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  • The IB Diploma Programme

  • The International

    Baccalaureate Diploma


    (IB DP)

    Preparing student for success

    in higher education and to

    become active participants

    in a global society.

  • The Mission of the International

    Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)

    “The International Baccalaureate 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 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


    Louis St Laurent School Offers

    Two IB Programmes

    Programme Grades

    IB Middle Years Programme Grade 7 – 10 All Inclusive

    IB Diploma Programme Grades 11 and 12

    (Course and Program


  • IB Learner Profile

    In all IB programmes, the overarching theme is the

    Learner Profile (LP). The Learner Profile is a collection of

    10 characteristics/attributes that are infused and

    developed throughout the instruction of the IB


    IB Learners strive to be:

  • Approaches to Learning (ATL)

    Approaches To Learning are the deliberate strategies,

    skills and attitudes that permeate the IB teaching and

    learning environment. ATLs supports the IB belief that a

    large influence on a student’s education is not only what

    you learn but also how you learn. In IB classes, teachers

    provide explicit support for teaching these skills.

  • International Baccalaureate

    Diploma Program (IB DP)

    The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a non-

    profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, which has over

    3000 schools in 139 countries. In Canada there are over 300 IB

    World Schools offering three programs that span the primary,

    middle, and secondary school years. The IBO is a world-

    renowned organization, which has come to be associated with

    academic and intellectual excellence.

    The IB Diploma program (IB DP) is a two-year program for

    students in grades 11 and 12 and is designed to prepare students

    interested in post-secondary education with the skills and

    knowledge reflected in college and university programs.

    The IB DP is a rigorous course of study designed to meet the

    needs of highly motivated students and to promote intercultural

    understanding and the ideals of responsible citizenship. The

    program emphasizes education of the whole person and

    focuses on the development of critical thinking skills necessary

    for success in the global community.

    The program encourages students across the world to become

    more active, compassionate, lifelong learners. The effectiveness

    of the IB DP Program is due not only to the depth of the

    individual courses, but also to the comprehensive nature of the


  • IB DP has an international acceptability, which allows for

    flexibility and mobility at post-secondary institutions worldwide.

    The IB curriculum includes the study of major academic

    disciplines in math, science, languages and humanities. Students

    will complete the mandated Alberta curriculum along with IB

    syllabus and earn appropriate credits/credentials from Alberta

    Education as well as the IBO. A full selection of IB courses in

    numerous subject areas are available to diploma students.

    There are two possible IB DP

    registration options:

    Full IB Diploma Candidate IB Course Candidate

    This is a student who takes the

    full complement of IB DP

    Programme Courses

    This is a student who takes one

    or more IB DP courses

    Advantages Advantages

     Expanded depth and

    breadth in all subject


     The unique IB DP

    approach to learning and


     Inter-curricular


     Balanced skill


     Explore selected subject

    (s) with greater depth and


  • Full IB Diploma Candidate

    What does the FULL IB DP Programme Look Like?

    IB DP Core Courses

    Theory of

    Knowledge (TOK)

    Extended Essay (EE) Creativity, Activity,

    Service (CAS)

    IB DP Subject Groups

    Group 1

    Studies in

    Language and

    Literature (HL)

    Works in

    Translation (HL)

    Group 2



     French (SL)

     Spanish (ab

    initio or SL)

    Group 3

    Individuals and

    Societies (HL)

    Western World

    History (HL)

    Group 4

    Biology (HL) and

    Biology 35 (HL)

    Chemistry (SL)

    Group 5

    Mathematics (SL)

    Mathematics 31 (SL)

    Group 6





    HL: Higher level

    SL: Standard Level

    Ab initio: Little or no experience with the language

    Students who pursue an IB Diploma are required to take a

    combination of courses that meet IB requirements including the

    successful completion of 6 subjects from 6 different groups* of IB

    DP subjects. Candidates must take a minimum of 3 higher level

    (HL) courses and 3 standard level (SL) courses from IB subject

    groups 1-6*.

    Many full IB students require three 30-level sciences to meet post-

    secondary requirements. Since Chemistry and Biology are

    offered as IB sciences, students wishing to have three sciences

    are encouraged to take Physics 20 in their grade 10 year.

  • TOK, CAS, and the EE are required elements to achieve an IB

    Diploma. Students in the IB program write both IB final exams

    and Alberta Education diploma examinations. The IB Diploma

    Programme is recognized worldwide by universities and students

    may receive advanced placement and/or advanced credits for

    outstanding achievement.

    *Students may choose to replace a Group 6 subject with a

    second subject from Group 4 (Sciences).

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

    This course engages students in a critical reflection of

    themselves as Knowers. It also challenges them to reflect

    critically on the different areas of knowledge and ways of

    knowing. Students will further enquire into the problems of

    knowledge and consider the role knowledge plays in a global

    society. As part of this enquiry, students will examine the truth

    of knowledge claims and learn the basis for well-grounded

    judgments as they recognize the need to act responsibly in

    an interconnected world.

    TOK Advantage

    Students completing TOK 35 will fulfill the requirement for

    Religion 35, a required component for the Edmonton Catholic

    School District for students to receive their Alberta High School


  • Extended


    The extended essay is an in-depth, independently researched

    investigation of a focused topic. It is intended to promote

    high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and

    creativity. It is a major piece of formally presented, structured

    writing at the university level of approximately 4000 words.

    (approximately 7 pages) Students develop university level

    research, essay formatting and writing skills over a prolonged

    period with the individualized guidance of an advisor to assist

    them with the process.

    Creativity, Activity and Service


    CAS documents a candidate’s extracurricular involvements,

    which also require a reflection of personal skill growth. There

    are seven objectives that

    must be met as part of

    their voluntary

    experiences. Through

    CAS, students are

    provided with an

    opportunity to contribute

    to the community and

    develop personal skills.

  • IB Diploma Programme

    Course Candidate

    Students may participate in a partial IB DP program whereby

    they only register in individual IB subjects. Course candidates

    may choose one or more subjects and are not required to take

    TOK, EE, or CAS components of the program, but may choose to

    enroll in them if they choose. Students enrolled in the IB Course

    program choose only those IB courses they have a strong interest

    in and are academically successful. Students write IB exams

    and Alberta Diploma exams in these subjects.

    The advantage of an IB Certificate program is that students

    choose to take an IB course in one or more courses that they

    have a