What is the IB Programme?
IB Stands for International Baccalaureate. The IB programme is a unique educational choice for students as it focuses on more than the academic acquisition of information and skills and attempts to develop the whole person.
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland whose mission statement below outlines their educational goals.
The Mission of the 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 right.” *
IBO Offers 4 Different Certificates
Primary Years Programme
Middle Years Programme
Career Related Certificate
International Baccalaureate Diploma Objectives
- To develop a desire to seek intellectual excellence.
- To promote the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship.
- To be lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs.
- To become conscious of the shared humanity that binds all people together while respecting the variety of cultures and attitudes that makes for the richness of life.
IB Skill Set- DP
Approaches To Learning ( ATL)
Theory of Knowledge
10 Character Profiles that teachers promote through the design of activities carried out in class.
(See Learner Profile Chart Below)
5 Skill Sets that are promoted through designing lessons to teach:
Each IBDP curriculum has designated TOK requirements.The TOK requirements are subject specific but relates back to reflecting on the nature of knowledge and how we know what we know.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Curriculum at Archbishop MacDonald High School
The logo above represents the full scope of the IB DP programme.
There are 2 possible IB DP registration options:
Full IB Candidate
IB Course Candidate
A student who takes the full complement of IB DP Programme Courses.
A student who takes 1 or more IB DP courses but does not enroll in the full IB DP Programme.
Allows students to:
- expand academic potential
(depth and breadth) in all subject areas.
- receive the unique IB DP approaches to learning and teaching that allow for inter-curricular connections.
- reap the full benefit of balanced skill development with the additional IB DP core courses.
Allows students to:
- explore select subjects with greater depth and breadth.
· Increases skill level in anticipation of post-secondary studies by integrating the personal skill development through integration of IB Approaches to Learning and Learner Profile.
· Enhances understanding and critical thinking through engaging learners in curricular discussions involving IB Theory of Knowledge.
Full IB Diploma Programme
IB Diploma Core Courses
|Theory of Knowledge |
IB Diploma Subject Groups
Studies in Language and Literature
Individuals and Societies
Full IB Diploma Candidates must take the core courses plus one subject in each of groups 1-->5. Students must take one additional course in either group 6 or a different course in group 1-->5.
Description of the Core Courses
Theory Of Knowledge
A course that encourages critical thinking, inquiry and analysis as students reflect upon the process of knowing.
|Benefits:||Students develop essential metacognition skills that expand their capacity to develop their higher order thinking skills. |
The Extended Essay
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.
This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing at the university level of approximately 4000 words.
|Benefits:||Students develop university level research, essay formatting and writing skills over a prolonged period of time with the individualized guidance of an advisor to assist them with the process. |
CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service)
CAS documents a candidate's extracurricular involvements which also require a reflection of personal skill growth. There are 8 objectives that must be met as part of their voluntary experiences and the cumulative suggested time is 150 hours.
|Benefits:||Provides students with an opportunity to develop a balanced curriculum vitae.This allows students to build networks to their community, to contribute and develop personal skills.|
IB Diploma Subjects Offered at Archbishop MacDonald High School
Studies in Language and Literature
|English IB (HL)||French B (SL or HL)|
Spanish ab initio (SL)
|Group 3: Individuals and Societies||Group 4: Sciences|
|History (HL)||Biology (HL) or Physics (HL)|
|Group 5: Mathematics||Group 6: The Arts|
|Mathematics (SL)||Theatre Arts (SL or HL)|
Visual arts (SL or HL)
Music (SL or HL)
IB DP Curriculum Guides
Spanish ab initio
More Information About the IB Diploma Programme at Archbishop MacDonald High School
University of Alberta Information for IB DP Candidates
International Baccalaureate at the U of A Video: Regarding Admissions & Recognition
Updated IB information and IB programme events at Archbishop MacDonald High School are posted in the monthly IB newsletter that can be found under the monthly newsletter link on the school website:
For more information or questions about the IB Diploma Programme at Archbishop MacDonald High School please contact:
Jacqueline Sewell (IB Diploma Coordinator) at: Jacqueline.Sewell@ecsd.net