About Streaming and Why Private Schools Don’t Have It

In the Ontario public school education system, there exists a phenomenon from 1999 known as “streaming”, which you will most likely already know about even if you have never heard the term. “Streaming” is the division of grade 8 students entering the same high school into two distinct course types: applied and academic. At first glance all students look to be enrolled in the same survey courses with the same title (e.g. English and Science) but due to the differentiating course codes students will be taught a different curriculum by different teachers in different classrooms and will never mix with their fellow students within these core subjects. The implications enrolling in either academic English or applied English are great: students enrolled in applied courses will never be able to apply to university because they are not taking the “correct” English course to qualify. This means all applied students are designated as college- or work-bound after receiving their high school diploma.

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In a 2015 People for Education report, Dr. Alan Sears, a leading scholar in citizenship education, shared the findings of his review of the grades 9 and 10 history and geography curricula in relation to citizenship education in Ontario. According to the report: “he found substantial differences between applied and academic courses, raising concerns about key content differences between the academic and applied courses”.

Now, the existence of two course types is not an issue in itself if college or work is the ultimate end goal of the student and the best fit for their future. What many people are beginning to take issue with is when this critical, life-changing decision is being made: by students in grade 8. What is significant to note from the report is that recent research by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) indicates that “rather than being connected to students’ interests and career aspirations, students’ placements in either academic or applied courses are more closely tied to achievement in grade 8”.

So, what is the takeaway? There is international evidence against separating students early in secondary school. Many people consider streaming to be a serious flaw in our public education system. At the very least, requiring students to make this huge decision in grade 8—before undergoing relevant growth and maturity—that will lock them in to a set program is a dangerous setup. Many students could be set on pathways that will not align with career and life goals that only truly emerge as they enter and advance through secondary school. This hefty decision in grade 8 is either influenced by students’ parents (which can be a pro if the child is not prepared to make this decision or a con if it results in them having no say in their future), OR is left up to the discretion of the child entirely. Continue reading

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Why the International Baccalaureate Program is Right for Your Child

Choosing the right school for your child is going to have a determining influence on his or her future. The school, for kids with potential, is a stepping stone towards academic studies, and the level of preparation they get there will define how well they will be doing in University.

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The transition from high school to University tends to be hard for most students. Grades often drop significantly, as the level of independent research necessary and levels of difficulty are set to a new high.

The exception is for students who’d attended an International Baccalaureate Diploma, an IB School.

The level of preparation offered by IB schools in Mississauga and Brampton far exceeds most public and even regular private schools in the area. So what is it about the IB schools in Mississauga that makes them different in this respect?

There are a few key distinctions, which we shall examine one by one.

IB Schools Sets High Standards

The IB program introduces four levels of studies starting from the earliest grades. It sets a high standard for independent work, critical thinking and problem solving, allowing the student to specialize and advance in a direction of their choosing. It develops a strong work ethic and builds character.
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Advantages of Private Schools

A decision about your kids’ education is one of the most important and difficult decisions most parents make during their life. The major debate lies between taking the default choice, and sending your child to a public school, or enroll them in a private one.

Advantages_of_Private_SchoolsWhile many people are familiar with the public education path, Private education in the GTA is somewhat unknown to many. There are, however, many private schools in Mississauga and Brampton for you to choose from, each with its own unique approach and properties.

In the following text we’ll try to shed some light on the mystery of private education. We wholeheartedly believe that parents deserve to have all the necessary information before they make this far-reaching decision on behalf of their child.

First thing to consider when choosing between public and private Mississauga school, is the quality of provided education.

While public schools have all the necessary courses required by the authorities, most, if not all  private schools in Brampton and Mississauga offer a rich assortment of extracurricular activities, all of which will enrich your child’s knowledge and erudition, better preparing them for future careers. Click Here for more detail…

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All you need to know about IB Math

In our previous blog, we talked about IB course syllabus overview and benefits of IB Schools in Mississauga and Brampton. In this article, we expand on IB Math.

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What does IB Math Stand For?

IB stands for international baccalaureate diploma. It’s curriculum is composed of six groups of subjects, Math being the fifth. It, in its turn, consists of four different math courses, as follows:

Mathematical Studies Standard Level
Mathematics Standard Level
Mathematics Higher Level
Further Mathematics Higher Level

In order for a student to earn his or her IB diploma, one of the first three math courses must be successfully completed, the fourth being an advanced level and not listed as a requirement. Now let’s go over the different courses in some more detail.

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Why Parents In Canada Prefer Private School Education For Their Children

Private education has always been popular in Canada, but recent years have seen a very significant rise in its popularity.

And not without some very good reasons.

The thing is that private education is head and shoulders ahead of what public schools have to offer, in more or less every respect. Let’s examine the main aspects that make private Mississauga schools a superior choice for your children’s education.

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Private high schools in Mississauga are Generally Better

Private schools have less budgeting and staffing difficulties than a public one. Public schools have typically larger classrooms, making teaching far less efficient. Private Schools are typically less constrained by those considerations and can afford to hire better teaching staff to teach in smaller groups using better teaching equipment.

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Choose an IB school – It’s Good for Your Child

Private education is becoming very popular in Canada.

There are however, many different types of private schools in Brampton. They can differ a great deal by various factors, one of which is their educational program. Some schools offer traditional religious education, while others focus on scientific achievements or interesting extracurricular activities, just to name a few options.

While there is no argument that private schools are generally a preferable choice for your child, only the best private schools in Mississauga offer the IB (International Baccalaureate) preparation program, and St. Jude’s Academy is proud to be among them.

Why is an IB school Best for your Child

An IB program gives your child a superior learning experience. In an IB program there is no need to memorize rote facts just to pass exams. It is all about encouraging your children to take risks and try new learning experiences so that children enjoy the learning process. This helps them to be better prepared for real challenges and authentic life achievements.

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Reasons Why Universities Prefer International Baccalaureate School Students

Modern life is full of competition. We compete to be the best students, the best professionals, the best co-workers. We compete for a new job or for improving our positions within our current employment.

In many ways, life is all about competition.

One of the more important challenges your child will go through is competing with other applicants for a University admission.

This is why so many people recognize the importance of academic education, which in turn gives Universities a large pool of applicants to choose from.

The best way for your child to raise his or her chances of being accepted to a University is to study in an international baccalaureate (IB) program during his or her school years.

Want to know more about brampton private school and the IB diploma program in general?

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