fall behind in CAS’s primary medium of instruction at the Grade School level — English.
CAS Grade School students (Grades 1 – 8) will go through daily 50-minute classroom experiences with instruction provided by subject matter experts in the following areas of study: English Language Arts (ELA), Foreign Language (FL), Mathematics (MATH), Science & Technology (SCI), Social Science (SOC), Art (ART), Music (MUS), Physical & Moral Education (PME).
Parents must indicate prior to school start (on the CAS Application for Admission form) their child’s spoken language at home and 1st and 2nd choices for their child’s foreign language preference. If English is not spoken at home and the student is an English Language Learner, ESL is offered in class as well as an After-School Program.
Daily Hot Lunch Program
CAS offers daily freshly cooked, healthy meals with a child-friendly palate as part of its School Lunch Program. This program demands that an allergy awareness declaration be included in our Application for Admission form in order for parents to indicate whether their child suffers from any life-threatening allergic reactions that CAS should be made aware of.
CAS offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities that support its core education program but that are also open to the public. From month to month, a schedule of After-School Programs will be posted. Each ASP is composed of hourly sessions once or twice a week, with increasing frequency in one week if a weekly session is missed, for a total of 8 hours/month. Some activities include Engineering & Robotics for Kids, French, Italian, and Mandarin Conversation & Culture, Ballet, and Piano for Kids.
Summer School Programs
CAS will offer a fun and flexible summer school activities that will have students meeting instructors for an hour, twice a week, for monthly modules in July and August. Eight-hour programs meet on Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays or Wednesdays/Fridays; some programs (ie, Saturday Writers Hangout, facilitated by Where The Write Things Are creative writing guru Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz) take place on Saturdays.
Tours & Exchanges
Supporting CAS’s core education program are co-curricular activities that take the children outside of school grounds. These external activities are aimed at supplementing learning in one of CAS’s 5 core subjects – English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science & Technology, Social Science. Parents will be asked to sign waivers releasing CAS from liability arising from any adverse incidents that may occur during the course of the tour or exchange.
Special Education Program
At the Canadian American School, we aim to provide a world-class education to our students. All students including those at-risk and children identified with special needs may seek admission provided that they adhere to school policies, guidelines, and our special education process. We provide an inclusive education where both typically developing children and those identified with special needs play and learn together to create a mutual respect and healthy understanding of diversity as we prepare them to become independent, productive, and globally competitive.
We work collaboratively with education professionals and other service providers (developmental pediatricians, school psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, play and family therapists, etc) to complete educational assessments and monitor program plans to help students meet the demands of their respective grade levels.