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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Agora Prep

    AGORA PREP

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2002

     

    2020


     

    Enrolment

     

    345

     

    80


     

    Grades

     

    9 to 12

     

    1 to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed, Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Boarding

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, French, Spanish


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, International Baccalaureate

     

    Progressive, Waldorf


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Standard-enriched
    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.
     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Rigorous
    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”.
     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    5 to 15

     

    20


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Behavioral

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $12,600 to $12,850


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $21,200

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    86

     

    10


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    100%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Agora Prep

    AGORA PREP

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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    AGORA PREP

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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    AGORA PREP

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    London 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.

    AGORA PREP

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  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Agora Prep

    AGORA PREP

    Highlights

    Highlights

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
    • STEM Elite Program
    • ESL Courses
    • Four academic intakes in a year
    • Summer School
    • Summer Camps

    AGORA PREP

    • No Schedules
    • Open Learning Environment
    • Blended Grades
    • Inquiry Based Learning
    • Immersive Technology (interactive projectors, robots, AI)
    • Live Walls
    • Guest Speakers on Hair Dressing, HVAC, Carpentry, etc.
    • Project Focused Collective Learning (mixing all ages according to interest)
    • Fully functional and fascinating sensory room for meditation
    • Completely flexible seating

    Description

    Description

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    London International Academy (LIA) is a Private Secondary Day and Boarding School, located in the beautiful forest city of London, Ontario. LIA is the only private secondary school in London, Ontario to be authorized as an IB World School and offer the IB Diploma Programme. LIA offers academic OSSD courses from Grades 9 - 12 for both international and domestic students. LIA offers not only OSSD and IB, but also a STEM Elite Program, Summer Courses, Summer STEM Camps, and offers four intakes throughout the year.

    AGORA PREP

    What is Agora? “An open learning environment that Advances Global Opportunities and Revolutionizes Academia through PREParing and inspiring students to be the leaders of the future.” At AGORA Prep. we start with the learner. What do they desire to learn? What are their talents, interests, and ambitions? At AGORA Prep., we traded courses, timetables, classes, and tests for challenges, collaborations, creativity, and coaching by educators and learners. AGORA prep. is unique in every way.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Agora Prep

    AGORA PREP

    Message

    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

    Thank you for visting my Academy's profile. I am a mother of 3 beautiful children who have struggled in the current school system. I wrote a thesis in 2001 about Engaged Learning for my Specialized Honours Degree in Education. I have since gained experience in the education field and worked with many students from Kindergarten to grade 12 and Adults in the Federal Government. Learning is my passion and I have amalgamated several theories of learning from around the world to be the first to create our one-of-a-kind Academy called Agora Prep. Agora is the ancient Greek Marketplace where ideas were discussed and many pholisophers such as Socrates, Plato, Descartes and others explored progressive notions like gravity, the earth, and notable areas of knowledge such as psychology, astronomy, philosophy and scientific inquiry. Similarly, Agora Prep Academy will explore our world through inquiries, discussions, research and debate. This is the proven method of learning and retention. It is the way of the future.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      London International Academy

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Agora Prep

      AGORA PREP


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Traditional

      AGORA PREP

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      International Baccalaureate

      AGORA PREP

      Waldorf


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.

      AGORA PREP

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.

      AGORA PREP

      Waldorf schools are available from preschool to Grade 12, though they are most popular at the younger ages. Waldorf schools are unmistakably "progressive". Rudolf Steiner, their intellectual forefather, believed the educator's first task should be to help students develop an aesthetic appreciation for life and learning. Sometimes incorrectly conflated with Montessori schools, Waldorf schools focus on developing the "whole child" - emphasizing collaborative, hands-on learning, along with the arts and music, which are integrated into other areas of study.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      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 to all successful students. An optional program offered at LIA places a strong focus on STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, we also have several clubs with a STEM focus.

      AGORA PREP

      D Developing student’s metacognition (thinking about their thinking and how they learn) Y Yearning for Learning (Interest based and self-motivated) N Necessary, relevant, and engaged learners (no rigid schedules, rote memorization, or monologues) A Absorbing knowledge through experiences and questions (developing research methods through technology) M Mindful associations and mastering concepts (Leveraging talents and strength- dance, music, movement to learn) I Initiating the learning and seeking solutions (Students decide the curriculum and explore answers to their inquiries) C Calculating, self-driven, and innately desired Learning (developing life-long skills that actually matter)

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        AGORA PREP

        Discovery Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

        AGORA PREP

        Discovery Math turns traditional math on its head: it frequently begins by introducing a novel problem to students, and works its way back to “discovering” a method of solving the problem. The goal is to ground mathematical procedures and algorithms firmly in their applications, and to challenge students to think critically about how they might go about solving the problem right from the beginning. Generally associated with the “Chicago Math” movement and related Everyday Math textbooks (Grades 1 to 6), Discovery math spends less classroom time mastering established algorithms and more time getting students invested in and thinking critically about novel mathematical problems and concepts. In this sense Discovery Math aims to establish conceptual and applied understand before procedural understanding.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        Math is taught through physical experience to emphasize comprehension and ensure retention of principles. Using our bodies and physical environment is critical in learning mathematical concepts in a pragmatic and effective manner.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        We do not use textbooks.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        We utilize tools in order to comprehend and solve advanced mathematical equations.

      • Early Reading

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        We provide the tools necessary to sound out words and learn the actual structure of language including semantics, syntax, pronounciation, and literary comprehension.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Process approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        All of our writing is relevant and in real time. We also teach cursive, printing, typing and short-hand notetaking. Writing is an expression of ideas and thoughts. It is a creative method of communication and can be used in different forms. Writing a variety of texts is imperative to globally develop critical thinking and creative synthesis.

      • Science

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        AGORA PREP

        Inquiry


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        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.

        AGORA PREP

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        Science will be included in almost all activities. The element of science is incorporated in everything that surrounds us. We can examine scientific areas of interest as they arise with the students.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        AGORA PREP

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Physiology

        AGORA PREP

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Traditional

        AGORA PREP

        Social Justice


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        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.

        AGORA PREP

        In social justice- inspired programs, literature is not viewed as something to be merely decoded and “appreciated”: rather, it is viewed as a catalyst to social action. Choice of texts tends to favour contemporary works. If a classical text is used, it’s often in the context of social deconstruction: students are asked to critically examine possible prejudices and historical narratives inherent in the work. Like in traditional literature programs, students are often asked to engage in class discussion and critical essay writing, but more time might also be devoted to cooperative group projects and personal reflections. The goal is to teach students to think critically about what they read, while becoming intellectually and physically engaged in the social issues pertaining to their wider community.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        Literature surrounds us. In order to perform as a higher critical thinker and innovator, students need to incorporate and apprciate liteterature as a major vehicle of demonstrative knowledge. Students will be encouraged to read, debate, understand, present, write and modify common and uncommon literary works.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        AGORA PREP

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Social Studies

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        AGORA PREP

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        Social Studies will be integrated in our curriculum as a medium to advance global thinking and worldly experience. Students will be able to virtually meet students from other countries and discuss ideas, solutions, inventions and learning.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        AGORA PREP

        Pragmatism


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        AGORA PREP

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        It is important to emphasize the critical value of current events when studying humanities. It is equally relevant to study our reaction to a global pandemic in the 21st century but it would not be complete without examining our reaction to the same issue in the past. It is the delta, the difference and the developments that contribute to a more complete analysis.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Communicative

        AGORA PREP

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        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.

        AGORA PREP

        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.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        Introducing new languages is simple if they are incorporated in everyday use. Teaching languages through songs, immersive experiences and movies or plays are all effective and simple ways of learning new languages. This is how Agora Prep Academy teaches a variety of languages including French, Spanish, Arabic and any other language that our students will be speaking. Peer to peer learning is also an incredible way of learning from one another.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        AGORA PREP

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        AGORA PREP

        Creative


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

        AGORA PREP

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        Fine arts ensure that our world is balancing the logical aspects of our brain with the imaginative components of our minds and thoughts. A focus on learning fine arts is an extremely impactful way of engaging learners and maintaining a fluid and colourful environment for learners. Agora Prep Academy will also explore music animation, movie animation, stop-motion animation, sountrack recording, graffiti art, disk-jockeying and other pratical demonstrations of current and historical forms of fine arts.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        AGORA PREP

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        AGORA PREP

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.

        AGORA PREP

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        All students will have their own tablets at school and there will be no traditional books to take home with heavy backpacks. All the IP will be exactly where it needs to be, on a student's live drive and their own user accounts. This is far more practical than traditional bagpacks with heavy books and materials that can all be performed successfully online.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        AGORA PREP

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Agora Prep

        AGORA PREP


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        AGORA PREP

        Agora Prep Academy will focus on learning through sports and physical activities. We recognize the vital importance of spatial intelligence and physical awareness in everything we do. We will enforce and encourage students to explore all sports and create new ones using variations of existing sports.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      London International Academy

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Agora Prep

      AGORA PREP


      Pace

      Pace

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched

      AGORA PREP

      Student-paced


      Our Take

      Our Take

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      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.

      AGORA PREP

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

      AGORA PREP

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      London International Academy

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Agora Prep

      AGORA PREP


      Culture

      AGORA PREP

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      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”.

      AGORA PREP

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      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.

      AGORA PREP

      Our academy focuses on life-long learning as a premise for success. Attaining real life skills like "how to complete taxes" or "applying for a loan" are often missed in traditional schooling. We will focus on the necessary, relevant and critical parts of life that we need to prepare our future generation for as leaders. Agora Prep Academy is all about the students and what they want to learn. It is pragmatic, dynamic and customized. Our curriculum is solely based on interest and all the content and subjects are taught within the framework of engagement. This is the single, most important key to student success, engagement, curiousity and inquiry based learning.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      AGORA PREP

      "We intentionally avoid all forms of public distinction between students in terms of academic performance."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      London International Academy

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Agora Prep

      AGORA PREP


      Primary

      Primary

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      AGORA PREP

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable
      Not applicable

      AGORA PREP

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      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.

      AGORA PREP

      We inspire future leaders. Innovators, inventors, political figures and global thinkers. Our approach is unconventional, experiential, and collectively customizable.

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    London International Academy

    Agora Prep

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Agora Prep

    AGORA PREP


    Additional support

    Additional support

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    AGORA PREP

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support

     

    Modifications


    Additional support

    Additional support

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    AGORA PREP

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Information not available

    AGORA PREP

    Agora Prep offers programs that will enhance social intereactions, awareness and communication skills. We have mindful games and activities that build communities of learners online and in person.


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Each semester, teachers will indicate at-risk students and provide additional tutoring and counselling support.

    AGORA PREP

    Agora Prep Academy is based on each student's interests and learning capabilities. Since children will be learning different things at different times, there will be no need for norm objectives and comparative learning analyses. Our environment welcomes all abilities and children with "superpowers" that don't necessary define them but can definitely empower them to learn differently.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    London International Academy

    Agora Prep

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Agora Prep

    AGORA PREP


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    AGORA PREP

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    Yes

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    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.

    AGORA PREP

    We look for learners of all kinds. Everyone is welcome to our learning environment.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    • 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 

    AGORA PREP

    Applications to AGORA Prep are processed on a rolling basis. There is no deadline, however it is recommended that you submit your application as early as possible. Please email the Admission Office if you have any questions, or would like to arrange for a personal tour. 1) Download this PDF form and fill in all the correct details! 2) Bring or send your form to the following address:[email protected] 3) Pay the $200 administrative fee 




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