Tiger Magazine - Winter 2020

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top marks Ridley College received two important report cards last spring, following a combined review conducted by the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). Judging by the pride that greeted the Visiting Committees campus-wide, you won’t be surprised to learn our school is flourishing.

WHY ACCREDITATION MATTERS • Ensures Ridley meets the highest standards of excellence in learning and leadership • A collaborative way to reflect as a community, not only on what we do well, but to identify opportunities for growth and development • A transparent, rigorous process that measures initiatives and holds the school accountable to parents, alumni and our Board • Reaffirms our commitment to self-improvement: our students are always at the centre

CAIS ACCREDITATION The main accrediting agency for more than 90 independent schools across Canada, CAIS’ accreditation process promotes educational excellence and identifies opportunities for growth. Members of CAIS are required to meet 12 National Standards that cover every aspect of a school’s mission and operations. Ridley passed with flying colours—and offers our constituents a commitment to do even more.

IB PROGRAMME EVALUATION With a global presence in 150 nations, the IBO offers the highest standard of educational programming in the world for students from three to 19 years of age. Schools that administer this gold-standard of learning frameworks are reviewed once every five years. Preparations for this evaluation (known as a self-study) at Ridley were led by internal IB Coordinators across the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP), as well as heads of academic departments. “As a community that encourages our students to challenge themselves and to grow, it’s essential that we do the same,” noted Headmaster Kidd. “The whole school improvement process that took place in anticipation of our CAIS and IB reviews provided us with a powerful opportunity to self-reflect and see not only where we’re excelling, but where we can go from here.” This attitude toward on-going development was not lost on either committee. “Ridley promised to welcome us with open minds, open arms and a



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