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The IB Diploma Programme

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

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 aged 16 to 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 IBDP 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
$13,960 to $26,960


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 13960

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

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (1470 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
$19,760 to $33,970


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 19760

Branksome Hall (est. 1903)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • Day school (836 students)
  • Boarding school (64 students)
Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only all-girls, all-years International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$33,630 to $66,805


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls 33630

St. Jude's Academy (est. 2006)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (500 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
$9,265 to $13,695

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The York School (est. 1965)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (730 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]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$28,000 to $32,000

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 28000

Brookes Westshore (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]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$14,400 to $52,550


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 14400

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

  • Waterloo Region (Breslau), Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (50 students)
  • Day school (350 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
$17,415 to $64,750

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 17415

Upper Canada College (est. 1829)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 Boys
  • Day school (1082 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]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$33,300 to $61,860

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Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Boys 33300

TMS (est. 1961)  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (775 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
$18,300 to $31,350

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18300

Bishop's College School (est. 1836)  

  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (210 students)
  • Day school (42 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 an IB World School offering the IB DP and course certificates. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$25,400 to $66,500


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 25400

Alexander von Humboldt German International School (est. 1980)  

  • Baie-D'Urfé, Montreal, Quebec
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
We offer a sound, internationally recognized academic foundation. Our students gain fluency in three languages and achieve mastery of biology, chemistry and physics. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$7,450 to $10,700


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 7450

Meadowridge School (est. 1985)  

  • Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (660 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
$22,500 to $32,500


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 22500

Mulgrave School (est. 1993)  

  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (1000 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
$19,980 to $24,820


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 19980

Ridley College (est. 1889)  

  • St. Catharines, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (311 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
$17,850 to $70,000


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 17850

St. Stephen's School, Rome (est. 1964)  

  • Rome, RM
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (47 students)
SSS Rome provides students with a American high school diploma and the International Baccalaureate (IBDP) which allows students to enter universities worldwide. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
EUR €25,145 to EUR €39,095


HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 25145

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]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$27,750 to $66,970


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Boarding Coed 27750

King's-Edgehill School (est. 1788)  

  • Windsor, Nova Scotia
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (135 students)
  • Boarding school (215 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
$18,800 to $58,800


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 18800

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]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$18,695 to $23,845


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18695

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
$1 to $58,000

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London International Academy (est. 2002)  

  • London, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Boys/Girls/Coed
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (145 students)
  • Day school (5 students)
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). [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$11,000 to $41,900


HighSchools Boarding Boarding Day Boys Girls Coed 11000

Town Centre Private Schools (est. 1986)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (1050 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
$5,300 to $16,400


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 5300

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (est. 1905)  

  • Okotoks, Alberta
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (675 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$16,100 to $23,580


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 16100

Luther College High School (est. 1913)  

  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (330 students)
  • Boarding school (100 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
$8,040 to $37,590

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HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 8040

Glenlyon Norfolk School (est. 1913)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (690 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
$17,135 to $49,635


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 17135

Brockton School (est. 2004)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (280 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
$19,100 to $22,200


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 19100

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
$15,000 to $37,500


HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 15000

North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)  

  • Coconut Creek, Florida(USA)
  • 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]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
US $24,200 to US $59,950


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 24200

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]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$7,900 to $15,100

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 7900

Alexander Academy (est. 2013)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (150 students)
  • Day school (150 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$16,500 to $22,800


HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 16500

Léman Manhattan Preparatory School (est. 2010)  

  • New York, New York(USA)
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • Day school (800 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
US $5,500 to US $93,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 5500

Rothesay Netherwood School (est. 1877)  

  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (145 students)
  • Day school (145 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$22,770 to $62,630


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 22770

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

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 7 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus) offers programs from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 7. Its average class size is 12 to 22 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$18,820 to $33,970


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 18820

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