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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    The Learning Common

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2002

     

    0


     

    Enrolment

     

    345

     

    12


     

    Grades

     

    9 to 12

     

    3 to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed, Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Boarding

     

    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."
     
    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


     

    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

     

    6 to 10


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Behavioral

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $19,500


     

    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

     

    2


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    100%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    The Learning Common

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    information not available

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    information not available

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    information not available

    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.

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    It’s true that not all students learn in the same way, though it's also true that not all schools address the full range of learning within the populations that they serve. TLC was created to offer an option to students who, for a whole range of reasons, weren't finding the kinds of support, teaching, and student experience that they needed to learn best. In that, and much else, this isn’t your average school, which is exactly what makes it, for those who enroll, such a strong offering. The school is small, class sizes are very small, meaning there is pronounced personal attention. There is a focus on gaining a sense of confidence in academic and social abilities, and relationships with peers and instructors, rightly, is seen as the foundation of learning. Robyn Keystone, Head of School, is an Orton-Gillingham practitioner, applying a multi-sensory approach to instruction, and included in that is a desire to work with students to find approaches that work best for them. The staff is exceptionally experienced, empathetic, and work in collaboration with the families that enroll. It’s a unique offering, and for those who attend, an exceptionally welcome one.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    The Learning Common

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    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

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    • Small class sizes
    • Expertise and specialization in Reading and Math
    • Innovative teaching methods that are grounded in proven and effective strategies
    • Progressive curriculum that’s relevant to today’s changing society
    • Collaborative and compassionate team that is dedicated to offering 360 support to each learner.

    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.

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    TLC offers specialized education for today's unique learners. We work with kids from grades 3 to 8 who are struggling to achieve their potential within a traditional academic environment. We nurture "out of the box" thinking while developing foundational and essential hard and soft skills that are necessary for navigating the landscape of our future. Approximately 20% of the mainstream classroom does not learn in the same way as the majority, and this is the demographic we know best.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    The Learning Common

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    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

    At The Learning Common, we want to support each student in finding their place and value in their community. Our effective teaching strategies help learners to gain confidence in their academic pathways and nurture creativity, innovation, resilience, collaboration, and empathy. Our small class sizes and teaching expertise results in a comfortable and positive environment for our 'out of the box' thinkers. 

    Approximately 20% of the mainstream classroom does not learn in the same way as the majority, and this is the demographic we know best. We understand that this type of thinking needs to be nurtured through research based  and proven tactics to help each learner flourish and reach their potential.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      London International Academy

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      The Learning Common

      THE LEARNING COMMON


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      International Baccalaureate

      THE LEARNING COMMON

      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.

      THE LEARNING COMMON

      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.

      THE LEARNING COMMON

      Not applicable


      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.

      THE LEARNING COMMON

      50% of The Learning Common’s curriculum focuses on the development of hard skills in Reading and Math as these are essential skills an individual requires to function in today’s world and beyond. Our effective and proven methodology has been a mainstay of our successful business and thus, is a fundamental piece of our school’s curriculum. Literacy and numeracy are fundamental skills that lead to more positive social emotional, employment, and educational outcomes. 50% of The Learning Common’s curriculum is grounded in Scandinavian teaching approaches and focuses on soft skill development in critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. Our peer-to-peer learning and facilitation techniques work to develop the necessary soft skills for navigating the industries of the future.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The Learning Common

        THE LEARNING COMMON


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        Equal Balance


        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.

        THE LEARNING COMMON

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        At The Learning Common, we use multi-sensory teaching methods that effectively help learners to process and retain information. We believe in moving from the basic to complex learning objectives and have students master foundational and fundamental skills in numeracy. We provide opportunities for students to make real world connections and learn about concepts that they will be using outside the classroom. We are proponents of STEAM and STEM education and have dedicated a full day of STEAM and STEM learning each week.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        We use JUMP math, and Orton-Gillingham based strategies within our math curriculum.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        We do not have a calculator policy. They will be used in circumstances where required and based on needs of the students.

      • Early Reading

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The Learning Common

        THE LEARNING COMMON


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        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

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        At The Learning Common, we are trained in the methods and strategies found within the Orton-Gillingham based approach. Over the last 3 years, we have taught many learners to read and write using the multi-sensory, direct teaching approaches, and systematic scope and sequence found in Orton-Gillingham. This remedial literacy approach helps to teach the fundamentals of language and is incredibly effective.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The Learning Common

        THE LEARNING COMMON


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        Systematic approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        At The Learning Common, we are trained in the methods and strategies found within the Orton-Gillingham based approach. Over the last 3 years, we have taught many learners to read and write using the multi-sensory, direct teaching approaches, and systematic scope and sequence found in Orton-Gillingham. This remedial literacy approach helps to teach the fundamentals of language and is incredibly effective.

      • Science

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The Learning Common

        THE LEARNING COMMON


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        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.

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        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

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        We encourage an equal balance of research and inquiry based learning methods. We are dedicated to STEAM and STEM curriculum and believe the skills and strategies learned within this curriculum is important in the future of our ever-changing job market.


        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

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        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

        The Learning Common

        THE LEARNING COMMON


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Traditional

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        Equal Balance


        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.

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        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

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        Looking at classical forms of literature as a means of creating a historical narrative is important in understanding where we are today. Using a combination of both socially conscious and progressive literature with the traditional texts help to create a well-rounded impression of literature's timeline and impact on society.


        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

        THE LEARNING COMMON

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

      • Social Studies

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The Learning Common

        THE LEARNING COMMON


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        Our Social Studies curriculum is grounded in themes of Social Impact, Sustainability, Discovery, and Reflection. We will be looking at these areas from various historical and current day lenses. What does history mean in the context of today? What are the political, anthropological, and sociological narratives of our past that have led us to the present?

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The Learning Common

        THE LEARNING COMMON


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        Equal Balance


        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.

        THE LEARNING COMMON

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


        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

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        Our Social Studies curriculum is grounded in themes of Social Impact, Sustainability, Discovery, and Reflection. We will be looking at these areas from various historical and current day lenses. What does history mean in the context of today? What are the political, anthropological, and sociological narratives of our past that have led us to the present?

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The Learning Common

        THE LEARNING COMMON


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        Medium 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.

        THE LEARNING COMMON

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


        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

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        We believe that students need to be able to navigate the language of the computer both effectively and proficiently. This means reading, comprehension, and research skill development. Our students need to understand where information is coming from, why it's being made accessible, and how it can be used for their futures. Technical skills in computers and a virtual platform are fundamental to a young person's future.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The Learning Common

        THE LEARNING COMMON


        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

        THE LEARNING COMMON

        Each day students have 2, 30 minute sessions of what we call motion learning. This includes walking, hiking, skipping, dancing, yoga, and exercise. Students retain 20% more information when they do some sort of physical activity before embarking on their learning. We have one session of motion learning in the morning and then again in the afternoon.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      London International Academy

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      The Learning Common

      THE LEARNING COMMON


      Pace

      Pace

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched

      THE LEARNING COMMON

      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.

      THE LEARNING COMMON

      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

      THE LEARNING COMMON

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      London International Academy

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      The Learning Common

      THE LEARNING COMMON


      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”.

      THE LEARNING COMMON

      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.

      THE LEARNING COMMON

      Our academic culture is student-centred. We teach learners the hard and soft skills necessary for navigating a future of life-long learning where they will have to create their own value in the world. As educators, we inspire ideas and nurture creativity and innovation, however, we want students to gain autonomy over their educational experience and journey.


      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."

      THE LEARNING COMMON

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      London International Academy

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      The Learning Common

      THE LEARNING COMMON


      Primary

      Primary

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

      THE LEARNING COMMON

      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

      THE LEARNING COMMON

      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.

      THE LEARNING COMMON

      Information not available

  • 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

    The Learning Common

    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

    The Learning Common

    THE LEARNING COMMON


    Additional support

    Additional support

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    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

     


    Additional support

    Additional support

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    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

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    Information not available


    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.

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    We specialize in providing effective remedial education for learners with exceptionalities such as Dyslexia, Aspergers, and ADHD/ADD. Our teachers are equipped with the strategies and approaches of Orton-Gillingham and understand how to create a positive and comfortable educational environment for students who are struggling with learning disabilities.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    London International Academy

    The Learning Common

    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

    The Learning Common

    THE LEARNING COMMON


    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

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    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

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    • We have a community garden that is accessible to all our students.
    • We have an in-office micro-garden for students to grow food and micro-greens.
    • We also have relationships with various outdoor education centres and programs.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    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.

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    We work with all types of learners, but we specialize in providing education for unique learners or those with exceptionalities. We are able to teach the skills necessary for navigating a world which will require a skilled labour market and life-long learning. Many of our students are out-of-the-box thinkers are creative, innovative, and don't fit the mold of the mainstream classroom.

    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 

    THE LEARNING COMMON

    Parent interview and tour

    Intake and Deposit




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