Académie de la Capitale (AcadeCap) transcends the boundaries generally imposed by grade, age, disciplines, and culture. We nurture academic excellence, compassion, and a strong sense of self as part of a local and global community.
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‘’A journey of a million trees begins with a single planting. And so, on Tuesday, Ecology Ottawa began its campaign to green-up this city ahead of Canada’s 150th birthday. The environmental group held a public event at Champlain Park near Tunney’s Pasture and discussed its goal of having one million trees planted within Ottawa’s city limits in time for 2017 celebrations.
More students learn about life cycles by studying charts and diagrams. But, says Nora Ibrahim, a PYP teacher at Académie de la Capitale in Ottawa, Canada, "I wanted to do something different, so my class adopted hens' eggs and given the responsibility of incubating, hatching and caring for the chicks"..
World School senior students (grades 9-11)in June 2013. It will consist of a 3 1/2 day Fraser River voyageur canoe trip, as well as a stay at Lester B. Pearson United World College in a marine environment on the southern coast of Vancouver Island.
Le 26 mai dernier avait lieu La Grande Finale internationale dans le cadre de La Dictée P.G.L. organisée par la Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie et présentée par le Mouvement Desjardins. La Fondation a annoncé que la grande gagnante de la dictée pour l’Ontario dans la catégorie français langue seconde est Lana Lessard de l’Académie de la Capitale.
David Khazzam, 10, will be taking part in an international dictation competition next month in Montreal where more than 1,000 students will be vying for top spots in two divisions: French as a second language and French schools. The Grade 6 student attends Académie de la Capitale, International Baccalaureate, in Ottawa West will compete in the French as a second language division.
Charles Khazzam didn’t like private schools, but he and spouse Marie CarmenBerlie were quite happy to have their three children enrolled in this one.
November 26th, 2014, 10:00am to 8:00pm
February 11th, 2015, 10:00am to 8:00pm
Established in 1998, the school has always espoused the mission to cultivate a community comprised of compassionate and respectful individuals; where tenacity, inquiry, and innovation form the foundation of academic achievement and lifelong success. We teach for the present and the future; enabling students to succeed on an international stage, either as respected professionals, or as pioneers in careers that have yet to be invented.
"...Académie de la Capitale is a unique IB World School where students want to stay, long after the school day is
Our commitment to pedagogical excellence is what led us to become an International Baccalaureate® Primary Years Programme World school and to offer credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. We work with various curricula expectations, namely from the IB PYP, the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ministère de l’éducation du Québec.
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Open Houses are a great way to find out more about the programmes and to meet the AcadeCap Team. Please visit Upcoming Events for dates and times.
A DAY AT ACADECAP
At AcadeCap, we strive to create a culture of academic excellence driven by the ideal of a community that embraces difference and risk taking; and the belief that education does not only stem from a place, but also an attitude. This is why, in addition to all the admission requirements, the day students spend at AcadeCap helps the students decide whether or not they feel our community is the ideal setting for them to continue their education. It also helps us take note of their ability to contribute: to excel both independently and cooperatively.
INFO-KITS & SCHOOL TOUR
Upon request, an info-kit detailing admission requirements will be sent out and a school tour will be scheduled.
2014-2015 School Calendar
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At Académie de la Capitale, students have a formal uniform that they wear to school on Monday’s, during school outings and on other special occasions. In addition, students have a more casual uniform that they wear the rest of the week. Students are also required to wear a sports uniform for their Physical Education class. Académie de la Capitale school uniforms can be purchased from Land’s End with the schools code.
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Académie de la Capitale offers enrichment activities on Saturdays.
Minecraft Super Sats: Let your imagination run wild building, creating, and imagining new worlds, and joining in adventures with friends. Campers will be learning to work collaboratively, using Minecraft EDU as they progress through structured projects and challenges.
Coding Super Sats: Loops, arrays, classes and applets, Junior Java coders will be learning all this and more as they program real JAVA applications. This Super Sats session features hands-on programming projects that will engage and inspire your budding computer programmer.
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JUN 22 - AUG 14
(pre-k to Grade 6)
FUSING ART & STEM
Académie de la Capitale, IB World School, designs bilingual inquiry-based sessions blending Visual Arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Team sports, K2 Martial Arts Jiu-Jitsu, R&R and Play make AcadeCamp a well-rounded summer adventure!
JULY 7th — AUG 1st
(age 10 to 14 years old)
Acadecoders is a four week software coding and design camp being offered for the first time this summer at Academie de la Capitale. Each week will see participants progress through more complex coding adventures. Our curriculum is being developed by the Acadecap STEM team and will be delivered by computer science specialists. Each day will involve learning new concepts, working on projects, and outdoor activity for a well balanced camp experience.
A Professional, Dedicated, and Internationally Diverse group of Educators
To enhance our school’s international character, the AcadeCap Team is made up of educators from different parts of the world.
AcadeCap educators have diverse educational backgrounds and teaching experiences. However, espousing a collaborative, inquiry-based approach to learning and to teaching is what brings them together.
To ensure students receive the highest quality of teaching in their various subjects, AcadeCap employs specialists in Visual and Media Arts, Music, Martial Arts, Creative Movement, Information Communication Technology, Computer Programming, Engineering, Math, SMT, Spanish and Mandarin.
A Professional, Dedicated, and International chef
Chef Erick of Dial-a-Chef, also an AcadeCap Team Member, offers meals to develop our students’ taste buds.
Mme Neena Parbhakar
Mme Angela Jackson
Mme Annie Grondin
Mme Alex Carter
Mme Katie Mariasine
Mme Lola Lobetti
Mme Mary Sirskyj
Mme Sarah Sumner
Mme Nora Ibrahim
Mme Alex Fichera
Mme Melanie Dean
Mme Mélanie Bernard
Mme Barbara Odenwald
M. Erick le Pors
As part of AcadeCap’s well-rounded approach to education, students learn to: play the violin and other instruments, communicate in Mandarin or Spanish, develop focus and self-defense skills in Jiu-jitsu, problem-solve in STEM activities, develop coding and ICT skills, as well as develop creativity through media and visual arts.
CODING AND TECHNOLOGY
Learning computer programming with MIT’s SCRATCH, as early as grade 1, is another way our students develop strong problem-solving skills.
And, being on the cutting edge, in terms of knowing how to use the most recent information and communication technology to learn, to inquire and/or to present, gives all our students, aged 3 and up, the opportunity to develop early, a necessary and useful skillset for now and for the future. Come and check out our i PAD programme!
All AcadeCap students participate in a weekly SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH (STEM) enrichment period. In addtion to opportunities to participate in international Mathematics contests, students are involved in projects, experiments, visits with guest speakers, outings and so much more. Once again, the activities go beyond the classroom learning and appeal to all learners.
ESL & FSL
AcadeCap provides English and/or French as a Second Language “sheltering” courses to international students with the objective of enabling a smoother integration and possibly a better understanding of Canadian society, before attending university or college. For younger students, learning English and/or French as a Second Language in a sheltered environment also enables them to succeed academically more quickly, and to make friends more easily.
SIMULTANEOUS MULTI-SENSORY TEACHING
AcadeCap reading and writing specialists provide SMT (Simultaneous Multi-sensory Teaching), a method based on the Orten-Guillingham approach, to students experiencing moderate to severe reading, spelling and writing difficulties.
LEARNING FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED
AcadeCap is developing an expertise in teaching the visually-impaired.
AFTER SCHOOL LEARNING
AcadeCap’s After School Programme continues to provide various learning opportunities, with specialists as instructors, through Chess Masters and Math, Lego Mindstorms, Ballet/Creative Movement, Ceramics and the Little Blue People Band
AcadeCamp is a camp committed to the values inherent in the IB learner profile. Campers are encouraged to be inquirers, thinkers, communicators, principled and open-minded through play, as well as a gamut of engaging science, language, math, physical education, and fine arts activities.
For more information, please visit http://acadecamp.weebly.com/about.html
June 30 & July 2-4 (4 days)
Sound of Silence
July 28 - August 1st
August 5-8 (4 days)
One of the first things you notice when stepping into our locale, is the open-concept layout. Designed to foster interaction between students of different ages, grades, and abilities, AcadeCap feels more like a creative, cutting-edge workhub than a traditional amalgam of distinct classrooms.
You see and hear small workgroups of multi-aged classmates peppering the space, sometimes moving about, most often hard at work. These small groupings allow students to develop a collaborative skillset by working closely with peers of different backgrounds and capabilities. They provide students with the opportunity to constantly interact with teachers, various specialists, and invited guest speakers, while having their own ideas heard and their contributions noted.
Our team of educators and our physical layout contribute to the dynamic, convivial atmosphere at AcadeCap, where learning is not demonstrated by the regurgitation of information, but by the ability to think and to question, critically, ethically, and divergently. Consequently, our students are learning to be respectful when others speak and share ideas, and in turn, are confident, and courageous to take risks and to innovate within the group.
From the photo gallery, you would know that our small class sizes also allow our students to take their learning outside of school, fully taking advantage of the many worthwhile places to visit in the Ottawa/Outaouais region as well as to travel across the province and the country.
From the student work showcased everywhere in the school, you quickly notice that our students learn with various sets of learning expectations. To structure the AcadeCap syllabus, we combine the IB PYP learning expectations organized through developmental phases (continuums) and the more traditional, age-banded linear stages from the Ontario Ministry of Education. As a result, all of our students are constantly challenged and motivated, with no limit to the scope of their learning.
Finally, if you were here at 4:30 pm, you would see that AcadeCap students want to stay, long after the school day is done!
The IB PYP is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom, in the community and in the world outside. It is defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored through knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning. The IB PYP curriculum supports and encourages students to develop the essential concepts, the skills, the knowledge, the attitudes and the ability to act, in order to become real-life learners, sustainabilty-aware and globally-minded, international citizens. Throughout their years in IB PYP, students develop the characteristics of the IB Learner Profile.; they become more and more open-minded, balanced, reflective, principled, knowledgeable, caring, inquirers, thinkers, risk-takers and strong communicators.
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP), part of the IB educational programme continuum, is now being offered at Académie de la Capitale, from Grade 7 through 10, in a bilingual setting this year, and concurrently in an English one, as of September 2015.
Like the PYP, the MYP emphasises intellectual challenges, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It provides outstanding academic challenge and life skills to complement the subject disciplines of the Ontario curriculum: English, French, Mandarin, Spanish, Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities, Technology, the Arts, and Physical and Health Education.
The OSSD has been designed with the goal of ensuring that graduates are well prepared to lead satisfying and productive lives, both as citizens and individuals, and to participate and contribute successfully in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society and economy.
JUL 6th-JUL 31
Coding Adventures for 8 to 14 year olds
Acadecoders is a four week software coding and design camp being offered for the first time this summer at Academie de la Capitale. Each week will see participants progress through more complex coding adventures. Our curriculum is being developed by the Acadecap STEM team and will be delivered by computer science specialists. Each day will involve learning new concepts, working on projects, and outdoor activity for a well balanced camp experience
WEEK 1 - MEGA MINECRAFT JULY 7-11, 2014
WEEK 2 - MADE FROM SCRATCH JULY 14-18, 2014
WEEK 3 - PYTHON POWER JULY 21-25, 2014
WEEK 4 - JUNIOR JAVA JULY 28-AUG 1, 2014