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.

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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 view the IB Programme Informations Night sessions (held in November 2020):

Colonel By Secondary School IB Programme Information Nights
Merivale High School IB Programme Information Nights

Due to the restrictions that COVID 19 has placed upon our community, the application process has been adjusted from past years.

All applications will be submitted digitally on the school website. Links for submitting documents are available on the school websites.

The following documents can be completed in advance of the links being published for submission on each school's website. Please be sure to follow the instructions included with each task. All material that is submitted as part of this application is evaluated. 
  1. OCDSB - IB Application Questionnaire
  2. OCDSB - IB Math Exercise 
  3. OCDSB - IB English Writing Prompts 
When completing the above three tasks we request all applicants to not include personal identifiers (ie. your name) in the document or in the document name. Your file will automatically be attached to your application via digital submission when the time comes. 

Applicants are also encouraged to discuss with ONE current teacher about being a reference for them. Individual teachers will be contacted following the submission of all parts of the application by the IB programme. 

Applicants will provide a copy of their most recent reporting document/report card for consideration. Applicants will upload this once the links for uploading documents are published on each school's website following the information webinar.

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 10, 2020 (6:00 p.m.)

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 by 6:00 p.m. on December 10th, 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.

Know More: OCDSB IB Diploma Programme

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