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IB Curriculum at Dr. G. W. Williams S.S. 218
IB Curriculum at Dr. G. W. Williams S.S.


Thank you for your interest in the Dr. G. W. Williams Secondary School's International Baccalaureate Programme. 

IB Candidates in the York Region District School Board begin by taking enriched core courses in their Grade 9 and 10 years, and by fast tracking some of their core courses to help them prepare for the demands of their IB course work and examinations. Students meet the requirements of the IB Diploma in Grade 11 and Grade 12. Please note ​that we are a full Diploma Programme and do not offer Subject Certificates.

This link​ provides an overview of the IB goals and approaches to education.


Students in our IB Programme earn both the IB Diploma and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

All IB Candidates participate in the following IB Core components:

Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) Experiences
Theory of Knowledge Course (ToK)
Extended Essay

C​​urrently, Dr. G. W. Williams Secondary School offers the following course of study:

HL=Higher Level
SL=Standard Level
HL Language A Language and Literature (English)
SL Language B French
HL History
HL Biology or HL Chemistry
SL Mathematics
SL Visual Arts or SL Biology or SL Physics​

S​​tudents who have an interest or plan to enter a science related field are able to take two of the science subjects through the IB Diploma but they are not able to take all three sciences. Those who wish to take all three sciences are encouraged to speak with the Guidance Department to learn about scheduling options. It is important to recognize that we will do our best to accomodate our students' course selection in all grade levels but we cannot guarantee that students will receive their first choice selections. While the courses listed above are offered, courses will only run if there is sufficient student demand.​

Click here​ for information on selecting courses.


There are NO​ fees associated with the Programme in Grade 9 and 10.

The fee for the IB Programme in Grade 11 and 12 is $1500 each year.

Please be advised Dr. G. W. Williams Secondary School does not provide busing for students in the I.B. programme.  

If your child is interested in participating in the Programme, we recommend that you attend the Information Evening that is hosted each fall. Details about this session can be found in the Application and Admissions​ section of the website.​ 
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