International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs

International Baccalaureate

The IB Diploma Program is designed for highly motivated secondary students who want an internationally recognized, rigorous, liberal education. The IB Diploma Program prepares students exceptionally well for university study in all disciplines.

The IB Diploma Programme is a two-year course of study for students aged 16-19 (Grades 11 and 12). However, if students are interested in pursuing an IB Diploma, they must take a set of pre-IB courses in Grades 9 and 10. The broad curriculum includes the study of languages, a social science, an experimental science, math, and an arts or second subject from another curriculum area. The program involves rigorous assessment; each student’s performance is measured against well-defined levels of achievement. These are applied equally to all IB schools.

Universities worldwide- including Ontario and the rest of Canada- accept the IB Diploma. Highly successful IB students may receive university-level credit or scholarships based on their IB Diploma scores.

There are two schools in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board that offer the International Baccalaureate program, Cobourg Collegiate Institute in Cobourg and Kenner CVI in Peterborough. For more information, contact the Guidance department at Kenner CVI or Cobourg Collegiate Institute or visit


Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is a cooperative agreement between participating secondary schools and post-secondary institutions. AP courses permit you to undertake additional academic content as identified by postsecondary institutions.

Students may work toward the opportunity to write an Advanced Placement (AP) exam. The AP program is interwoven with the Ontario curriculum. AP enrichment exposes students to university-level content and expectations, providing valuable experiences in preparation for universities in Canada, the U.S. or abroad. 

To determine if your child’s secondary school offers AP classes please contact the Guidance department.

More information on the AP exam can be found at