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Question and Answers for Grades 7 to 9


Which curriculum is better - IB (International Baccalaureate) or a traditional high school?

There are a few previously asked questions about the IB program that may answer your question:

What are the advantages of my child taking IB courses in highschool?

What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and how does it help with university acceptance?

It's hard to compare the IB and traditional school curriculum to see which is "better" -- it all depends on what you're looking for in an education. IB programs are designed to foster critical thinking, worldly understanding and knowledge, with a mandate to "develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world," in addition to teaching the basic core subject skills. However, schools with a very good traditional academic curriculum and reputation for quality academics may provide even better instruction in these core skills.

You can also consult our list of IB private schools and ask them your question as well.


When is it best to put my child into private school i.e. upon entering school at age 4-5 years or upon entering highschool?
Choosing the right age for private school depends on your priorities for your child as a parent. Sending your child...read more

I am looking for high school for my daughter grade 7 at present Mississauga/Toronto Etobicoke please send information or suggestions of schools
A complete list of schools within the Greater Toronto Area can be found on the
Toronto Private Schools...read more

In an all-girls boarding school, is it possible that the student can stay weekends, statutory holidays for the whole term (not including the winter and summer break)?
Yes, at boarding schools, students typically stay for the entire school year, including statuary holidays and weekends. In many cases,...read more

We have 2 daughters aged 10 and 8 yrs studying in IB schools in Grade 4 and 3 respectively. Due to my regular trasnfer within south east asia, I would like to send my daughters to study in Canada. We bought a house in Toronto, Mississauga near Eglinton West. Please can you suggest a few private schools which are in close proximity from our residential area for easy commute. Thank you.
Mississauga and Toronto have a number of great private and independent elementary and high schools. Have a look...read more

I am looking for day/boarding school for my child with special needs grade 9. Are there any in Toronto?
There are many schools in the Toronto area that offer special needs support. A list of
special needs schools...read more

We are looking for a school for our daughter age 12 presently in Grade 7 who will be 14 for Grade 9. She is currently at Star Academy and has dyslexia. We are looking for a High School to accomodate her needs - in Toronto or Mississauga, Thanks Barbara Bastyr
A few schools that offer dyslexia support that you may wish to consider for your daughter include:
Chisholm Academy...read more

Our 7 year old son has just been diagnosed with Dyslexia. We are considering a couple of schools recommended to us for him. We would also like to find a school suitable for our 10 year old daughter starting September 2010, one that would, hopefully be suitable for our son in future years when and if he is able to go "mainstream". I guess what we are looking for is a school that accommodates for students with dyslexia in their high school years (or before).
A few schools that offer dyslexia support that you may wish to consider for your daughter include:
Chisholm Academy...read more

I have 2 sons and 2 daughters and would like them to relocate from Africa and study in Canada. I need an inexpensive school that offers primary grades 5, 6 and secondary grades 10 and 12. Mr and Mrs Prince.
If you are interested in sending all four children to study in Canada, a coed boarding school that offers grades...read more

Have any parents had any experiences with King's Town School in Kingston, Ontario? Thank you! Chris
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what age can our children start middle school
Depending on the province, middle school is generally defined as grades 6-8 (in some cases 5-8) or ages 10/11 -...read more

Hi, it seems that there are mainly 2 type of private high schools: 1) very nice facilities, offering lots of clubs and activities ( social life) , but high students to teacher ratio in class, or 2) small class size, but little to none facilities and as a result very few to none non-academic activities. Are there any high schools in GTA that would combine the nice facilities, lots of clubs and activities and also the low student to teacher ratio in the class?
To start, you may be interested in browsing a variety of GTA schools here: http://www.ourkids.net/toronto-private-schools.php with criteria that’s important to...read more

I need the list of schools that don't require eligilibility certificate (Law 101) because we are permanent residents at Montreal
There are many schools in the Montreal area that do not require the eligilibility certificate under Bill 101 and 115....read more

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