Colonel By Secondary School is proud to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). The IBDP is a rigorous pre-university course of studies and is offered to students over their grade 11 and grade 12 year. Preparation for the challenge of the IB Diploma is begun in grade 9 and grade 10 through the enrichment and acceleration of various courses.
Recognized around the world and offered at more than 3000 schools internationally, the IBDP has at its core the education of the whole student, challenging them to expand their horizons in the classroom, in their community, and the world. Noted Harvard University professor of educational psychology, Howard Gardner, has said that the IBDP curriculum allows students to "think critically, synthesize knowledge, reflect on their own thought processes and get their feet wet in interdisciplinary thinking."In recognition of the level of study demanded by the IBDP and the quality of the graduates that it turns out, universities will often grant advanced standing or university credit to students who have achieved the IB Diploma.
All successful recipients of the IB Diploma also receive their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Success in the IBDP at Colonel By requires time management, self-motivation, organization, commitment and interest. Students must be able to balance their academic responsibilities with participation in extracurricular activities and community service. IB students are those who are willing to rise to the challenge of an international program and in meeting that challenge grow into young men and women ready for the challenges of post-secondary education and beyond.