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Le Jardin Academy challenges students with International Baccalaureate programs

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Le Jardin Academy strives to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect. The school provides a continuum of education, consisting of three programs united by the International Baccalaureate (IB) philosophy. The programs encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.

The programs include the Diploma Programme (DP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the Primary Years Programme. Children ages 3-12 start in PYP, which nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. The MYP is a challenging framework for children ages 11-16 that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.

Finally, for students 16-19 years old, the DP aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge, students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. DP is recognized and respected by the world’s leading universities, and evidence suggests that higher rates of DP students go on to university and higher education study than non-IB students.

“The International Baccalaureate program that we have here has really helped me decide what I wanna do with college,” said India Sprigs, a senior at Le Jardin. She has attended the school since junior kindergarten and says a lot of the classmates she’s graduating with are people she’s known for most of her time there. “I’ve grown up with all of them,” Sprigs said.

“I think I’ve been completely prepared for college,” senior Berkana McDowell said. McDowell has also been at the school since junior kindergarten and will be attending Chapman University after graduation. She says that the learning experience at Le Jardin Academy has been very experiential and she’s had numerous opportunities to learn outside the classroom. “In lower school, we constantly had field trips to places like Makapuu Tide Pools in order to learn about the sea creatures,” she said. She explains that this continued as she got older, going to museums and beautiful places that benefited students in their learning.

McDowell “I really enjoy the environment of LJA,” McDowell said. Before she graduates, the school gave her the opportunity to design and paint a mural on campus. “They really provide with me the opportunity to express myself and my desire to make my own mark.”

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