Louis St Laurent School is a fully authorized International Baccalaureate World School, offering the IB Middle Years Program and the Diploma Program. The Middle Year Program is for students aged 11 – 16 and the IB Diploma Program, for students aged 16 - 19. There are no prerequisites for entry into any of the IB programmes. It is not necessary, for example, for students to complete the Primary Years Program before beginning the Middle Years Program. There are common elements in the two programmes, and each one flows naturally into the next. Each of the IB programmes promotes the education of the whole person by emphasizing the student's intellectual, personal, social and emotional health. In keeping with their reputation for academic excellence and innovative teaching strategies, the IB programmes also emphasize knowledge and studies in the major traditions of learning - languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics and the arts.
A great deal of research has been done which documents the benefits of the IB programs for students. Key findings from research on the impact of IB programmes is one such document. Additional information is available on the IB website: http://www.ibo.org/en/research/
In addition, there are short videos available that give viewers an excellent sense of what the programs entail:
Middle Years Video
Diploma Program Video
Learner Profile Video
The mission of the International Baccalaureate is:
... 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 right.
The IB mission is given meaning for students largely through the IB Learner Profile, which is the IB mission translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century. The Learner Profile is common to all IB programs.
The IB maintains strict standards in terms of how its programs are delivered in schools around the world. Each IB World School has a responsibility to meet IB standards in terms of delivering the programs as well as to annually publish the IB General Regulations and Rules and to make them available to parents: