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International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

A look at the International Baccalaureate (IB) program

The International Baccalaureate program provides a course of study and tools for assessing students as well as programs for training teachers. The non-profit International Baccalaureate Foundation, based in Geneva, Switzerland, has consultative status with UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Students in the IB program are assessed by their own teachers as well as by international educators from around the world. Nearly 30,000 students are assessed each year by the IB Organization, and usually 80 per cent of students graduate with a diploma recognized by such esteemed universities as the Sorbonne, Yale and Oxford.

Ontario schools have a rigorous curriculum. But IB schools have an internationally recognized and sanctioned curriculum. They have a primary, middle years, and high school program.

The International Baccalaureate Program (IB), a blueprint for learning designed 30 years ago for the children of globetrotting diplomats, is now used in more than 800 schools from Singapore to Sweden, including 117 here in Canada.

Developed in Switzerland by blending elements from various national school systems, the new hybrid two-year pre-university program was intended as a sort of "curriculum without borders" that would translate into any language and equip students for university in a number of different countries.

The IB program has a tough liberal-arts curriculum. It also has intellectually challenging courses in areas that have since become popular - the theory of knowledge (or how people learn), community service, and learning through inquiry rather than rote tasks.

As a result of both high standards and a global focus, the International Baccalaureate has won fans far beyond the so-called international community. More than a dozen schools in Ontario, including Toronto's The York School, have adopted the IB as a sort of enriched honours program for all students - whether or not they ever leave town.

"We started the IB program five years ago because it incorporates so many good teaching practices that produce amazing outcomes," says principal Barbara Goodwin- Zeibots of The York School, a co-educational, non-denominational day school for grades 1 through 12 on Yonge Street, just south of St. Clair Avenue.

"We were drawn to the academic rigour of the International Baccalaureate, as well as the focus on responsible citizenship and the way it encourages critical, compassionate thinkers."

When an Ontario high school - whether public or private - adopts the pre-university IB diploma program, students must take these extra requirements above and beyond the province's curriculum in their last two years of high school.

A sort of enriched overlay, the IB curriculum makes sure each student studies at least one other language, at least one experimental science, a math course, an arts subject and a course in social science.

As well, IB students take a mandatory course on learning itself, which challenges them to think about how people learn, the nature of knowledge and how to mount a rational argument.

Beyond the classroom, the IB program required students to do community service long before Ontario launched its new community service requirement last year, in which provincial high school students must perform 40 hours of volunteer work over four years of high school. In contrast, in just two years, IB students must perform 50 hours of service to the school community, a further 50 hours of community service outside the school, plus 50 hours of leadership training.

"It's not academic elitism," says Goodwin-Zeibots, who is phasing in the IB program at York in the lower grades as well. "We already take the inquiry approach to learning in the primary grades, so the IB program would add another dimension. It excites us tremendously because it takes learning to different levels."

In Ontario, the International Baccalaureate has found a home in both public high schools such as Toronto's Vaughn Road Academy, Weston Collegiate and Victoria Park Secondary School, as well as such independent schools as Upper Canada College, The Toronto French School and The York School.

In an age of growing demands for standardization and rich course content, the International Baccalaureate appears to be an idea whose time has come.

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

  • Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (45 students)
  • Day school (345 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
$16,990 to $62,300

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 16990

The York School (est. 1965)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (715 students)
The York School is a JK to Grade 12 co-ed, independent, International Baccalaureate school in midtown Toronto. The school is accredited by CAIS, IBO, and CIS. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$24,100 to $31,100

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La Citadelle International Academy of Arts and Science (est. 2000)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
La Citadelle's Excellence in Bilingual Education and academically advanced curriculum develop successful global citizens through IB & AP programs and a holistic approach where students achieve their highest potential. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$12,565 to $20,750


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12565

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 IB graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$32,650 to $64,205

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Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Boys 32650

Brookes School Canada (est. 2009)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • Day school (150 students)
Brookes School Canada, an IB World School on beautiful Vancouver Island, offers grades 6 to 12 for both day and boarding students with an average class size of 12 students. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$14,400 to $52,550


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 14400

St. Jude's Academy (est. 2006)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (450 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
$8,995 to $11,695

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 8995

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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$13,500 to $25,660


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 13500

TMS (est. 1961)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (780 students)
Internationally recognized since 1961,TMS is the leading university preparatory school in Richmond Hill with Montessori & IB frameworks that provide students with the foundation for a life of goodness & excellence. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
$16,750 to $29,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 16750

Delano Academy (est. 2014)  

  • Vaughan, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (140 students)
D.A. is a K-12 university prep, coed IB candidate 21st Century school. Enriched and rigorous curriculum. Balanced academics, arts, athletics & character development. We value best practices & evidenced based approaches. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$16,995 to $19,995

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 16995

Lynn-Rose College (est. 1997)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (300 students)
Lynn-Rose College is an accredited IB World School that offers a university prep program for students grades 7 to 12. Our students have the option of advanced study in our reach ahead program. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$15,000 to $19,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed 15000

Southpointe Academy (est. 2000)  

  • Delta, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school
Southpoint Academy offers enriched curriculum for grades K-12. We provide the IB PYP curriculum and is a candidate school for the IB MYP. College board AP course are available for grades 10-12. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$14,965 to $29,560


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 14965

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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Halton-Peel
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$10,000 to $12,000


Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 10000

Branksome Hall (est. 1903)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • Boarding school (66 students)
  • Day school (900 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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$32,570 to $64,305


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls 32570

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

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (1250 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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Halton-Peel
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$19,180 to $32,980


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 19180

Sunnybrook School (est. 1952)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 6 Coed
  • Day school (140 students)
Sunnybrook School offers a fully integrated 1:1 iPad program for all students in JK - Grade 6. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$25,500

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Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 25500

Lynn-Rose Heights School (est. 1997)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (600 students)
Lynn-Rose Heights Private School offers challenging academic programming from three years old to grade twelve in Mississauga. Lynn-Rose Heights school is an official International Baccalaureate World School. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Halton-Peel
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$14,970 to $16,970

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 14970

Richland Academy (est. 2002)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (150 students)
Richland Academy is a Reggio-inspired, International Baccalaureate candidate school that offers programs from 24 months to Grade 8 in Richmond Hill. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$17,500 to $18,300


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 17500

Bishop's College School (est. 1836)  

  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (214 students)
  • Day school (46 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
$24,000 to $55,500


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 24000

Académie de la Capitale (est. 1998)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (65 students)
Académie de la Capitale, an IB World School in Ottawa, offers programmes in both English and French, from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Students thrive in a culture of academic excellence and real-life learning. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$11,760 to $18,128


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 11760

Meadowridge School (est. 1985)  

  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (605 students)
Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$21,300 to $31,300


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 21300

Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie (est. 1905)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$4,500 to $10,700


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls 4500

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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$15,450 to $22,930


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 15450

Ashbury College (est. 1891)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (592 students)
  • Homestay school (Varies)
  • 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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$26,300 to $64,700


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Boarding Coed 26300

Rothesay Netherwood School (est. 1877)  

  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (145 students)
  • Day school (130 students)
Rothesay Netherwood School offers programs for grades six to 12 in Rothesay, New Brunswick. Its average class size is 14 to 16 students and an outstanding supportive community. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$20,110 to $54,090


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 20110

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

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 7 Coed
  • Day school (185 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
$25,680 to $32,980


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 25680

King's-Edgehill School (est. 1788)  

  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (215 students)
  • Day school (135 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
$18,250 to $57,200


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 18250

MacLachlan College (est. 1978)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (350 students)
MacLachlan is a world-class school offering the benefits of small class sizes, highly dedicated and engaged teachers and an internationally recognized curriculum for students in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Halton-Peel
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$10,000 to $29,870


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 10000

King's View Academy   

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (30 students)
  • Day school (30 students)
King's View Academy offers students the opportunity to study grades 7 through 12, including Advanced Placement courses, in a self-directed, self-paced, flexibly-scheduled and well-supported academic environment. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$10,500 to $19,125


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed 10500

Brockton School (est. 2004)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (260 students)
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
$18,000 to $21,100


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18000

Calgary French & International School (est. 1969)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (780 students)
Calgary French & International School graduates will be active global citizens with a foundation for life-long success, and our school will be the leader in French immersion and international education. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Calgary
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$7,490 to $14,310

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 7490

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
58,000

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Boarding Coed 58000

North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)  

  • Coconut Creek, Florida
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (1296 students)
  • Boarding school (325 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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal, Toronto
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
US $24,200 to US $59,950


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 24200

Luther College High School (est. 1913)  

  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • Day school (355 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
$7,550 to $32,310

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HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 7550

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
$17,195 to $21,370


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 17195

Bronte College (est. 1991)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (380 students)
  • Day school (20 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
$13,830 to $34,190


HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 13830

Glenlyon Norfolk School (est. 1913)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (650 students)
  • Homestay school (50 students)
Glenlyon Norfolk School, an independent school in Victoria, BC, provides International Baccalaureate programs from JK to Grade 12. GNS offers 5- and 7-day Family Boarding for students who are not residents of Victoria. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$16,165 to $47,500


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 16165

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]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$5,100 to $16,050


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 5100

Lower Canada College (est. 1909)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (800 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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$18,150 to $23,150


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18150

King Heights Academy (est. 2004)  

  • Woodbridge, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (150 students)
Located in Vaughan, King Heights Academy provides a unique educational experience for toddlers to grade eight, which includes the IB Program. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$12,598 to $14,998


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 12598

Léman Manhattan Preparatory School (est. 2010)  

  • New York, New York
  • K 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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Vancouver
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
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Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 9999999999

Wheatley School (est. 1986)  

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (160 students)
Wheatley School offers programs from nursery to grade eight in St. Catharines. Its average class size is 15 students. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
$5,900 to $13,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 5900

Ridley College (est. 1889)  

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (319 students)
  • Boarding school (379 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
$16,500 to $65,700


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 16500

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