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International Baccalaureate Programme
IB in the York Region District School Board
YRDSB IB Boundaries
2020 Application Requirements And Process​​​
School Life and Extracurricular Activities​


1. What kind of student is a good candidate for the IB Diploma Programme?

According to the International Baccalaureate (IBO), the Diploma Programme is a rigorous and challenging course of study. Success throughout the programme depends on motivated students. More than past academic success, the IBO suggests that a student’s

       dedication to do their best

       active study

       willingness to be organised in order and to complete work while leading a full, balanced life

       and having a strong commitment to learning in and beyond the classroom serves as an indicator of the ability to earn the Diploma.

2. What is the difference between IB and AP?

In York Region, both the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs are considered enrichment opportunities for students.  Both programs potentially offer successful candidates advanced standing at university.  The programs are equally considered at the postsecondary level.

AP offers students the chance to take exams in course(s) of interest or aptitude, while the IB Programme is a comprehensive program that includes the IB Core (Creativity/Activity/Service, Extended Essay, and Theory of Knowledge).

3. Can the full IB Diploma be studied online?

No. It is not possible to complete the IB Diploma Programme online.

4. How do colleges and universities view the IB Diploma?

For information on university admission, please see information on the International Baccalaureate website.

5. Will the IB Programme help my child get into university?

The answer is dependent on several factors, including the student, the university and the programs that the student would like to enter. 

6. Does being an IB student give my child an advantage when applying to university?

Students in the IB Programme earn two Diplomas, an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and an IB Diploma. Both the OSSD and IB Diplomas are well respected. Ontario universities and colleges first consider the OSSD results when making admissions decisions. IB results may be considered after admission to award advance credits, or placement at the university.

Other universities and colleges in Canada, as well as internationally consider OSSD and IB Diplomas in various ways. Students are encouraged to speak with the schools and programs to which they are applying closer to the time of application to learn about their processes.

7. Do IB students get lower marks than students in OSSD classes because the Programme is rigorous?

IB assessment criteria and mark bands take into consideration the rigour of the Diploma Programme and student scores are not impacted negatively by participation in the Programme.


1. Which schools in the York Region District School Board offer the IB Programme?

Alexander Mackenzie High School, Bayview Secondary School, Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School, Maple High School and Milliken Mills High School are authorized IB World Schools.

2. Who can apply to the IB Programme in York Region?

Grade 8 students who currently live in York Region are eligible to apply.  Regrettably, Visa students (i.e. international fee-paying students) are not eligible for the IB Programme in York Region.

3. Does my child need to have French to be eligible to apply to the IB Programme?

We recommend that students are working at grade level in French at time of application.

4. How many spots do you offer?

YRDSB anticipates that we will be able to offer placements to over 500 students at the five sites.  We will offer 116 spots at each site.

5. Is busing available?

Transportation is not provided for regional programs such as IB.  Our schools are located on local transit lines.

6. Can I apply from Grade 9 or 10?

Students who are in grade 9 or 10 should contact the IB Coordinator at the school that serves their home address to learn about eligibility and available space.

7. Would you consider offering Higher Level IB math?

Although we revisit our course offering regularly, we do not anticipate that we will be offering HL math in future. There are very few post-secondary programs that request HL math, and our students are still eligible to apply because they earn both the IB and OSS Diplomas.

8. Can my child also take non-IB courses while completing the IB Diploma Programme?

In grade 11 and 12 IB students have a full course load. There is no room in the student schedule to take extra, or non-IB courses.

9. What percentage of students attend international postsecondary schools?

A small percentage of our graduates do attend international postsecondary institutions. We do not release the names of schools to which students apply, or select to attend. We have a 100% graduation rate and all of our IB students have accepted or deferred offers of admission to postsecondary learning.

10. If we decided to participate in the IB Programme in Grade 9, are we required to finish the programme? Can my child change their mind?

We work very hard to support students so that they thrive while participating in YRDSB’s preIB and IB Programmes and we hope that they will work through and complete their IB course of study but students are not obliged to stay in a programme that is not the right fit for them. Be advised students may be required to return to their home school if they do not stay in the programme.


1. To which school can I apply?

You are assigned to a school based on your home address.  To determine which school serves your home address, please visit the YRDSB School Locator.  We strongly encourage you to do this before completing the online application.

2. We have purchased a home in York Region or in a specific IB school’s boundaries.  Can my child apply for the YRDSB Program, or that school’s IB Programme?

This is a question that needs to be considered on an individual basis as there are several variables taken into consideration (for example, your closing date). Prior to completing an application, you will need to make an appointment to speak with an administrator from your IB area school who will assess your situation.

3. My IB Area school is not conveniently located; a different school is a better or more convenient option for our family. Can we apply here?

No.  Application eligibility is based on home address and, regrettably, we are not able to make exceptions.

4. I own property in a school’s catchment area but do not live there; can we apply with that address?

No.  Application eligibility is based on home address and, regrettably, we are not able to make exceptions.

5. We plan to buy/rent a property in a school’s catchment area in the future. Can we apply to that school?

No.  Application eligibility is based on current home address, and regrettably, we cannot make exceptions.

6. I want to know that my child is accepted into the IB Programme before I purchase a new home.  Can I apply to a specific site with the future intention to purchase a home?

No.  Application eligibility is based on home address at time of registration and, regrettably, we are not able to make exceptions.

7. Can I apply to the YRDSB IB Programme and to other IB Programmes?

You may apply to Programmes offered by other Boards or private schools; however, when applying to the YRDSB Program, you are only able to apply to your area IB School. 

8. Are transfers between YRDSB sites available?

If you move into a new IB catchment area, transfers can only be considered if there is available space.


1. What are the application requirements?

       Live in York Region at time of application

       Be a student currently in Grade 8

       Complete the online registration process through EDSBY

       The Application Window will be open: Monday, October 26 at 9:00 to Wednesday, November 11 at 11:59 p.m.

       Complete the Personal Profile Google Form

       The form will be emailed

       The form will be active: Wednesday, November 18 at 4:00 p.m. to Monday, November 23 at 9:00 p.m.

       Grade 8 Progress Report

       YRDSB students: Report card data will automatically be shared with IB schools

       Non-YRDSB students: will receive instruction after the application window closes about how to upload the Grade 8 Progress Report.

2. Where is the link to complete the application?

This is the IB registration link to complete the EDSBY application. You can also find the link on the IB school’s IB webpage.

3. How can we create an EDSBY account if our child is not currently attending a YRDSB school?

Instructions on how to login/create an Edsby parent account​ are available on the Board website.

This is the IB registration link to create an account and complete the EDSBY application.

4. What is the Personal Profile Google Form?

The personal profile Google Form is an opportunity for students to tell us about themselves and their goals. The questions will be personal, not subject specific.

5. Where will applicants receive the link to the Profile Form?

The profile form will be sent to the student’s email address. 

For YRDSB students this address will be their YRDSB gapps account. For students who are not currently in the YRDSB system, the email will be sent to the student email address entered on the EDSBY application form.

6. ​In what format are students expected to answer the questions on the Google Form?

Answers should be full sentences written in paragraph form.

7. Must students complete the form in one sitting, or can they save the work and work over time?

Students must complete the form in one sitting. We suggest that students compose their answers before entering them on the form and submitting.

8. Can students edit the form after it has been submitted?

No. Once the form has been submitted it cannot be edited or resubmitted.

9. Can students open the questionnaire to see the questions and then open it again at a later time to complete the form?

Yes, students are able to open the form and review the questions and then return at a later date to input their responses and submit the form. Please note, that partially completed forms cannot be saved.

10. Is there a time limit for students to complete the questionnaire?

Students have between Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. and Monday, November 23, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. to complete the form. They can work on it for as long or as briefly as they wish within the window.

11. Can students submit the profile form late?

No. Late submissions will not be considered. The completed questionnaire must be submitted before Monday, November 23, 2020 at 9:00 p.m.

12. Are we required to submit any grade 7 report cards?

No. The application for this year requires only the grade 8 progress report.

13. Is there an application assessment or test this year?

No. There is no application assessment or test this year.

14. Does my teacher need to submit a reference?

No. A teacher reference is not required this year.

15. Must students complete the form in one sitting, or can they save the work and work over time?

Students must complete the form in one sitting. We suggest that students compose their answers before entering them on the form and submitting.

16. Can students edit the form after it has been submitted?

No. Once the form has been submitted it cannot be edited or resubmitted.

17. Can I find out the results of my IB Program application?

Individual results and/or standings will not be released.  Submitting the application indicates that you understand and will adhere to this policy by not requesting the results.

18. If I am not accepted, is there a waiting list?

When application decisions are released, we will advise parents and students whether they are on a waiting list.  We will draw students from this waiting list until seats have been filled – up until September of Grade 9. 

19. If a student is offered a place in the IB Programme, are they required to accept the offer?

No. Students are offered a placement and will be given a date by which to advise the school if they will be accepting or declining the offer.

20. Do we pay a fee when we are accepted to the Programme?

Yes. Payment of the Grade 9 fee is made when accepting an offer of admission. The fee is $250. Details regarding payment will be shared with offers of admission.


1. Do the YRDSB’s PreIB and IB students only take classes with other IB students?

In Grade 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to take elective courses, meet and work with students from many of the programs offered in our schools. In Grade 11 and 12, students are usually in IB courses only.


2. Do IB students have time to participate in extracurricular activities?

The IB Diploma Programme encourages and requires students to strive for balance in the different aspects of their lives - intellectual, physical and emotional. Extracurricular activities are an essential component of achieving this balance and required to meet the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) requirements of the IB core.


3. My child is a high performance athlete, can the IB Programme accommodate their training schedules?

YRDSB’s PreIB and IB students have a full school timetable every year. While in the past, high performance athletes may have participated in YRDSB’s IB Programmes, they were able to arrange training schedules to accommodate their school schedules. Regrettably, the school timetable cannot be changed for IB students to participate in athletic competition or training.​​​

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