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Cambridge International Academy

Grades Gr. 1 TO Gr. 12 — Whitby, ON (MAP)

Cambridge International Academy:

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  • Grades
    Gr. 1 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    10 — 20 students
  • Tuition
    $22,000 to 38,000/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
    AP, OFIS
  • Enrolment
    127 day students
  • Curriculum
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School address

  • 1-300 Water Street, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 9B6 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

CCIA offers bus transferring. Service options offered are airport pick-up.

Our Perspective

How we see Cambridge International Academy

Our Kids Feature Review

  • Cambridge International Academy offers a personalized educational experience so that students successfully transition to the next higher grade level.
  • Tuition includes daily academic support in the after-school Homework Club, supervised by teachers.
  • Student interests directly shape the wide variety of extracurricular activities.

The 50-page review of Cambridge International Academy is part of our series of in-depth accounts of Canada's leading private schools. It provides a unique and objective perspective on the school's academics, programs, culture, and community.

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Key insights from our research

  • At Cambridge International Academy, teachers cater to students’ needs, talents, and interests. They assist us in reaching our best level, by customising the curriculum based on our achievements and interests. … Everyone has a fair chance and an environment to show themselves.
    —From 2021 roundtable discussion about Cambridge International Academy. (The quote comes specifically from Nancy, an alum).
  • The learning environment and the school were unforgettable, and the teachers were helpful and knowledgeable. … At the end of each semester, teachers find students one by one, go over our transcripts, and summarise our weaknesses and strengths, and identify courses we need to improve on.
    —From 2021 roundtable discussion about Cambridge International Academy. (The quote comes specifically from Rosie, an alum).
  • Cambridge has a really good learning environment, because the teachers really motivate you. … The teachers would always listen to students, and find a way to solve their problems, sometimes by switching their approach. … Students will get a really good learning experience at Cambridge.
    —From Interview with Cambridge International Academy alum: William Qiu.
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Planning ahead

Cambridge International Academy innovates in student-centred instruction

Profile of Sandra Arff, Principal of Cambridge International Academy

Arff is a firm believer in individualized education where students receive customized education plans. “I’ve always believed that a cookie-cutter approach to education fails too many students."

School's Perspective

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How Cambridge International Academy sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Cambridge International Academy is a ministry inspected co-ed private school in Ajax, which customizes and enriches the Ontario curriculum with AP program from grades 1 to 12. Using customized planning we help students achieve their potential. With strong parent partnerships, our Elementary Programs help students transition to high school with Reach Ahead credits. For high school, we design the curriculum to ensure students are able to achieve their post-secondary goals."

  • Customized Educational Pathways
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Individual Needs and Academic Learning
  • Homework club
  • Visual Art, Drama, Music, Gym Programs
  • Elementary and High School Coding Programs
  • Monthly School Trips
  • Weekly Report
  • Safe, Learning Environment
  • 100% Post-secondary Institution Placement Rate

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Every student receives an Individual Student Plan so that their learning experience is personalized and customized to their individual needs, interests, talents, and skill level. The Student Plan is comprised of customized academic programs such as Blended Learning, Reach Ahead, & AP, volunteer initiatives, interesting co-curriculars, as well as academic and non-academic outside competitions. Lastly, we offer cross-curricular coding to increase the technology proficiency of students."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"Families join Cambridge International Academy because of our personalized approach to education. Our customized programs (Blended Learning, Reach Ahead, & AP classes) challenge our students so that they thrive academically, socially, and personally. Our small class sizes provide students individual attention to successfully complete the curriculum and ready them for the next higher grade level. Our parents appreciate the frequent updates about their child's academic progress."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"The kitchen & dining area are sometimes overlooked by prospective parents. Initially, parents don’t realize the significant academic & social learning that takes place in these gathering areas. Students not only learn about healthy eating habits, kitchen safety, and food preparation but they also gain a deeper understanding, respect, and appreciation for diversity while they prepare and taste each other’s cultural traditional foods. Transferable skills acquired through cooking are beneficial."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Families are surprised by the frequent communication and the variety of co-curriculars at school. Our teachers frequently communicate with parents to offer the 'next steps' to keep their children engaged and challenged in their learning. In addition, our teachers coach students to perform their best in a wide range of co-curricular activities. This year, students in our Math Club won University of Waterloo's 2022 Zone Champion Award for the Canadian Intermediate Mathematics & Computing Contest."

School Facilities

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Instructional resources

Shared spaces

School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Cambridge International Academy

Video reviews of Cambridge International Academy

Roundtable Q&A (2021)

Watch our Cambridge International Academy Q&A discussion with Rosie (Alum), Nancy (Alum), Hannah (Parent) to gain fresh insight into the school’s culture, values, and strengths.

Alum, Yewei Qiu (2021)

Watch our alum interview with Yewei Qiu to learn about the unique experience of attending Cambridge International Academy.

Written reviews of Cambridge International Academy


Alumnus, Yuze (Roy) Liu (2023)

Gr. 12 — As a former student at Cambridge International Academy's branch campus in China, my journey has been...


Parent, Hongfei Liu (2023)

Gr. 12 — My child has changed so much in the three years he has been at Cambridge International Academy. The ...


Parent, Shengli Feng (2023)

Gr. 12,Gr. 12 — Hanson (my son) and Andy (home stay student) were transferred from a public school to Cambridge Inte...
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School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Sandra Arff, Principal

It is with great pleasure that I welcome our twenty-first-century pupils to Cambridge International Academy located in Ajax, Ontario. We are a co-ed private school that customizes and enriches the Ontario Curriculum for students from grades 1 to 12. Our goal is to find each of  our student's academic potential and personal interests so that they can thrive in their future endeavors.

Our professional and dedicated teachers ensure a respectful learning environment where students can reach their academic potential through our customized academic pathway and be inspired by each other. Our caring teachers understand the importance of encouraging students to apply their critical thinking and analysis skills in order to experience an ongoing and in-depth inquiry about their learning. They give high-achieving students more opportunities to be engaged and challenged with the curriculum. Our educators provide their students with opportunities to engage in different ways of learning, seek out information related to the interest of the students, and provide them with time and resources to explore these interests. With our enriched curriculum, we help students in their personal/character development, uncover their hidden talents, and inspire a love for learning. We promote our students to embrace collaboration, communication, innovation, and computer technologies to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of education. 

We believe parents are vital partners in education and they have a positive impact on their child’s school experience. We invite our parents to get involved in various school initiatives  and make them a part of our school community. We communicate frequently with parents to ensure their son/daughter remains on track in his/her academic success so that their child experiences individual success in education. 

I invite you to visit Cambridge International Academy and experience a difference in education. This may be one of the best decisions you will make in your child’s life. Cambridge International Academy’s Information Package provides you with further details about our enriching way of education.     

Best Regards,

Sandra Arff

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