FAQ 2018-2019

Is the ASA truly bilingual ?

The ASA is actually a French-language school that offers instruction in French and English.

What is the proportion of instruction in both languages ?

We want out students to be strong in French and good in English. All students receive therefore 76% of instruction in French. From kindergarten to the end of cycle 3, English represents 24%.

Do you encourage reading?

Absolutely! The students devour books and texts, both on paper and on laptops or tablets, particularly classics of French and English-language children’s literature. Our wonderful library provides an ideal atmosphere for reading and discovery.

Does the Academy provide a laptop computer or tablet for each student ?

Yes, each student has a tablet or laptop in the classroom, because while traditional teaching methods continue to be used, ICTs are incorporated into the instruction: information retrieval, multimedia creation, publishing, and so on. In addition, instruction is sometimes given by way of a flipped classroom, e-learning or an online course, approaches that enable students to work at their pace and from a distance.

Is the end of grade 6 celebrated?
Yes, we celebrate the end of kindergarten and grade 6 with a graduation ceremony and an event to mark this important milestone.

Given that the ASA puts a lot of emphasis on literature, bilingualism and the arts, does this disadvantage a scientifically minded child?

Quite the opposite; this child will be very happy at our school! This is because the Academy is just as focused on technopedagogics and science. He or she will even have the opportunity to conduct experiments in our laboratories and practice horticulture! We even introduce robotics in kindergarten!

How long is recess?

A 25-minute recess is scheduled for both morning and afternoon. The lunch period is 55 minutes long and includes enough time for eating, indoors and outdoors activities.

Are there sports and outdoor activities?

Our students have physical education and outdoor play every day. Don’t forget that they have access to a gym and a large outdoor space right on the school premises… Come and see our brand new synthetic field! Track and field, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, team sports… there are so many possibilities that we even have gardening in the spring! We also have a farmhouse, flower and vegetable gardens.

Does the school have a day care program?

Of course! All students are welcomed by our day care staff as of 7:00 a.m.! Music, supervised activities and educational games are also on the menu. When classes are over, from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., extracurricular activities are offered. At 4:00 p.m., the after-school program begins with a wide range of activities as well as a homework period.

Do teachers give a lot of homework and lessons?

No! There is a balance between work at school and work at home. The advantage of enrolling your child in the day care is the homework and lessons service that is supervised by our staff.

What training do the Academy teachers have?

In addition to having a solid background in an appropriate field, they are creative and innovative, and therefore up-to-date with the latest developments in education and skilled with technological tools. They are excellent communicators in their teaching language, and have great general knowledge. They also stand out by their ability to be a team player and their commitment to develop students’ talents.

Does the Academy encourage a sense of belonging?
All students at Sainte-Anne Academy were recently placed into one of 18 houses, each with its own colours. Each house comprises 30 students of various ages. The purpose of this system? To develop a sense of belonging, solidarity and team spirit. The houses also allow children to build significant relationships with adults other than their own teacher since all staff members are associated with a house. The names of the houses reference personalities who have influenced the history of the Academy, such as founding members of the Royal Montreal Golf Club (McGill, Robinson…), specific nuns of Sainte-Anne who left their mark (Dion, Lafleur…) or important historical figures (Casgrain, Tekakwhitha…).

Do students have access to specialized services?

The Academy intends to provide, where needed, specialized assistance or support services fostering motivation, perseverance and academic success. Tutoring, academic upgrading, remedial instruction, speech pathology, psychological support, assistance centre for French, English, math, science… everything is possible!

What happens when a child is sick or has a fever?

He or she is taken to see the receptionist, who immediately contacts his or her parents. A child who has a fever or is vomiting is not allowed to stay at school.

Do you take into account a certain balance in the distribution of boys/girls?

One of the criteria of the Academy is to be a coeducational school, therefore to ideally have 50% girls and 50% boys.

How many students does the Academy accommodate?

Our capacity is limited to approximately 590 students. The following table details the number of classroom groups planned and the maximum number of students per group:

Number of groups Number of students/group
Kindergarten 4 24
Cycle 1
Grade 1 3 24
Grade 2 3 24
Cycle 2
Grade 3 3 28
Grade 4 3 28
Cycle 3
Grade 5 3 30
Grade 6 3 30

Is an anglophone student who attends the Academy able to complete secondary studies in English?

Yes, if such student is eligible to attend English-language school according to the regulation of the Ministère.

What are the tuition fees?

From kindergarten to grade 6, these fees are the same for everyone. For the year 2018-2019, they are at $7,950.

Is there an admission exam?

No! After the submission of the admission file, the student can be invited to attend a learning assessment workshop so we can evaluate the child’s knowledge and observe his or her communication and cooperation skills.

What is Next Generation Learning?

It is a pedagogical model created at Sainte-Anne to bring changes to education and propose a vision that is innovative, effective and relevant. This model rethinks the roles of teachers, focuses on the key skills to be developed in students to ensure their success in the world of tomorrow and presents winning conditions for development. This model places particular emphasis on differentiation, which requires teachers to combine different teaching methods to better take into account each student’s pace and style of learning.

How do you incorporate coding, programming and robotics into your educational program?

Coding, programming and robotics are part of the Academy’s science courses. Every week students of the Academy explore these topics with the BeeBot robot in kindergarten, the ScratchJr application and LEGO® WeDo construction sets in cycles 1 and 2, and Mindstorms® EV3 in cycle 3. In addition, Grade 6 students have access to 15 hours of online programming courses, original content developed by Sainte-Anne in collaboration with ChallengeU.