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International Baccalaureate (I.B.)


International Baccalaureate (I.B.) Diploma Program (DP)

The International Baccalaureate (I.B.) Diploma Program (DP) is a rigorous pre-university course of study designed for students in the 16 to 19 age range. IB is a broad-based two-year course that aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable and inquiring, but also caring and compassionate. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness, and the attitudes necessary for them to respect and evaluate a range of points of view.
 The I.B. Diploma Program is an internationally recognized, rigorous and academically demanding program designed for highly motivated university-bound students. Students participating in the program will complete the requirements for their OSSD while simultaneously fulfilling the requirements for their I.B. Diploma. 
I.B. Diploma requirements are fully integrated within the Ontario curriculum so that upon successful completion of the program, a student is awarded both the I.B. Diploma and the OSSD, both of which is recognized by many Canadian and international universities.
The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board offer the IB Diploma Program at two Secondary School locations; Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School​ in Kingston and Nicolson Catholic College in Belleville.
Students who enter the I.B. Program are required to pay a nominal fee of $1,200.00. This suggests a cost of $400.00 per year from grades 10-12 inclusive.
For more information about the I.B. Diploma Program at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School in Kingston, click here or contact Jim David, I.B. Coordinator at [email protected].
For more information about the I.B. Diploma Program at Nicholson Catholic College, click here or contact Justin Walsh, I.B. Coordinator at [email protected].

I.B. learner profile

The I.B. enables students to direct their own learning pathway and develop the skills and confidence they need to thrive and make a lasting difference. It empowers teachers as the architects of learning excellence, working alongside engaged colleagues in a rewarding career supported by a strong global network. And it brings schools a strong reputation for successful outcomes that uplift the whole community.
The aim of all I.B. Programs 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.