The International Baccalaureate Programme

International Baccalaureate Programme

The Leo Baeck Day School was the first Jewish day school in Canada to implement the International Baccalaureate Programme, an internationally-recognized program with 4,000+ schools worldwide.

We are authorized as an IB World School specifically for our Middle Years Programme (MYP) for Grades 6-8. The language, values, and teaching style of the MYP trickles down to our lower grades, infusing our JK-Grade 5 classrooms with IB pedagogy and terminology. All of our teachers are trained in IB methods.

The values of the International Baccalaureate align with and reinforce Leo Baeck’s Jewish objectives: to empower our students with the critical decision making skills and sense of personal choice and responsibility needed to navigate the world as Jewish adults.

The integration of our IB program with our progressive Jewish lens gives our students a unique sense of responsibility to look at the world critically and to act with compassion.

Some benefits of the International Baccalaureate:


  • Distinct approach to learning, which values process over product, concept over content, and places the student at the centre of learning
  • Promotes inquiry and self-reflection to create risk-takers, problem solvers, critical thinkers, balanced individuals and lifelong learners
  • Encourages interdisciplinary learning
  • Curriculum is taught through a global lens, with the goal of developing open-minded, global citizens
  • Assesses students independently of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and its global community of schools
  • Leo Baeck is a leader in the greater IB community, convening conferences and demonstrating thought leadership
  • The MYP considers the unique challenges of teaching to pre-teens

Our Teachers Weigh In

“The wonderful part about the IB program is that it allows educators to put a global lens on our subject matter. This innovative process allows for opportunities to connect subject matter with meaningful global and life experiences.”

– Miriam Toste, LB Teacher

“The IB philosophy stresses multiple viewpoints, which ties in well to abstract art studies where art appreciation is very much a subjective experience, where each viewer brings his/her own life experience and perspective to the act of observing and critiquing.”

– Michelle Kaplan, LB Teacher

“We can no longer expect the same from all of our students; we must tune into their unique differences.”

– Mara Mazer, LB Teacher

“Both of my daughters attended Leo Baeck and are currently at TanenbaumCHAT where they have achieved over 95% average every year. At my daughter’s Grade 9 teacher interviews, a number of her teachers noted that she demonstrated thinking skills unlike her peers. She was an exceptional critical and global thinker who demonstrated strong analysis of a wide variety of topics and an ability to assess from various perspectives. My husband and I turned to each other and said, “That is the value of IB.” I had always valued the benefits of the IB as an educator, but until that point I had not fully appreciated it as a parent. It is the IB philosophy and methodology that has enabled my two children to thrive as strong critical thinkers in high school.” – Risa Amar, LB Teacher and parent.