"Integral Formation must be the goal of every school."
Pope Benedict XVI address to pupils at St. Mary's University College,
Twickenham, England (2010)
Clear Water Academy implements the Integral Formation method of education. Used in over 150 schools around the world, Integral Formation is built upon the Christian view of the person and focuses on forming all dimensions of the person - their intellectual, human, spiritual, and apostolic capacities. More simply put, we develop each child's knowledge, character, faith, and spirit thus helping them fulfill the unique mission for which they were created.
Clear Water Academy sets high, yet attainable, academic expectations for its students. Clear Water Academy has been consistently ranked as one of the top Academic Schools in Alberta by the Fraser Institute. Solid intellectual formation provides a wealth of knowledge for students, giving them the ability to think, speak and write clearly, coherently, and persuasively. Students develop habits essential for ongoing success after graduation including study skills, concentration and critical thinking, perseverance, and a desire to produce high quality work.
Character is at the core of authentic leadership. Character allows students to master themselves so as to be faithful to their personal convictions. Character formation involves assisting students to grow in virtue, self-confidence, and leadership skills. Their integrity, honesty, and compassion make them good and loyal friends.
We seek to develop in our students the heart of an apostle, one that is sensitive and responsive to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of others. Students perform concrete works of charity both within the school and for the larger community. Apostolic formation brings students into contact with the realities of life, awakening in them a sense of responsibility that will continue to be lived out as adults.
Spiritual formation aims to help students fulfill the mission for which they were created, developing a deep, personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Christ becomes the ultimate motive for all of a student's choices and actions. The student's intellectual and character growth comes to perfection through God's grace and through the student's spiritual efforts.