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London International Academy
London International Academy
361 - 365 Richmond Street, London, Ontario, N6A 3C2
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London International Academy

361 - 365 Richmond Street, London, Ontario, N6A 3C2

Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
9 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$9,200 to 18,400/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
18 to 20
Enrolment:
Day: Varies (Gr. 9 - 12), Boarding: 350 (Gr. 9 - 12)

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361 - 365 Richmond Street, London, Ontario, N6A 3C2

About this school:

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London International Academy (LIA) is a Canadian Private Co-ed Secondary Boarding school, located in downtown London, Ontario. LIA offers academic courses from Grades 9 - 12 and is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). With a strong track record of placing students in Canada's top universities, LIA is focused to meet the needs of international ESL students. LIA offers year-round semesters, seasonal camp programs and a variety of extra-curricular activities to ensure a full student life.


The Our Kids review of London International Academy

our takeLondon International Academy was founded in 2002 with an explicit attention to preparing students for success at university in North America. In the years since the student population has grown considerably, as has the school’s mandate. Today annual enrollment is 350 students who arrive from around the world. The school has developed a full palette of services with the international student in mind, including language instruction, university guidance, cultural exchange programs and a challenging curriculum. The ideal student is one with an eye to succeeding in post-secondary studies in Canada.



Principal's Message

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Paul Debenham, Principal

The Academy prides itself in providing students with a challenging and excellent high school educational program almost invariably leading to admission to one of the leading universities in Canada. The school also provides a well rounded education with much organized social, recreational and educational activity at the school and class level. As testimony to the quality of our students and our educational program students from the Academy have achieved and continue to achieve outstanding results in mathematics, computing and physics contest organized by the Canadian Mathematics Society and the University of Waterloo.

London International Academy has a first rate academic program, a fully qualified and very well educated teaching staff, bright and comfortable classrooms, continuous student counseling and advising, and a very effective and enthusiastic student support staff. All of these factors contribute to student enjoyment, motivation and adaption to North American culture which obviously includes the rapid acquisition of English. This is confirmed and illustrated by the tremendous disproportionate success of international students enrolled in the school in obtaining university and college places.

London, Ontario is a healthy, safe and pleasant small city which facilitates student involvement in the local community. Students who enroll in the Academy will be embarking on a pleasant but rigorous and stimulating educational journey culminating in acceptance by an excellent university.

Yours Sincerely,


Paul Debenham
Principal


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What LIA says: London International Academy (LIA) is certified in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education to offer academic courses from grades 9 to 12. LIA is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Our curriculum has a strong focus on STEM programming - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, we also have several clubs with a STEM focus.

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Gifted


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What LIA says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What LIA says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


    • What LIA says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What LIA says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • ESL


    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What LIA says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What LIA says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What LIA says: This information is not currently available.


    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What LIA says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    This school only begins in Gr. 9.
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts Gr. 11 Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 9 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 10 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 9 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 9 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 11 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 9 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 9 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 10 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 9 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 9 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 9 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 10 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 10 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 10 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 11 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 11 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 11

    What LIA says: This information is not currently available.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.


    What LIA says: This information is not currently available.



    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What LIA says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What LIA says: In a safe, supportive environment, LIA will provide learning and living opportunities for all students to strive to realize excellence, their personal potential, and to develop an understanding of social responsibility and respect for individual and cultural differences. Our professional and highly motivated staff will challenge student thinking so they they will grow in knowledge through inquiry and quality learning, and foster interest and love of science, technology, and the arts.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What LIA says: London International Academy students will be successful, powerful learners who will strive to be global citizens. Our students have an understanding of social responsibility, and respect for individual and cultural differences. Our students celebrate cultural diversity and individual differences.


    Special Needs Support High

    High

    LIA provides a high degree of support for special needs students.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support
    • What LIA says: Each semester, teachers will indicate at-risk students and provide additional tutoring and counselling support.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Dyscalculia
      Dysgraphia
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Developmental
      Autism
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Physical
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Blindness
      Deafness
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • What LIA says: Each semester, teachers will indicate at-risk students and provide additional tutoring and counselling support.


    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    LIA does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, London International Academy students perform an average of >2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    9101112
    LIA 60 mins90 mins120 mins160 mins
    Site Average71 mins82 mins97 mins110 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades9 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    Extracurriculars

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    What LIA says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Fencing
      Running
    • Clubs Offered
      Audiovisual Club
      Computer Club
      Math Club
      Photography
      Robotics club
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day (Domestic) Boarding (International) Homestay (International)
     
    9101112
    Day (Domestic)$9,200
    Boarding (International)$18,400
    Homestay (International)$18,400
    What LIA says: Tuition fees include credit courses only. Accommodation, meal plan, school uniform, annual registration fee, application fee, activity fee, guardianship fee, health insurance and airport pick up are additional.

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Early paymentBoarding (International)$500
    2nd child (sibling)all students25%


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    Entrance Scholarship
    Amount: $4,600
    Other
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 9 to 12

    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 350
    Average enrollment per grade88
    Gender (grades)9 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 9 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)100%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.


    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview9 - 12
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling

    Boarding students:
    Rolling


    What LIA says:
    • completed application form
    • photocopy of your academic transcripts from your last two years of study 
    • photocopy of your passport
    • Skype interview with Admissions and Academic departments
    • application fee
    • tutition deposit 


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    90%

    Type of student London International Academy is looking for: London International Academy (LIA) is looking for well rounded students with a focus on academics, who wish to continue their studies to post-secondary education. A student will be successful at LIA if they are community minded, a global citizen with respect for individual and cultural differences.


    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type9101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0000
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    20 - 30 (90%)20 - 30 (90%)20 - 30 (90%)20 - 30 (90%)

    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size180
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements10
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Ottawa, McMaster University, University of Waterloo, Dalhousie University, York University, Wilfred Laurier University, University of Western Ontario, University of Guelph, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Trent University, Queens University, Nipissing University, Lakehead University, Carleton University, Algoma University, Brock University, Laurention University, Ryerson University, Windsor University
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Ottawa, McMaster University, University of Waterloo, Dalhousie University, York University, Wilfred Laurier University, University of Western Ontario, University of Guelph, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Trent University, Queens University, Nipissing University, Lakehead University, Carleton University, Algoma University, Brock University, Laurention University, Ryerson University, Windsor University

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