Universities

St. Mary's parents and students may find it interesting to know the high level of interest international universities have for our St. Mary's graduates.

Who says IB students can't afford to spend time pursuing national level athletics? We have two recent IB graduates of St. Mary's (Barrett and Alexandria) who had enrolled in the prestigious Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. What is interesting about these ex-students is that one was a former member of the university Men's Volleyball team, while the other was a former member of the Women's Hockey team. Once again this proves that IB prepares students for the challenging world of rigorous academics as well as university level athletics.

Universities in Canada, the United States and Europe continue to be a big draw for St. Mary's students. Recent graduates of St. Mary's are currently attending the following schools:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Notre Dame University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Eastern Michigan
  • Indiana University
  • Jacksonville State University
  • University of Tulsa
  • Texas A & M University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Ottawa
  • McGill University
  • Carelton University
  • Waterloo University
  • University of Toronto
  • Queen's University
  • Stanford
  • MIT
  • St. Frances Xavier University
  • University of Dundee (Scotland)
  • University of Southern California

Congratulations to our St. Mary's Graduates

Testimonials

Dear IB Coordinator

I've been meaning to send you this email for quite some time now, but as I'm sure you know, life gets very busy.

I wanted to send you a thank you both to you both and the IB programme for helping me to achieve so much over the last five years. As I'm sure you remember, I have always been a huge supporter of the IB programme and I find myself here, five years later with a clear indication of what the program is capable of.

Every year, when grade 9 students come to the cafeteria or gym at St. Mary's to hear about the IB program they are presented with a myriad pieces of information, with promises of a deeper curriculum, university recognition and the development of a skill set that will carry them far in life. I wanted to tell you that these promises really do ring true and how appreciative I am for the opportunities that I have been given as a result of my involvement in the IB programme.

Five years later, I have graduated from the University of Waterloo with two degrees: An Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemcial Engineering (Co-op) with an option in Management Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. In addition to these two degrees, I have also been admitted and will be attending the University of Calgary Faculty of Law this coming fall. During my time here at Waterloo, I have competed with the Varsity Mens Volleyball Team, worked as a CIS, OUA and Volleyball Canada referee, and also directed and built a local boys volleyball club program which now encompasses eight boys teams including my own.

I tell you this not because I want to brag, but merely to say that I would not have been able to achieve/experience these things without having participated in the IB programme. IB taught me how to manage my time, how to think critically and reason logically, how to create and defend an argument, how to find the theme in literature or a lesson in history, how to write a proper lab report, how to speak a second language, and even how to interact with peers and professors on so many different levels. IB allowed me to complete my Spanish degree concurrently with my Engineering degree, both my giving me almost a full year of transfer credit for breadth electives, and providing me with the basic language skills and critical thinking, reading and writing skills to succeed in a "non-technical" area of study.

IB has opened my eyes to the world, and helped me find what I am passionate about. It helped me to be more accepting of others, allowing me to travel the world and truly savor every experience. It gave me the confidence to pick up and move half way across the world to a foreign country where I knew no one. It gave me conflict management skills and taught me that there are many different viewpoints to the same issue and the same argument. It taught me that the world isn't black and white, and that there are very few, if any absolutes. I owe much of who I am today to the IB programme and those individuals who have shaped it and helped it become the way it is today.

Thank you to both of you and the IB programme, please continue the amazing work.

Sincerely,

Barrett Schitka
16U Boys Head Coach
Boys Program Coordinator
KW Predators Volleyball Club

Student Recruited

Universities

St. Mary's parents and students may find it interesting to know the high level of interest international universities have for our St. Mary's graduates.

Who says IB students can't afford to spend time pursuing national level athletics? We have two recent IB graduates of St. Mary's (Barrett and Alexandria) who had enrolled in the prestigious Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. What is interesting about these ex-students is that one was a former member of the university Men's Volleyball team, while the other was a former member of the Women's Hockey team. Once again this proves that IB prepares students for the challenging world of rigorous academics as well as university level athletics.

Universities in Canada, the United States and Europe continue to be a big draw for St. Mary's students. Recent graduates of St. Mary's are currently attending the following schools:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Notre Dame University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Eastern Michigan
  • Indiana University
  • Jacksonville State University
  • University of Tulsa
  • Texas A & M University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Ottawa
  • McGill University
  • Carelton University
  • Waterloo University
  • University of Toronto
  • Queen's University
  • Stanford
  • MIT
  • St. Frances Xavier University
  • University of Dundee (Scotland)
  • University of Southern California

Congratulations to our St. Mary's Graduates

Testimonials

Dear IB Coordinator

I've been meaning to send you this email for quite some time now, but as I'm sure you know, life gets very busy.

I wanted to send you a thank you both to you both and the IB programme for helping me to achieve so much over the last five years. As I'm sure you remember, I have always been a huge supporter of the IB programme and I find myself here, five years later with a clear indication of what the program is capable of.

Every year, when grade 9 students come to the cafeteria or gym at St. Mary's to hear about the IB program they are presented with a myriad pieces of information, with promises of a deeper curriculum, university recognition and the development of a skill set that will carry them far in life. I wanted to tell you that these promises really do ring true and how appreciative I am for the opportunities that I have been given as a result of my involvement in the IB programme.

Five years later, I have graduated from the University of Waterloo with two degrees: An Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemcial Engineering (Co-op) with an option in Management Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. In addition to these two degrees, I have also been admitted and will be attending the University of Calgary Faculty of Law this coming fall. During my time here at Waterloo, I have competed with the Varsity Mens Volleyball Team, worked as a CIS, OUA and Volleyball Canada referee, and also directed and built a local boys volleyball club program which now encompasses eight boys teams including my own.

I tell you this not because I want to brag, but merely to say that I would not have been able to achieve/experience these things without having participated in the IB programme. IB taught me how to manage my time, how to think critically and reason logically, how to create and defend an argument, how to find the theme in literature or a lesson in history, how to write a proper lab report, how to speak a second language, and even how to interact with peers and professors on so many different levels. IB allowed me to complete my Spanish degree concurrently with my Engineering degree, both my giving me almost a full year of transfer credit for breadth electives, and providing me with the basic language skills and critical thinking, reading and writing skills to succeed in a "non-technical" area of study.

IB has opened my eyes to the world, and helped me find what I am passionate about. It helped me to be more accepting of others, allowing me to travel the world and truly savor every experience. It gave me the confidence to pick up and move half way across the world to a foreign country where I knew no one. It gave me conflict management skills and taught me that there are many different viewpoints to the same issue and the same argument. It taught me that the world isn't black and white, and that there are very few, if any absolutes. I owe much of who I am today to the IB programme and those individuals who have shaped it and helped it become the way it is today.

Thank you to both of you and the IB programme, please continue the amazing work.

Sincerely,

Barrett Schitka
16U Boys Head Coach
Boys Program Coordinator
KW Predators Volleyball Club