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Upper Grand’s inaugural cohort of International Baccalaureate graduates achieve outstanding results

For Immediate Release
August 14, 2018

GUELPH, Ontario – The inaugural class of the Upper Grand District School Board’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) have graduated with outstanding results.

The IB DP is a two-year, academically challenging program that prepares students for success at university and beyond. The internationally recognized program prepares youth for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society.  

This July, 51 students graduated from the IB DP, offered at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute. One fifth of those students earned 40 points or more out of a possible 45 points. Student Shannon Carwana achieved a perfect score, an impressive accomplishment given that last year just 0.17% of all students who completed the IB worldwide earned a perfect score.

GCVI’s class average was 35.25, compared to the worldwide average of 29.78 points.

Graduates of GCVI’s IB program will now go on to study in a variety of postsecondary programs, including Engineering Sciences at the University of Toronto, Computer Sciences at the University of Waterloo, Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa and Law at the University of Oxford in England.

GCVI will begin accepting applications from grade 8 students wishing to enter the 2019-20 Preparatory Program following the school’s IB@GCVI information night on November 22, 2018.

About International Baccalaureate at GCVI

The International Baccalaureate is a non-profit educational foundation that offers four programs for students ages 3-19. The IB aims to cultivate in students the mindset, determination and will to create a better world. Its rigorous and international programs develop knowledge and skills essential for an informed, engaged and meaningful life in the 21st century.

In the UGDSB, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (grades 11 and 12) is offered at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute, which is an official IB World School. GCVI also offers a Preparatory Program for students in grades 9 and 10. To learn more about IB at GCVI, visit the program website

About the Upper Grand District School Board

The Upper Grand District School Board serves more than 34,000 students through 65 elementary schools and 11 secondary schools in the City of Guelph, County of Wellington and County of Dufferin. The UGDSB covers the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Six Nations of the Grand River, and Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territories. Student success is the goal of over 3,000 dedicated teaching and support staff who are aided by the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners.

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Media contact:
Heather Loney, Communications and Community Engagement Officer
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.725
[email protected]

Megan Sicoli, Administrative Officer, Communications
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.764
[email protected]

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