Parkdale News

Posted April 2nd

Important COVID-19 Update from the OUAC and Ontario's Universities

In response to the many questions being asked about the impact of school closures due to the COVID-19 crisis on university applications, the OUAC and the Ontario universities want to reassure you that they are focused on ensuring that the application process continues as smoothly as possible for your students. Until we receive direction from the Ministry of Education, we hope to adhere, as best we can, to the published 101 Schedule of Dates to try to maintain some semblance of normalcy for students and parents.

We will continue to email updates as the Ministry announces its plans for the remainder of the school year.

OUAC Secondary School Division

Posted April 1st

*Urgent* - Parent/Teacher Interviews - Scheduled for tomorrow April 2nd are Cancelled

Posted April 1st

Missing your chance to take a tour of your future University/College - Take a virtual tour! Virtual University/College Campus Tours

Posted March 31st

Letter from the Honorable Minister of Education - Stephen Lecce

As part of this plan for online learning, our government has outlined the minimum expectations for student work-time in a given week based on learning materials and work assigned by your student’s teacher. These expectations, for each teacher, include:

• Kindergarten to grade three: Five hours of work per student per week, with a focus on literacy and math;

• Grades four to six: Five hours of work per week, with a focus on literacy, math, science, and social studies;

• Grades seven to eight: 10 hours of work per week, with a focus on math, literacy, science and social studies; and,

• Grades nine to 12: Three hours of work per course per week for semestered students, and 1.5 hours of work per course per week for non-semestered students, with a focus on credit accumulation and graduation.

Posted March 31st

Letter from TDSB Director of Education - Dr. John Malloy

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today, the Ontario government announced that, due to the continued spread of COVID-19, all publicly-funded schools in Ontario, including those at the TDSB, will remain closed to students until Monday, May 4, 2020. The government also said that as we approach these dates, the decision will be revaluated and that the closure may be extended based on public health advice. Please note that child care centres, Extended Day Programs and EarlyON programs located in our schools will also remain closed until April 13, according to the province’s Declaration of Emergency, which only allows closures to be extended for one 14-day period at a time.

For more on today’s announcement, please read Minister of Education Stephen Lecce’s letter to parents and guardians. 

As we have previously shared, TDSB staff have already begun the significant task of connecting with all students and families as we prepare to re-establish teacher-led learning beginning Monday, April 6. We know that parents/guardians will have a number of questions including how this upcoming learning will be marked and how report cards will work. As assessment policy is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education, we are working with them to better understand the expectations and we will support our students through the process. As always, we will share this information as soon as possible.

We understand that each family is facing a different set of challenges right now as a result of the developing COVID-19 situation. I know our staff will be as accommodating as possible during this difficult time. If you and/or your children have not yet heard from teachers, they are continuing to connect with families this week in preparation for next week. Should you have any specific questions about learning within your child(ren)’s class, I would encourage you to contact the teacher directly. If further assistance is required, please contact the school principal.

While we are doing our best to re-establish teacher-led learning for all students beginning on Monday, April 6, the weeks ahead will be a new experience for all of us and there may be some challenges along the way. I would once again ask for your continued patience and understanding. We remain committed to supporting our students and their families as best we can under tremendously difficult circumstances.

We will update our parents/guardians as more details become available. In the meantime, we continue to update the TDSB website with additional information.


            Posted - March 23rd 

*New* - IB Exams Cancelled - See below for details

                         Posted - March 24th - updated March 31st

*New* - Scholarship Information

                         Posted - March 23rd - 27th

*New* - Parkdale CI Administrators and Staff are calling PCI families that do not have an email on record with the school. Collecting these email addresses will ensure students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) are  kept up to date on next steps moving forward.



March 23, 2020

To Parkdale IB Students and Families,

The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

 As an organization, it is critical for the IB to ensure that the options it provides its global community of IB World Schools are based on compassion and fairness for the difficult circumstances that its students and educators are experiencing. As a result, based on considerable advice from stakeholders across the globe, including schools, students, universities and official bodies, the IB has determined what it believes to be the most responsible and ethical way forward.

The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between 30 April and 22 May for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme candidates will no longer be held.  

Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.   

We know parents and student will have many questions. The IB will share full details and FAQs with us and on their website by 27 March 2020.

For any other questions, please contact Julie Ardell, Principal at or Miro Bartnik, IB DP Coordinator at

Thank you and stay well.


Parent/Guardian Special Education Guide



NEW Information for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program


IB Diploma Program Fees:

Starting in the 2020-21 school year, there will be a fee of $3000 for the IB Diploma Program ($1500 for Grade 11 and $1500 for Grade 12). For more information, please read the IB Fees Frequently Asked Questions below or contact your school directly. There is no fee for pre-IB (Grades 9 and 10). 


Existing Information on Website:

The TDSB is proud to have a number of authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Schools.  The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a recognized leader in the field of international education, encouraging students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens.

The Diploma Program is for students aged 16 to 19 and is a demanding two-year curriculum leading to final examinations and a qualification that is welcomed by leading universities around the world.


This program includes a curriculum, pedagogy and student assessment appropriate to the age range, professional development for teachers and a process of school authorization and evaluation.  


The International Baccalaureate Mission Statement:
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) 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 IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


IB Learner Profile
IB programs promote the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge. Underlying the IB program is the concept of education of the whole person as a lifelong process. The ten characteristics of the IB Learner Profile, include:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What are the fees for the IB Diploma Program?  

Answer: Starting in the 2020-21 school year, there is a fee of $3000 for the IB Diploma Program ($1500 in Grade 11 and $1500 in Grade 12). 

Question: When is payment due?

Answer: Below is the fee schedule for the IB Diploma Program. Your school will provide specific instructions for how to pay the fees. For questions or additional information, please contact your school:

  • Payment by February of Grade 10 upon course selection for grade 11 - $1500
  • Payment by February of Grade 11 upon course selection for grade 12 - $1500

Question: Is there a fee for pre-IB? 

Answer: There is no fee for pre-IB (Grades 9 and 10). 

Question: Is there any financial assistance available for the IB program?

Answer: Parents/guardians who require financial support to participate in the IB program are encouraged to contact their school Principal. 

Question: Why are there fees for the IB program and not other specialized TDSB programs?

Answer: There are costs associated with the IB program that are required by the International Baccalaureate Organization. These costs are related to teacher training, annual dues, program coordination, and participation in IB examinations. Other specialized programs offered at TDSB schools do not have the same required costs.

Talking Points

  • Last year, school boards across Ontario faced unique challenges with balancing their operating budgets because of millions of dollars in funding reductions by the Ontario Ministry of Education. 
  • At the TDSB, trustees approved $67.8 million in reductions to staff and changes to program/service delivery to balance the budget. That $67.8 million included a $42.1 million cut in provincial government funding and a budget shortfall of $25.7 million.
  • Many difficult decisions had to be made to balance the budget, including changing the fee requirements for students in the secondary International Baccalaureate (IB) program. 
  • Currently, the TDSB covers the per-student fees for all secondary IB students. Starting in the 2020-21 school year, there will be a fee of $3000 for the IB Diploma Program ($1500 for Grade 11 and $1500 for Grade 12). This is in line with the practice at all other GTA boards. 
  • There will be no fee for pre-IB (Grades 9 and 10). 
  • When a school board offers the IB program, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) requires that the majority of teachers teaching IB courses be IBO trained, and there is a cost associated with this training.
  • In addition, the IBO also requires a .5 IB coordinator to oversee all registrations, authorization and adherence to the program objectives.
  • There is also a cost associated with participating in required IB examinations. 
  • With the TDSB’s severe budgetary shortfall, the Board does not have the funds to continue covering the cost of these IBO requirements.
  • Other specialized programs offered at TDSB schools, such as TOPS and MACS, do not have the same required costs. 
  • Financial assistance will be available to students who require support. Additional information about this process, as well as specifics related to accepting payment for the IB program, will be shared soon as details are being finalized.
  • The fees charged by the TDSB will cover the cost of running including annual dues, teacher training, exam fees, program coordination and will make the program cost neutral. The fees will not result in any additional revenue for the Board.  

A Tradition of Academic Excellence Continues

Parkdale Collegiate Institute is proud to “Let knowledge grow from more to more…”  We celebrate all of our students’ accomplishments and take this opportunity to congratulate 2018 graduate Frances Mangina for her stellar results.

student photo of Frances Mangina, Class of 2018

Frances tied for the highest average of all TDSB graduates.  With a 99.7% average Frances has been awarded the title of TDSB 2018 Top Scholar.  All the while, she has been active in Parkdale’s vibrant student life of teams and clubs.

In addition to this honour, Frances is also one a very rare few who has achieved a perfect score on her IB Diploma!  Congratulations are in order for this outstanding result in the academically rigorous International Baccalaureate programme.  Frances is continuing her studies at Princeton University.


Student photo of Tony Chen

PCI is thrilled to see a perfect score of 45 two times in the past few years!  Tony Chen also achieved a perfect score upon graudating from our I.B. Diploma Programme. Tony has since completed his Bachelor of Health Sciences at McMaster University, and continues his studies at the same university.  He is pursuing a combined MD/PhD in Biochemistry.


Tony echoes the sentiments of many Parkdale IB grads when he states, “It was an experience which challenged my resilience, intellect, and creativity, teaching me the confidence to confront obstacles and rise to the occasion. It gave me an opportunity to learn from an engaged cohort of classmates and a passionate team of teachers, both incredible sources of inspiration and support….Thanks for the great memories Parkdale!” 





Important Message For Parents of I.B. Students

Please read the following letter with regard to important changes about the Extended Essay. 

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