Student & Health Services
Our Canadian Academy counselors provide a comprehensive guidance program that assists all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become effective communicators, responsible and caring world citizens, and lifelong learners. The counseling program is an integral part of Canadian Academy's total program, with a commitment to individual uniqueness, understanding of multicultural diversity, and maximum development of potential.
Canadian Academy counselors are available to assist students in all aspects of their personal, social, and academic growth. Growing up is not always easy; an international and multicultural setting has its own challenges. Students are invited to visit with any of the counselors to confidentially share their concerns, questions, or problems.
Children with mild to moderate special needs are supported with a combination of team teaching and small group instruction. Our support model typically includes the learning support teacher pushing in to support students with special needs in the mainstream classroom and pulling out students for individualized instruction.
We use differentiated instruction allow all students to access the curriculum. Each student formally enrolled in the program will have an individualized education plan (IEP) which describes their educational history, present levels of performance, and annual goals. When necessary, our Student Support Team consults with professionals within the community such as speech and language therapists, educational psychologists, and counselors to meet the diverse needs of our students.
Examples of mild to moderate support may include:
- Monitoring student performance
- Special support in literacy or mathematics
- Small group instruction
- Academic support classes
- Assistive technologies
- Formal accommodations
- Curriculum support and remediation
- Social and emotional support
- Study and organisation skills
- 1:1 direct support in the classroom
- Curricular modifications – when required
For students with mild to moderate learning differences, we offer a Learning Resources program. The LR teacher will either push in to work with students in their mainstream classroom or pull students out for individual or small group instruction. For students who are having difficulties with reading or writing, we have a pull-out program where emphasis can be placed on strategies to improve weaknesses in these areas. Students may work in small groups or in one-on-one instruction.
Secondary School Levels
The Learning Resources Program is designed to serve students who need additional support to achieve academic success at the middle and high school levels. It is a co-teaching and pull out program that provides instruction in a small group or on a one-on-one basis, by a special education teacher. Within its framework the program responds to the needs of students experiencing difficulties in the academic domains, study skills, organization, and information processing. We provide support across grades 6-12.
English as an Additional Language
At CA, we believe language learning is most effective when it is differentiated to suit the needs of each learner. The EAL model at Canadian Academy is one of inclusion which includes both implicit and explicit language instruction. Language teaching is the responsibility of all teachers. Learning focuses on developing language and content together. Quality learning experiences encompass the basic EAL principles:
- providing comprehensible input,
- providing opportunities for regular active output,
- activating and using students’ background knowledge, and
- teaching learning strategies.
The EAL teacher works in your child's classroom, offering lessons which support and deepen language learning. English is taught through the curriculum of the classroom, rather than as a separate curriculum. Canadian Academy recognizes that EAL students bring a diverse range of skills, interests and experiences which have a positive impact on our community.
Students in our elementary level EAL program receive 30-50 minutes of daily support with teachers pushing into the mainstream classrooms. EAL teachers plan with classroom teachers to provide support for the instructional program. Students who are "Beginner" or "Progressing" receive additional small group pull-out support instead of Japanese.
Secondary School Levels
All Grades 6-8 EAL students receive both in-class and pull-out support. The EAL teacher works with students in their science and humanities classes, offering assistance and EAL-friendly instruction in collaboration with the classroom teacher. English instruction is partially based on MYP Language Acquisition.
Both in-class and pull-out support are available for Grades 9-10 grade students, depending on course choices. Grades 11-12 students may be able to receive study support, depending on their course choices and needs.
However, at these grade levels we are not able to support beginner level EAL students. The counselor and Student Services teacher will meet with the student to ensure an appropriate support plan.
The Canadian Academy Health Office, located on the first floor of the main building, serves as the school's infirmary and health information resource center.
Please check this page from time to time for health updates as well as a variety of useful information resources for CA families and staff. Should you have any health-related questions, feel free to contact us by phone at 078-857-1698 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on school days.
Health Requirements for CA
- All new students entering CA are required to have a physical examination completed by a physician AND screening for tuberculosis with either a TB skin test OR a chest x-ray within 6 months PRIOR to their first day of school.
- All new students entering CA are required to have immunizations up to date according to their age. Please download the appropriate information found on the right-hand side of this page. Copies of all vaccines received must be submitted to the health office for verification prior to the first day of school.
- Students already attending CA who will be entering Grade 6 are required to have a physical examination completed by a physician and submitted to the health office prior to their first day of school.
- Students already attending CA who will be entering Grade 9 are required to have a physical examination completed by a physician AND a Chest X-ray with results submitted to the health office prior to their first day of school.
The CA immunization policy was adopted using current information obtained from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Japanese Department of Health and Welfare and various other worldwide health organizations.
The CA chest X-ray requirements are a result of the Japanese Department of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Education and local ward office requirements for school aged children.
Please keep in mind that many immunizations require multiple vaccines over an extended period of time. Please follow the immunization schedule for your child.
Please feel free to contact the Health Office by phone (078-857-1698), fax (078) 857-5157, or email if you have any questions.
Absence due to illness
- Students can return to school when they have been fever free (99.9oF/37.7oC or less) without the use of fever reducing medication for 24 hours.
- Students can return to school when they have been free of the symptoms of diarrhea or nausea/vomiting for 24 hours.
- Students must check in with CA's nurses in the Health Office when returning to school.
- If your child is diagnosed with a communicable illness, you must inform the Health Office.
Health Bulletins & Hospital Information
- Kaisei Hospital
- Kobe Red Cross Hospital
- Kobe University Hospital
- Port Island Hospital
- Rokko Island Hospital
- Physician and Hospital List
- Over the Counter Medications in Japan: See here for pictures and description of over the counter medications common in Japan.