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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Signet Christian School

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2002

     

    1975


     

    Enrolment

     

    345

     

    55


     

    Grades

     

    9 to 12

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Girls, Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Boarding

     

    Homestay, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
     
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, International Baccalaureate

     

    Traditional


     

    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.
     
    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.

     

    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

     

    6 to 10


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Behavioral

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     
    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $8,000 to $12,000


     

    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

     

    4


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    100%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 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 JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Signet Christian School

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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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.

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    SCS was formed in 1974 as an expression of the surrounding community, and created by a group of parents who wanted a school that would offer a strong academic program within a values-based environment. The name has changed, and enrollment has grown, though that focus remains. The school isn’t affiliated with a specific denomination, and attracts students from any and all, as well as those that don’t belong to a specific faith tradition. There are many ways that schools express Christian ideals, and in the case of SCS it’s very much those of inclusion, service, and ethical behavior. The school has a very close, community feel, and what it might lack in terms of extra-curriculars it gains in individual attention and a sense of belonging within the school community.  

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Signet Christian School

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    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

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    • Location in walking distance to the Bessarion subway stations
    • Bursaries are available to those who qualify
    • Great wholesome, supportive environment, wonderful for improving academics
    • Group rates for eligible groups
    • Signet Christian School is a registered Canadian Charitable organization (ask about tax receipts)
    • Signet specializes in low teacher: student ratio for better results and student success

    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.

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    SMALLER STUDENT : TEACHER RATIOS in a culture that fosters relationships and personal development. At Signet, students are immersed in an authentic Christian experience so foundational values such as Kindness, Perseverance, Wisdom, Integrity, Discipline, and Respect are always celebrated. Smaller class sizes give each student the attention and focus to innovate and explore so academics leads to superior Signet greatness! A Signet education, sealing Christ-centered education, purposefully impacting lives.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Signet Christian School

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    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

    Welcome! It is always a pleasure to meet people who are interested in Signet Christian School, and we encourage you to contact us via email during the Covid-19 situation and we will return your call as soon as possible.

    To find out what Signet is up to during this Covid situation, please visit our Remote Learning update on our website.

    Signet has been offering Canadian and international students superb education since 1974. Our school is a place of safety and order, where lives are transformed with Christ’s love. We are blessed to have wonderful teachers — seasoned, caring Christians who are trained to inspire young minds and infuse the curriculum with Christian values. God’s Grace is evident everywhere in our school — in classrooms, in chapel, and on the playground. We offer innovative instruction so that students can excel in academics as well as athletics, musical theatre, and art.

    The strength of our school has always been found in God, and all our efforts are focused on following Him. Our foundational core values are Honour, Discipline, Confidence, and Kindness. These values are more relevant than ever in today’s world and have helped us create a cohesive, strong school that produces graduates who are ready to positively impact the world.

    As you browse this profile and our website, you may see the photos in our gallery of many happy, smiling faces of our students. The joy of the Lord is our strength! We are infused with the joy of learning and a sense of belonging and fellowship. Our students beam with confidence, knowing that they are part of a safe, caring community. The Word of God really rings true: Train every child in the way they should go so that when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6).

    That is part of our passion and our guiding mission at Signet, and as caring, loving parents no doubt you understand and share this hope for your children. We do believe that you will find the kind of education you seek at Signet. Come sign up for a tour!

    Catherine Dumé, MBA, MA Ed, (Honours), is an educator, ordained minister, and head of school since 2014. Mrs. Dumé, an international education consultant, has held posts as a Director of a Bible College and teacher of a Special Education Unit. She was educated at Oral Roberts University, OK, USA. Mrs. Dume is passionate about child development and building schools. She has her level 1 Educational Therapy Certification from the National Institute of Learning Development in Toronto. She is wife to Frantz and a mother of three teens. 

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      London International Academy

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Signet Christian School

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      International Baccalaureate

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Information not available


      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.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      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.


      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.


      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.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      The Signet Christian curriculum is carrying out our mission to impact lives purposefully with their Christ-centered education. This means we focus on academic and personal development. There is an emphasis on knowledge acquisition and theoretical and academic learning. Extracurricular activities include visual, musical, and dramatic arts which are available at all grade levels. French and coding are part of the curriculum from kindergarten onward. Sports and Gym are favorites and each class has access to computers to enhance learning. As well, our focus is to create an environment where each heart is open to build faith and a relationship with Christ. This solid foundation enhances learning and growth in and beyond the classroom. How we focused on the Christian lifestyle is through the lives of our staff. At Signet, we are supportive of the student's whole person.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Traditional 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.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        We encourage frequent repetition and drills to ensure mastery in the procedures. We then borrow a few new concepts form Discovery Math where the children spend some quality time in critical thinking and number sense but not before understanding. This goes according to our belief that discovery is not random, but once you establish procedural understanding then conceptual and applied understanding will follow. In the higher grades, students teach each other to consolidate understanding and enrich application to real problems. At these grades, although traditional math is used the students are taught how to logically arrive at their solutions and can articulate this. Higher grades lean more heavily on Traditional Math methodology.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Discovery Math, Nelson Math, MathSmart


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Calculators are allowed when specified by the teacher. All calculator use must be proved on paper in the higher grades and in lower grade calculator use is to discover numerical patterns.

      • Early Reading

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        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

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Our Early Reading approach is phonics based. As a base young child read by recognizing and sounding out the letters and syllables of words; blending sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. However, we have found that we need to use Whole language at times because of age or stage of development. So in the Kindergarten years and Grade 1, we teach phonics in a specific sequence and use extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        DIBELS testing

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        No
        NO. We use Abeka Phonics - US Christian Curriculum

      • Writing

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        We teach the beginner writer to start writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. We create an inspirational environment which conditions and encourages 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. Students learn to express their thoughts, feelings, experiences, opinions, and/or ideas in a written composition using standard forms of writing and grade specific conventions for intended purposes. They develop into a systematic writing process leading to editing checklists to proofread and revise their work so that they may complete their good copy. Creative writing and story composition are encouraged at all grade levels.

      • Science

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        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.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Our science curriculum in the lower grades is organized into four strands which are Understanding Life Systems, Understanding Structures and Mechanisms, Understanding Matter and Energy, and Understanding Earth and Space Systems. Students are not only taught the basic concepts of science but inquiry skills through experimentation. They are also encouraged to relate what they have learned to society and the environment. As they enter the higher grades they add more "doing" as they work on projects, and experiment in labs as interactive and engaging in simulations. They enjoy the annual Science fair for Grades 3 and above.


        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

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        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

      • Literature

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Traditional


        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.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        At Signet, we expose students to different styles and a variety of genres. We pick examples that will spark student interest. We teach students research and critical thinking skills and as they read, they should jump in, and engage in the social issues pertaining to the wider community.


        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

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        The expectations for the social studies curriculum are divided into two strands which are Heritage and Identity and People and Environments for the lower grades. Students are taught to investigate and explore events, developments, and/or issues that occurred in history and determine their impact by making connections between the past and the present.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        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.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        A balance of Audio-Lingual and Communicative is used group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes are used but we also expect students to correctly imitate the teacher in French.


        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

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        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

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        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.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        We provide an Equal Balance approach between Receptive and Creative/Studio-work in our arts programs. We cover art history and appreciation as well as spending time Expressive methodology creating or “making” art. Students learn about various artistic works and movements, and are asked to reflect on their underlying aesthetic features and principles. We aim to develop their cognitive, emotional, and aesthetic sensibilities by doing and from a knowledge of the history and appreciation of the art form. For the lower grades students are taught grade specific elements that relate to each of the art disciplines. They are then given the opportunity to use these forms to create or perform works that convey or express thoughts, feelings, and or ideas through the arts. They are also encouraged to make connections, analyse, and communicate the meaning or the message of their own work or the works of others.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Light 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.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.


        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

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        In the lower grades, there is a light integration of Computers and Technology. Computers are used to support subject-based learning through the use of videos, interactive websites, and word processing skills. However, as we look at Grades 3 and up, we use more integration as Medium. Here, computers are used in the classroom from time to time but they are not a dominant focus. Teachers provide various opportunities for the student to engage in research as well as to produce work via this medium. We ensure safe practices on the internet. Students may sign up to bring their own device if they need it for the accommodation of the curriculum. During Coding class all students from Grade 3 up get hands-on with laptops, tablets, and other devices. Some basic programming of robots is taught here.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        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

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        At Signet our curriculum for Gym and Health education reflects Christian values. We teach skills such as teamwork, sports skills, how to be healthy (spiritually, mentally and physically). We encourage students to participate in a range of Sports and physical activities.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      London International Academy

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Signet Christian School

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Our Kindergarten is unique because we use Christian Curriculum as we focus on Academics to prepare the child with the foundation for learning. Lead by experienced teachers, our Christian curriculum is designed to teach multiple subjects in both seated and kinesthetic modes. (ABeka Curriculum). We believe that understanding truth and values start from very young ages. Character training and leadership of self and others are introduced through creative teaching methods. As core values are laid, kindergarten is such a fun phase and lessons are stepping blocks for life.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      London International Academy

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Signet Christian School

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      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.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Our Elementary has paired grades so we group and stream to teach both ages and stages. Our Grades 9 - 12 curriculum supports the Ministry of Education guidelines offering OSSD. Our courses are enhanced due to the smaller class sizes and we offer guided independent study with opportunities for research.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      London International Academy

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Signet Christian School

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Culture


      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”.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      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.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      At Signet Christian we have a strong academic culture, however, it is seated in a supportive environment. Signet's academic focus is to achieve excellence and to do this we believe this is reliant directly upon the presence of a solid foundation of character and positive support from teachers and family. So we remain close to families to ensure the student's high academic performance. We believe a balanced life bears the fruit of true success. Children who have cultivated these core values are thus successful in all their endevours, not just academics.


      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."

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      London International Academy

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Signet Christian School

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Spiritual
      The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable
      Not applicable

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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


      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.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      As a holistic school, we want all students to grow in mind, body, and spirit. However, children come to us with a variety of needs and strengths. Over the years Signet graduates speak of not only the academic growth but of preparedness for an ever-changing world, As God's "signet ring" we believe we are His signature making an impact where we go. With students from different faith background we are able to share our faith within an environment where everyone feels loved and belongs.

  • 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

    Signet Christian School

    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

    Signet Christian School

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    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

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    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

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Accommodations, modification or pullout -i.e. support for academic subjects and other general support (specific to the IEP) as needed will be customized with the input of the parent and rolled out at an additional cost.


    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.

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    For LD or ADHD upon entry a period of assessment during the first term is conducted. Then an appropriate accommodation strategy is set up with the permission of the parents. Support for students with clinically diagnosed Learning Disabilities is limited at this time, however, if there is an opening it can be discussed. (K through 8 only). A recent Psych-Educational evaluation is required before we can make a decision for placement.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    London International Academy

    Signet Christian School

    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

    Signet Christian School

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


    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

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    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%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 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 JK - 12


     

    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.

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Eager to learn, happy to meet new students and teachers.

    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 

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Please call to get specific information as High School and International Admission Policies are different from Elementary Admissions policies.




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