Academics at SJK

Academic Excellence By Design

SJK has a long history of academic excellence, with an unwavering commitment to student engagement. We know that an integrated approach and a love of learning are the best ways to meet the needs and expectations of our students.

Our programming is designed to challenge students to push their boundaries by trying something new. We encourage risk-taking and are confident enough to trust the learning that follows thoughtful failure. Importantly, our students know it is safe to try here.
Your child’s educational journey at SJK begins with the IB Primary Years Programme, a hands-on, inquiry-based program for students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. Concepts and knowledge acquired during these formative years take root in the IB Middle Years Programme for students in Grades 7 to 10. Students are challenged to expand their knowledge and encouraged to pursue their passions through individualized learning paths. The IB Diploma Programme for students in Grades 11 and 12 is a rigorous academic program designed to prepare our graduates for post-secondary success.

Each of these programmes has its own unique characteristics, but there are several threads that tie them together. Students from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 are taught essential skills for learning and life through the IB's unique approach to teaching and learning. In addition, character development is key to the three programmes and students are taught what it means to be global citizens in an ever-changing world through the development of the IB Learner Profile attributes. SJK is proud to offer a continuum of IB programmes, setting us apart from other schools in southern Ontario.

The IB Advantage

Our International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes provide a solid academic foundation for our students from Junior Kindergarten through to the end of Grade 12.
"The teachers in the School have infused their teaching with innovation, both pedagogical and technological. As one of only a few Continuum International Baccalaureate schools in Canada - and only a few hundred in the world - the teachers are central to making the IB curriculum come alive. They have overlaid the IB curriculum with an ethic of care, of constant reflection and improvement, of collaboration, and of constant communication with families. Their work is difficult, and still they do it with joy for their students and determination in their work. As a whole, they embody the IB Learner Profile, and so that is what the students learn every day in the actions of their teachers."

- Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Visiting Committee (2018)

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