Our Unique Approach

Canada’s first Jewish IB World School

Being an International Baccalaureate school means academic excellence, innovative educational practice, and globally-minded students with critical thinking skills. Our dynamic approach to learning fosters curiosity, creativity, interdisciplinary connections and self-reflection.

We equip our students with the ability to be nimble and adaptive. We value hands-on, experiential learning, welcoming big ideas that are grounded in real world issues. Students are primed to think outside of the box, to grow through collaboration and to reflect on and assess their own development.

Our recent re-certification as an IB school and our membership in CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools) reflect our efforts for continual improvement and our strong standing in the independent school movement.

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The powerful pairing of our modern Jewish lens with our IB academic program engages our students with deep critical thinking and spiritual growth.

Ideal balance of Judaic and general studies

Our program is split in thirds, offering the best of all worlds: 1/3 each of Language Arts/Social Studies, Math/Science and Hebrew/Judaic Studies. We offer a well rounded, comprehensive program incorporating athletics, music, drama, art, technology, library science and French (beginning in SK) along with a range of extracurriculars.

Modern, meaningful Judaism

Within a spiritually rich environment, Leo Baeck instills progressive, egalitarian Jewish values, an ethic of Tikkun Olam (social justice), and love of Israel. Our students are empowered with a strong foundation in Jewish prayer and ritual, while exposed to the concept of personal choice and diversity in Jewish identity and practice.

Girls and boys both wear kippot during tefillah, read Torah when they come of age and have equal obligations in all religious rituals. Students lead weekly Kabbalat Shabbat services, regular Shacharit and Rosh Chodesh services and many holiday-specific services throughout the year. Our approach to prayer and ritual is joyful, vibrant, musical and accessible

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 Unique approach to pedagogy

 Today’s classrooms don’t resemble those of the past. How we teach and assess has evolved over the years. Our cutting-edge pedagogy, infused with IB philosophy, focuses on approaches to learning and the acquisition of strategic, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Our students learn how to learn, developing the techniques and knowledge needed to become lifelong learners and successful navigators of the 21st century.

Success and achievement

Our students leave Leo Baeck prepared for the academic challenges that follow graduation. Success beyond Leo Baeck is evidenced by overwhelmingly high academic performance in high school, and a legacy of alumni who are lifelong learners, leaders and agents of social change.

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Warm and nurturing community

Children learn best in an environment that inspires confidence and security. Parent-staff communication and family involvement are hallmarks of the Leo Baeck experience. From Head of School to Principals and teachers, our staff view themselves as partners in your child’s development. They are readily available and responsive.

Through a wide range of educational opportunities for students, adults and families, we promote and encourage lifelong Jewish learning from preschool to adulthood.

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word on the street

Our teachers view themselves as part of the learning experience, not ‘the sage on the stage’

I have all my years of Leo Baeck to thank for my tenacious work ethic. I was also taught to think differently, and outside of the box, and that getting from A to B is the goal, but the fun is the journey.

Who you are – your voice – is valued at Leo Baeck.

You’re always connected to your kids’ experience here.

My child learned the importance of personal choice and responsibility – from deciding how to live Jewishly, to how to conduct themselves as global citizens.