GCVI’s International Baccalaureate class of 2021 exceeds world average

July 12, 2021

GUELPH, Ontario – The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) class of 2021 at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute has, once again, exceeded the IB world average and scored impressive results.

The highest possible score for an IB Diploma is 45 points. The GCVI IB class average this year was 36.2 points compared to the world average of 33.02 points. Now in its forth year of offering the IB Diploma, GCVI’s average has consistently been above the world average. This year, three students earned an impressive 44 points, with one-third of the cohort earning 40 points or more.

In addition to these results, GCVI’s IB students were also leaders throughout the two-year program, having an impact on local and global issues. Some initiatives led by the students included the GCVI blood drive, the GCVI Terry Fox Run, a community park cleanup, a Ramadan Awareness campaign, and the launching of a girls coding YouTube channel. The GCVI IB students also held executive positions on school clubs such as Student Senate, the Black Student Union and Alliance, DECA, the Athletic Council, Acts of Random Kindness and the Social Justice Club.

The success of the IB students and admirable results reflect the dedication of the IB staff and students at GCVI. With the support of staff, the IB cohort persevered through this challenging year and embraced the demands presented by the rigour of the IBDP.

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Thank you, applicants!

The application is now closed. If you are a late applicant, please visit the “application” page for instructions on how to proceed.


IB Information Night, 2020

IB Information Night 2020

If you missed IB Information night, check out the recording of our live session on our home page!

Grade 9 VIRTUAL Orientation!

This year GCVI will be hosting a VIRTUAL Grade 9 Orientation on Monday, August 31!
Orientation is hosted by our Link Crew Leaders – students in grades 11 and 12 whose job is to help mentor grade 9s in their first year of high school. Beginning this Friday, Link Crew Leaders will be contacting grade 9s at home by phone and/or through their UGCloud email. Grade 9 students should begin checking their UGCloud email this week for instructions on how and where to access the web link for their Orientation session.

On Monday August 31st the start time of Orientation will be determined by last names:

Gr. 9 students with last names beginning with A-G will begin at 11am
Gr. 9 Students with last names beginning with H-M will be at 12:15pm
Gr. 9 Students with last names beginning with N-Z will be at 1:30pm

We look forward to meeting and greeting all of our new grade 9s – GO GAELS!

GCVI students receive exciting scholarship news!

We are SO HAPPY for Tara Ferguson on being awarded the Schulich Leader Scholarship! 
A Schulich Leader is one of 100 students across Canada who are selected each year by partner universities to receive $100,000 or $80,000 to pursue an undergraduate degree in STEM.
Tara will be pursuing Environmental Science at Waterloo in order to “be able to take part in finding ways to conserve and protect our environment, and reverse some of the effects humans have had”. 
“I am grateful for the amazing opportunities IB has caused me to be part of, by getting me to take on more leadership positions and challenging myself academically. I don’t think I would’ve accomplished so much and gotten this scholarship, which will help me so much financially in university, had it not been for the program, so thank you for putting so much time into making GCVI’s IB program so incredible.” (Tara)

We want to say “CONGRATULATIONS!” to Omar Anany on being awarded the President’s Scholarship from the university of Guelph.  This $42,000 scholarship is considered one of the most prestigious entrance awards at the University of Guelph. Selection is made on superior leadership ability and potential as demonstrated through positions held, extra-curricular activities, involvement in high school and communities. We are so happy for you!

Omar will be studying Biomedical Sciences at the University of Guelph.

“There’s no way I would’ve won this scholarship without the support I received during my years in the IB. I’m especially grateful to the IB coordinators for working so hard to make such an amazing program! IB pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me do things I never imagined myself doing. The teachers have always been there to support me and have pushed me to constantly get better. This scholarship is definitely a big step towards helping me have a career in medical research.” (Omar)


We so happy for Ashna Jain! CONGRATULATIONS on being awarded the University of Toronto National Scholarship AND the Dean’s Merit Award for Engineering!!

The National Scholarship recognizes original and creative thinkers, community leaders, and high academic achievers. It is U of T’s most prestigious award for Canadian high school students entering the university; the National Scholarship covers tuition, incidental and residence fees for up to four years of study is valued at approximately $110,000.  The $10,000 Dean’s Merit Award is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and extra-curricular involvement.

Ashna will be studying Industrial Engineering.

“My life goal is to make a positive difference in our world through the development of sustainable systems. I am studying industrial engineering to develop my problem-solving skills. The Center of Global Engineering at UofT is an opportunity for me to engage in impactful projects. I am grateful for the enriching learning opportunities and challenges that I have had in the IB Program at GCVI. I am surrounded by a strong community of friends and teachers. Thank you for an incredible high school experience!”


Congratulations to Andrew (Andy) Salgo!! Not only did he get into his first choice university in the UK but he was awarded the $8,000 Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) Bursary!  This award is only given to 5 recipients across Ontario and it provides minor hockey players recognition of their outstanding commitment to:

  • Community service: assisting in building stronger and healthier communities
  • Athletics: on-ice success/achievement, as well a passion for the game of hockey
  • Academics: dedication to studies and attainment of high grades in the classroom

Andy will be studying law at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

“The legal field has always been a source of great excitement for me. My dream is to be able to use my education and the passion I have in this field to be able to help people who find themselves in difficult situations while maintaining society’s safety. I chose to study law as it is the first tangible step I can take towards achieving this goal.”

“I think as a student at GCVI I was extremely lucky because I benefited from the IB program which was a perfect fit for me as it constantly challenged me and helped stay engaged in my studies. But more important than this was the staff I was able to work with. The teachers I have worked with have been amazing, they are all extremely dedicated to the success of each student and creating a successful learning environment. Without the help of the many amazing staff at GCVI I know that I would not be in the same position I am in today.”

We will miss you, Andy!​


Congratulations to Noorain Mamdani who received a received a $14,000 scholarship to U of G for academic achievement and an additional $3500 entrance scholarship, totalling $17500! Your quiet and kind leadership will be missed at GCVI! She is a volunteer extraordinaire, putting in over 500 hours helping in the school and in the community.

Noorain is going to U of G for Biomedical Sciences, and hopes to go into the medical field one day.

“I hope to use my education to help individuals and families in the healthcare system. I am grateful to the teachers and staff at GCVI for their support and guidance for the past four years. The IB program provided me with many academic and extracurricular opportunities, as well as challenges along the way. GCVI and the IB program have allowed me to make lifelong memories and friends. Thank you!”​

May 2020 examinations cancelled

March 23, 2020

To our IB Students and Families,

The International Baccalaureate Organization, IBO, has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

As an organization, it is critical for the IB to ensure that the options it provides its global community of IB World Schools are based on compassion and fairness for the difficult circumstances that its students and educators are experiencing. As a result, based on considerable advice from stakeholders across the globe, including schools, students, universities and official bodies, the IB has determined what it believes to be the most responsible and ethical way forward.

The May 2020 examinations scheduled for Diploma Programme candidates will no longer be held.  

Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on the student’s coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programme.   

We know students, parents and guardians will have many questions. The IB will share full details and FAQs with us, and on their website, by March 27, 2020.

Guelph CVI will share and communicate details from the IB as they become available.

Please take care and we hope that everyone stays healthy as we work through this difficult and quickly changing time.


Bob Scott