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 schools, 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.
Catholic Central High School IB Department Mission Statement
The Catholic Central International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme aims to develop effective communicators and reflective, creative, collaborative and holistic thinkers. We aim to support the student’s journey to become discerning believers, responsible and lifelong learners. We further aim to provide a Catholic learning environment in the service of Christ which promotes the spiritual, intellectual, cultural, emotional and physical growth of each student in partnership with parents, the Church and the global community.
Catholic Central High School
Catholic Central High School has been located in the heart of downtown London for over fifty years. As the oldest Catholic Secondary School in London, we are an institute built upon traditions – traditions of excellence.
Our central location allows students from all across London and Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford Counties to take advantage of the enriching learning opportunities and academic challenges provided through many special programs such as English as a Second Language, Environmental Leadership and Music Extension.
Graduates of CCH have become influential leaders in business, industry, sciences and the religious and local communities. CCH is known for its school spirit. Whether it is a sporting event, a fundraising activity or helping others in need, CCH students have always joined together in support of a cause. The Service Learning component of our curriculum and CCH extra-curricular activities allow students the opportunity to enhance their educational experience outside of the classroom.
Our school is also enriched by its ethnic flavor. With more than thirty nationalities in its make-up, the CCH student body is a rich mixture of students and cultural influences from around the world.
Tradition, excellence, spirit, extra-curricular activities, community involvement and ethnic diversity all combine to make Catholic Central well suited to the goals of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
History of the IB Diploma Programme at Catholic Central
With the support of the staff and administrators at Catholic Central High School, the LDCSB began the accreditation process in 1996. CCH received its designation as an IB World School in June, 2001. The “Pioneer Group” of 7 students graduated from the IB Diploma Programme in June 2003. This group was followed by 7 more graduates in 2004 and another 11 graduates in 2005. In addition to the Diploma Programme courses offered in Grades 11 and 12 and offers Diploma Preparation Courses in both Grades 9 and 10. In December 2015, Catholic Central High School became the first IB World in Canada to be authorized with the new IB Carreer-Related Pathway for students.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. My family does not live in the CCH Boundary. Can we still apply to the IB Programme?
The IB Programme is a system program in the board thus any student in the district can apply for the IB Programme. Students in the IB programme get a boundary exemption to attend CCH.
2. Is transportation provided to CCH?
Transportation is provided to students who live outside the boundary. Students in boundary must live 3 miles away to have bussing to CCH. Bussing takes at least two weeks to set up. Late transfers to CCH will have to find their own transportation until bussing is setup. Bussing information is mailed from the bus company by the end of August.
3. Can we withdraw from the programme?
Students may withdraw from the programme. Students are not encouraged to withdraw mid-semester or after the first semester unless there are extenuating circumstances.
4. Why do students withdraw from the programme?
Some students withdraw from the programme because they would like more options in grade 11 or 12. Some students cannot meet the academic challenge of the programme and need to retake courses to obtain higher grades. Time management is a key component to be successful in this programme. Students who do not observe deadlines and due dates find it difficult to manage the expectations of the programme. Parent support is key in keeping students on track and being successful in the IB Programme.
5. Are there any fees to be in IB?
There are no IB fees for students in grade 9 or 10. The only IB fees that students must pay is the cost to register as an IB student in the grade 11 year and the cost to write each IB Exam. These prices are in American dollars and are subject to change. Please contact the IB Coordinator for more information regarding the cost of writing an IB exam.
6. My child wants to be an engineer, how can we get physics and still be in the IB Programme?
Students in the IB programme can use a course substitution to substitute careers and civics for grade 11 Physics in their grade 10 year. After grade 11, students can take summer school to obtain the grade 12 physics course. We do not recommended students to take the grade 12 physics during summer school after the grade 10 year. IB Students have been more successful taking grade 12 physics after they have taken grade 12 Biology, grade 11 Chemistry, and grade 12 Math. Students should speak to the IB Guidance Councillor in grade 9 if they require physics as a prerequisite to university entrance. If students leave the IB Programme their course substitution is withdrawn.
7. Are the IB students mixed with regular OSSD students?
The Pre-Diploma students take math, science and English with IB students and are mixed with OSSD students for their other subjects. In grade 11, students are in IB only classes with a few exceptions.
8. Will my child get two diplomas?
As long as there are no failing conditions, students in the IB Diploma obtain the OSSD diploma and the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
9. What are the benefits of the taking the IB Programme rather than taking OSSD credits?
There are several benefits for taking the IB Programme. There has been a significant amount of literature published that states that students who complete the IB Diploma are better prepared for post secondary education and have a significant lower university dropout rate. Students who obtain a 5 or higher in their higher level subjects are eligible for first year transfer credits. All universities have an IB policy. Students are encouraged to look at see what Canadian and international universities will provide for students who have the IB Diploma.
10. What is the difference between the 40 hours of community service and the IB's CAS Program.
The hours required for IB start in grade 11 and finish by March of the Grade 12 year. The CAS hours incorporate creative activities, physical activities and community service. IB hours can be granted for activities during the school day, where the OSSD hours can only be granted outside school hours. All OSSD hours obtained in the grade 11 and 12 years can count as CAS service hours. Please contact the IB Coordinator if you have any questions regarding CAS hours.
11. Can my child do music extension and IB?
Students can do music extension and IB together. In grade 11 students have to pick between vocal and string to continue in IB. Please contact Mrs. Getliffe ext. 21041 regarding scheduling IB and Music Extension.
12. My child is on an IEP, will they get special accommodations on their IB Exams?
It is possible to get special accommodations for IB Exams. Parents must contact the IB Coordinator in September of their child's grade 11 year to start the process to apply for special accommodations to IB. Details regarding this process can be found in the Special Education Policy below.