International Baccalaureate Program at STM
St. Thomas More is an authorized IB World School. In offering the IB Middle Years Program, we are committed to providing students with a rigorous academic program that will help each student to become a well-rounded, thoughtful member of our global community. This commitment is in keeping both with the mission and vision of Edmonton Catholic Schools and the mission and vision of the International Baccalaureate Organization.
The Middle Years Program is designed for students between the ages of eleven and sixteen. Students complete the first part of the program at St. Thomas More and the final year of the program at Archbishop MacDonald High School. The IB Middle Years Programme serves as an excellent preparation for the IB Diploma Programme (also offered at Archbishop MacDonald). Please see our IB Brochure for more detailed information about the IB program at St. Thomas More.
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 three programmes, however, and each one flows naturally into the next. Each of the IB programmes emphasizes inquiry-based instruction and international-mindedness. The IB programmes promote the education of the whole person by emphasizing the student's intellectual, personal, social, emotional and physical 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.
Link to International Baccalaureate Organization
Entrance to the Program
Students at St. Thomas More choose between two program routes:
IBMYP Certification Route
The International Baccalaureate Organization maintains strict standards with regard to certification in the IBMYP.
- Complete fifty hours per year in each of the eight subject areas and
- Complete a personal project (see below) by the end of their grade ten year (Year 5).
- Complete the designated number of community and service hours each year.
In order to meet these requirements, IBMYP certificate students must:
- Register in one of French or Spanish and one of Music, Art or Film (Film - grade 8 and 9 only).
- Maintain their community and service logbooks
- Maintain grades of 70% or better in core and complementary subjects.
Students who wish to be certified by the International Baccalaureate Organization must complete a personal project in the final year of the program (tenth grade). This project may be sent to the IBO for evaluation. In order to help students develop the skills necessary for completion of the Personal Project, students take part in a series of activities and projects in their junior high years.
IBMYP Non-Certification Route
The aims and objectives of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program are integrated throughout each of the subject areas taught at St. Thomas More. Therefore, each student receives an enriched and exciting educational program and is exposed to the content, aims and objectives of the IBMYP program.
Students who do not plan to pursue IBMYP certification are not required to take a language or arts option, although they may do so if they wish. In addition, these students do not have to complete community and service hours.
IB Learner Profile
The IB mission is given meaning for students largely through the 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 three IB programs and as the IB says, "The learner profile provides a long-term vision of education. It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose."
IB Programme Standards and Practices
The IB maintains strict standards with regard to how its programmes are delivered in schools around the world. Each IB World School must meet IB standards in terms of delivering the programmes to students. As well, each school is required to annually publish the IB General Regulations and Rules and the make them available to parents. Teachers in IB World Schools are required to take part in extensive training related to the programmes. Every five years, IB World Schools complete an extensive self-study in preparation for evaluation visits from the IB. St. Edmund recently completed self-studies and evaluation visits from IB. Recommendations from IB with regard to our delivery of our IB programmes are included in our IB Action Plans and reflected in our annual School Plan for Continuous Growth.
IB MYP General Regulations:
IB MYP Programme Rules:
The IB has conducted a great deal of research regarding the benefits of the IB programs for students. Documents that may be of interest include:
Additional information is available on the IB website: ibo.org/research.
STM Inclusive Policy.doc
STM Language Policy.docx
STM Assessment Policy.docx
Academic Honesty STM.docx
IB Videos and Publications
The IB has developed a number of helpful videos, brochures, publications and presentations that provide a clear and excellent picture of what each of the programmes entails. These materials can be accessed through the IB website:
Individuals and Societies Guide.pdf
Language Acquisition Guide.pdf
Language and Literature Guide.pdf
Alberta Education - Programs of Studies