we moved to a new community where IB is not an option until high school, so in the end we are at a public school. Now a few years in I can see that each year there is a bit of a different focus on method, based on the teacher. for example in g rade 1 the teacher is very into hands on science, so it was great! The class was full of animals all the time. Science incorporated into everything. Other teachers have been good too, but in different ways. The other thing I have learned is that IB probably was not the way to go anyways. I can see now that my oldest is not as self directed as I may have imagined he would be when he was 4. He would thrive in self direction with anything to do with science, but reading and writing, he dislikes! At school he writes the bare minimum he can get away. The only part of school we are really unhappy with is math, and it is not his teacher or school, but the whole western canadian cirriculum, and from what I hear eastern canada is not better. There is quite a movement against it developing. We supplement math at home.