What is the IB Diploma Program?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) aims to “develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect” (IBO, 2020). The Diploma Program (DP) is a curriculum framework designed by the International Baccalaureate for students in the last two years of high school. It is respected by leading universities across the globe. IB students graduating with the IB Diploma are able to study at universities all around the world, often with advanced credit.
In deciding to take IB DP, you are deciding to challenge yourself, but you are also deciding to give yourself the best educational opportunity public schools in Canada currently offer. Through the DP, schools develop students who:
- have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge.
- flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
- learn to become responsible members of local, national and global communities by striving to achieve the ten IB Learner Profile attributes.
- study at least two languages.
- excel in a wide range of academic subjects.
- learn university research skills by developing an independent piece of research through the Extended Essay course.
- participate in community service, physical activity and creative experiences through the Creativity, Activity, Service course.
- explore the nature of knowledge through the program’s unique Theory of Knowledge course.
What does the IB DP Program look like in practice?
Watch these short videos to get a sense of the how the IB Diploma Program works in schools.
The IB Diploma: A broad and balanced education
DP Learners: are global citizens
DP Learners: take an active role in their community
Frequently Asked Questions
To learn more, read the IB Diploma Program Frequently Asked Questions document.