FAQs

  1. How much will the program cost and why?
  • At this point in time, there is no cost for the preparatory program (Grades 9 and 10)
  • $1100 per year of the diploma programme (Gr. 11 and Gr. 12); 4 payments of $550 over 2 years
  1. How many students will be accepted into the program?
  • We want to accept all students who demonstrate academic ability, an interest in the program and an enthusiasm to learn.  At present, the maximum number of students in the 2018-2019 year is 124.
  • Last year, the number of applicants exceeded the number of spots available. We had students on a waitlist and we worked off of this waitlist until Aug 2018.
  1. What if a student is unable to afford the program?
  • Bursaries are available as well as payment plans, etc. on a student by student basis.  
  1. When can students begin their application process?
  1. What is the application process like?
  • The form will be available to download from the website as well as for pick up at the GCVI main office
  • Teacher Reference form – to be filled out by math/language teacher and another (2 teachers), preferably from people who know the student in two different capacities. One of the teacher references may be a former teacher.  One MUST be current math or LA.
  • Student Profile (extracurricular involvements)
  • In December – written English and Math proficiency tests at GCVI
  1.  Why are you recruiting now?
  • The Preparatory Program is essential for preparing students for the kinds of challenges the IB will bring (inquiry-based learning, fast-paced content, skill development, questioning our world, organizing and prioritizing)
  • Joining GCVI and the Preparatory Program in Grade 9 allows students to become involved citizens at GCVI and create deeper connections and relationships before embarking on the Diploma Programme.
  1. What is the Preparatory Programme?
  • Made by GCVI (not the IB)
  • In Grade 9 and 10 students will work on their OSSD subjects but will also work towards additional credits to ensure they are prepared for the Diploma Programme — such as an additional math credit, science, if they choose, specialty programs like MADE and CELP will need to happen in Grade 10 with special planning.
  • Students will mainly be attending 4 classes with their preparatory program cohort and 4 classes with the entire Gr. 9 population.
  1. Who is the ideal candidate?
  • Students who are: MOTIVATED, OPEN-MINDED, ACADEMICALLY CAPABLE, BALANCED and FULL OF POTENTIAL
  • No particular average necessary… but ACADEMICALLY CAPABLE (we recognize that students need room to develop and grow – our job is to foster this growth).
  • IB Learner Profile – help students grow to become this.
  1. What happens if a student is struggling during the program?
  • The coordinator has check-in meetings with the IB teachers to discuss student progress at reporting periods
  • Students are counseled on a case-by-case basis and provided the same support we would provide any student at GCVI struggling with courses and learning.
  • Students will also graduate with their OSSD to ensure success (*Any student who graduates from the IB gets TWO diplomas, both the OSSD and the IB Diploma)
  1. Is transportation available for out-of-area (catchment) students?
  • No, transportation is not available, parents will have to arrange this on their own.
  • We will put families in need of transportation from various parts of the city (East End, South End) in touch with one another so car-pooling can be arranged if that is a desired solution.
  1. What will high school life be like for the IB student?
  • Busy, but balanced. The student will not only be focused on academics but also on their community, their own creativity and development. The Preparatory Program will help students ease into the rigors of the program.
  • They need to be motivated and they need to love learning. We will help them develop the organizational skills and time management skills required for success in the IB DP.
  • We also work to build student resilience so they learn how to respond to challenges and how to learn from and overcome struggle.
  1. Does an IB diploma make a difference regarding university acceptance and preparedness?
  • It greatly impacts preparedness. Students will have written a mini-thesis (Extended Essay), taken an advanced critical thinking course (Theory of Knowledge) and will have managed a busy schedule, along with challenging academic material.  This creates a preparedness advantage for IB students compared to students not in the programme.
  • Some universities have entrance scholarships for IB students / preferential treatment
  • Certain First-year courses waived for students who earn a level 5 or higher on their report card by almost all Ontario Universities (transfer credits)
  • If you want more information about how IB prepares students for university, please feel free to watch Andrew Arida (director of undergraduate admissions at the University of British Columbia) speak in Toronto at Upper Canada College on “The Value of an IB Education”. Simply search this video on YouTube or enter this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09xXwfBenCA
  1. FI to IB – Specialty Program to Specialty Program
  • Leaving the French Immersion program for IB is a very difficult decision for students and parents and we understand the anxieties that all stakeholders face during this decision. Students are leaving a specialty program, their friends, and sometimes their school community, for another.
  • We have options that French Immersion students can select when building their GCVI timetable. These current options have been created with the IB Team, the French Language teachers as well as with the administrators.
  • Senior students are given the opportunity to write the DELF (diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education to prove the French-language skills of non-French candidates).
  1. How is the Grade 8 to Grade 9 facilitated to best support the students?
  • We will have a special IB Orientation Day for students to get to know one another and the IB program. We will also walk the students through a general idea of the next four years, and essentially, give them an overview of the program, their new school, etc.  
  1. What is the ratio of Preparatory to Non-Preparatory students at GC?
  • In Grade 9    1:3
  • In Grade 10  1:3
  1. Do students taking IB have time to do sports?
  • Yes. In fact, the “Activity” component of CAS requires that students participate in sport and physical activity.
  1. Can IB students with IEPs access the resource room?
  • All students at GCVI, despite their program of study, have access to the resource room.
  1. Can a student take partial IB?  Could the student take some subjects in IB but do others in the academic/university stream?

At present, students who enter the IB are required to take the entire program. Many of the benefits that come with the IB result from participation in the entire program. These benefits include easier transition into university, greater confidence, engagement in learning and participation on and off campus. For more information view “The value of an IB education” presentation by the University of British Columbia here: http://www.ucc.on.ca/upper-8-12/academics/ubc-on-ib/