IB Impact: Program brings a new ethical framework to school community

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The task of all educators is to help form fully realized human beings, who will bring skills, knowledge, empathy and courage to the world in which they live. Schools cannot teach character education as though it were a discrete subject, separate from the rest of the curriculum and unconnected to the heart of the students' lives. Rather, the moral and ethical challenges and precepts we face and hold must be woven through every learning activity. Read more


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Maple, Ontario — Balanced Academics, Arts, Athletics & Student Wellness. We value best practices & evidence-based approaches. University preparatory & 21st Century Tech-Rich & Future Proof school. Enriched and rigorous curriculum. View School Profile.


  • International Baccalaureate PYP/MYP
  • Co-Educational & Non-Denominational
  • STE[A]M
  • Gifted High performance school
  • Before & After school care
Grades:
PS to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$16,700 to $20,700
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
200
Avg. Class:
16 to 18
Delano Academy & Delano High 16700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
 
 

Windsor, Ontario — JK- 12/IB/AP , inter-faith/R.C.co-ed day, and boarding located in Windsor, ON Family of Schools includes Nursery, Elementary and Secondary Schools, athletic facilities, performing arts wing (music and dance studios). View School Profile.


  • Small student teacher ratio
  • Average class size of 12 students
  • Offering courses from three different curricula (IB, AP and OSSD)
  • Individual student care
  • Family atmosphere
Grades:
JK to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Traditional, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$10,950 to $50,000
Living:
Day/Boarding
Enrollment:
250
Avg. Class:
10 to 16
Académie Ste-Cécile International School 10950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Located in the heart of Toronto, UCC provides transformational learning experiences with exceptional day and boarding programs. Our highly sought-after graduates are awarded International Baccalaureate and OSSD diplomas. View School Profile.


  • High-achieving, all-round students
  • Challenging but rewarding IB program
  • First rate academics, athletics and arts
  • 19 different sports and 80+ clubs
  • Boutique urban boarding program
Grades:
SK to 12 (Boys)
Type:
Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$36,750 to $71,875
Living:
Boarding/Day
Enrollment:
1200
Avg. Class:
20 to 25
Upper Canada College 36750 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Boys
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only all-girls, all-years International Baccalaureate (IB) World School developing the leaders of tomorrow through the nurturing of curiosity and critical thinking at every age. View School Profile.


  • 13-acre downtown campus
  • Athletics and Wellness Centre
  • IB programs: JK to Grade 12
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Boarding starting in Grade 7
Grades:
JK to 12 (Girls)
Type:
Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$37,130 to $75,020
Living:
Boarding/Day
Enrollment:
960
Avg. Class:
16 to 22
Branksome Hall 37130 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
 
 

Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario — SJK offers an enriched environment of exploration and experiential learning. Through its IB curriculum, SJK provides exciting experiences and guides students to discover their talents and passions. Go beyond at SJK. View School Profile.


  • Accredited IB World Continuum School
  • Experienced, passionate, professional teachers
  • Project-based, design-thinking experiential learning
  • Extensive co-curricular programmes in athletics, arts, leadership and community service
  • Outdoor experiential learning
Grades:
JK to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Progressive, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$19,720 to $73,700
Living:
Boarding/Day
Enrollment:
470
Avg. Class:
10 to 17
St. John's-Kilmarnock School 19720 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
 
 

Mississauga, Ontario — Lynn-Rose's philosophy is to create an environment that is challenging and rewarding; focusing on social, intellectual and emotional aspects of the students development through the International Baccalaureate program. View School Profile.


  • French/English
  • Drama/Virtual Theatre Production/ Virtual Instrumental Music
  • Field Trips & Clubs
  • Events: Book Fairs, Winter/Spring Concerts, Music & Art Gallery, French Cafe
  • Transportation Available upon request
Grades:
PS to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Progressive, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$17,700 to $22,000
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
600
Avg. Class:
16 to 18
Lynn-Rose Schools 17700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — Sunnybrook School offers the IB Primary Years Program for all students in JK - Grade 6. We have a fully integrated co-ed and 1:1 iPad program for all the grades. Our inquiry approach leads to global citizens. View School Profile.


  • 70 years
  • IB PYP World School
  • JK to Gr 6, coed
  • 1:1 iPads, JK - Gr 6
  • Singapore Math
Grades:
JK to 6 (Coed)
Type:
Progressive, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$29,750
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
140
Avg. Class:
16 to 20
Sunnybrook School 29750 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
 
 

Toronto, Ontario — The York School is a JK to Grade 12 International Baccalaureate school in midtown Toronto. Our mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are engaged citizens of the world. View School Profile.


  • International Baccalaureate World School (JK - Grade 12)
  • 100% university placement rate
  • Co-educational learning environment
  • Progressive, contemporary approach
  • International community
Grades:
JK to 12 (Coed)
Type:
Progressive, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$35,000
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
740
Avg. Class:
15 to 18
The York School 35000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Buena Vista Road/Springfield Road
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • $16,160 to $30,900

Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from PreK to Gr. 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Elmwood School 16160 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls

TMS  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Bayview/Hwy 407
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $19,100 to $32,700

TMS is a leading, accredited independent school that offers a unique design of Montessori and International Baccalaureate programmes. Our students thrive in academics while building a foundation of Significance for life.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
TMS 19100 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bayview/Lawrence
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $22,180 to $37,630

TFS - Canada's International School offers an exceptional bilingual education from age 2 to Grade 12. Average class size is 12 to 22 students. Entrance Scholarship to Grade 7 is available.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
TFS - Canada's International School 22180 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Amaranth, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,895 to $11,745

The Maples is an established private IB World School in Orangeville, Ontario providing exemplary education for students (Pre-School to Grade 8). Daily French instruction in PS and Kindergarten with an academic focus.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
The Maples Academy 9895 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
    Rothesay Rd/College Hill Rd
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $24,520 to $69,100

Our unique, daily Advisor Program ensures every student is surrounded by a strong network of highly qualified, dedicated faculty and staff whose mission is to provide academic, emotional, and social guidance and support.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Rothesay Netherwood School 24520 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $9,345 to $73,145

GNS is an independent JK-12 International Baccalaureate boarding and day school in Victoria, BC, that challenges and supports each of our students to do their best through truth and courage in learning and in life.

  • Boarding/Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Glenlyon Norfolk School 9345 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Homestay Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $24,540 to $28,670

Stratford Hall takes learning beyond IB with its IDEA Lab, OEE and partner schools, where students strive to develop harmony between the urban and natural world through activities like camping, music, and orienteering.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Stratford Hall 24540 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Erin Mills Parkway/Argentia Rd
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $10,095 to $14,395

We are different! As a leading IB World School and university preparatory school with a focus on student life, SJA students are inspired to confidently make their mark in the world.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
St. Jude's Academy 10095 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Leslie/York Mills
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $12,500 to $26,800

La Citadelle's Excellence in Bilingual Education and academically advanced curriculum develop successful global citizens through IB & AP programs and a holistic approach where students achieve their highest potential.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science 12500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Highway 417/Greenbank
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $18,500 to $22,700

Acadecap International School (Académie de la Capitale), an IB World School, offers bilingual and/or English programmes from JK to Grade 12. Students thrive in a growth mindset environment and a culture of excellence.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Académie de la Capitale 18500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $9,500 to $52,000

Brookes Westshore, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC, offers grades 4 to 12 and both day and boarding programmes, with an average class size of 15 students.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Brookes Westshore 9500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Richmond, British Columbia
  • 6 to 8 Coed
  • $14,800 to $30,500

Windsor Hall, an IB MYP Candidate school, is the only school in Richmond, BC to offer the IB MYP Programme from grade 6 to 8.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Windsor Hall 14800 MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $22,000

Richland Academy is a progressive, innovative Reggio-inspired and International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP Authorized and MYP Candidate School for children from JK to Grade 8.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Richland Academy 22000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Yonge Street/Silverwood Ave.
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $17,700 to $27,500

Century Private School in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with small class ratio to ensure best learning for our students.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
Century Private School 17700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
    240th Street/Dewdney Trunk Road
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $25,925 to $35,925

Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Meadowridge School 25925 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Kennedy Road/Steeles Avenue
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $7,700 to $17,750

Located in Markham, Ontario, Town Centre Private Schools is an International Baccalaureate® World School and offers a Montessori Pre-School program as well as an IB Elementary School and optional IB Diploma Programme.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Town Centre Private Schools 7700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $18,500 to $24,500 /semester

Unionville Academy provides AP courses and Unionville Academy is one of the authorized AP test sites. Unionville Academy provides a Language Training program to students based on individual situations e.g. IELTS, TOFEL

  • eSchool/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Unionville Academy 18500 HighSchools eSchool Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Trafalgar Road/Cornwall Road
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $21,850 to $32,675

MacLachlan is a world-class school offering the benefits of small class sizes, highly dedicated and engaged teachers and an internationally recognized curriculum for students in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
MacLachlan College 21850 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Summerland, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $12,945 to $56,500

UNISUS was founded by the leaders of the top Private Schools in BC. Based on IB Education/Innovation/Technology, Entrepreneurship/ Outdoor Education. Boarding, Athletics and Global Partnerships/Opportunities.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Unisus School 12945 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Burlington, Ontario
    Walkers Line/Fairveiw Street
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $14,000 to $20,000

Ashwood Glen offers a Montessori program for children aged 18months - 6 yrs. The Grades 1 - 8 Learning Program applies the IB framework to extend the learning outcomes of the Ontario curriculum.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Ashwood Glen 14000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Mariposa Avenue/Springfield
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $32,110 to $74,230

This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $30,585 to $71,720.

  • Day/Homestay/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Ashbury College 32110 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Boarding Coed
  • Richmond, British Columbia
    Lansdowne Road/Kwantlen Street
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $22,000 to $37,950

MLWS-KPU offers a truly unique high school experience. Students receive the support and community of small high school classes along with the academic opportunities of learning within world-class university facilities.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Maple Leaf World Schools - Canada 22000 Day Boarding Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Hurontario/Bronte College Ct
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $16,500 to $40,000

Bronte College is a private International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering Grades 9 to 12 for day and boarding students. Our academic programming has attracted students from over 30 countries.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Bronte College 16500 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    QEW Highway/403 Highway
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,850 to $19,680

Walden International School, Oakville, offers enriched, child-centred, academic programs from Pre-K through Grade 8. Class sizes up to 18 students depending on grade level.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Walden International School 9850 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
    Upper Levels Highway/Cypress Bowl exit
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $25,000 to $28,000

By inspiring excellence – the continuous pursuit of personal best - in education and life, Mulgrave strives to equip lifelong learners to thrive in a diverse and interdependent world.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Mulgrave School 25000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Cawthra/Lakeshore
  • PS to 7 Coed
  • $20,780 to $30,180

TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) offers the Ontario, France and IB programs from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 7 in Mississauga.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) 20780 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $22,600 to $25,100

Brockton School is an independent, co-ed, non-denominational, IB World School inspiring the growth of outstanding humans, from JK to Grade 12.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Brockton School 22600 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Langside St./Westminster Ave.
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • $16,500 to $69,400

STEAM and experiential learning are at the heart of our program, making learning at BH both dynamic and meaningful. With a focus on post-secondary guidance and internship, BH girls graduate with purpose.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Balmoral Hall School 16500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Thornhill, Ontario
    Weston Road/Rutherford Road
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $18,598 to $24,998

King Heights Academy provides a unique educational experience for toddlers to grade 12 which includes the IB Program. Preschool, Pre- Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Elementary, Intermediate & Secondary Programs offered.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
King Heights Academy 18598 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Edinburgh Dr/Scott Street
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $7,075 to $14,775

We provide students with opportunities to explore real-world concepts and issues, broadening their sense of responsibility, develop their critical thinking skills, and empower them to take action in a global community.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
Wheatley School 7075 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Lantzville, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $10,000 to $24,000

With a 40-acre campus, Aspengrove School teaches the International Baccalaureate curriculum through a team of passionate faculty committed to providing an exceptional educational experience for their students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Aspengrove School 10000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
    College Rd/King St
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $19,950 to $63,550

Benefitting from its safe and beautiful Nova Scotia location, King's-Edgehill facilitates the opportunity for every student to Be More – in the classroom, on the sports fields, on stage, in the community and beyond.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
King's-Edgehill School 19950 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $5,000 to $18,000 /semester

Markham, Ontario; IB School; OSSD; OSSD online credit course; NOIC ACADEMY’s annual university enrolment rate is 100% and more than 85% of graduates are admitted by University of Toronto.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
NOIC Academy 5000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $30,000 to $75,710

Bishop's College School is an English boarding and day school for students in grades 7 through 12. Small in size and culturally diverse, BCS is an IB World School offering the IB DP and course certificates.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Bishop's College School 30000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • West Vancouver-Bowen Island, British Columbia
  • 6 to 9 Coed
  • $19,465

Our four year program is developed to equip and inspire students to cultivate their humanity. We are distinctly different: a small IB middle school that fosters intellectual engagement, citizenship and leadership.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Island Pacific School 19465 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Ridley Road/Henrietta Street
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $22,950 to $79,815

Ridley College is an acclaimed co-educational IB boarding and day school that prepares meaningful and flourishing lives by teaching the habits of mind, body, and spirit, and the values needed to lead in a global society.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Ridley College 22950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • SK to 12 Coed
  • $2,800 to $23,900

Carrey Education is one of the top choices for parents as it provides academic programs tailored for individual students. Our goal is to help students build their character and discover new interests through learning.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Carrey International Education Inc. 2800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    Av de Monkland/Boul Cavendish
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $19,425 to $25,970

Lower Canada College is a gender-inclusive, K-12 university preparatory school, committed to excellence in teaching and learning. It is the only high school in Quebec offering both the IB MYP and DP.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Lower Canada College 19425 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Surrey, British Columbia
    152nd Street/24th Avenue
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $7,500 to $10,500

WRCA exists to inspire and cultivate citizens of Godly character who transform their world for Christ. We do this through integrated faith based teaching and the International Baccalaureate programme for JK - grade 12.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
White Rock Christian Academy 7500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Okotoks, Alberta
    Range Road 12/306 Ave W
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $18,020 to $25,220

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an independent, private coeducational, full IB (primary, middle, and diploma programme) day school for Kindergarten - Grade 12 close to Calgary, AB.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School 18020 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • London, Ontario
    Richmond Street/King Street
  • 9 to 12 Coed/Girls
  • $25,600 to $32,000

A Canadian Private Secondary Boarding school, located in the heart of London, Ontario. LIA is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
London International Academy 25600 HighSchools Boarding Boarding Coed Girls
  • Rome, ---------------
    Ponte Sublicio/Lungotevere Aventino
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • EUR €25,650 to EUR €39,600

Since 1964, SSS Rome has provided International Boarding and Day Students with a culturally inspiring and rigorous academic IB education in the heart of Ancient Rome.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
St. Stephen's School, Rome 25650 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $9,530 to $45,180

Luther College High School values excellence in teaching and cares for our students as individuals in our tight-knit community. Our focus in on the whole student - social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Luther College High School 9530 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed

Much like true language learning does, learning ethical behaviour requires immersion into an environment where right action is examined and lived each moment by all teachers and learners, rather than encapsulated as a topic for study. Learning leads to right action in such a school, and right action leads to further and deeper learning.

Adoption of the International Baccalaureate program at Branksome Hall in Toronto has shifted our outlook from just teaching about ethics to teaching and living ethically as a school community. Such learning requires rigorous thought and well-developed critical enquiry skills. In fact, rigorous thought is a prerequisite for meaningful and purposeful action.

Here is an example. Before the 2004 Christmas vacation, Grade 11 biology students were studying the effects of pathogens in the natural environment. Over the holiday, the tsunami assaulted southern Asia. When the students returned to school after New Year's, they reviewed their knowledge of pathogens that were emerging in the standing fresh water of the affected areas, and examined the consequences for the people needing that water. Flowing from this deepened understanding was a compelling call to action, especially as reports at the time indicated that more than 150,000 people were killed. But the teacher did not immediately move to the question "What can we do?"

Instead he paused and asked students to research the number of deaths that occurred from HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa over the same period. Statistics kept by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health estimated that more than 82,200 had died. Then the teacher asked "What should we do?", so students could explore the deeper layers of ethical decision-making.

As part of their study of justice and government, Grade 6 children at our school research a "good cause" in the city. They discover the complex political structures and agendas of "helping" organizations and must move beyond questions of form and function toward questions that probe the underlying organizational, financial and philosophical challenges charities face. Then students debate the obligations of governments to support such institutions. The girls must think through the benefits and challenges of democracy along the way, assessing the rights and responsibilities of some of our great philanthropic institutions.

Rachel Tobin, a Grade 6 student investigating the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, remarked, "I never knew how important the foundation was. I didn't know that the hospital couldn't be the best in the world without the foundation. Raising money is really hard, then deciding what to spend it on is even harder."

All students in the International Baccalaureate program must write an extended essay in the last two years of high school. Original thinking, which bridges traditional subject disciplines and requires a real life connection, is a core demand of the task. Some of this year's essay topics include: "Invasive Species in Ontario and Their Effects on the Environment," "Applying Noam Chomsky's Propaganda Model to a Canadian Newspaper" and "The Nuremburg Trials as Precedent in International Law." Each topic requires an understanding of the necessity of ethical action and the capacity to reflect, at an advanced level, on human behaviour.

At the heart of the IB program is a community service requirement. Community service focuses expressly on action and forces a link between classroom study and out-of-classroom charitable work.

Each student's adviser and a community service co-ordinator guide her toward enriching service activities. A girl's talents and skills, prior experiences and goals are all taken into account as she chooses a service project that is relevant to her and so increases her capacity to see herself as a vehicle for change in the world. Students strong in math may tutor inner-city children, a skier may teach the blind to ski, a girl interested in marine biology is given the opportunity to escort dolphins born in captivity back to the wild.

The school's mission to cultivate an international perspective allows students to experience service opportunities in faraway locations so that they will meet the intercultural challenges of providing service to others first-hand. Branksome has "adopted" an orphanage for girls, the Sheela Bal Bavan Center in Jaipur, India, and groups of Branksome students travel there to tutor and sister the orphans.

A school is being built in the impoverished eastern cape of South Africa. Branksome girls tutor its pupils and, beyond that, plan to foster longer-term friendships with the children after travelling there. Because action must push toward further learning, all girls are required to submit a structured reflection on their projects and contributions.

Finally, the day-to-day life of the school itself – its timetable, its code of conduct, its hiring and teacher-training policies, its committee structures – all have changed in order to be congruent with the central ethical framework of the International Baccalaureate program. Democracy, respect and the employment of sound critical thinking must come into every administrative and teaching decision. At Branksome, the leaders are learners, and the learners take the lead.

We need our children to approach the ethical complexities of our world with confidence and competence. We can only do this, as we try to do at Branksome Hall, by making each new lesson or activity, each club, team or committee, a place where knowledge is critiqued, its uses understood and its consequences for action embraced and lived.

—Patricia Parisi
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