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IB Diploma Programme


Recognized world-wide, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program provides our Grade 11 and 12 students with an academically rich and stimulating two year program that prepares students to be successful in their post-secondary experience.

International mindedness, intercultural understanding and critical thinking are developed throughout the programme, preparing IB graduates to be active, compassionate and life-long learners. 

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The IB Diploma Programme

The Diploma Programme: preparing students for success in higher education and life in a global society.

What is the Diploma Programme? 

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

The Diploma Programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society as they:

  • develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from 6 subject groups
  • develop the skills and a positive attitude toward learning that will prepare them for higher education
  • study at least two languages and increase understanding of cultures, including their own
  • make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course
  • undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the extended essay
  • enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, activity and service


The Diploma Programme core

  • The Extended Essay (EE) asks students to engage in academic research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying.  The Extended Essay requirement allows students to delve deep into a topic of interest while developing their research skills. Often times, the completion of the Extended Essay leads students to further study this same topic at university.
  • Theory of Knowledge (ToK) is an exciting course unique to the IB Diploma.  Through the various ways of knowing and areas of knowledge, ToK asks students to think critically about their world.  ToK asks students to consider what they really know and how they know it.  This course leads to deep, rich conversation as students make sense of their world and their responsibility to it.
  • Creativity - Activity - Service (CAS) involves students participating in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Activity seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service within the community provides students with an opportunity to give back to the community and network with others. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. CAS formally begins at the start of the Diploma Programme and continues regularly for 18 months under the direction of the CAS advisor. 

For more information about the IB Diploma Programme please visit: http://ibo.org/diploma/