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The IB Diploma Programme

Private schools that offer the International Baccalaureate for students 16 to 19

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The International Baccalaureate (IB) was first established in 1968 as a two-year advanced secondary school curriculum, the successful completion of which earned students the IB diploma. Then as now the curriculum requires that students complete a course of study in six core subject areas (language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, and the arts) write an essay of up to 4000 words, and sit standard, externally assessed exams. Students are also required to complete two formal projects and a minimum of 50 hours of community service. All requirements exceed those of high school diplomas offered by the provincial boards across Canada—in all ways, the IB diploma is a high school graduation diploma and then some.

The International Baccalaureate was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, where it remains headquartered today, with additional offices in the UK and the Netherlands. The intention is to "provide an internationally acceptable university admissions qualification suitable for the growing mobile population of young people whose parents were part of the world of diplomacy, international and multinational organizations."

“ … an internationally acceptable university admissions qualification … ”

 

At the outset, the IB Diploma Program was created for students 16-19. It was first envisaged as a diploma that would be recognized at universities around the world, and would be recognized as academically rigorous. The curriculum was written with that goal in mind. 

“ … suitable for the growing mobile population of young people … ”

In some ways, the IB reflects the historical moment in which it was formed. Marshall McLuhan coined the term “global village” in 1962 in his book The Gutenberg Galaxy. The term gained traction because of the growth in multinational corporations and organizations, and also because it reflected the spirit of the time, given the exponential growth in air traffic (and, later, the internet). There was a growing awareness that students would increasingly live in a multinational, multicultural world, with professional and personal lives that crossed borders and cultural boundaries. Likewise, it was surmised that communities of interest would develop independent of the local communities that students lived within—the community of physicists, for example, would be a global one, rather than associated with specific local communities. 

It was out of that conception that International Baccalaureate was founded in the late 1960s. It would offer a diploma that was as mobile as the students who would earn it, and would be recognized readily by universities around the world. And, indeed, that's exactly what the IB has become. 

“ … part of the world of diplomacy, international and multinational organizations.”

While rigor was important—students with the IB could be counted on to have a strong basis in language, math, and science—so was the kind of learner that the IB could develop. In addition to the core curriculum, students would be required to gain a meaningful sense of global issues, economy, geography, and culture. They would be required to learn the fundamentals of communication, creative problem solving, ethical leadership, and international politics. As such, the IB was in a sense at the leading edge of the development of what we now think of under the umbrella of 21st century literacies.

Today there are more than 3000 schools in roughly 150 countries that offer the IB Diploma Program (DP). In Canada, schools typically offer the DP in addition to provincial diplomas, with students free to choose which they’d like to work toward. Schools are not required to offer all four aspects of the current IB program—primary, middle, diploma, career—and instead offer only those that are appropriate to the needs of their enrolment. 

The reasons that families and students choose the IBDP are varied, and include:

  • International recognition
  • A curriculum delivered through an international lens
  • Strong core academics
  • A bilingual requirement
  • Strong values-based approach
  • a broader range of and depth of instruction

Accreditation

Accreditation is granted through the International Baccalaureate in Geneva, Switzerland. The term "International Baccalaureate" is used generically, and can refer to the organization, the degree, or the degree programs. Prior to 2007 the main accrediting body was known formally as the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), though since then is known as, simply, the International Baccalaureate. 

Schools intending to offer an IB program undertake a 3-4 year authorization/accreditation process, with timelines depending on when a school begins its formal academic year. Every school accredited to offer any of the four core IB programs is known as an IB World School. Any school that is engaged in the process of accreditation is known as an IB Candidate School

All accredited schools take part in an ongoing process of review and development. In some cases, that process is supported and/or facilitated by sub-regional organizations, one example being the International Baccalaureate Schools of Ontario (IBSO). However, accreditation is only available through the central accrediting body. 

University recognition of the IBDP

Each of Canada's universities is free to set its own admissions standards and to assess each candidate based on their own internal criteria. There is no national university entrance exam or governing body overseeing university admissions. As a result, admission criteria can vary widely, even between universities within Canada. Students are required to contact colleges or universities directly to find a list of admission requirements and deadlines, and to submit transcripts in support of their application.

While the specific details of recognition can vary between universities—or, in some cases, even between faculty within a university—the IB diploma is nevertheless very widely accepted as an admission credential if the scores earned meet certain targets. In some instances, IB courses and exams are recognized for transfer credit within an institution, used in fulfillment of university degree requirements and/or fulfilling course prerequisite requirements. University admissions departments can provide details on their admission and course prerequisite requirements as they pertain to the IB diploma.

Below, find a list of schools offering an IB diploma (through the IDBP program).

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    Elmwood School (est. 1915)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Girls
    • Day school (370 students)
    Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from JK to Grade 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$12,960 to $24,350Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day12960

    The York School (est. 1965)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (675 students)
    The York School is a co-ed, independent school in Toronto that offers the IB Continuum Programme from JK to Grade 12. The school is accredited by CAIS, IBO, and CIS. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$22,500 to $30,500Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day22500

    Upper Canada College (est. 1829)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • SK to 12 Boys
    • Day school (1072 students)
    • Boarding school (88 students)
    Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys' school in Ontario. Our graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$30,860 to $61,560Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding Day30860

    St. Jude's Academy (est. 2006)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (400 students)
    St. Jude's Academy is an IB World School that offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 16 to 18 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$7,500 to $10,500Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day7500

    TFS - Canada's International School (est. 1962)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • NS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (1230 students)
    TFS - Canada's International School offers Canada's only bilingual IB programs from PK to Grade 12. Average class size is 12 to 22 students. Entrance Scholarship to Grade 7 is available. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$17,600 to $31,100Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day17600

    Branksome Hall (est. 1903)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Girls
    • Day school (834 students)
    • Boarding school (66 students)
    Branksome Hall is an all girls school in Toronto, from JK to Grade 12, including 56 boarding students. Tuition ranges from $28,995 to $31,245 for day students. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$29,590 to $56,855Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day29590

    Walden International School (est. 2014)  

    • Brampton, Ontario
    • JK to 6 Coed
    • Day school
    Walden International School is pursuing authorization to become an IB World School. With a unique student-centred focus, it prepares all students to become globally responsible citizens. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Accelerated$10,000 to $20,000Kindergarten Elementary Coed Day10000

    Brookes Shawnigan Lake   

    • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (40 students)
    • Boarding school (110 students)
    Brookes Shawnigan Lake, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 7 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$5,544 to $47,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day5544

    TMS (est. 1961)  

    • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (750 students)
    Internationally recognized since 1961, TMS is a not-for-profit independent university preparatory school located in Richmond Hill where students, faculty and staff regularly Go Beyond. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$14,075 to $25,440Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day14075

    St. John's-Kilmarnock School (est. 1972)  

    • Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (375 students)
    St. John's-Kilmarnock School, in Waterloo, offers enriched educational programming for students from JK – Grade 12 through its accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Its average class size is 17. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$15,860 to $52,685Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay15860

    Meadowridge School (est. 1985)  

    • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (560 students)
    Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. See for yourself and join us for a tour every Friday from 9:00am to 11:00am. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$20,400 to $30,400Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day20400

    Bishop's College School (est. 1836)  

    • Sherbrooke, Quebec
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (60 students)
    • Boarding school (200 students)
    Bishop's College School is an English boarding and day school for students in grades 7 through 12. Small in size and culturally diverse, BCS is a member of RoundSquare and offers an ESL program and AP courses. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$18,200 to $55,800MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day18200

    Alexander von Humboldt German International School (est. 1980)  

    • Baie d'Urfé, Montreal, Quebec
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (300 students)
    Alexander von Humboldt German International School Montreal offers an internationally recognized education from pre-K to Grade 12 with an enrollment of about 300 day students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$4,250 to $9,850Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day4250

    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) (est. 1962)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • PS to 7 Coed
    • Day school (165 students)
    TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade seven. Its average class size is 12 to 22 students. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$11,900 to $26,150Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day11900

    Rothesay Netherwood School (est. 1877)  

    • Rothesay, New Brunswick
    • 6 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (130 students)
    • Boarding school (150 students)
    Rothesay Netherwood School offers programs for grades six to 12 in Rothesay, New Brunswick. Its average class size is 14 to 16 students. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$20,110 to $54,090MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day20110

    Lower Canada College (est. 1909)  

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (785 students)
    Lower Canada College is a coed, K-12 university preparatory school, committed to excellence in teaching and learning. It is the only English school in Quebec offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$17,625 to $22,485Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day17625

    North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)  

    • Coconut Creek, Florida
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (900 students)
    • Boarding school (330 students)
    North Broward Preparatory School is a K-12 co-educational day and boarding school located in S. Florida located minutes from the beach with IB, AP, and LD classes set on 80 acres with year round hockey. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$24,200 to $58,000 USDPreschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day24200

    Luther College High School (est. 1913)  

    • Regina, Saskatchewan
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (361 students)
    • Boarding school (92 students)
    Luther students, from many different social and cultural backgrounds, have the opportunity to be part of a tightly woven community of students, parents, teachers, staff, and alumni. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$7,050 to $29,560HighSchools Coed Boarding Day7050

    Mulgrave School (est. 1993)  

    • West Vancouver, British Columbia
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (900 students)
    Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$17,195 to $21,370Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day17195

    King's-Edgehill School (est. 1788)  

    • Windsor, Nova Scotia
    • 6 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (135 students)
    • Boarding school (205 students)
    King's-Edgehill School offers programs for grades six to 12 in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$17,350 to $51,950MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day17350

    Bronte College (est. 1991)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (20 students)
    • Boarding school (380 students)
    Bronte College is a private International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering Grades 9 to 12 for day and boarding students. Our academic programming has attracted students from over 30 countries. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$13,830 to $16,680HighSchools Coed Boarding Day13830

    THINK Global School (est. 2009)  

    • New York, New York
    • 10 to 12 Coed
    • Boarding school (46 students)
    THINK Global School is a traveling high school where you’ll live and study in a different country every semester, combining a top-notch education with place-based learning in four countries per year. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$79,000 USDCoed Boarding79000

    Ridley College (est. 1889)  

    • St. Catharines, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (307 students)
    • Boarding school (358 students)
    Ridley College is an acclaimed co-educational boarding and day school that prepares meaningful and flourishing lives by teaching the habits of mind, body, and spirit, and the values needed to lead in a global society. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$15,500 to $63,700Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day15500

    Oxford Tutorial College (est. 1988)  

    • Oxford,
    • 10 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (120 students)
    • Boarding school (65 students)
    Oxford Tutorial College is a leading independent college specialising in A-level, GCSE, BTEC tuition for students grade 10 to 12, intending to go on to higher education at a good British University. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$33,255 to $39,447Coed Boarding Day Homestay33255

    UWC Canada (est. 1974)  

    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • 12 Coed
    • Boarding school (200 students)
    The UWC National Committee of Canada and Pearson College UWC represent the United World Colleges in Canada. We are seeking daring young Canadians who aspire to make the world a better place. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$1 to $58,000Coed Boarding1

    Ashbury College   

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • 4 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (592 students)
    • Boarding school (108 students)
    This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $23,600 to $58,300. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$22,440 to $52,300MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day22440

    Town Centre Private Schools (est. 1986)  

    • Markham, Ontario
    • NS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (1400 students)
    Town Centre Montessori Private Schools offers programs from pre-school to grade 12/University Prep and is located in Markham. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$5,000 to $15,600Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    Léman Manhattan Preparatory School (est. 2010)  

    • New York, New York
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (635 students)
    • Boarding school (115 students)
    Nestled in the heart of downtown New York City, Léman Manhattan delivers academic excellence that inspires for a lifetime. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enrichednot providedPreschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day9999999999

    Brockton School (est. 2004)  

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Brockton School is an independent, co-ed, non-denominational, IB World School. Brockton hosts an Early Learning Years program, a Junior School, and a Senior School, with students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 12. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$16,400 to $23,700Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day16400

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (est. 1905)  

    • Okotoks, Alberta
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (675 students)
    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an independent, private coeducational day school for Grades K-12 close to Calgary, AB. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$18,780 to $21,660Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day18780

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