International Baccalaureate Program at the Upper Canada District School Board

The Upper Canada District School Board is proud to offer The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program at Brockville Collegiate Institute. The IB Diploma program is a comprehensive and challenging pre-university course of study that is widely recognized for its high academic standards.

The IB Diploma program fosters academic excellence and personal achievement in athletics and the arts, providing students with an advantage when applying to universities across the world. The IB Diploma program students requires students to study English, math, science, social science, the arts and theory of knowledge. Students enrolled in the IB program also commit to 150 hours of activity divided among volunteer service, sports and the arts.



  • IB graduates do better at university compared to high school grads with higher averages.
  • IB grads outscore their counterparts at university in these areas: critical thinking, library research, presentations, reading comprehension, and assuming responsibility.
  • IB grads feel more confident.
  • IB exams prepare students for university style exams
  • IB grads are more involved in activities outside of the class. Ex. volunteering, clubs, leadership
  • IB grads find the transfer to university easy
  • IB grads are well prepared for the volume of reading and writing in first year programs
  • IB applicants get a “second look.”

The International Baccaleaureate Program is a two-year, full-time program.

What is the International Baccalaureate Program?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a rigorous diploma program for students in grades 11 and 12.  The curriculum is prescribed by the International Baccalaureate Organization, based in Geneva, Switzerland.  An IB diploma is recognized by universities in Ontario and throughout the world.  Students who accept the challenge of IB should be highly motivated, academically-oriented students.

All IB courses at BCI are integrated with the Ontario Secondary School curriculum, so that IB students who successfully complete the program are awarded the International Baccalaureate Diploma as well as the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Students enter the IB Program in grade 11, and have two years to complete diploma requirements.  In order for students to be fully prepared for IB, all pre-IB students must complete the International Academic Preparation Program (IAPP) in grades 9 and 10.  Students who have not completed the IAPP may still be considered for the program after consultation with the principal and IB coordinator.

BCI offers the following IB courses:

Group 1: English HL

Group 2: French “B” SL or HL

Group 3: History SL or HL

Group 4: Biology SL or HL, 

Group 5: Math SL

Group 6: Chemistry SL

Students who are pursuing Math or Science at the post-secondary level should take both Biology and Chemistry, instead of a Group 6.


Students may, upon approval of the principal and IB Coordinator, work towards a certificate from the IBO in one or more subjects.  Contact Student Services for more information.

Fee Structure

Students should expect to pay approximately CAN$ 250 per Group in examination fees per certificate course. Students taking the full diploma programme will pay approximately CAN$ 800.  IB examination and registration fees are set by the International Baccalaureate Organization. These fes are on top of the regular tuition fee.

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