The Ontario International Canadian School believes that the educational program at the school must respond to the set of guiding principles noted below:
- All students can succeed.
- Each student has his or her own unique patterns of learning.
- Successful instructional practices are founded on evidence-based research,tempered by experience.
- Universal design and differentiated instruction are effective and interconnected means of meeting the learning or productivity needs of any group of students.
- Classroom teachers are the key educators for a student’s literacy and numeracy development.
- Classroom teachers need the support of the larger community to create a learning environment that supports all students.
- All students learn best when instruction, resources, and the learning environment are well-suited to their particular strengths, interests, needs, and stage of readiness.
- Education will succeed when it puts the learner at the centre, providing assessment and instruction tailored to students’ particular learning and motivational needs.
- Establishing classroom routines and practices that represent personalized, ongoing ‘data-driven, focused instruction’ will be the most effective.
Teaching therefore will be based on a robust curriculum with high achievement expectations but delivered with an ever-present focus on the uniqueness of each student and their particular learning styles.