General IB Programme Information

Program Description

Diploma ProgrammeThe 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. All successful candidates for the IB Diploma also meet all requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Success in the IBDP at Merivale HS 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 adults ready for the challenges of post-secondary education and beyond.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

IB 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.

For more general information on the IB Diploma Programme, families are encouraged to visit the International Baccalaureate website.

Merivale HS 
IB DP Pathways can be viewed here. Families/students with questions are to make a virtual appointment with the IB Coordinator to discuss individual achievement goals. Please note this chart is intended as a guide.

For general inquiries, contact: ibmerivale@ocdsb.ca

Please note that there are geographic boundaries related to applying to Merivale High School’s IB Programme.

  • A student's designated International Baccalaureate school is determined by their home address.

  • The IB School Locator Tool will identify a student's designated site. More detailed information on the catchment areas is available on the OCDSB website.

2021-22 Academic Information Sessions
(Available for two weeks: 17 September - 1 October 2021)
Grade 9 pre-IB Parent Information Session (16 September 2021)
Grade 11 IB Parent Information Session (16 September 2021)

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Merivale HS - Application Information (Entry: September 2022)

Information Sessions for New Applicants: November, 2021
IB Student Applications: December, 2021
IB Student Offers for Placement (Grade 9 and 10): March, 2022

Information for dates/times for specific events will be published closer to the dates.

The Application Process is: closed for 2021-22

Merivale HS 2021-22 IB Course Pathways Chart can be viewed here. Please note this chart is intended as a guide. More information will be shared on the course selection process at upcoming virtual course information sessions planned for February. Families/students with questions are asked to make a virtual appointment with the IB Coordinator to discuss individual achievement goals. 


Merivale HS - IB Programme, September, 2020

Welcome to Merivale HS and our pre-diploma programme offered to students in grades 9 & 10. As indicated in the OCDSB Return to School information, the school will be offering an adapted schedule based on direction from the Ministry of Education and Public Health. Please watch for additional communication from the OCDSB and the school as the start of the school year approaches. 
A school schedule will be sent to all families as we confirm and finalize our plans to welcome our students to the school. 

Merivale HS Pre-DP_ Aug 20 Message to students_parents.pdf  

Bus/Transportation information: Families should be communicating with OSTA or accessing transportation information through OSTA's parent portal. 

If you are currently attending an IB World School as a 9th, 10th, or 11th grade student, please click here if you wish to complete an IB transfer application. Importantly, for 2020-21, Merivale is only able to consider students wishing to transfer into the 10th grade. All other transfer students should select Colonel By for consideration. 

Merivale HS – IB World School Authorization, June, 2019

IB World SchoolFollowing a two year process that engaged students, families, the community, the OCDSB, and school staff at all levels, Merivale High School is proud to announce the school’s recent Authorization as an IB World School for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Merivale HS welcomes our first class of pre-diploma students in September of 2019 into grade 9. Subsequent grades will be added over a three year period, culminating in the first cohort graduating in June, 2023.

Merivale High School joins Colonel By Secondary School as the only other OCDSB school offering this specialized learning experience.

Merivale High School International Baccalaureate Programme 2020-2021

The Application Process for the 2020-2021 school year is complete. The next available entry point will be for September, 2021. General inquiries may be directed to IBMerivale@ocdsb.ca

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