Marnie Stein, principal of JPPS and Avi Satov, principal of Bialik High School prepare their students to be innovative thinkers and caring global citizens through the International Baccalaureate Programme curriculum. JPPS-BIALIK photo
By Anita Szabadi-Gottesmn
PPS and Bialik principals, Marnie Stein and Avi Satov respectively, agree that their role as educators extends beyond having their students simply learning subject material.
Through the recent implementation of the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB), JPPS-Bialik is the first Jewish day school in Montreal to offer the IB certificate. They are also the only English private school in Quebec and the only Jewish day high school in Canada to offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students in Secondary I–V. JPPS is currently a candidate school for the IB Primary Years Programme and expects to be fully authorized in 2018.
Looking at the whole child, the goal is to graduate students with a love of learning, and to develop bright, inquiring, knowledgeable and caring future leaders. “Our students move on from high school, and enter into leadership positions in the workforce while making a difference in the lives of others,” says Satov.
Stein says, “We are preparing a new generation of innovative Jewish thinkers who will have the creativity, insight, knowledge and empathy to make a positive difference in the world.”
The International Baccalaureate Organization is a non-profit foundation motivated by its mission to create a better world through education. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the rigorous academic programs have been implemented in more than 400 schools in 150 countries world-wide. The IB framework is unique in that it pulls together best practices in teaching from around the world within an inclusionary framework used to complement and enrich the required Quebec Ministry of Education program.
“The curriculum is inquiry-based and student-centred,” says Janice Ewanyshyn, JPPS-Bialik IB Co-ordinator. “Students are taught why they should know something and how it is connected to the real world and global issues.”