What is the International Baccalaureate?
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education for students in grade 11 and 12. It addresses the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students, and is respected by universities across the globe. “The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.' The IB DP is committed to the development of students according to the attributes shown in the IB learner profile.
Originally established in 1968 by the International School of Geneva, the IB has grown to include 3421 schools in over 157 countries. As of September 2020, there were 99 IB World schools in Ontario.
International Baccalaureate Mission Statement
“The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right."
IB at RND
Regiopolis-Notre Dame offers the IB Diploma Programme in conjunction with the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). All RND students who successfully complete the IB DP will also receive their OSSD. IB DP balances rigorous academics with participation in extracurricular pursuits and service to others. IB DP students are fully involved in the school community.
Our RND IB faculty is committed to supporting candidates through the programme. All IB teachers complete specialized training through IB accredited Teacher Training Workshops, and they continue in ongoing professional development workshops with other IB teachers across the province. Our RND Student Services Department has an IB trained counselor dedicated to providing guidance and support in choosing the best IB options, subject choices, and postsecondary pathways.
RND has been an IB World School since 1998. Over the last two decades, RND's Diploma Programme results have been consistently strong and compare favourably against the global average. In the past five years, the average overall RND DP score has been 36.3 points out of 45, and our average individual students' score is 5.22 out of 7, which equates to 92% under the Ontario grading scale.
As Canada's oldest English Catholic High School, Regiopolis Notre-Dame has a long traditional of providing Catholic education in the Kingston and surrounding area. RND continues this legacy by providing the IB DP within the context of a catholic learning environment. RND is a caring community where IB students feel a sense of belonging.
Why Do IB?
- To attain a well rounded, balanced education that includes participation in languages, arts, science, mathematics, research and writing, athletics, and service.
- To seek challenge beyond the Ontario curriculum
- To gain the opportunity for international postsecondary study
- To develop skills and work habits that better prepare students for university
- To gain recognition when applying to highly esteemed universities world wide
- To receive advanced standing in first year university for HL courses
- To earn an internationally recognized Diploma
- To rise to the exceptionally high standards of the IBO
- To study with a like-minded peer group
RND IB Certificate Programme
Designed for students in grades 11 and 12 who are enrolled in 4 IB Diploma Courses: 2 at HL; and 2 at SL. This RND IB Certificate offers academic recognition for students looking for the challenge and rigour of the IB curriculum.
IB Preparation Programme
At RND, IB Preparation courses begin in grade 9 and continue through grade 10. The IB Prep programme introduces and develops essential skills and curriculum requirements beneficial for success in the IB Diploma Programme. Students in the IB Prep programme remain with the same cohort of students throughout their four years of high school, establishing bonds of community and friendship.
Table of Equivalents
International Baccalaureate Schools of Ontario (IBSO) Table of Equivalents (ToE), shown below, provides IB Diploma Programmes across Ontario with a method of reflecting IB scores as percentage grades and grade levels.
IB Score Percentage Grade MoE Level
7 97–100 4+
6 93–96 4 to 4+
5 84–92 4- to 4
4 72–83 3- to 4-
3 61–71 2
2 50–60 1
1 Failing Grade Failing Grade
The annual fee to students enrolled in the IB Diploma Programme is $330 per year over four years to a maximum total of $1320.00 at the end of the Grade 12 year. Students who elect to complete the RND IB Certificate Programme will pay $330 for each HL course, and $275 for each SL course to a total of $1210. Individual Diploma Courses (certificates) will carry a fee of of $330 to cover the cost of one HL Diploma Course and $275 per additional Diploma Course. These fees are non-refundable.
Fees are to be paid using the school’s online payment system, School Cash Online. Payment is due September 1 of each year. In rare and special circumstances, families who are unable to pay these fees may apply to the school for financial assistance.