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International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

Currently, the IB Programme is hosted in the Limestone District School Board at Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) was first conceived in the late 1960s by the International School of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland. From its small beginnings the IB has grown steadily; the internationally-acclaimed programme operates in 3,631schools in 146 countries.


What is an IB Education?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) was first conceived in the late 1960s by the International School of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland. From its small beginnings the IB has grown steadily; the internationally-acclaimed programme operates in 3,631schools in 146 countries.

The IB programme is a unique because of its academic and personal rigour. We challenge students to excel in their studies and in their personal growth. We aim to inspire a quest for learning throughout life that is marked by enthusiasm and empathy.

The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations.

The IB offers high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. Informed by the values described in the learner profile, and IB education:

  • focuses on learners - the IB's student-centred programmes promote healthy relationships, ethical responsibility and personal challenge
  • develops effective approaches to teaching and learning - IB programmes help students to develop the attitudes and skills they need for both academic and personal success
  • works within global contexts - IB programmes increase understanding of languages and cultures, and explore globally significant ideas and issues; and 
  • explores significant content - IB programmes offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected.

    IB learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers,communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. These attributes represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success.

Who should apply to IB?

IB has international recognition, standing and standards.  As a result, its graduates gain preferred status at some of the world's best universities. For students whose families travel and prefer continuity in their education, or those who want to attend a university in a foreign country, IB is an ideal alternative.

IB attracts highly motivated students, stimulated as much by the learning process as the results. IB is for committed, hardworking students with good study skills. Those seeking the ultimate high school learning experience, as well as a diploma representing superior university preparation, will want to enrol in IB.

Why do IB?

  • Faculty trained by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
  • Exams evaluated by international educators 
  • Provides rigorous academic preparation for university based on international standards
  • Opportunity for advanced standing and course credit in prestigious colleges and universities throughout the world
  • Implements a curriculum taught from a global perspective 
  • Delivers liberal arts curriculum incorporating humanities, mathematics, and sciences 
  • Designed for the highly motivated student seeking educational challenges
  • Students gain a sense of accomplishment in meeting the challenges of an international standard of excellence 

KCVI maintains an atmosphere of enthusiasm for learning. The staff is prepared to provide students with the services, resources and commitment necessary to facilitate their success in the programme.

The school also provides a wide range of facilities and support services such as: Book Room with supplementary IB texts and course materials; access to the Queen's University library system; and French Immersion courses.

The IB Programme draws on the full potential of students and provides them with an opportunity for excellence in their high school education.

IB Curriculum

IB courses are offered at two levels: standard level (SL) and higher level (HL). SL courses are recommended to take 150 hours of instruction time whereas HL courses are recommended to take 240 hours of instruction time. Students are required to take at least three and not more than four courses at HL and the others at SL. By arranging courses this way students can explore some subjects in more depth while maintaining a broad program of study.

IB Diploma candidates at KCVI are required to make selections from the following six groups of subjects:

Group 1: Language A
• English HL

Group 2: Language Acquisition
• French SL
• Spanish SL

Group 3: Individuals and Societies
• History SL or HL
• Business & Management Studies SL or HL

Group 4: Sciences
• Biology SL or HL
• Chemistry SL or HL
• Physics SL or HL

Group 5:Mathematics
• Mathematics SL or HL
• Math Studies SL

Group 6: Arts and Electives
• Film SL or
• Theatre SL or
• Psychology SL or
• one other subject from Group 4

KCVI offers this programme in addition to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). OSSD requirements and courses are integrated with the IB requirements so that upon successful completion of the programme a student is awarded both the IB Diploma and the OSSD.

In order to receive the IB Diploma students must:

  • successfully write IB examinations in six subject areas
  • successfully complete the IB course Theory of Knowledge
  • successfully write an Extended Essay on a topic of their choice; and
  • complete the Creativity, Action, Service component

IB Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma Programme is an internationally recognized, two-year pre-university programme. The curriculum is rigorous, academically demanding and requires students to be highly motivated. To succeed in this program students must demonstrate commitment, ability and interest.

Image of IB Diploma Programme continuum.The IB Diploma Programme has six major academic areas (displayed in the model below). Students must take one subject from each of the six groups. This means that a science-oriented student is challenged to learn a foreign language and a natural linguist becomes familiar with laboratory procedures. At the core of the IB Diploma Programme are three unique curriculum requirements: a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, an Extended Essay and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS).

TOK activities and discussions aim to help students discover and express their views on knowledge issues. The course encourages critical thinking about different ways of knowing, such as perception, reason, emotion and language, as well as different kinds of knowledge, such as scientific, artistic and historical.

The Extended Essay is a 4,000-word research paper that is intended to promote independent, high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity. It provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research on a topic of their choice, under the guidance of a supervisor.

CAS is a co-curricular program that enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning, lending an important counterbalance to the academic rigours of the rest of the IB Diploma Programme.

Students participate in the following three components:

  • Creativity - arts and other experiences that involve creative thinking
  • Action - physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
  • Service - an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student

IB Registration Fees

The IBO charges fees to affiliate schools based on the number of students enrolled and the number of exams written. Students in the full IB Diploma Programme pay a total fee of $2,000. Course candidates (students not taking the full diploma, but taking specific IB subject certificates) pay a total fee of $1,800.

These fees are passed on to the students according to the following schedule:
Limestone Pre-IB Programme Registration Fee $500 (Yr 1)
Limestone Pre-IB Programme Fee $500 (Yr 2)
Grade 11 (IB year 1) $500 for full diploma candidates, $400 for IB course candidates (subject certificates)
Grade 12 (IB year 2) $500 for full diploma candidates, $400 for IB course candidates (subject certificates)

Please note, all IB fees are non-refundable.

Pre-IB Application Process

Incoming Grade 9s:

Students from Grade 8 at any school may apply for admission to the Limestone Pre-IB Programme. Applications are available at the Grade 8 IB Information Nights or from the KCVI Student Services office in early January of each school year.

Part of the application is to be completed online. Please use the link below and follow the instructions on the form. Please note that once completed online, you must print a paper copy of the form to submit with your other application materials (see package for instructions) and therefore should use a device that enables printing. Please note, you must print or save the Application Form before clicking on the submit button at the bottom of the application form (which will take you to a new Google Doc page).

Incoming Grade 10s:

Students applying AFTER their Grade 9 year must contact the IB Coordinator to discuss space availability and to set up a meeting to review the student's Grade 9 academic record. Please contact the IB Coordinator for more information.



IB Diploma Application Process

Students in the Limestone Pre-IB Programme do not need to re-apply. However, students new to the KCVI IB Diploma Programme (Grades 11 and 12) must meet with the IB Coordinator to discuss entry into the programme. Applications are only accepted if there is space in the programme.

If you live outside of the catchment area for KCVI, bus transportation to KCVI must be requested via Tri-Board Student Transportation. Bus transportation may be available, but is not guaranteed.

Resources & Links

Contact Us


Helen Davis, IB Coordinator
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Bonney Morris-Pocock,
Head of Student Services
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