The International Baccalaureate Program is a comprehensive, internationally based program of studies which will appeal to motivated students who are intent on pursuing university studies. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program offers challenges and experiences beyond the regular High School Diploma Program and provides the opportunity to prepare for post-secondary study in all major disciplines.
Visit the IBO website for additional background information about the International Baccalaureate Organisation, the University of Alberta for IB Admission Guidelines, and the IB Digital Toolkit for more information.
A successful student in the IB Program will demonstrate a strong commitment to learning, both in terms of the mastery of subject content and in the development of the skills and discipline necessary for success in a competitive world. Students will demonstrate high standards of participation and achievement in course work, along with involvement in extra-curricular activities and citizenship projects. They will benefit from study in the company of other interested and motivated students; the development of time and task management skills; local, national and international emphasis in curricular areas; the challenge of international competition; and university recognition. The foundation of the International Baccalaureate Program is preparation for success in post-secondary study.
The foundation of study in IB falls into the subject groups: Group 1 Language A: the study of English and World Literature; Group 2 Language B: the study of a second language; Group 3 Study of Man in Society; Group 4 Experimental Sciences; Group 5 Mathematics; Group 6 Arts or Electives including a second science. Assessment is ongoing and includes both internal and external assessment components in addition to final International Baccalaureate examinations in May of the Grade 12 year. Final IB marks, on a scale of 1 to 7, are granted from IBO after completion of all IB requirements at the end of Year 2 (Grade 12). Of note: students are assessed and awarded marks on an Alberta standard throughout the high school program and complete Alberta Diploma course requirements. Students completing IB courses will be awarded two distinct marks: one from Alberta Education on the Alberta standard, and one on the International Baccalaureate standard from IBO. Universities will consider both mark standards for entrance and scholarship purposes.
International Baccalaureate Diploma requires three subjects at the Higher Level (English, History & Biology at BCHS), and three subjects at Standard Level (Chemistry, Mathematics, and either French or Spanish as a second language at BCHS), and the satisfactory completion of the requirements of an Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and participation in Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS).
International Baccalaureate Certificates are awarded to students who do not elect to complete the full Diploma Program, but complete one or more selected IB courses in combination with other regular high school courses. These candidates are not required to complete the IB Diploma requirements of an Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and CAS.
During the Two-Year IB Program, students are encouraged to consider study as Diploma candidates in a full IB Program to satisfy the requirements for the IB Diploma at the end of Year 2 (Grade 12). Students may also study as Certificate candidates in a Partial IB Program to earn IB subject Certificates at the end of Year 2 (Grade 12). In either situation students will complete the requirements for related Alberta course work in all subject areas.
Grade 10i Program
Students can choose to enter the Grade 10i Program as a Full Program Candidate, as a Humanities Candidate, or as a Math/Science Candidate. Students who elect to return to regular courses in Grade 11 or 12 (Year 1 and 2) do so with an excellent foundation in their academic work. Please note that 10i designation refers to courses that prepare students to enter the IB courses at the Grade 11 and 12 (Year 1 and 2) levels.
A Full Program Candidate will be enrolled in the following courses: English 10i, Math 10Ci and Math 20-1i, Science 10i, Social Studies 10i, and either French 10i or Spanish 10i (ab initio). Students may also choose Art 10i, Choral/Instrumental Music 10i, Drama 10i or Film Studies 15i. Grade 10 students will also include Physical Education 10 and some option time in their schedule. Grade 10 students in the Full Program may choose to remain as a Full Diploma Candidate in Grade 11 and 12 (Year 1 and Year 2, respectively). They may also elect to change into a Partial Program as a Course Candidate at either Grade 11 or 12 or return to regular program courses.
A Humanities Candidate will be enrolled in English 10i and Social Studies 10i in combination with the regular Alberta program Math 10C, Science 10, Physical Education 10 and other chosen options. A second language should be considered as either an IB or regular program subject to ensure students will have prerequisites when they consider university entrance.
A Math/Science Candidate will be enrolled in Math 10Ci and Math 20-1i and Science 10i. These courses will be taken in combination with regular English 10, Social Studies 10, Physical Education 10 and other chosen options. A second language may be taken as an IB or regular program subject. Often Math/Science Candidates will select Physics 20 in Semester 2 of Grade 10.