The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland whose mission statement below outlines their education goals.
“Through comprehensive and balanced curricula coupled with challenging assessments, the International Baccalaureate Organisation aims to assist schools in their endeavors to develop the individual talents of young people and teach them to relate the experience of the classroom to the realities of the world outside. Beyond intellectual rigour and high academic standards, strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship, to the end that International Baccalaureate students may become critical an compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs, 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.”
International Baccalaureate/ Middle Years Program
- The program focuses on relating the content of the classroom curricula to the realities of the world outside.
- The program accentuates the interrelatedness of the various curriculum disciplines thus advancing a holistic view of knowledge.
- The program stresses the importance of communication skills, research skills, responsible citizenship and intercultural awareness.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Objectives
- To develop a desire to seek intellectual excellence.
- To promote the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship, to become critical and compassionate thinkers, 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
International Baccalaureate Diploma Curriculum
- Study of the major academic disciplines in math, science, and the humanities
- Theory of Knowledge - a course dealing with philosophical questions of truth, values and the nature of knowledge
- The Extended Essay - independent research and preparation of a 4000 word essay
- C.A.S. - activities involving creativity, action and service - including extra- curricular school activities as well as activities and service within the community
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Organization at Mac
- A two year program for grades 11 and 12
- The Alberta Curriculum is covered and appropriate credits are earned
- Grade 10 Honours courses may be used as International Baccalaureate -Prep and are designed to extend the skills and knowledge required for the International Baccalaureate Program
International Baccalaureate Diploma: Grades 11 and 12
*Students interested in registering in the International Baccalaureate Diploma program in grade eleven should register in honours program or MYP in grade ten.
- English HL
- French B SL or HL and/or Italian ab initio SL
- History HL
- Biology HL and/or Chemistry SL and/or Physics SL
- Mathematics SL
- Theory Of Knowledge (T.O.K.)
- Creativity, Action, and Service (C.A.S.)
- An Extended Essay
The International Baccalaureate Diploma requires successful completion of 3 HL courses and 3 SL courses, TOK, CAS and the Extended Essay. The International Baccalaureate Diploma is recognized worldwide by leading universities. The student may receive advanced placement and/or credit for outstanding achievement.
The International Baccalaureate Certificate Program
Enrollment permitting, students may register in individual International Baccalaureate subjects. Students in the International Baccalaureate Certificate program are not required to take the Theory of Knowledge or complete the Extended Essay and the C.A.S. component. Successful candidates receive a subject specific International Baccalaureate Certificate which is also recognized by leading universities for possible advanced placement or advanced credit.