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International Baccalaureate Programme

Announcement for IB Students and Their Families

Posted Tuesday March 24, 2020

The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May 2020 examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Depending on what they registered for, students will still be eligible to earn a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work.  This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the Diploma Programme.   

We know parents and students will have many questions.  The IB will share full details and FAQs with us and on their website by 27 March 2020.

Please note that our schools are closed and staff are not in the building.  We will continue to respond to your questions as the Ministry of Education, the YRDSB, and the IBO provide information.​

Bayview Secondary School has been a member of the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School Community since 2003. We are very pleased to announce that Alexander Mackenzie High School, Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School, Maple High School and Milliken Mills High School are also IB World Schools members of the family of IB Schools in York Region.


The IB is a not for profit foundation, motivated by its mission to create a better world through education. The Programme was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 and as of June 2016 has grown to include 3000 World Schools offering the Diploma Program. The Program “offers a curriculum that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected”. It is designed for motivated students between the ages of 16 and 19 and promotes “healthy relationships, ethical responsibility and personal challenge". The Program helps students to develop “the attitudes and skills they need for both academic and personal success”.


In York Region we traditionally invited students to apply to our Programme in the autumn of their Grade 8 year. (Please see the Application and Admissions​ section for details). Successful applicants participate in an enriched course of study during Grade 9 and 10, and begin the IB Diploma Programme in their Grade 11 year. Students in our IB Programme earn both the IB Diploma and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Please note that we are a full Diploma Program and do not offer Subject Certificates.



The 2019-2020 application window is now closed.


Please return to this site in mid-June to learn the date for the

2020-2021 Information Session






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