Picture for Web 1The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a two year academic programme which has earned a reputation for rigorous preparation for post secondary studies. Its students share a first rate academic experience that emphasizes critical thinking, intercultural understanding and exposure to a variety of points of view. IB offers two main programs: the certificate program and the diploma program. In order to obtain an IB certificate, a candidate has to merely take at least one IB course and write an externally assessed exam at the end of the course in May. The diploma program is generally what is referred to by “IB”, and it consists of several requirements: 6 prescribed courses, a 4000 word Extended Essay, and a philosophy requirement by the name of Theory of Knowledge. IB courses are divided into 6 main categories, and in order to satisfy the diploma requirements, a candidate must take one of each. Group 1 is the analysis of literature in the candidate’s first language. Group 2 is a slight introduction into a second language. Group 3 is a social science, spanning the gamut of courses from History to Geography to Psychology to Anthropology to Economics to Business and Management. Group 4 is an experimental science such as Physics, Chemistry, or Biology. Group 5 is mathematics and computer science, and Group 6 is a visual or performing arts course. Group 6 courses are, however, optional, and a candidate may substitute any other course for the arts course. Courses may be taken at Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL), indicating the difficulty of the course, but a candidate must only take 4HL’s and 2SL’s or 3HL’s and 3SL’s. Similarities and differences of AP and IB. The similarity is that both are taught at first-year university level and eligible for course credits. For example, a student who took AP Calculus BC and a student who took IB Mathematics HL would both be eligible to skip Calculus I. The main difference is that AP courses are standalone courses that you choose to take, whereas IB offers a diploma with a set number of requirements. More detailed information about IB program can be found at the following sites:

1. IB Schools of Ontario 

2. Advanced Programs in Canadian Schools (Russian Language)