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International Baccalaureate at Leo Baeck

The Leo Baeck Day School is Canada's only Jewish IB World School with a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education.

Learner Profiles

Philosophically, the adoption of IB values and beliefs has been found to be an easy fit with Leo Baeck's mandate and mission, including the IB "Learner Profile."

The MYP (Middle Years Programme) is delivered and aligned to the Ontario curriculum which is also part of our curriculum content.

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)

IBO emerged in the 1960's out of a practical need of teachers who were working in isolation around the world in international schools whose students are often transient, of various backgrounds, languages, cultures, abilities and value systems. They require a consistent academic

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standard and a comprehensive educational framework in order to ensure an education that was universally recognized for its quality.

The IB programme grew and evolved from the Diploma level (approx. ages 16-19) down to the Middle Years Programme (approx, ages 11-16) and to the Primary Years Programme (approx. ages 3-12).

3,923 schools in 147 countries teach at least one of the three programmes offered by the IB. 1,192 schools in 103 countries are currently authorized to teach the Primary Years Programme (PYP). 1,115 schools in 96 countries are currently authorized to teach the Middle Years Programme (MYP).

The MYP is an inquiry based programme which focuses on key concepts and global contexts in order to construct meaningful "authentic" knowledge and the acquisition of skills necessary for academic success and for life beyond the classroom. Service as Action is an integral part of the programme whose overall aim is "education for a better world." 

IBO Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.".

Leo Baeck offers MYP 1, 2 and 3 (grades 6-8). There are eight subject areas: Language and Literature English, Language Acquisition French, & Societies, Mathematics, Sciences, Design, Physical and Health Education, Performing and Visual Arts. Teachers receive regular Professional Development and incorporate best practices and the focused use of success criteria in their classroom delivery.

For parents, it is important to become informed and conversant about this renowned educational system. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit