Academics

At Southridge, we are partners in each child’s learning journey!

The Junior School proudly offers both the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) and the Middle Years Program (MYP) within our Kindergarten to Grade 7 academic continuum.

At Southridge, students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 participate in the PYP and students in Grades 6 and 7 participate in a two-year, shortened MYP program that is positioned as a follow-up to the PYP. This unique-to-Southridge configuration ensures that our Grade 6 and 7 students have the opportunity to increasingly engage in disciplinary learning, which enables us to best prepare them to transition to our Senior School, where the Harkness philosophy and discussion-based learning are the main pedagogical approaches. 

Through the IB PYP and MYP programs, all Junior School students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes conceptual learning through a focus on organizing ideas that are relevant across subject disciplines. An explicit focus on concepts helps to integrate learning, adds coherence to the curriculum, deepens disciplinary understanding, builds developmentally appropriate capacity for students to engage with complex ideas, and allows for transfer of learning to new contexts. 

At Southridge, all students engage in learning through the following disciplines and areas: 

  • Design (integrated in the PYP; as a specific subject in the MYP)
  • English Language Arts
  • French as a Second Language
  • Mathematics
  • Music and Performing Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Social Emotional Learning (K-7) and Executive Skills (Grades 5 - 7)
  • Visual Arts

Assessment occurs throughout the learning process with the aim of supporting the development of assessment capable learners who can:

  • reflect on their learning
  • identify and/or co-construct learning goals and success criteria
  • develop metacognitive skills (thinking about thinking and how best we learn)
  • give and receive feedback
  • consider next steps to consolidate and progress their learning
  • appreciate and act on the opportunities for growth that are inherent in the learning process

Within an IB learning community, everyone connected to the school has a vital role to play in supporting student learning and agency. Positive and compassionate relationships between students, students and adults, and adults are central to the success of this philosophy.