Philosophy of Teaching

Equal in importance to what we teach as a school, is how we teach it. That philosophy, or “how we teach,” is rooted in the very best practices in modern global education, and in particular reflects the emphasis shared by other IB schools around the world.

Some of the foundational approaches to learning that we as a school community practice, include:


  • Emphasis on 21st Century Skills
  • Interdisciplinary Learning
  • Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning
  • Teaching in Context
  • Service Learning
  • Assessment
  • Individual Project
  • Learning in and Through Nature





St. John’s Academy Shawnigan Lake is a growing IB (International Baccalaureate) school nestled against Shawnigan Lake on Canada’s Vancouver Island. It intentionally brings together both local and international boarding students so that all of our students have an enriching and academically rigorous experience.

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