The International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization offers challenging two-year curriculums (IBDP, IBCP), primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities. Students focus more on an international-minded curriculum.
The International Baccalaureate is a widely recognized two-year comprehensive programme that allows graduates to fulfil requirements of various national education systems. Mastery of subject content and the development of critical thinking, and research skills is excellent preparation for success at post secondary institutions in North America and abroad. The IB Programme gives students the opportunity to investigate disciplines at a greater depth and breadth than they might normally.
Successful Diploma Candidates will receive the IB Diploma as well as the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Successful Career Students will receive an IB Certificate as well as the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Success in the IB Programme requires ability, self-motivation, organization, commitment, and interest. Students must be able to balance academic responsibilities with participation in extracurricular activities and community service.
The IB Programmes prepare students for university and encourages them to:
- Ask challenging questions
- Develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture
- Develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures
- Gain professional development
Any school, or group of schools, wishing to offer one or more International Baccalaureate programmes as an IB World School must first be authorized. The requirements are the same for all schools, and the procedure is designed to ensure that schools are well prepared to implement the programme(s) successfully. All IB World Schools are required to participate in an ongoing process of review and development, using the same programme standards and practices.
As part of its ongoing commitment to the development of a highly skilled global learning community, the IB provides a wide range of high-quality professional development opportunities to help new, experienced and expert school leaders and educators understand, support, and successfully deliver IB programmes reflecting IB standards and practices.