International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland which has over 3000 schools in 139 countries. In Canada there are over 300 IB World Schools offering three programs that span the primary, middle, and secondary school years. The IBO is a world-renowned organization which has come to be associated with academic and intellectual excellence.
The IB Diploma program (DP) is a two year program for students in grades 11 and 12 and is designed to prepare students interested in post-secondary education with the skills and knowledge reflected in college and university programs. The DP is a rigorous course of study designed to meet the needs of highly motivated secondary students and to promote intercultural understanding and the ideals of responsible citizenship. The program emphasizes education of the whole person and focuses on the development of critical thinking skills necessary for success in the global community. The program encourages students across the world to become more active, compassionate, and to lifelong learners. The effectiveness of the IB Program is due not only to the depth of the individual courses, but also to the comprehensive nature of the program. IB has an international acceptability which allows for flexibility and mobility at post-secondary institutions world-wide. Advancedplacement or credit in some university courses is granted to successful IB graduates. At LSL, DP is an optional, two-year program for students in grades 11 and 12.
The IB curriculum includes the study of major academic disciplines in: math, science, languages and humanities. Students will complete the mandated Alberta curriculum along with IB syllabus and earn appropriate credits/credentials from Alberta Education as well as the IBO. A full selection of IB courses in numerous subject areas will be available to diploma students.
IB Diploma Program:
Students who pursue an IB Diploma are required to take a combination of courses that meet IB requirements including the successful completion of 6 subjects from 6 different groups* of IB subjects. Candidates must take a minimum of 3 higher level (HL) courses and 3 standard level (SL) courses from IB subject groups 1-6*.
Many full IB students require three 30-level sciences to meet post- secondary requirements. Since Chemistry and Biology are offered as IB sciences, students wishing to have three sciences are encouraged to take Physics 20 in their grade 10 year. Students must also partake in three important components of the IB program:
Extended Essay (EE), Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), and Theory of Knowledge (TOK). TOK, CAS, and the EE are required elements to achieve an IB Diploma. Students in the IB program write both IB final exams and Alberta Education diploma examinations. The IB Diploma is recognized worldwide by universities and may receive advanced placement and/or advanced credits for outstanding achievement.
*Students may choose to replace a Group 6 subject with a second subject from Group 4 (Sciences).
TOK Advantage—Reduced LSL graduation requirement:
Full IB diploma candidates have a reduced LSL graduation requirement. Given participation in Theory of Knowledge (TOK) 25 and 35 courses, students will need two rather than three religion courses to graduate. Candidates may also select independent religion courses allowing more flexibility in their schedule.
IB Course Program:
Students may participate in a partial IB program whereby they only register in individual IB subjects. Course candidates may choose 1 or more subjects and are not required to take TOK, EE, or CAS components of the program, but may choose to enroll in them if they choose. Students enrolled in the IB Course program choose only those IB courses they have a strong interest in and are academically successful at. Students write IB exams and Alberta Diploma exams in these subjects. The advantage of an IB Certificate program is that students choose to take an IB course in one or more courses that they have a passion for without the program load of a full Diploma candidate. Even though a Course candidate may not have all of the advantages that Diploma candidate may have, they are exposed to those aspects of the program that improve critical thinking, time management and learning skills. Successful candidates receive subject-specific IB Certificates which may also be recognized for advanced placement and/or advanced credits for outstanding achievement in that subject.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP)
LSL International Baccalaureate Diploma Subjects– Grades 11&12
Group 1 Language A: English HL
Group 2 Language B: French SL or Spanish HL/SL/ab initio
Group 3 Individuals & Society: History HL
Group 4 Sciences: Biology HL or Chemistry SL
Group 5 Mathematics: Mathematics SL
Group 6 The Arts: Visual Arts SL or Theatre SL or Dance SL or Music SL
IB Diploma Program Registration
Students interested in the DP are provided with an introduction to the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Organization as part of the MYP in grades 7—10. Information sessions, including the IB parent night, and information sessions during Baron Blocks, will enable students to determine whether they would like to pursue the IB Course or IB Diploma program offerings.