International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme

What is the IB Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year educational Programme primarily aimed at 15 to 18 year olds. The Programme provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognized by colleges and universities worldwide.

In the OCDSB, students engage in the OCDSB’s pre-IBDP during grades 9 and 10 to prepare them for the challenge of the two year Programme in grades 11 and 12. Upon successful completion, a student is expected to attain both the IB Diploma and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Please visit for more general information on the Programme.

Where is the IB Programme offered?

The IB Programme has been offered at Colonel By Secondary School, since 1997, located in the east end of Ottawa and Merivale High School located in the west end of the city. 

The OCDSB selected Merivale High School as a second site in 2019, and upon final certification by the IBO, the Merivale High School IB Programme commenced in September 2019 and was phased in beginning at grade 9 only, and will be adding one grade per year, until full implementation in September 2022.

Is your child interested in the IB Programme?

To learn more about the IB Programme please attend one of our upcoming Zoom Webinar sessions being offered in November 2020.

Key Dates:

1) Information Sessions - NEW FORMAT - Webinar! 

Please click the link to see the 2020 Information Session Poster. There will be no in-person presentations this year. Presentations will be via WEBINAR ONLY on November 18 or 19, 2020. Please see the poster for additional details.

2) Application deadline: December 9-11, 2020

Applications are to be submitted ONLINE ONLY using the Application Form process. 2020 Applications for entry in September 2021 will appear on the individual school websites in November.

3) Due to Covid restrictions, there are NO in person requirements for 2020-2021.              

4) Offers of Admission: March 2021

Visit one of the School Websites (see below) to review the following material to learn more:

  • Program Information Evening Webinar link by school 
  • 2020-2021 Application Process information.

Applications must be submitted by the Applicant to the designated school via the ELECTRONIC PROCESS between 9 December and 11 December at 6:00 PM, for consideration.

Only ONE application is to be submitted per candidate student. 

Please click on the Boundary Map, to determine which school will serve the student based on primary residence.

Please click on the applicable School button below, to learn more about school-specific details.

Colonel By
 Merivale IB IB Boundary 

We look forward to a successful high school experience with your student.

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