Program Information

Student Application Process - Preparatory Program for Grade 9 in 2019

Applications will ONLY be accepted between December 11-14, 2018. Printed applications must be submitted by the applicant or Parent/Guardian to the designated school during our business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) by the due date, for consideration.

Only one application is to be submitted per candidate student.

Verify your designated school based on the student's home address using the IB School Locator feature on the OCDSB website.


The following information is included in the SYSTEM PROGRAM APPLICATION FORM:

-        2019-2020 Application Process information.

-        Checklist/Teacher Commentary Form

-        Application Form for IB Programme

-        Application for CAT4 Test (Canadian Achievement Test)* see below


Register for CAT test HERE

West Location: Confederation Education Centre, Wednesday, January 9 OR Saturday, January 12, 2019 * This facility is a POPCORN FREE facility. Please DO NOT send popcorn as a snack. See expectations noted below for those students who have registered to participate:

  • Students should arrive 30 minutes ahead of the start time for the CAT Session.
  • Students are responsible for bringing pencils, eraser, and a standard calculator to the session. No other materials will be permitted.
  • Students are reminded to bring a water bottle (water only) and a snack for their short break. 
  • Students may bring a book to read should they finish a part of the test early. 
  • Students/parents should plan for the session to take 4.5 hours. 

    Parents/guardians will not be permitted to interact with their student during the test period.  Please make sure students have all materials at time of drop off. 

East Location: Colonel By Secondary School, Wednesday, January 16 OR Saturday, January 19, 2019

GENERAL INFORMATION AND TIMELINES Second IB Programme location “NEW” in September 2019/2020

In June 2016, an outcome of the OCDSB Secondary School Program Review included the recommendation for a school in the western area of the District to pursue authorization as an IB Diploma School to improve equity and access for IB student applicants across the region.

The OCDSB selected Merivale High School as the site to pursue authorization to offer the IB Diploma Programme following the Western Area Review (1 March, 2017). Currently, Merivale High School is a candidate school with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and is applying to offer the Diploma.

Please visit for more general information on the programme.

Is your child interested in the IB Programme?

To learn more about the IB programme please attend one of our upcoming information sessions being offered at the following locations. Missed the information sessions? Please click on the links to review the information.

Key Dates:

1) Information sessions, 7:00 PM (doors will open at 6:30 PM)

Colonel By SS - November 20 & 28, 2018

Merivale HS – November 21 & 27, 2018

To View MERIVALE HS Presentation click HERE

To view MERIVALE HS Frequently Asked Questions slide deck click HERE

2) Application deadline (December 11-14, 2018): Applications are delivered to the RECEIVING school (CB or MHS).


3) CAT test sessions: Families choose ONE date for the student applicant to attend and register for the date. Space is limited for each date.


4) Offers of Admission (March, 2019)


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