St. Jude's academics program was one of the main reasons I enrolled into the school. The school offers an IB program (International Baccalaureate) that aims to develop a student's inquiry, knowledge, communication, and many other skills so they can become caring young people who are motivated to succeed. The IB programme is different from other curricula because it encourages students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions, develop independent thoughts about national systems, incorporate quality practice from research and global community, encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts, and develop multilingual students. The academic system works in a way where everyone recognizes their potential and works hard on improving their strengths and weaknesses. We are always encouraged to give our best performance, and with the support we get at the school, we know we can perform well for the present and also the future, hopefully.
Throughout my academic career, the general curriculum has been relatively easy for me. When I arrived at St. Jude's, I expected a new challenge, and it was presented to me. The teachers apply what we are learning to the real world which adds many more variables to problems we solve. This increased my interest in school, and I was motivated to do a lot of external research. My personal learning pace is also acknowledged, as I am frequently assigned work above the grade level. Along with this, there is a culture where we as students work together to solve complex problems, and even practice for SATs and AP exams together. I appreciate that very few of our courses are semestered. We take full-year courses which makes it easier to pick up where you left off the following year.
St. Jude’s academic level is very high, which was one of the reasons why my parents and I were very interested in the school. They have the IB Programme at the school, and even though grade eleven and twelve did not have the IB Diploma Programme when I joined, however, teachers still incorporated IB teaching methods in class. IB teaches us to be, inquirers, communicators, knowledgeable and much more. Teachers teach in a fun and informative way, with each teacher teaching differently. They take hard concepts and break them down one by one into a fun, hands-on way. This is very useful because teachers show us that the things we are learning now can and will be used in real life. One example of this from physics class: the students were tasked with making an object that will protect an egg from breaking when the physics teacher drops it off the school’s roof. The teacher explained that this is what scientists have to do to ensure that when they are building planes or roller coasters, humans won’t get injured. It’s a fun and new way to connect what we’re learning with real life. Due to our classes being small, teachers can focus on each student individually. This decreases the chances of any student not understanding a concept due to there being too many students in a classroom. The school also provides study hall, where if students need help with anything the teachers allow them to ask questions and make sure that the student understands.