The International Programs School is committed to providing the best education to its students. IPS is accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA) and teaching is guided by the Ontario Standards. These standards influence the content and expectations in all curriculum areas. The main framework of teaching and learning follows the guidelines of the IB Primary Years Program (PYP).
Students in grades 7 through 10 continue with the IPS core curriculum of English, Arabic, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, and Health and Physical Education. KSA Social Studies, as well as Islamic Studies or Culture, are taught as per Ministry requirements. Students in grades 7 and 8 take semester-long exploratory subjects on Robotics and Art; in addition, they can choose between Approaches to Learning 7/8 or French as year-long courses. Students in grades 9 and 10 take Approaches to Learning 9/10 and can choose between Art, Business Management, or French.
Alongside the core curriculum, IPS offers a number of specialist subjects. These include:
Art: in the PYP years, art includes practice in the elements of art and artistic design, intertwined with art history. Units focus on particular artists and periods, and emphasize art appreciation.
Physical Education: Health and Physical Education is offered to all students excluding DP students, and is focused on both individual skill development and team sport activities.
Athletics, team sports with scheduled practices and competitions versus other local schools (interscholastic) or internationally, are an integral part of the educational process at International Programs School. ES (U10/12) is grades 4-6, Junior Varsity (U14/12) maybe grades 6-8 and Varsity(18/16) is 9-12. IPS’ aim is to develop a competitive athletic program yet not lose sight of educational values such as fair play, sportsmanship, teamwork, principles, health, and scholastic achievement.
IPS is an IB World School offering the Primary Years Program (PYP) and the Diploma Program (DP)
IPS is an authorized Diploma Program (DP) school offering 2-year long DP courses at the standard (SL) and higher (HL) levels which culminate with external IB examinations in May of the second year. IPS offers the following subject choices for grades 11 and 12.
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Clubs are teacher hosted activities held from 2:50-3:50 pm, directly after the regular school day. Club days are typically Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday; special clubs may be offered Thursday. Students are encouraged to participate in IPS’ clubs, which are offered to boys, girls, or a mix of both. Offered in 3 sessions in 2017, club selection may change each session.