|Teacher Role Models||All Innova teachers are committed Christians and active participants in their local churches. All agree to Innova’s statement of faith. They actively strive to foster a Christ-like environment in their classes and the school.||Religion, in various forms, is taught in every classroom. Secularism, humanism, and moral relativism are foundational pillars of the program.|
|Educational Approach||Innova is a classical Christian school. The Christian worldview undergirds all courses taught, and thus, all learning is Christ-honouring. Classical texts (i.e. Homer, Shakespeare, Darwin, etc.) are used to consider ideas. Issues that may arise from secular texts are considered in light of Biblical teachings, which serve as the moral and philosophical filter.||Public schools adhere to the progressive educational movement. God has been purposefully removed from the curriculum, and the Christian teachers are not allowed to share their faith.|
|Academics||Innova is dedicated to academic excellence. The rigorous curriculum helps students exceed the Ontario curricular expectations. Knowing students are capable of far more learning than they are given credit for, Innova uses the best possible curricular resources available and helps students to think logically and express their ideas clearly while fostering a growing love for learning.||The program works to meet the Ontario curricular expectations.|
|Athletics||Physical education is an integral part of the Innova program. While we strive for excellence, sportsmanship and integrity are valued over athletic success.||The program offers various sports at school, often for an additional cost. Specific health and sex education content is provincially mandated.|
|Art & Music||Masters of Music degree and Art degree Specialists lead the students in developing their unique, God-given gifts.||Subjects can be taught by teachers who are not experts in the field.|
|Advocacy in Student Development||All Innova staff advocate for students not only in academic excellence but also in a growing faith of Christ – encouraging growth in knowledge and wisdom and shaping these students to become passionate followers of Jesus Christ.||Teachers support students academically and socially.|
|Tuition||Full scholarships are available to students who qualify for this year only.||Tuition is paid for through government taxes.|
What Will Innova Students Take?
Starting in Grade 9, students will take the following courses:
- History – Innova teaches history chronologically from ancient to modern times. Biblical events are woven into the narrative where they fit, and all history is discussed through a Christian worldview.
- Math – Content does not only deal with necessary concepts and computations, but also considers ancient texts like Euclid’s Elements, fostering critical thinking and mathematical expertise.
- Science –God’s design is celebrated, and other theories are examined from a Christian worldview.
- French –God’s gift of another language and the ability to communicate well with a broader audience are developed.
- Geography – Students are given a better understanding of the world and God’s creation.
- Physical-Education – Health and physical education are approached with a biblical filter.
- Art/Music – Beauty is appreciated through music and art.
- English – Students study classic texts such as Homer’s Odyssey and Augustine’s Confessions while learning to write well and communicate effectively through public speaking and debate.
Every year, an additional year will be added in the high school up to Grade 12. In Grades 10-12, they will have the opportunity to study:
- Languages (Latin, Greek, French, Spanish)
- Science (Chemistry, Physics, Biology)
- Visual Art (drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, pastel)
- Music (vocal and instrumental)
- English (classic books, writing composition, debate, logic, apologetics, and rhetoric)