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).
As of June 2016, IPS is an IB-PYP candidate school. K-6th grade curriculum focuses on 6 transdisciplinary units within a set program of inquiry throughout the school year . Students learn through integrated units of inquiry and make connections to key concepts that help them to understand and apply their learning. The integrated subjects include: language arts (reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and handwriting), mathematics, social studies, science, art, physical education, and ICT. Integrated subjects are taught within an 8-period day; Arabic is scheduled daily and other specials are offered once or twice a week.
Teachers use different instructional methods to meet the various learning styles and needs of their students. Learning is interdisciplinary and project-based with a strong emphasis on student-led inquiry. Studies show that hands-on experiences increase student engagement and make learning relevant to real-life situations. Innovative strategies and resources are used to prepare students to function competently and successfully in an ever-changing technological landscape.