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International Baccalaureate

IB Application Important Dates - For September 2022 Admissions

UPDATED: 22 February 2022

IMPORTANT: There will be NO in person IB Information Night. Instead, a PowerPoint has been uploaded to this web page. If you are interested in applying for IB at Churchill School, please read all the information provided on this web page with care.

26 November: IB Information and Application/Portfolio is available

By 10 December: IB Applications/Portfolio are due to the Main Office at Churchill School no later than 3:30pm. 

By 18 February: IB Letters to all applicants are posted (in the mail/Canada Post)

By  24 February: Notice of Acceptance letters are returned to the Main Office at Churchill School, 3:30PM

UPDATE 1 March: THIS JUST IN - Course Planning in the Caf is permitted!! There will be NO Course Planning Video posted. All future IB Candidates are to meet in Churchill's Cafeteria at 4pm 4:30 (updated 28 Feb) for Course Selection. Course Selection forms will be collected at the end of the session. Likely end time: 5:30pm.

4 March: IB Course selection night in the cafeteria at Churchill School from 4:00 to 5:30pm

8 March: IB language placement tests for students interested in IB French, French ab initio and Japanese ab initio

UPDATE 5 April: IB language placement tests for students interested in IB French or IB French ab initio. There is no language placement test for IB Japanese ab initio, students will be evaluated for Japanese ab initio at the 1 March course planning session. Exam starts at 4pm. Exam time: 1 hour. Location: Churchill Cafeteria.

UPDATE 6 May: IB HL Math placement exam in a location NEW GYM at Churchill School. Time: 8:40am to 9:40am (plan for 10am dismissal).

UPDATE There may be an orientation event for incoming IB students in June, please stay tuned. It is our hope that we can host an orientation session at Churchill School on 23 June from 4pm to 5:30pm.

IB Application Package

The application process is more rigorous this year than ever before because of the cancellation of entrance exams due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Reminder: Prelude students are not automatically considered for the IB Program and must complete the application process the same as all other interested applicants.

Application Package is below. There are no print copies available, please print your own and follow the detailed instructions in the package. 

***Prelude students now complete the same Application in full***

All IB Applications are due in one place: the Main Office at Churchill School, no later than 3:30pm on 10 December 2021.

IB Information  - PowerPoint for September 2022 Admissions

There will be no information night again this year. Instead, you will find a detailed PowerPoint with updated dates and statistics. I have also left the video presentation from last year. If you watch this video, note that the information about what IB is about is still helpful, but the dates and statistics are outdated and inaccurate. 

It is expected that interested IB candidates, and their families, carefully review the PowerPoint (2021) in full before applying for the IB Program at Churchill School. 

IB is a rigorous academic program - likely the most rigorous high school program available in Canada because of the high academic standards that must be balanced with volunteering, sports, and an independent research project. It is because of this rigour that IB candidates will develop the skills necessary for the 21st century, including: critical thinking, research, writing, self-management, communication, and collaboration skills. Our IB community of teachers and learners develop the type of rapport that creates a community of support and caring. IB is a wonderful program and it is my hope that it is a good fit for you and your family. 

PowerPoint 2021 (PDF format)


  • general information about IB
  • updated statistics
  • updated dates
  • update FAQ's

IB Diploma Information -2021.pdf

Video Presentation from 2020


  • general information about IB
  • outdated statistics
  • outdated dates
  • outdated FAQ's

YouTube IB Information Night Churchill Secondary  

IB Application Package/portfolio

IB Application 2021.docx (Word Version)

IB Application 2021.pdf (PDF Version - not fillable)

Please be sure to complete and submit all components. It will take time to complete the portfolio, be sure to read everything with care and do the best that you can do - good luck!

The International Baccalaureate

The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepare high school students for success at university and life beyond.

The International Baccalaureate Mission Statement

"The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end, the organization works with school, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right."

The IB Learner Profile

In addition to the Mission Statement, the IB Organization has established ten Learner Profiles that as IB learners, IB students should strive to be:

  • Inquirers - curious
  • Knowledgeable - well-read, aware
  • Thinkers - rational, critical
  • Communicators - collaborative
  • Principled - honest, act with integrity
  • Open-Minded - non-judgemental, unprejudiced
  • Caring - compassionate
  • Risk-Takers - resilient
  • Balanced - mindful
  • Reflective - thoughtful

For more details about the individual learner profiles, see:  learner-profile-en.pdf

The Outcomes of an IB Education

Diploma Programme candidates are required to study six subjects and a programme core. Specialization is provided by requiring at least three [no more than four] of the six subjects to be studied at HL. Breadth is provided by studying three subjects [two if four HL subjects are taken] at standard level (SL).

Students choose courses from the following subject groups:

  • Group 1: Studies in language and literature
    • English A: Literature
    • French A: Language and Literature
    • Chinese A: Language and Literature
  • Group 2: Language acquisition
    • French B
    • French ab initio
    • Japanese ab initio
  • Group 3: Individuals and societies
    • Geography
    • History
    • Psychology
  • Group 4: Sciences
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Group 5: Mathematics
  • Group 6: The arts
    • Film
    • Dance
    • Theatre
    • Visual Arts

Students may opt out of Group 6 to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course. We highly recommend that students consider taking a Group 6 rather than replacing it because it provides the best IB experience and balanced course load. For more detailed descriptions of the IB courses offered at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, see the PDF attachments below.

The core of the Diploma Programme consists of the theory of knowledge (TOK), the extended essay (EE) and creativity, activity, service (CAS).

  • TOK provides a forum for discussion, reflection and instruction that considers the nature of human knowledge and supports the development of interdisciplinary understanding.
  • The EE provides the opportunity to investigate an academic research question of individual interest and in the process to develop the independent research and writing skills expected for further education.
  • Participation in the school’s CAS programme broadens the educational experience by expecting students to be involved in creative, physical and service activities.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School

All IB subjects are blended HL/SL in Year 1 (Grade 11). Decisions about HL/SL status is to be made at the end of Grade 11 up to October of Year 2 (Grade 12).

All IB Group Subjects are completed on timetable over two years.

Please note: we do our best to accommodate all course requests; however, there may be restrictions in the timetable and students may not get all the courses and/or levels they request.

Group 1:  English

All candidates will complete English A.

Group 2: French Immersion A 

French A is for candidates admitted to the IB French Immersion Programme. 

French B

For candidates with grade 10 level ability in the language. There will be a language placement test for French B.

Japanese & French ab initio

For candidates who are interested in learning a new language from the beginning (ab initio) or for candidates who do not qualify for French A or French B, French ab initio or Japanese ab initio may be the right fit for you. Our Japanese Language teacher, Ms Wakabayahsi, will be available for questions at the Course Selection session as will Mme Kung for French. There will also be language placement exams for French B, French ab initio and Japanese ab initio

Group 3:

Candidates select one Group 3 subject (can select two if they elect not to complete a Group 6 subject). If a candidate chooses IB Psychology, in order to graduate high school, the candidate must also complete a Social Studies 11 (SS11) equivalent course online or in summer school as IB Psychology does not meet the requirements for SS11. If a candidate completes either IB Geography or IB History, the requirements for graduation are met and no online or summer school SS11 equivalent course needs to be completed. 


History HL

History SL


Group 4:

Candidates select one Group 4 subject (can select two if they elect not to complete a Group 6 subject).

NB: Most Canadian post-secondary institutions require students complete two sciences for admissions into their Science faculties. Also, most Canadian post-secondary institutions require that students complete Provincial-level (i.e. not IB) Chemistry 11 and Physics 11. IB candidates taking one of these (IB Chemistry or IB Physics, but not both) and IB Biology (thus completing the two required sciences) will need to complete the other (Chemistry or Physics) at the Provincial grade 11 level only. This should be done online or during summer school.

NB: Engineering programs vary in their requirements and IB candidates should examine what they will need for admissions before course selection. Most engineering programs require both Chemistry and Physics at the grade 12 level too; in that case, IB candidates completing one of these course requirements in IB (i.e. IB Chemistry or IB Physics) ought to complete the grade 11 and 12 at the Provincial level online or in summer school.

IB candidates can request to complete IB Chemistry and IB Physics; however, we encourage candidates to also follow their interests. If a candidate is interested in a future in medicine, they really ought to take IB Biology! The universities do not care if the required Physics and Chemistry 11 classes are IB or not. Many of our IB candidates complete the other required science at the provincial level online or during summer school. 

Biology HL

Biology SL

Chemistry HL

Chemistry SL

Physics HL

Physics SL 

Group 5:

With the IB Curriculum changes implemented recently, IB at SWC is approaching admissions to IB Math differently. Candidates who have successfully completed Math 10 will be placed in one cohort and candidates who have successfully completed Math 11+ will be placed in another. The cohort for Math 10 candidates will be learning Analysis and Approaches (AA) SL. The cohort for Math 11+ candidates will be learning AA blended HL/SL. The difference between the dedicated AA SL and blended AA HL/SL cohorts will be content and speed with which units will be taught. Essentially, the AA HL/SL cohort is a year ahead.  

Candidates will work throughout the year in their designated cohorts to demonstrate their ability and upon their teachers’ recommendation and a minimum required IB score achieved by the end of term 2, candidates from both cohorts will either:

  • Continue in AA SL
  • Enter a new stream available in Year 2 only: Applications and Interpretations (AI) SL.
  • Enter a new stream available in Year 2 only: Analysis and Approaches (AA) HL

NB: Candidates interested in admissions to Commerce, Sciences, or Engineering faculties in university must complete AA SL or HL to be considered for admissions. Candidates interested in Arts faculties will be considered for admissions with the completion of AI SL.

Math Analysis and Approaches SL & HL (HL Year 2 Only) 

Math Applications and Interpretations SL only Year 2 Only  

Group 6:

For candidates to have the true IB experience and a most manageable course load, they ought to complete a Group 6 subject. However, IB recognizes some of the limitations post-secondary institutions have placed on admission requirements and Group 6 is optional.

NB: Group 6 is a perfect outlet for creativity, it adds balance and structure to the IB candidates overwhelming schedule, and significantly develops the critical skill of critical thinking. FYI: candidates interested in architecture ought to consider completing Visual Arts! 

Film HL/SL

IB Dance.pdf

IB Dance SL.pdf

Theatre HL

Theatre SL

Visual Arts HL

Visual Arts SL


Successful completion of the IB Programme depends on the successful completion of its core.

CAS and the EE are completed off-timetable with the guidance of the CAS Coordinator, Ms Waight, and the Diploma Coordinator, Ms Puzio.

TOK, or Theory of Knowledge, is completed on-timetable over the two years. 

Core CAS

Core Extended Essay

Core TOK 

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