Philosophy of Education
The liberal education provided by the Ashbury College Senior School teaches students to think, speak and write clearly, critically and creatively. It leads them to explore the core subjects that comprise our human heritage and are the hallmarks of an educated person. It develops a healthy body and illuminates the spirit by inspiring students to look beyond themselves towards the greater good.
Teaching at the College is characterized by meaningful and respectful relationships between faculty and students, the teachers' profound engagement with their disciplines, and a diverse range of pedagogical approaches.
Ashbury graduates enter university with the knowledge, skills, integrity and compassion born of careful scholarship, richly rewarding faculty contacts, physical activity and spiritual reflection.
To view the Academic Guide for an outline of courses offered please click here.
The IB Learner Profile
The International Baccalaureate Learner Profile is a set of student learning outcomes for the 21st century. At Ashbury College, we strive to develop the following ten characteristics in all of our students, in order to develop "internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world" (source: IB Learner Profile Booklet, IBO, 2006).
They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
The Academic Team
The Academic Team is dedicated to supporting students and faculty in maintaining the highest standard of academic excellence. This is provided through innovative attitudes, individualized attention, long-term planning, and coordinated efforts.
The Members of the Academic Team are:
- Anjelien Slater - Director of Student Services
- Christine Tordon - Director, University Admissions
- Marilynne Sinclair - IB Coordinator
- Cathy Hodgins - Learning Strategist
- Kathleen Munro Collins - Grade 9 Academic Advisor and Administrative Coordinator, Student Services
- Laura Miles - Administrative Assistant, Student Services
- Sheryl Johnston - Assistant to the Director of University Admissions
- Paula Rizzuti - Attendance Officer/Administrative Assistant, Student Services