For the online application does the student or parent apply for the program?
If the student is an HDSB student, the student must use his/her email address to start the application process online. In the application process parents/guardians will also be able to list their email address. The primary parent email address will receive an email regarding acceptance into the program.
When will I hear about the outcome of my application?
Applicants will be informed via student email mid-January. Students must respond to the offer of admission (accept or decline) by the date outlined in the Admission offer email (usually end of January). For specific dates each year, please refer to the HDSB IB School website.
Does the student qualify for busing?
Please be advised that only students who are within the boundaries of the IBDP school, and who meet the board requirements for busing, will be given board- sponsored transportation. All other students will need to arrange their own transportation to and from school. We do not get involved with second-party transportation issues.
Therefore, if you reside outside the transportation boundaries, you can still be accepted into the ALP or IB program here, but you will need to provide your own transportation.
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Are there fees for the ALP/ IBDP?
There are no fees for the ALP (Grades 9 & 10). There is a fee of $1350/year for the full IBDP (Grades 11 & 12). For IB Schools who offer IB Course options please contact the school directly for current fees (payment to be made in the year of the IB Course examination).
Who is able to apply to the program?
Students entering grade 9 and 10 can apply for the Accelerated Learning Program, and students entering grade 11 can apply for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Can students access an ALP/IBDP outside of their regional school?
Eligible students not accepted to their regional school due to limited space or who missed the application deadlines in the first round can submit an application for a school that offers a subsequent application round. ALP/IBDP programs with available space may open a subsequent round of applications, usually in February, timelines for subsequent applications are determined by the school and will be shared on the school website.
Can I stay at my home school and then transfer in grade 11?
Yes, you can apply for grade 10 or 11. It is strongly recommended that students participate in ALP as it prepares the student for the rigor of the IB Diploma Programme. Students would then need to apply with their most current achievement.
Is there a percentage cutoff for the ALP/IBDP admission?
We take a whole student approach looking for generally for 75% and above. “Students and parents can be confident that students who are achieving at level 3 (70%) are well prepared for work in the next grade or the next course.” Higher marks are advised and an emphasis is put on Learning Skills.
Is there a limited number of spots or places?
All applications submitted by the December application deadline will be considered in accordance with the eligibility criteria. Entrance into this optional program is based on the quality of the application and subject to availability of space in the ALP/IB as well as school capacity. Applications received after the deadline will only be considered once all other applications have been considered.