The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) for students aged 16 to 19 is a challenging two-year curricula leading to final examinations and a qualification that is welcomed by leading universities around the world. In some cases, students who participate in the IB Diploma Programme will also fulfill the requirements of their province's curriculum and examination.
Diploma Programme graduates are strongly courted by universities and colleges; these institutions often offer credit or advanced standing to Diploma Programme graduates. Additionally, local, state, provincial and federal governments are recognizing the quality of the International Baccalaureate programme and increasingly allowing IB assessments to replace standardized tests.
What is the Philosophy of IB?
IB provides students of the linguistic, cultural, and educational backgrounds with the intellectual, social and critical perspectives necessary for the adult world that lies ahead of them. The education of the "whole person" takes on a special significance as we approach the twenty-first century when knowledge continues to expand dramatically; when advanced technologies and global economics have tied together vastly different cultures; when the world is bound too closely for provincial ideologies to guide political thought; when to exist in a world community requires appreciation and understanding of cultural diversity; and when cooperation alone will solve global problems. It is essential that academic training provide students with the values and opportunities that will enable them to succeed in the competitive, modern world.
Who is a typical IB Student?
Successful IB students have a strong academic background, are committed to learning, and are task oriented are invited to apply for the International Baccalaureate Program. Students may take the Certificate Program (partial IB) or Diploma Program (full IB) (see below).
What are the IB Course Options?
Group One: First Language
Group Two: Second Language
Group Three: Individuals & Societies
Group Four: Experimental Sciences
Group Five: Mathematics
Group Six: Arts & Electives
IB Diploma Requirements
During Senior 3 and Senior 4, students will take six (6) IB exams: three (3) at a Higher Level and three (3) at a Standard Level. One exam will be taken from each of the six (6) subject areas listed. Exams are graded from 1 point to 7 points (maximum). Students must score a total of 24 points to acquire the IB Diploma. In addition, diploma candidates must meet three other requirements:
- Complete an inter-disciplinary course called Theory of Knowledge.
- Prepare an Extended Essay reflecting independent research
- Complete at least 200 CAS hours (extracurricular activities that are categorized as Creative, Action, or Service)
Students select IB classes based on availability, interest, and achievement. Certificate students do not receive the IB Diploma, but they do earn a Certificate for each IB exam successfully completed.
What happens if a student finds that the IB program is not a good match for him/her?
The IB Program itself does not begin until Senior 3. The early IB Program gives parents, students, teachers, and counselors ample time to evaluate the match of the program to the students. If a student finds that several academic areas are too difficult in the early stages, the student may qualify for the Certificate Program. If a student drops the IB Program altogether, he/ she will need a parent, student, counselor conference to help clarify issues and options so that there is a smooth transition back to the regular program.
How much homework should my student expect?
Can my child participate in school clubs and other activities?
The homework load could total up to 10 hours per week. In Grade 12 the homework load can be greater at times. It is recommended that students begin their Extended Essay during the summer before Grade 12.
There is no doubt that the academic commitment to the program is a top priority for success; however, IB students are typically very involved in sports, drama, music, student council, and other activities in the community. The secret to success is in the balancing and in the selection of worthwhile activities that match individual interests.
What are the advantages of IB?
- IB students' credentials are recognized by universities world-wide.
- IB students are sought after by universities, not only for their academic achievements, but also for their potential contributions to the university and to society.
- The IB diploma may count toward as much as the first year of university credit, saving the student time and or money when completing their post-secondary studies.
- IB certificates may also count toward specific university course credit.
- Students who graduate from the IB program demonstrate a strong commitment to learning both in terms of the mastery of subject content and in the development of the skills and discipline necessary for success in the competitive, modern world.