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Advanced Placement (AP) vs. International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs: what's the difference?

A comparison of AP and IB programs

If you've heard of International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement enrichment programs before, you may be wondering what the difference is between them. Find out in this brief overview and how they might be right for your child! Read more


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List of schools with Advanced Placement (AP) courses or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs

 
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  • Vaughan, Ontario
    407/Dufferin
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $15,995 to $19,995

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.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Delano Academy 15995 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    Rue Sherbrooke/Ave Connaught
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $12,000 to $15,000

College Prep International, a traditional private school in Montreal, offers English instruction with partial French immersion, for grades five to twelve. Its average class size range from 12 to 18 Students

  • Day
  • Traditional
College Prep International 12000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Hamilton, Ontario
    Main St. W./Longwood Rd. S.
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $8,100 to $18,800 /semester

Columbia International College is a day and boarding school, offering programs to international students in grades 7 to 12.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Columbia International College 8100 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bloor Street East/Mount Pleasant Road
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $33,630 to $66,805

Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only all-girls, all-years International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Branksome Hall 33630 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Port Hope, Ontario
    Ward St/Deblaquire St. N
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $25,750 to $59,750

TCS students appreciate that school needs to be more than just reaching their academic potential–it’s about exploring all facets of themselves so that the realization of talents reach far beyond the classroom walls.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Trinity College School 25750 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St./St. Clair Ave.
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $28,000 to $32,000

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
The York School 28000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bayview Avenue/Lawrence Avenue East
  • 3 to 12 Boys
  • $34,150

Crescent School is a Toronto independent day school for boys in Grades 3 to 12. Our learning environment develops students' characters through academics, arts, athletics, business, outreach and robotics.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Crescent School 34150 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
  • Victoria, British Columbia
    Richmond Rd/McRae Ave
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $19,260 to $68,810

Independent K-12 boarding & day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on university prep. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
St. Michaels University School 19260 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Yonge Street/King Road
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $14,000

Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E. is a private school for intellectually gifted students in Richmond Hill, Ontario, from grades 1 to 12. Tuition is $13,500.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E. 14000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Merton St/Mt Pleasant
  • JK to 6 Coed
  • $26,250

Sunnybrook School offers a fully integrated 1:1 iPad program for all students in JK - Grade 6.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Sunnybrook School 26250 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Newmarket, Ontario
    Mulock Drive/Bayview Avenue
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $25,270 to $66,580

Pickering College's fully-integrated Global Leadership Program (JK to Grade 12) inspires students to become agents of courageous, ethical and positive change with the confidence, knowledge and skills to shape the future.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Pickering College 25270 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Spadina/St Clair Ave W
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $32,860 to $62,250

Located in Toronto, The Bishop Strachan School is Canada's oldest independent JK to Grade 12 day and boarding school for girls, welcoming students from Toronto and around the world.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
The Bishop Strachan School 32860 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Oakville, Ontario
    QEW Highway/403 Highway
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,400 to $18,800

Glenburnie School, Oakville, offers enriched, child-centred, responsive, academic programs from Pre-K through Grade 8. Class sizes range from 8 to 18 students depending on grade level.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Walden International School - Oakville 9400 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Erin Mills Parkway/Argentia Rd
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $9,265 to $13,695

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.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
St. Jude's Academy 9265 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Lakeshore Road West/Fourth Line
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $37,350 to $74,550

Appleby College in Oakville is recognized globally as one of Canada's leading independent schools. Breadth, excellence, innovation and caring are the characteristics that define the essence of the Appleby experience.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Appleby College 37350 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Leslie/York Mills
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $12,500 to $26,800

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.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science 12500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Ellesmere Rd/Birchmount Rd
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,000 to $34,300

Bond Academy is a private, co-educational, non-denominational independent school with students from Montessori Casa to Grade 12.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Bond Academy 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Buena Vista Road/Springfield Road
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • $13,960 to $26,960

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Elmwood School 13960 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Summerland, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $16,150 to $51,500

The Unisus School is the Okanagan’s most innovative independent school, offering a pre-K through 12, inquiry-based education that is tailored to each student’s unique abilities and interests.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Unisus School 16150 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Amaranth, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,154 to $10,965

The Maples is a private IB school in Orangeville, ON from PS to grade 8. Tuition starts at $8500. The Maples offer daily French instruction starting in PS.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
The Maples Academy 9154 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Lawrence Avenue West/Avenue Road
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $33,850 to $61,900

Havergal College is an all-girls school in Toronto for students in JK to Grade 12. Preparing Young Women to Make a Difference Since 1894.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
Havergal College 33850 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls

TMS  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Bayview/Hwy 407
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $18,300 to $31,350

TMS is a leading, accredited independent school that offers a unique design of Montessori and International Baccalaureate programmes. Our students thrive in academics while building a foundation of Significance.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
TMS 18300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    St Clair Ave W/Avenue Rd
  • SK to 12 Boys
  • $33,300 to $61,860

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Upper Canada College 33300 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Boys
  • Kirkland, Quebec
    Boul Elkas/Rue Houde
  • PS to 11 Coed
  • $14,094 to $33,000

This academically re-known French & English bilingual serves students from Pre-Kg to High School. Class size averages 20 students; tuition ranges from $15,000 to $18,00 . Boarding is available.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Académie Marie-Claire 14094 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $17,415 to $64,750

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
St. John's-Kilmarnock School 17415 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,470 to $20,600

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Lynn-Rose Schools 15470 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Hamilton, Ontario
    Garth Street/Fennell Avenue West
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $15,872 to $27,802

Established in 1901, Hillfield Strathallan College is one of Canada’s leading co-educational independent schools, offering programs to students 18 months through Grade 12 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Hillfield Strathallan College 15872 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $14,400 to $52,550

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Brookes Westshore 14400 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Mt Pleasant Rd/Davisville Ave
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $36,650

Greenwood College School in Toronto offers programs for Grades 7 through 12. Its average class size is 15 to 19 students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Greenwood College School 36650 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge/St. Clair
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $16,800 to $22,600

The Linden School provides a challenging academic program for girls from JK - Grade 12. We create opportunities to discover the joys of learning and foster the development of critical thinking and physical well-being.

  • Day
  • Progressive
The Linden School 16800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
    240th Street/Dewdney Trunk Road
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $22,500 to $32,500

Meadowridge is an IB Continuum World School that supports the development of the whole child in a safe, supportive and challenging environment.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Meadowridge School 22500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Highway 417/Greenbank
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,340 to $19,510

Acadecap International School ( Académie de la Capitale), an IB school, offers bilingual and/or English programmes from Pre-K to Grade 12. Students thrive in a culture of academic excellence and real-life learning.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Académie de la Capitale 13340 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St./Sheppard Ave.
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $11,250 to $15,500

Prestige School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is 10 to 18 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Prestige School - Toronto Campus 11250 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Cawthra/Lakeshore
  • PS to 7 Coed
  • $18,820 to $33,970

TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) offers programs from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 7. Its average class size is 12 to 22 students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) 18820 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Stanstead, Quebec
    Dufferin Street/Willow Lane
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $21,500 to $63,000

Located on the Quebec-Vermont border, Stanstead College offers rigorous university-prep, Grades 7to 12, in a secure, family-focused learning environment.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Stanstead College 21500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $25,000 to $66,100

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 an IB World School offering the IB DP and course certificates.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Bishop's College School 25000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • King City, Ontario
    Keele St./King Rd.
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $18,700 to $19,400

Villanova College is York Region's only independent Catholic school offering Grades 4 to 12 in King City, Ontario. Average class size is 18 students. Specialty programs include STEM and AP.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Villanova College 18700 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $18,000 to $18,800

Richland Academy is a progressive, innovative Reggio inspired and International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for children from 2.5-years to Grade 8. Voted #1 Private School in Richmond Hill 4 years in a row.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Richland Academy 18000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    Atwater/Docteur-Penfield
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • $16,850 to $55,271

Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all girls English Catholic high school, has been graduating exceptional leaders. Grade 12 will be offered beginning in 2019-2020.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal 16850 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Boarding Girls
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Ridley Road/Henrietta Street
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $17,850 to $70,000

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Ridley College 17850 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Rome, RM
    Ponte Sublicio/Lungotevere Aventino
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • EUR €25,145 to EUR €39,095

SSS Rome provides students with a culturally diverse and rigorous academic education. Graduates obtain the International Baccalaureate Diploma and American High School Diploma to enter renowned universities worldwide.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
St. Stephen's School, Rome 25145 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Blackfoot Trail S.E/Glenmore Trail
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $18,026

West Island College offers post-secondary preparatory programs from grades 7 to 12 in Calgary. It's class size varies from 15 to 25 students. French Immersion is offered alongside the English program

  • Day
  • Traditional
West Island College 18026 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Creditview Road/Burnhamthorpe Road West
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $10,400 to $16,800

TIA offers a wide range of educational programs such as High School courses, ESL, TOEFL/IELTS/AP Prep., Tutoring, Summer & Night School with a flexible admission schedule for both Canadian and International students.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
Toronto International Academy 10400 HighSchools Day Homestay Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $28,075 to $29,300

HTS offers a remarkable opportunity for students from JK-12 to shape their own experience through our comprehensive academic and co-curricular programming, lead by our incredible faculty and staff.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Holy Trinity School 28075 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $19,100 to $22,200

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Brockton School 19100 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $14,180 to $65,490

St. Margaret's School (est. 1908) is an independent school in Victoria, BC, offering empowering education for girls from JK to Grade 12. At SMS, girls don't just get equal opportunity; they get every opportunity.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
St. Margaret's School 14180 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • Okotoks, Alberta
    Range Road 12/306 Ave W
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $16,100 to $23,580

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an independent, private coeducational, full IB (primary, middle, and diploma programme) day school for Kindergarten - Grade 12 close to Calgary, AB.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School 16100 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Queen St./Ossington Ave.
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $26,960

University of Toronto Schools (UTS) offers a transformative education to high-achieving students in Grades 7 to 12. UTS graduates take initiative and innovate as socially responsible global citizens.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
University of Toronto Schools 26960 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Avenue Road/St. Clair Ave.
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $14,975 to $15,175

De La Salle College is a Catholic, co-educational, university preparatory school in Toronto from grade five to 12, with average class sizes of 22 students and tuition at $14,575.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
De La Salle College 14975 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bayview/Lawrence
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $19,760 to $33,970

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
TFS - Canada's International School 19760 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Vaughan, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $8,900 to $23,500

An Ontario ministry inspected private secondary school in Woodbridge, Vaughan. We accept International Students, have small class sizes, low tuition, high university acceptance rate. AP Courses also available!

  • Homestay/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Vaughan College Private School 8900 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $12,700 to $30,200

North Star Academy Laval is the only private English high school in Laval. We offer small classroom sizes for individualized attention. We teach not only for school but for life! Certificate of eligibility not required.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
North Star Academy 12700 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • 12 Coed
  • $1 to $58,000

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.

  • Boarding
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
UWC Canada 1 Boarding Coed
  • Brampton, Ontario
    Queen Street West/Chinguacousy Road
  • JK to 5 Coed
  • $18,000 to $18,500

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.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Walden International School - Brampton 18000 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
    Upper Levels Highway/Cypress Bowl exit
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $19,980 to $24,820

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Mulgrave School 19980 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
    College Rd/King St
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $18,800 to $58,800

King's-Edgehill School offers programs for grades six to 12 in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Its average class size is 15 students.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
King's-Edgehill School 18800 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $8,040 to $37,590

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Luther College High School 8040 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $16,500 to $22,800

Alexander Academy is a private World IB School offering the Diploma Programme and approved to offer the BC Ministry of Education curriculum in a culturally rich and academically challenging environment for Grades 8 - 12.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Alexander Academy 16500 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $13,950 to $42,800

Westside's unique approach combines the best practices of Canadian and European education. Students are known, valued and understood as they prepare for admission to the top 50 universities and contributing lives beyond.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
The Westside School 13950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Hurontario/Lakeshore
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $16,445 to $23,750

Mentor College offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 16 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Mentor College 16445 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Mariposa Avenue/Springfield
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $27,750 to $66,970

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.

  • Homestay/Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Ashbury College 27750 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Boarding Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Hurontario/Bronte College Ct
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $16,500 to $19,800

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Bronte College 16500 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Garden Street/Hwy. 2
  • 4 to 12 Girls
  • $23,450 to $62,490

Located in Whitby, Trafalgar Castle School is an all-girls day and boarding school inspiring students in Grades 4-12. For nearly 150 years, Trafalgar Castle girls have become women of impact.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Trafalgar Castle School 23450 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Mississauga Rd/Dundas St W
  • 5 to 12 Girls
  • $17,950

Holy Name of Mary College School in Mississauga, is an independent Catholic school for girls in grades 5-12 offering an enriched university preparatory programme. The average class size is 12 students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Holy Name of Mary College School 17950 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    York Mills/DVP
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $28,100 to $31,595

Crestwood Preparatory College offers a university preparatory program for students in grades 7 to 12. Crestwood always strive to Inspire Excellence and to Nurture the Individual.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Crestwood Preparatory College 28100 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Kennedy Road/Steeles Avenue
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $7,050 to $17,450

Town Centre Montessori Private Schools offers programs from pre-school to grade 12/University Prep and is located in Markham.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Town Centre Private Schools 7050 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mill Bay, British Columbia
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $28,000 to $73,300

Brentwood is a truly co-educational, progressive boarding school for Grades 9 to 12 located on an oceanfront campus on Vancouver Island, BC. Tuition runs from $25,700 to $66,000.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Brentwood College School 28000 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
    Cedar Drive/Lincoln Avenue
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $4,200 to $13,150

BC Christian Academy offers Christian education from Preschool to Grade 12. Our dedication to academic excellence, strong Christian and moral values and a community built on compassion equip our students for the future.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
British Columbia Christian Academy 4200 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Place Lycée Pl./Ruelle Hinks Lane
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $12,376 to $14,527

Accredited by French Ministry of Education and certified by AEFE, this school provides outstanding education and revolves around 3 major themes: Excellence, Educational innovation and Cultural / linguistic openness.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Lycée Claudel 12376 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $10,200 to $18,250

Accomplished, confident and innovative - adjectives that describe not only our programs but more importantly, our students. Developing critical thinking, creative problem solving and academic excellence for everyone.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Delta West Academy 10200 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $13,300 to $15,100

Clear Water Academy is a private Catholic school that stands ready to meet and expand the minds and passions of some of the brightest students in Calgary, and exchange students from around the world.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Clear Water Academy 13300 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Woodbridge, Ontario
    Weston Road/Rutherford Road
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $15,598 to $18,998

Located in Vaughan, King Heights Academy provides a unique educational experience for toddlers to grade eight, which includes the IB Program.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
King Heights Academy 15598 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge/Eglinton
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $2,350 /course

Hanson International Academy is a private high school in Toronto established in 2001. It offers Ontario curriculum of grade 9 through 12 focusing on preparing the students for admission to the top Canadian universities.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Hanson International Academy 2350 HighSchools Homestay Coed

The Study  

  • Westmount, Quebec
    The Boulevard/Place Breaside
  • K to 11 Girls
  • $19,230 to $21,655

The Study, founded in 1915, is one of Canada's premier all-girls' school. Dedicated teachers offer a warm and stimulating bilingual mother-tongue environment from kindergarten to grade 11. The World Needs Great Women.

  • Day
  • Progressive
The Study 19230 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Montreal, Quebec
    chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine/Avenue Claude Champagne
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • $4,950 to $15,400

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie 4950 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Trafalgar Road/Cornwall Road
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $12,000 to $26,300

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
MacLachlan College 12000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • London, Ontario
    Richmond Street/King Street
  • 9 to 12 Girls/Boys/Coed
  • $11,000 to $41,900

A Canadian Private Secondary Co-ed Boarding school, located in downtown London, Ontario. LIA offers academic courses from Grades 9-12 and is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
London International Academy 11000 HighSchools Boarding Boarding Day Girls Boys Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    Av de Monkland/Boul Cavendish
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $18,695 to $23,845

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.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Lower Canada College 18695 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Crowchild Trail/Flanders Ave
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $8,000 to $10,000

Since 1979, Banbury's student-paced approach with tutorial instruction is in small, multi-aged groups of 10:1. Meainingful relationships enhance learning. Member of Canadian Coalition of Self Directed Learning--CCSDL.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Banbury Crossroads School 8000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $22,900

With over 120 years of excellence in all-girls’ education, our rigorous academic program is complemented by strong arts, design technology and athletic programs. Financial assistance is available.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Crofton House School 22900 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    Harbourside Drive/
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $22,500 to $49,375

Bodwell High School in North Vancouver is a boarding school that enrolls 650 students. Tuition starts at $26,575. We provide Education for a Changing World. The school's motto is "Strength in Diversity."

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Bodwell High School 22500 HighSchools Day Day Boarding Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $7,900 to $15,100

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Calgary French & International School 7900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $17,135 to $49,635

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.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Glenlyon Norfolk School 17135 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine Ave/Hooper Rd
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $11,390 to $19,670

Bussing from Toronto (Bayview and Sheppard) available. Early Learning Centre to Grade 12. Discipline. Character. Respect. Complete your child's academic and spiritual foundation. Discover why PCA students excel!

  • Day
  • Traditional
Peoples Christian Academy (PCA) 11390 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $28,500 to $71,300

Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to 500 young men and women in grades 8-12.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Shawnigan Lake School 28500 HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Derry/HWY 27
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $16,300 to $18,300

Newton's Grove School offers programs from kindergarten to grade 12. Its average class size ranges between 12 to 18 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Newton’s Grove School 16300 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
    Rothesay Rd/College Hill Rd
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $22,770 to $62,630

Rothesay Netherwood School offers programs for grades 6 to 12 in Rothesay, New Brunswick. Its average class size is 16 students and is an outstanding engaged and supportive community.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Rothesay Netherwood School 22770 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Duncan, British Columbia
    Brownsey Avenue/Government Street
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $4,800 to $49,300

Queen Margaret's School is an independent day/boarding university preparatory school in Duncan, BC.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Queen Margaret's School 4800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Day Coed
  • New York, New York(USA)
    Broad St/Exchange Pl
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • US $5,500 to US $93,000

Léman Manhattan - the only boarding school in Manhattan, New York that delivers academic excellence that inspires your child for a lifetime. IB Diploma program and unique internship opportunities offered in the city.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School 5500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St./Eglinton Ave.
  • 1 to 12 Girls
  • $30,750

St. Clement's School develops outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous, and compassionate.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
St. Clement's School 30750 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Edinburgh Dr/Scott Street
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $5,900 to $13,500

Wheatley School offers programs from nursery to grade eight in St. Catharines. Its average class size is 15 students.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
Wheatley School 5900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
IB vs AP
Bishop's College School - Photograph by Christinne Muschi
 

Amidst increasing competition, Canadian parents often seek enrichment opportunities for their children that will help them get into the best universities. Here is a brief overview of two such enrichment programs, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB). If you want to compare specific schools with these programs, visit our compare hub.

AP: Advanced Placement

AP, which the New York-based College Board has operated since 1955, allows students to take university-level courses and exams while still in high school.

At the end of these university preparation courses, students write an examination that the Canadian College Board in Victoria, B.C. administers. If the student scores a four or five (out of five points), he or she may earn a university course credit. In other words, your son or daughter could take one fewer course in university or graduate with an extra credit.

The content of Advanced Placement exams vary depending on which one of the 34 courses a student is in. Nonetheless, they always require quick and critical thinking. Concision and rapidly organizing my thoughts were the most demanding aspects of the AP exam in English Language and Composition that I wrote. Near the end of the paper, my answers were incomplete because I devoted too much time to other responses. Learning how to write quickly is a wonderful tool for university preparation. Indeed, success depends not only on intensive preparation (e.g., reading and practicing), but also on efficiency.

Students should only take AP courses in subject areas at which they excel, for AP exams require a high level of competence in a given field. Students who select AP in courses that do not meet their strengths may feel overwhelmed by its challenging workload. However, taking AP courses comes with multiple benefits, including:

IB: International Baccalaureate

IB is a renowned leader in international education. It was created to combine the strengths of multiple national school systems to create a so-called "curriculum without borders." Throughout its history, IB has continually added to its intellectually challenging curriculum. These courses share a drive to learn through questioning (Socratic method), critical thinking and self-exploration instead of mere memorization, which is a useful university preparation strategy, especially for a future liberal arts education.

As Adam Kovacs-Litman (The York School, in Toronto, Ontario, Class of 2010) notes, "IB encourages students to discover their passions through a depth and breadth of knowledge that is offered by few other programs."

An International Baccalaureate education is not restricted to the classroom. For example, students must complete at least 50 hours of community service and 50 hours of leadership training every two years, as IB strives to mold global citizens, not just students with rote learning skills.

Unlike AP, IB is a comprehensive approach to enrichment. While AP offers enrichment in one course or subject area, IB is a holistic educational approach that provides programs for students aged three to 19. But, like AP, success in IB depends both on completing an above average workload and high aptitude. Put simply, an IB program is for students who can handle its heavy demands. Despite its difficulty, however, IB possesses multiple benefits including:

IB vs. AP: Which is better for university acceptance?

Though universities look favourably on both programs, they are more likely to prefer IB. The most important difference is as follows:

  • Advanced Placement will help the student in university (e.g., exam writing, coursework, etc.).
  • International Baccalaureate moulds a student over time and encompasses far more than an AP course can.
—Jake Roth
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