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Toronto Catholic District School Board


The IB Programme and University Recognition




University Assumptions About IB Students

Admission Criteria

These Assumptions Apply to IB Diploma Candidates

Academic Strength of Curriculum

An admissions officer can be assured of the candidate's strong
preparation of course work in a cohesive and broad-based curriculum that touches on basic academic areas: native language and literature, second language, social science/humanities, natural/physical sciences, and mathematics.

Grade Point Average

Nearly all courses in the student's final two years are in solid academic areas. A higher percentage of the courses that constitute the GPA are the kinds of courses most valued in college admissions.

Academic Strength of High School

IB authorized schools must offer, support, and maintain a minimum of seven or eight very strong academic departments to be a successful IB school.

High School Percentile Rank

Regardless of how the HSPR is determined by school, an IB Diploma recipient will be in the top 10% of his or her graduating class in readiness for college.

Trend of Performance

The IB Diploma Programme requires students to maintain a high level of focus and performance through their high school experience.

External Validation

Because the IB Diploma, by its examination requirements, validates both achievement and integrity in academic performance, there may be a reduced emphasis placed on standardized tests in the admissions process.

Research and Writing Skills

The Extended Essay requirement, a 4000-word research paper crafted under the tutelage of a faculty mentor and evaluated by a team of international readers, ensures students are prepared for secondary writing and research requirements.

Accepts Educational Challenges

Participation in the IB demonstrates that the student accepts, rather than avoids, rigorous academic challenges.

Critical Thinking Skills

The required Theory of Knowledge course ensures that students become critical thinkers who understand the interdisciplinary nature of learning.

Interview Skills

IB students have strong preparation in oral presentation skills. Several IB courses include oral assessments, and the Theory of Knowledge course requires students to shape their opinions into logical discourse.

Extracurricular Involvement

The Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) element requires that the student invest a minimum of 150 hours during the final two years of non-classroom activities.


The IB student will be well known by the IB Diploma Coordinator,
Extended Essay mentor, CAS Coordinator, and the IB teachers.

Maturity and Responsibility

The IB assists the student in developing time management, goal setting, and other organizational skills.


Because of external assessments, the IB is nearly race/ethnicity neutral.