Holy Cross Catholic Academy is now an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for the IB Diploma Programme and is accepting applications for September classes.
With the new designation, the high school joins a global community of schools described as ‘committed to developing worldly, knowledgeable and caring youth who can firmly negotiate their futures successfully and make meaningful contributions to a more harmonious and peaceful world.’
“We are honoured to offer the IB program to students wishing to deepen their level of knowledge and understanding of the curriculum, growing intellectually, emotionally and spiritually as they journey through their high school experience,” says Principal Edward Lavor.
Credits earned in the rigorous and intellectually challenging pre-university program are recognized internationally. Students earn two diplomas upon graduation: an internationally recognized Baccalaureate Diploma and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). “Students pursuing the IB and OSSD diplomas will develop strong academic and organizational skills, engaging in opportunities that make practical and global connections to the curriculum,” Lavor says. “Students will be empowered to become lifelong learners, challenged to make a positive difference in our present and future world.”
Holy Cross staff will also benefit from professional development opportunities as they join a network of IB professionals committed to best practices in teaching students and in sharing those practices with each other. Father Michael McGivney CA and St. Robert Catholic High School in Markham and Cardinal Carter Catholic High School in Aurora also offer the program.
Students interested in the IB Programme at Holy Cross CA should contact the school at 905-851-6699 or apply online at the Holy Cross IB website. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, entry tests for the IB Programme have been temporarily waived. Boundaries to attend the IB Programme at Holy Cross CA include areas west of Hwy. 400 in York Region, although some exceptions may be made. Visit https://sites.google.com/ycdsb.ca/hcca-ib-diploma-programme to learn more.
Photo of Holy Cross Catholic Academy courtesy of the York Catholic District School Board.