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IB Programme

The IB is a not for profit foundation, motivated by its mission to create a better world through education. The Program 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 Program 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 Programme and do not offer Subject Certificates.



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.




Grade 10 (2017-2018) and Grade 11 (2018-2019) IB Programme Opportunity


This school year (2017-2018), there are students in the Williams’ Pre-IB Program in both Grades 9 and 10.  At this time, the Grade 9 Williams’ Pre-IB Program is full, but there is some limited space available in the Grade 10 Williams’ Pre-IB Program.  If you are interested in having your Grade 10 student join this program, entry could happen in either February 2018 or September 2018.   Admissions requirements to the IB Programme are as follows:


          Must be a resident of York Region and a Canadian citizen/permanent resident
          Currently enrolled in Grade 10
          Completion of FSF2D - Grade 10 Academic French (or equivalent) before entering Grade 11
          Completion of MCR3U - Grade 11 Advanced Functions before entering Grade 11
          Submit a copy of your Grade 9 Report Card
          Provide a teacher reference from a Grade 10 teacher
          Participation in an In-take Meeting/Interview
          Pay an application fee of $35
Anyone interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should contact Sue Durbacz at for full details about the IB Programme.  
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is academically rigorous and has a focus on developing intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills for students who live, learn and work in a rapidly changing world.  It is founded on international standards and assessment.  Students who complete the program earn both an Ontario Secondary School Diploma and an IB Diploma.  Click here to be redirected to the Dr. G.W. Williams S.S. website where you can find a videos that provide an overview of IB and a sample course of study.


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