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What is School for?

Education From the Lens of Cultivating 21st Century Pioneers

As school leaders in emerging economies, it's crucial to understand the purpose and benefits of education in today's society. Many of us are aware that education is essential for developing a skilled workforce, but the scope of education's impact goes far beyond that. Education, specifically K-12 education, is intended to provide children with the knowledge, skills, and character necessary to navigate their lives successfully. But what does it mean to be successful in life? And how can schools equip children to achieve this success?

Research shows that the goal of education is not just to impart information but to develop students who are self-directed, lifelong learners. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, the skills most in demand in the workforce today are problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, and adaptability. These skills are not acquired through rote memorization or passive learning but through active engagement with content, collaboration with peers, and experimentation.

So, what is school for, and how can we ensure that our schools are preparing students for the demands of the 21st century?

The answer lies in adopting optimal learning frameworks that prioritize student-centered learning, experiential learning, and the development of 21st-century skills.

International Canadian Academy (ICA) is a pioneer in optimal learning frameworks that aim to create students who are self-directed learners. ICA franchisees are innovative educational practices and include personalized learning, inquiry-based learning, and project-based learning. It encompasses the British Columbia Curriculum to build essential competencies in students to grow and learn.

ICA's approach to education emphasizes student autonomy, agency, and engagement with real-world problems. By creating learning experiences that are relevant and meaningful to students' lives, ICA fosters intrinsic motivation and a love of learning that lasts a lifetime. ICA's competency enhancing learning framework ensures students are not only well-prepared for college and career but are also equipped with the skills and habits of mind necessary to be successful in life.


Starting your own ICA school can be a rewarding process, but it's important to meet the Franchisee Profile criteria to be eligible for candidacy. Upon becoming a candidate, you will receive an onboarding guide and work with the ICA team to sign a franchising agreement and plan the development phase, which includes branding, curriculum, and business planning. Site selection and lease negotiations will also be conducted during this time. At ICA, we understand that starting your own school requires careful planning and collaboration. Our team guides you at every step to ensure success!


Looking to convert your existing school into an ICA School? Look no further than our Tailored Integration Plan (TIP)! At ICA, we understand that every school is unique, which is why we provide personalized support and guidance throughout the entire conversion process. As an ICA School franchisee, you'll have access to comprehensive tools, guides, templates, and flexible professional learning opportunities to ensure a seamless and successful transition. Join the ICA community today and take advantage of our ongoing support to transform your school into an ICA franchise!

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