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The task of all educators is to help form fully realized human beings, who will bring skills, knowledge, empathy and courage to the world in which they live. Schools cannot teach character education as though it were a discrete subject, separate from the rest of the curriculum and unconnected to the heart of the students' lives. Rather, the moral and ethical challenges and precepts we face and hold must be woven through every learning activity. Read more


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  • Toronto, Ontario
    St Clair Ave W/Avenue Rd
  • SK to 12 Boys
  • $34,135 to $66,835

Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys' school in Ontario. Our IB graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Upper Canada College 34135 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Boys
  • Summerland, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $11,275 to $51,500

UNISUS (IB World) School simply is the most innovative school. We are based on 4 pillars of IB Education, Innovation and Technology, Entrepreneurship and Outdoor Education; also E-Learning Division and Global Partners.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Unisus School 11275 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Amaranth, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,184 to $10,995

The Maples is an established private IB World School in Orangeville, Ontario providing exemplary education for students (Pre-School to Grade 8). Daily French instruction in PS and Kindergarten with an academic focus.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
The Maples Academy 9184 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bloor Street East/Mount Pleasant Road
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $33,630 to $66,805

Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only all-girls, all-years International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Branksome Hall 33630 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Leslie/York Mills
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $12,500 to $26,800

La Citadelle's Excellence in Bilingual Education and academically advanced curriculum develop successful global citizens through IB & AP programs and a holistic approach where students achieve their highest potential.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science 12500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,470 to $20,600

Lynn-Rose Heights Private School offers challenging academic programming from three years old to grade twelve in Mississauga. Lynn-Rose Heights school is an official International Baccalaureate World School.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Lynn-Rose Schools 15470 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Kirkland, Quebec
    Boul Elkas/Rue Houde
  • PS to 11 Coed
  • $14,094 to $33,000

This academically re-known French & English bilingual serves students from Pre-Kg to High School. Class size averages 20 students; tuition ranges from $15,000 to $18,00 . Boarding is available.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Académie Marie-Claire 14094 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Merton St/Mt Pleasant
  • JK to 6 Coed
  • $27,200

Sunnybrook School offers a fully integrated 1:1 iPad program for all students in JK - Grade 6.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Sunnybrook School 27200 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bayview/Lawrence
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $19,390 to $35,320

TFS - Canada's International School offers Canada's only bilingual IB programs from PK to Grade 12. Average class size is 12 to 22 students. Entrance Scholarship to Grade 7 is available.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
TFS - Canada's International School 19390 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Erin Mills Parkway/Argentia Rd
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $9,365 to $13,795

St. Jude's Academy is an IB World School that offers programs from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 in Mississauga. A university preparatory school with a focus on student life, average class size is 16 to 18 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
St. Jude's Academy 9365 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St./St. Clair Ave.
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $30,000 to $33,000

The York School is a JK to Grade 12 International Baccalaureate school in midtown Toronto. Our mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are engaged citizens of the world.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
The York School 30000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

TMS  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Bayview/Hwy 407
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $17,485 to $31,350

TMS is a leading, accredited independent school that offers a unique design of Montessori and International Baccalaureate programmes. Our students thrive in academics while building a foundation of Significance.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
TMS 17485 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    QEW Highway/403 Highway
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,600 to $19,200

Walden International School, Oakville, offers enriched, child-centred, academic programs from Pre-K through Grade 8. Grade 9 will be introduced in September 2021. Class sizes up to 18 students depending on grade level.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Walden International School 9600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Vaughan, Ontario
    407/Dufferin
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $18,500 to $19,500

Balanced Academics, Arts, Athletics & Character Development. We value best practices & evidenced based approaches. University preparatory & 21st Century Tech Rich & Future Proof school. Enriched and rigorous curriculum.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Delano Academy 18500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Buena Vista Road/Springfield Road
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • $14,800 to $28,300

Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from JK to Grade 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Elmwood School 14800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $18,094 to $68,275

St. John's-Kilmarnock School offers enriched educational programming for students from Junior Kindergarten – Grade 12 through its accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Discover the possibilities.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
St. John's-Kilmarnock School 18094 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Highway 417/Greenbank
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $16,345 to $19,855

Acadecap International School ( Académie de la Capitale), an IB school, offers bilingual and/or English programmes from Pre-K to Grade 12. Students thrive in a culture of academic excellence and real-life learning.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Académie de la Capitale 16345 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
    240th Street/Dewdney Trunk Road
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $23,500 to $33,500

Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Meadowridge School 23500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Cawthra/Lakeshore
  • PS to 7 Coed
  • $19,390 to $28,170

TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) offers programs from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 7. Its average class size is 12 to 22 students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) 19390 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $19,000 to $19,500

Richland Academy is a progressive, innovative Reggio inspired and International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for children from 2.8-years to Grade 8. Voted #1 Private School in Richmond Hill 4 years in a row.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Richland Academy 19000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $26,500 to $69,000

Bishop's College School is an English boarding and day school for students in grades 7 through 12. Small in size and culturally diverse, BCS is an IB World School offering the IB DP and course certificates.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Bishop's College School 26500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Burlington, Ontario
    Walkers Line/Fairveiw Street
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $14,000 to $20,000

Ashwood Glen offers a Montessori program for children aged 18months - 6 yrs. The Grades 1 - 8 Learning Program applies the IB framework to extend the learning outcomes of the Ontario curriculum.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Ashwood Glen 14000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $9,500 to $52,550

Brookes School Canada, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 4 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Brookes Westshore 9500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
    College Rd/King St
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $19,346 to $60,700

Benefitting from it's safe and beautiful Nova Scotia location, King's-Edgehill facilitates the opportunity for every student to be more - in the classroom, on the sports fields, on stage, in the community and beyond.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
King's-Edgehill School 19346 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
    West Georgia Street/Robson Street
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $18,900 to $37,900

We aim to create the opportunity for students to achieve their learning goals. In collaborative learning spaces, students explore content, ideas and perspectives to better understand the world around them.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Lowell High School 18900 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $8,000 to $18,000 /semester

Markham, Ontario; IB School; OSSD; OSSD online credit course; NOIC ACADEMY’s annual university enrolment rate is 100% and more than 85% of graduates are admitted by University of Toronto.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
NOIC Academy 8000 HighSchools Boarding Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 Coed
  • $1 to $58,000

The UWC National Committee of Canada and Pearson College UWC represent the United World Colleges in Canada. We are seeking daring young Canadians who aspire to make the world a better place.

  • Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
UWC Canada 1 Boarding Coed
  • Woodbridge, Ontario
    Weston Road/Rutherford Road
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $15,598 to $18,998

Located in Vaughan, King Heights Academy provides a unique educational experience for toddlers to grade eight, which includes the IB Program.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
King Heights Academy 15598 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $18,165 to $51,775

GNS, an independent JK-12 International Baccalaureate day-school in Victoria, BC, that challenges and supports each of our students to do their best through truth and courage in learning and in life.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Glenlyon Norfolk School 18165 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine/Avenue Claude Champagne
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • $4,950 to $15,400

École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie 4950 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $16,500 to $22,800

Alexander Academy is a private World IB School offering the Diploma Programme and approved to offer the BC Ministry of Education curriculum in a culturally rich and academically challenging environment for Grades 8 - 12.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Alexander Academy 16500 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • London, Ontario
    Richmond Street/King Street
  • 9 to 12 Coed/Girls
  • $21,200 to $26,000

A Canadian Private Secondary Boarding school, located in the heart of London, Ontario. LIA is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
London International Academy 21200 HighSchools Boarding Boarding Coed Girls
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Mariposa Avenue/Springfield
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $29,130 to $69,290

This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $29,130 to $69,290.

  • Homestay/Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Ashbury College 29130 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Denison/Warden
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $10,500 to $16,500

Our curriculum are designed to build essential skills and concepts that help with the cognitive, social, creative, emotional, and physical development of your child with the aim to be a successful learner for life!

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
Sunrise Montessori School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Hurontario/Bronte College Ct
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $16,500 to $40,000

Bronte College is a private International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering Grades 9 to 12 for day and boarding students. Our academic programming has attracted students from over 30 countries.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Bronte College 16500 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    Av de Monkland/Boul Cavendish
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $18,695 to $23,845

Lower Canada College is a coed, K-12 university preparatory school, committed to excellence in teaching and learning. It is the only high school in Montreal offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Lower Canada College 18695 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
    Rothesay Rd/College Hill Rd
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $23,340 to $64,200

Rothesay Netherwood School offers programs for grades 6 to 12 in Rothesay, New Brunswick. Its average class size is 16 students and it is an outstanding engaged and supportive community -'It's our Nature to Nurture'.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Rothesay Netherwood School 23340 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Rome, RM
    Ponte Sublicio/Lungotevere Aventino
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • EUR €25,145 to EUR €39,095

SSS Rome provides students with a culturally diverse and rigorous academic education. Graduates obtain the International Baccalaureate Diploma and American High School Diploma to enter renowned universities worldwide.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
St. Stephen's School, Rome 25145 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • New York, New York(USA)
    Broad St/Exchange Pl
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • US $5,500 to US $93,000

Léman Manhattan - the only boarding school in Manhattan, New York that delivers academic excellence that inspires your child for a lifetime. IB Diploma program and unique internship opportunities offered in the city.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School 5500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Trafalgar Road/Cornwall Road
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $20,600 to $30,800

MacLachlan is a world-class school offering the benefits of small class sizes, highly dedicated and engaged teachers and an internationally recognized curriculum for students in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
MacLachlan College 20600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Okotoks, Alberta
    Range Road 12/306 Ave W
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $16,548 to $24,028

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an independent, private coeducational, full IB (primary, middle, and diploma programme) day school for Kindergarten - Grade 12 close to Calgary, AB.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School 16548 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Brampton, Ontario
    Queen Street West/Chinguacousy Road
  • JK to 5 Coed
  • $18,000 to $18,500

Walden International School is pursuing authorization to become an IB World School. With a unique student-centred focus, it prepares all students to become globally responsible citizens.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Walden International School - Brampton 18000 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $7,490 to $14,310

As western Canada's leader in French immersion education, Calgary French & International School students are active leaders and global citizens, graduating with a foundation for life long success.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Calgary French & International School 7490 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Ridley Road/Henrietta Street
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $18,870 to $72,165

Ridley College is an acclaimed co-educational boarding and day school that prepares meaningful and flourishing lives by teaching the habits of mind, body, and spirit, and the values needed to lead in a global society.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Ridley College 18870 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $20,400 to $23,800

Brockton School is an independent, co-ed, non-denominational, IB World School. Brockton hosts an Early Learning Years program, a Junior School, and a Senior School, with students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 12.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Brockton School 20400 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
    Upper Levels Highway/Cypress Bowl exit
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $17,000 to $25,000

Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver to all genders. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Mulgrave School 17000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Kennedy Road/Steeles Avenue
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $5,450 to $16,900

Town Centre Montessori Private Schools, located in Markham, Ontario, is an IB Continuum World school and offers programs from pre-school to grade 12.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Town Centre Private Schools 5450 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $8,560 to $40,710

Luther students, from many different social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of a tightly woven community of students, parents, teachers, staff, and alumni.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Luther College High School 8560 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Edinburgh Dr/Scott Street
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $5,900 to $13,500

Wheatley School offers programs from nursery to grade eight in St. Catharines. Its average class size is 15 students.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
Wheatley School 5900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed

Much like true language learning does, learning ethical behaviour requires immersion into an environment where right action is examined and lived each moment by all teachers and learners, rather than encapsulated as a topic for study. Learning leads to right action in such a school, and right action leads to further and deeper learning.

Adoption of the International Baccalaureate program at Branksome Hall in Toronto has shifted our outlook from just teaching about ethics to teaching and living ethically as a school community. Such learning requires rigorous thought and well-developed critical enquiry skills. In fact, rigorous thought is a prerequisite for meaningful and purposeful action.

Here is an example. Before the 2004 Christmas vacation, Grade 11 biology students were studying the effects of pathogens in the natural environment. Over the holiday, the tsunami assaulted southern Asia. When the students returned to school after New Year's, they reviewed their knowledge of pathogens that were emerging in the standing fresh water of the affected areas, and examined the consequences for the people needing that water. Flowing from this deepened understanding was a compelling call to action, especially as reports at the time indicated that more than 150,000 people were killed. But the teacher did not immediately move to the question "What can we do?"

Instead he paused and asked students to research the number of deaths that occurred from HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa over the same period. Statistics kept by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health estimated that more than 82,200 had died. Then the teacher asked "What should we do?", so students could explore the deeper layers of ethical decision-making.

As part of their study of justice and government, Grade 6 children at our school research a "good cause" in the city. They discover the complex political structures and agendas of "helping" organizations and must move beyond questions of form and function toward questions that probe the underlying organizational, financial and philosophical challenges charities face. Then students debate the obligations of governments to support such institutions. The girls must think through the benefits and challenges of democracy along the way, assessing the rights and responsibilities of some of our great philanthropic institutions.

Rachel Tobin, a Grade 6 student investigating the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, remarked, "I never knew how important the foundation was. I didn't know that the hospital couldn't be the best in the world without the foundation. Raising money is really hard, then deciding what to spend it on is even harder."

All students in the International Baccalaureate program must write an extended essay in the last two years of high school. Original thinking, which bridges traditional subject disciplines and requires a real life connection, is a core demand of the task. Some of this year's essay topics include: "Invasive Species in Ontario and Their Effects on the Environment," "Applying Noam Chomsky's Propaganda Model to a Canadian Newspaper" and "The Nuremburg Trials as Precedent in International Law." Each topic requires an understanding of the necessity of ethical action and the capacity to reflect, at an advanced level, on human behaviour.

At the heart of the IB program is a community service requirement. Community service focuses expressly on action and forces a link between classroom study and out-of-classroom charitable work.

Each student's adviser and a community service co-ordinator guide her toward enriching service activities. A girl's talents and skills, prior experiences and goals are all taken into account as she chooses a service project that is relevant to her and so increases her capacity to see herself as a vehicle for change in the world. Students strong in math may tutor inner-city children, a skier may teach the blind to ski, a girl interested in marine biology is given the opportunity to escort dolphins born in captivity back to the wild.

The school's mission to cultivate an international perspective allows students to experience service opportunities in faraway locations so that they will meet the intercultural challenges of providing service to others first-hand. Branksome has "adopted" an orphanage for girls, the Sheela Bal Bavan Center in Jaipur, India, and groups of Branksome students travel there to tutor and sister the orphans.

A school is being built in the impoverished eastern cape of South Africa. Branksome girls tutor its pupils and, beyond that, plan to foster longer-term friendships with the children after travelling there. Because action must push toward further learning, all girls are required to submit a structured reflection on their projects and contributions.

Finally, the day-to-day life of the school itself – its timetable, its code of conduct, its hiring and teacher-training policies, its committee structures – all have changed in order to be congruent with the central ethical framework of the International Baccalaureate program. Democracy, respect and the employment of sound critical thinking must come into every administrative and teaching decision. At Branksome, the leaders are learners, and the learners take the lead.

We need our children to approach the ethical complexities of our world with confidence and competence. We can only do this, as we try to do at Branksome Hall, by making each new lesson or activity, each club, team or committee, a place where knowledge is critiqued, its uses understood and its consequences for action embraced and lived.

—Patricia Parisi
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