International Baccalaureate - "a commitment to academic excellence"
Diploma and Certificate Programmes
The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers high quality programmes of international education to a worldwide community of schools. The IB is a nonprofit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. The three IB programmes offered for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Founded in 1968, the IBO currently works with 3,503 schools in 144 countries to develop and offer three challenging programmes to over 1,070,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.
North Battleford Comprehensive High School is one of three high schools in the city, and the only one to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate Programme.
IB Brochure: https://www.ibo.org/globalassets/digital-toolkit/brochures/corporate-brochure-en.pdf
Learner Profile: https://www.ibo.org/globalassets/digital-toolkit/flyers-and-artworks/learner-profile-en.pdf
Phone: 1 (306) 445-6101
Fax: 1 (306) 445-6108
For more information visit the official International Baccalaureate web site.
The IB Programme began at NBCHS 30 years ago. Though the programme started out small, it has since grown into an established part of education at the North Battleford Comprehensive High School. NBCHS has certain goals, requirements and expectations for students entering into the IB Programme.
Aims of the Programme
1. To equip the students with the means to make wise choices in dealing with the modern world.
2. To ensure that the students learns how to learn so that they may respond appropriately to the constant increase in information.
3. To ensure that students' education is broad enough to enhance awareness of other cultures and social responsibility.
4. To ensure the acquisition of specific skills necessary for higher education and future employment in an increasingly competitive world.
5. To create an awareness and understanding of the importance of international communication in an increasingly interdependent world.
A student entering this programme should have a proven record of success in academic work as well as display a strong intellectual curiosity and desire to learn. The student should also be capable of independent study.
Students at NBCHS have the opportunity to begin their ascent toward completing the IB program by first entering the enriched course offerings at the Grade 9 level. Grade Eight students must first apply during March of their Grade 8 year by submitting a registration form with a copy of their Grade 8 academic standing.
It is also important to note that a student may still choose to take IB classes in their Grade 11 and 12 school years and not have been previously part of the 9-10 enriched program. It is encouraged that students take the challenge of the increased rigour the I.B. programme offers to increase their respective academic skill set and better prepare themselves for the challenges and opportunities that will undoubtedly arise as they move through their respective lives.
The Diploma Programme Curriculum
Over a two-year period, IB Diploma students study six (6) academic subjects, one from each group, although a second group 4 subject may supplant group 6. Three (3) subjects are studied at the higher level (HL) and three (3) at the standard level (SL).
North Battleford Comprehensive High School is currently offering the following International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme subjects:
Group 1 – English A: Literature (HL)
Group 2 – Language Acquisition: French B (SL)
Group 3 – Individuals and Societies: History (SL) (HL)
Group 4 – Sciences: Biology (SL); Chemistry (SL) (HL)
Group 5 – Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches SL
Group 6 – The Arts: Music (SL)
IB Program Curriculum
IB Diploma students must also fulfill the requirements of the Theory of Knowledge (ToK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay (EE).
ToK encourages students to consider what they know, how they know it and how areas of knowledge are connected and interdependent. Please click on the following URL to learn more about the requirements concerning Theory of Knowledge.
The EE allows a diploma candidate to do independent research in a subject and topic of interest. The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. The extended essay is mandatory for all students looking to complete the diploma.
The CAS requirement encourages students to develop their potential in creative and active pursuits as well as to develop a spirit of community service. Creativity, activity, service is one of the three essential elements that every student must complete as part of the Diploma Programme (DP). Studied throughout the Diploma Programme, CAS involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies.
University Recognition Policies for IB
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