The IB and OSSD in combination
At AcadeCap, our students benefit from the philosophy, the approach, and the curricula of the Ontario Ministry of Education and the International Baccalaureate.
IB Programme and Intra-Curriculars
Our younger students, from JK to grade 6 follow the IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), while our students in grades 7 and 8 follow our Pre-Secondary School Programme or PSSP (formerly referred to as the Middle Years Programme). In grades 9 to 12, our students continue on with the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) curriculum, all the while taking full advantage of the higher-order thinking skills and rigorous preparation gleaned from completing the our PSSP.
This wide range of ages is no accident. At Acadecap, we are a village. We therefore consider it important to encourage the mingling of different age groups, especially when it comes to daily intra-curriculars like Math, Coding, Jiu-Jitsu, Violin, Skiing, Visual Arts, Waterpolo, where ability and age do not necessarily follow in lock-step. The result is a convivial atmosphere that one might be hard pressed to witness in other schools.
Our breadth of extra-curriculars offers plenty of opportunity for students to get to know each other outside the classroom. The same can be said of our after-school and lunch-time activities. From drama to Chess, from TedTalk to Coding, AcadeCap is an educational one-stop shop which proves extremely convenient for parents, while giving students the chance to explore their interests, and advance their academic careers at their own pace.
IB PYP English Hybrid
Over the course of the last two years, we have been studying the possibility of adding a supplemental English component to our IB PYP taught mostly in French. We have decided to implement it in view of the client demand. For the 2020-2021 school year and onward, students in Grade 4 to 6 who want increased exposure to English, would attend 5 weekly regular English classes plus an additional period of module/unit of inquiry, three to five times weekly, being taught in English.
Our Students …
- Construct learning according to their potential rather than solely based on their age and/or grade level;
- use and develop higher-order thinking skills (conceptual learning);
- participate in interdisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary problem-solving;
- develop collaborative social and workplace skills through interaction across the ages;
- learn to work respectfully alongside each other in an open-concept facility;
- become totally bilingual (French and English), and even multilingual;
- engage easily in learning “beyond the classroom” as a result of the “pick-up and go” potential of the small class;
- participate in e-long-distance learning to support geographical mobility and travel;
- understand connections between learning and the ‘real world”;
- play, inquire, problem-solve, develop passion and purpose travel and experience new environments;
- become active participant in order to make responsible choices to preserve their natural environment.