Commonwealth International Academy

Mission & Value Statement

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Commonwealth International Academy is a private day coeducational high school located in Edmonton, Alberta. The academy offers education in Grades 10-12. The mission of the academy is to provide excellence in learning for international students newly arrived in Canada. The Academy is committed to providing a safe and caring learning environment for students that focuses on teaching and active learning, based on the province of Alberta Program of Studies, to support their successful transition into higher education in Canada. CIA will endeavour to be a learning community where each student acquires the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for academic excellence and personal development in a safe and caring learning environment.


The academy strives to become a center of academic excellence, offering core Alberta high school courses, and a variety of CTS, Fine Arts and ESL courses to international students. The teachers at CIA create meaningful relationships with every student that reward excellence, stress self-discipline and create high expectations to support their transition to the Alberta post-secondary education system.


The board of CIA believes that by providing a learning environment that supports their cultural and second language needs, international students will be better prepared to challenge the requirements of the High School Alberta Program of Studies and earn enough credits to achieve a Canadian high school diploma, making them eligible to apply to Canadian Universities. In a culturally sensitive environment, where teachers and learners are expected to share responsibility for the learning processes, perseverance, integrity and mutual respect are the core values that are promoted to prepare the students post-secondary education and lifelong relationship with learning.