The International Baccalaureate develops 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.
A Brief History
In September of 2001, I.E. Weldon Secondary School began its quest to become internationally recognized as a world class school. Following a rigorous application and visitation process, Weldon joined about 100 Canadian schools and 1200 schools worldwide as an IB Diploma school in March 2003.
In May 2006, Weldon’s first International Baccalaureate class of 18 students completed their international examinations. Since that time, Weldon has built on the success of its first cohort and over 60 students participate in examinations each year. In a typical school year at Weldon, approximately 300 students, enrolled in grades 9 through 12, are involved in our Power Pack and IB programs. Many students have found it is worth the trip to Weldon, including students from as far away as Germany, China and Brazil.
Weldon’s stellar results and entry-based-on-desire policy are part of the reason that I.E. Weldon is considered a leader amongst its fellow Ontario IB schools. Eight of Weldon’s IB teachers are examiners and another six have lead workshops for fellow IB teachers. Weldon routinely receives visits from applicant or new IB Schools seeking information and ideas.
As of September 2018, there are over 6400 IB Schools worldwide and roughly 183 IB Diploma schools in Canada, 76 of which are in Ontario.