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How Does the International Baccalaureate Diploma Work?

Posted by Cary Sawatsky on Apr 26, 2018 8:14:32 AM

When most people hear that a school offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum they are curious about what that means. If you’re wondering if the IB curriculum is really that different, it is. The IB curriculum focuses on teaching students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic. The IB believes that asking the right questions is a crucial skill. And because the IB curriculum is taught in many countries around the world, there is a great deal of similarity between what is taught at all of the IB schools, especially as it relates to the Diploma Programme.

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Out With Boondoggles, In With Learning at Kids Summer Camp

Posted by St. Jude's Academy on Apr 24, 2018 8:55:02 AM

Parents want the best experiences for their children year-round, especially during the summer break. Kids summer camp is the most preferred option for getting children out of the house and doing something active, instead of wasting the summer away watching television or sitting on the sofa all day long. The trouble lies in the quality of camps that are available, and they run the gamut from subpar to stellar programmes. At St. Jude’s Academy, our private school foundation allows us to create enriching school holiday camps that are above and beyond the average summer programs. Some of the outstanding features that set our camps apart from other less-successful community summer programmes include:

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Long-Term Benefits of Attending Private Schools in Brampton Over Brampton Public Schools

Posted by Cary Sawatsky on Apr 17, 2018 8:32:14 AM

Rather than address the general benefits of private education (independent schools) versus public education (government schools) which has already been addressed well in such articles as this one ( and this one ( this blog post will attempt to focus on the long-term benefits that may be specific to Brampton, Ontario. It is well-established that private school students, in general, outperform students in the government-run schools. But if you’re new to Brampton, you may not be aware of the specific issues that are particular to the city.

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Topics: Private schools in Brampton

How Do I Determine The Best Private Schools In Mississauga?

Posted by Cary Sawatsky on Mar 12, 2018 8:50:28 AM

Determining the best private schools is a lot like determining the best people to fall in love with and consider for marriage. While ultimately there is just one person that is the best fit for you (maybe even a perfect fit) there are probably many people out there with whom who you could be happy. The same is true of schools and the fit that they could have with your child.

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Topics: private schools in Mississauga

Do ESL Classes Really Work?

Posted by Cary Sawatsky on Feb 12, 2018 4:08:15 AM

According to the website at, “Students universally complain because ESL does not teach them to speak English. It can’t. ESL principally teaches two things (language memory and visual memory) and only one of these is required in speech. At its very best, ESL partially teaches only one of the three essential elements required in spoken language.” (

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Do Private High Schools Produce More Successful Alumni?

Posted by Cary Sawatsky on Jan 19, 2018 6:26:55 AM

Statistically, only about six percent of Canadian students attend private schools. One would therefore expect that about six percent of Canada’s leaders in any particular area of expertise would claim to have been educated in a private school setting. However, the actual results are dramatically higher. Figures vary, of course, but at least one study reveals that more than thirty percent1 of Canada’s economic elite cite a private school educational background. That’s five times (500%) higher than one would expect. It would be statistically significant if that figure was only 25% higher.

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Topics: Private Schools

Reflections on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Posted by St. Jude's Academy on Dec 27, 2017 8:34:01 AM

During my 22 years in as an IB teacher, diploma coordinator, IB examiner, consultant, workshop leader, site visitor and evaluator, I have had the opportunity to witness the many benefits gained by all students, teachers and schools, offering IB programmes.

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Topics: IB Course

Which Private Elementary Schools In Mississauga Are The Best?

Posted by Cary Sawatsky on Dec 19, 2017 5:29:27 AM

There’s a well-known adage that says, “You get what you pay for.” Is that saying applicable to Mississauga private school fees? After all, private school tuition payments can easily be comparable to automobile or even mortgage payments each month, so making sure that you’re getting the best value for your money is important.

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Topics: Private Schools

Why Opting For IB Schools In Mississauga Matters

Posted by Cary Sawatsky on Dec 14, 2017 8:25:00 AM

The world-renowned International Baccalaureate programme has been around for about fifty years now and currently has over 4000 authorized schools in place all over the world. The steady growth in IB programs over the decades reflects the trust that this program has garnered from educators and parents worldwide. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is blessed to have several schools, both public and private that offer IB curriculum, and Mississauga has a healthy percentage of that number.

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New To Milton? Private School Options

Posted by Cary Sawatsky on Dec 6, 2017 4:38:11 AM

Choosing the right school for their children is one of the most important decisions parents have to make. Unfortunately, moving rarely allows parents the luxury of getting to experience all of the school options available to them before the children have to spend time in one, leaving parents feeling hurried into a decision that they might later regret.

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Topics: Private Schools

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