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London International Academy

Grades Gr. 9 TO Gr. 12 — London, ON (MAP)

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School address

  • 361 - 365 Richmond Street, London, Ontario, N6A 3C2 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

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

The regions LIA offers busing from are:

  • London

Our Perspective

How we see 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.

School's Perspective

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How London International Academy sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"London International Academy (LIA) is a Private Secondary Boarding and IB World School, located in the beautiful forest city of London, Ontario. 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. *Scholarships available upon application*"

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • STEM Elite Program
  • ESL Courses
  • Four academic intakes in a year
  • Summer Camps
  • Summer High school programs 6 weeks

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"London International Academy is the only private school in London to offer the IB Diploma Programme, also is the only private school in the province of Ontario to offer DP Spanish, 1 of only 16 private schools in Ontario to offer the IB DP programme; overall LIA ranked in the top 3 schools out of 500 schools in the Canadian mathematics competitio. Located in London Ontario the forest city is a slow pace and welcoming atmosphere, is an excess city for high school students and newcomers in Canada"

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

"1. Quality teachers with individualized support may more easily assess each student's performance level and take the appropriate steps to help those needing it.
2. Experiential Learning: provide a well-rounded education that is more regulated and concentrated. Students can choose a mix of science and art courses depending on their needs.
3. Career and future Opportunities: advantage when looking for university since we provide a pathway program"

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"Our LIA Care+ program delivered by a team of accredited mental health professionals - empowers students to pursue personal success with well-being and emotional balance."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"We help launch our students into post-secondary education for a successful academic, social, and cultural integration; with a strong track record of placing students in Canada's top universities and programs focused on meeting the needs of international and local ESL Students, LIA is ready to help students achieve the goal."

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Message from school leadership

Paul Debenham, Principal

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

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