Focused on Student Growth

From the use of mini slate chalkboards in the 18th-19th centuries, to the innovation of paper notebooks and more recently digital technology, schools have often found ways to adapt new technology to the classroom. The key though isn’t just the new technology, but rather ensuring that the new technology actually supports student learning in a meaningful way.


Technology continues to change over time from chalk boards, to paper notebooks and more recently laptops.


Of course debates about individual student devices in the classroom are almost as old as the devices themselves. But leading schools are not looking to adopt technology for technology’s sake; but rather find ways to weave appropriate technology into the curriculum in a way that promotes student learning and growth.


SJA Students working on a STEAM Day (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) project.


When student growth is the priority, exciting innovations like the MAP Growth Assessments emerge. This innovative learning tool was developed by a research-based not-for-profit organization which has for 40 years developed assessments and professional learning offerings to help advance all students along their optimal learning paths. 

The goal is quite simple – help students know exactly where their strengths and weaknesses are so they can have a clear learning plan going forward. To do that, schools, like St. John’s Academy in Shawnigan Lake, have their students complete the assessments over the course of the year to help improve how students are taught in the classroom and how they are supported at home.

MAP Growth Assessments are not about report cards, but rather about helping students grow using focused assessments that help teachers have the best picture of a student’s skill.


SJA prioritizes student growth, which includes hosting visits from universities to help inspire students about their future.


St. John’s Academy is truly excited to focus on students’ individual growth and achievements. For parents who want to learn more, visit the Family Tool Kit. For students looking for practice and guidance, please follow this link.


St. John’s Academy 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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