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IB Diploma Program

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP)


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. Advanced placement 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.

September 2012 marks the fifth year for the IB Diploma Program at LSL. The IB curriculum includes the study of

major academic disciplines in: math, science, and the humanities. In addition, students must complete three unique

components of the IB Diploma Program: Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course work, write an Extended Essay (EE)

which is an independent research component, and participate in Creativity, Action, Service (CAS). 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. The September 2012 cohort will start Year 1 of the IB DP in grade 11 followed by Year 2 of the

program (grade 12) in September 2013. Students register in one of the following IB programs:

Full 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 (Experimental 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 Certificate Program:

Students may participate in a partial IB program whereby they only register in individual IB subjects. Certificate

students may choose 1 or more subjects and are not required to take TOK, nor complete the EE and CAS component

of the program. Students enrolled in the IB Certificate 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 rigor of a full Diploma program. Even though a Certificate candidate

may not have all of the advantages that a Full IB Diploma student has, 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)

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LSL International Baccalaureate Diploma Subjects– Grades 11&12

Group 1 Language A English HL

Group 2 Language B French SL or Spanish HL/SL

Group 3 Individuals & Society History HL

Group 4 Experimental Sciences Biology HL or Chemistry SL

Group 5 Mathematics Mathematics SL

Group 6 The Arts Visual Arts HL/SL or Theatre HL/SL or Dance SL or Music SL

IB Combined Courses

Students interested in an enriched academic environment may participate in combined IB with non-IB

courses including: Biology 20, Chemistry 20, English 20-1, Mathematics 20-1, Mathematics 30P, English

30-1, Spanish 20, French 20 , French 30, and Social Studies 20-1. These combined courses are intended for

capable students who want to learn with capable, passionate, highly-motivated colleagues. Classes will

be capped with preference given to full IB diploma candidates. Students have the option of completing

the 20-level IB course and continuing in the IB Diploma Program.

Note: Theatre Intensive students may also gain IB Drama credentials upon completion of the program. Contact

the Fine Arts Department for details.


Creativity, Action, Service (CAS): All IB Diploma candidates must complete 150 hours of CAS activities

over a two year period. This involvement, in a variety of activities outside of the classroom broadens a

student’s perspective of our world. Activities designed by the student must extend equally over the

three areas of Creativity, Action, and Service. CAS is a framework for experiential learning designed to

involve students in new roles. The emphasis is on learning by doing real tasks that have real

consequences and then reflecting on them. These written reflections are submitted to the CAS

coordinator before the end of the second year for CAS credit.

Extended Essay (EE): All IB Diploma candidates must submit a 4000 word essay which is an extension

of normal course requirements. The essay is the culmination of research into a topic chosen by the

student. Candidates in the IB Diploma program begin work on the Extended Essay in grade 11. The

essay is completed in grade 12.

Students earn 3 credits at the completion of the extended essay.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK): full diploma students must participate in TOK 25 and 35 courses, one

each year of the diploma program. These courses meet at designated times outside of the regular school

day. Students earn 3 credits for each TOK course.

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 student IB breakfast meetings held at Louis, will enable students to determine whether

or not they should pursue the IB Certificate or IB Diploma program.

Many full IB Diploma candidates requiring three 30-level sciences for post-secondary studies are

encouraged register in the 20-level, non-IB sciences in Grade 10. The 30 level may be completed in

grade 11,12 or in summer school.

Please contact the IB Diploma Coordinator at LSL for details regarding the Diploma Program.

Information regarding IB Diploma Program, including recognition at various post-secondary institutions,

may be found on the IBO website