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IB Diploma at Canadian Academy

The International Baccalaureate Organization's Diploma Programme is a demanding pre-university course that leads to external examinations and is designed for highly motivated high school students aged 16 to 19. The program has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB Diploma holders access to the world's leading universities.

Students who participate in the Diploma Programme are well prepared for university work and are accepted by universities in many countries. The program incorporates the best elements of national systems, without being based on any one. Its genesis was the result of a wish to establish a common curriculum and university entry credential for students moving from one country to another. International educators were motivated by practical considerations but also by an idealistic vision. They believed that students should share an academic experience that would emphasize critical thinking, intercultural understanding and exposure to a variety of points of view. The program encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups. Normally three subjects are studied at higher level (HL) and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (SL). All three parts of the core, extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity/action/service (CAS), are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme.

Students who pursue the Diploma take six subjects; one each from Groups 1 to 5 (below) with an additional subject from 1

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

  • English Language and Literature
  • English Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • IB German Literature (self-taught)
  • IB Swedish Literature (self-taught)

Group 2: Language Acquisition

  • Spanish B
  • Spanish Ab Initio
  • Japanese B
  • Japanese Ab Initio

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Business and Management (Pamoja online)
  • IB Psychology HL (Pamoja online)

Group 4: Experimental Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Systems & Societies (SL only)
  • Physics

Group 5: Mathematics

  • Math SL
  • Math Studies SL
  • Math Analysis & Approaches
  • Math Apps & Interpretation

Group 6: The Arts

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

2019 IB Diploma Statistics at a glance

  • 88.6% of our 44 graduates attempted the IB Diploma
  • 87.2% of our graduates passed the Diploma
  • The highest score was 43 out of a possible 45
  • 34.0 was the average passing score
  • The world average is 29.6
  • 79% of CA subject scores average higher than world average
  • 33 IB Diploma subjects are offered at CA
  • 59% of graduates received bilingual diplomas

Greg River
IB DP Coordinator

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