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Welcome to International Baccalaureate

a commitment to academic excellence

J. Hancock, Principal G. Olsen, Assistant Principal B. Smilanich, Assistant Principal/IB Coordinator G. Haydey, Counselor and Administrative Support

Lillian Osborne High School
2019 Leger Road NW• Edmonton, Alberta • T6R 0R9 Tel: 780–391–2450 • Fax: 780–391–2470 What is the International Baccalaureate Programme? The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a rigorous preuniversity course of studies, which meets the needs of highly motivated secondary school students. Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfil requirements of various national education systems, the diploma model is based on the pattern of no single country but incorporates the best elements of many. The curriculum is displayed in the shape of a hexagon with six academic areas surrounding the core. Subjects are studied concurrently and students are exposed to the two great traditions of learning --- the humanities and the sciences. Students are required to take one subject from each of the six subject areas which are illustrated on the hexagon. This course selection results in a balance of the arts and the sciences:


Distribution requirements ensure that the science-oriented student is challenged to learn a foreign language and that the natural linguist becomes familiar with laboratory procedures. While overall balance is maintained, flexibility in choosing higher level concentrations allows the student to pursue areas of personal interest and to meet specific requirements for university entrance.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Requirements: 1. Three higher level (HL) and three standard level (SL) courses 2. Theory of Knowledge course, delivered over two years 3. A self - directed research paper (Extended Essay) no longer than 4,000 words 4. Reflection upon Creativity, Action, and Service in Grades 11 and 12. 5. The classic IB Full Diploma includes English, History, an International Language, Mathematics, a Science, and a Fine Arts Course (students can also choose to take a second Science or a second International Language instead of a Fine Arts course)

Sample Timetable: Grade 10 Lillian Osborne Pre-IB English 10-1 pIB Int. Language 10 pIB Social Studies 10-1 pIB Science 10 pIB Mathematics 10 pIB Mathematics 20 pIB Phys Ed 10 pIB (3) CALM 20 (3) Film Studies 10 pIB Grade 11 IB Diploma English 20-1 IB World Literature 21 IB (3) Int. Language 20 IB Social Studies 20-1(His) IB Biology 20 IB Biology 35 IB Chem 20 IB or a Fine Art Mathematics 30 IB Theory of Knowledge Grade 12 IB Diploma English 30-1 IB Int. Language 30 IB Social Studies 30-1 (His) IB World History 30 IB (3) Biology 30 IB or Physics30IB Chem 30 IB or a Fine Art Mathematics 31 IB Theory of Knowledge (3) Option (5)

NOTE: Students who choose to pursue two IB sciences can also take a third science in the regular programme within the grade 11 and 12 timetable OR in summer school.



What does the International Baccalaureate Programme offer? It is a direct path to University, and is the best possible preparation that one can receive to develop the skills necessary to achieve success there. International Baccalaureate (IB) is an academic programme that gives students more opportunities to develop critical thinking skills than any other honors programme. IB students say that they value the dynamic classroom environment, individual instruction, challenging curriculum, dedicated teachers and the opportunity to develop selfconfidence. Evaluation: Students are awarded Alberta Education marks for their achievement in IB courses during the programme. In Grade 12, students write their IB examinations in May and their Alberta Diploma examinations in June. Most Universities (including the University of Alberta) will accept the higher of these two grades to meet admission requirements. Many Universities will offer at least conditional admission on the basis of teacher generated IB predicted grades; the University of Alberta now offers “outright admission based on predicted grades” for Diploma candidates—even before the Alberta Diploma exams are written! IB grades are based on teacher and student-generated internal assessment as well as externally assessed IB examinations. This gives a better reflection of a student’s abilities than an examination only approach to assessment. Students in IB Math write the Mathematics 30 Alberta Diploma exam in grade 11. Instead of going into Mathematics 31 for their grade 12, some students may choose to take the Math Studies (SL) IB programme, in which they review much of Mathematics 30 again, providing the best possible opportunity to achieve academic success when they write their Diploma examination again. Each IB course is marked on a 7 point scale (all full diploma students take 6 of these classes to earn up to 42 points). There are also 3 bonus points available for the Extended Essay and the Theory of Knowledge course, which produce a mark out of 45 points. To earn an IB Diploma, students must score at least 24 points out of a possible 45 so a student need not be an “expert” in all of the disciplines taken.


University Recognition: Most Universities in Canada and the United States actively recruit IB graduates. Harvard, MIT, Yale, Stanford, and U of T, to name a few, recognize the IB credentials for advanced placement or transfer credit. Each of the 3,500 universities and colleges in North America has its own admission policy, so recognition of IB courses should not be taken for granted. Contact your University of choice for specific information; visit the IBO public website at (click on “where we work” then “country information” then “find IB in Canada” then “diploma recognition” policies); or visit for a comparative grid of Canadian University Policies University of Alberta: • • • IB students receive Advanced Standing (credit or placement) in approved courses for an IB grade of 6 or 7. Students who earn the IB Diploma are granted early and unconditional admission based on IB predicted grades. IB Diploma students also receive very strong consideration for admission into limited enrolment faculties and for U of A scholarship competitions. IB Diploma students will be granted advance credit for the Theory of Knowledge Course with three units of course weight in an open elective at the 100 level. For more information about IB recognition at the U of A please visit

University of Calgary: • • • IB Diploma is recognized as an admission credential The highest mark (IB or provincial mark) is used for admission and award calculations IB Diploma students automatically get a full year of advanced credit (specific credits vary for HL and SL courses and not all advanced credits will be applicable to all degrees) Top admission and registration priority Automatic acceptance into top level (platinum) of Scholars’ advantage programmeme Guaranteed Residence Room IB Advisors 20 scholarships exclusively for IB Diploma Holders - $3500 plus For more information about IB recognition at the U of C please visit

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Study finds IB Diploma graduates well prepared to succeed in college
IB Diploma Programmeme highly aligned with US college readiness standards

The Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) announced today the results from their report “International Baccalaureate Standards Development and Alignment Project.”
The report, which analyzes the alignment of the IB Diploma Programme standards and the Knowledge and Skills for University Success (KSUS) college-ready standards, found IB standards to be “highly aligned with the KSUS standards.” In particular, the key cognitive strategies emphasized in the Diploma—critical thinking skills, intellectual inquisitiveness and interpretation—were found to be fully aligned with the expectations of university faculty. The study, led by David Conley, confirmed that IB Diploma Programme standards demonstrate a very high degree of alignment with the KSUS standards in all subject areas. In math, complete alignment was found between the IB Diploma’s mathematical studies and the KSUS’ algebra, trigonometry and statistics standards. In science, the 47 IB chemistry standards, 19 biology standards and the concepts of environmental science embedded in all three IB science courses aligned completely with KSUS. Data on university graduation rates of IB diploma holders shows that the vast majority (more than 80%) graduate from university within six years. “In many ways, the findings from EPIC’s study confirm that the Diploma Programme is achieving one of its major objectives, preparing all students for university,” said Beth Brock, IB’s Global Head of Policy and Research. “Students that complete the programme have a strong foundation not only in academic skills but also in other areas, such as critical-thinking, problem-solving, research, writing and communication that are so vital to success in university and the 21st century world.” “What is perhaps most notable about our findings is the degree to which IB standards were found to be related to the kinds of key cognitive strategies that our previous research points to as being so important for success in colleges and universities,” added David Conley, CEO of EPIC. “We have learned that it’s not enough for students to study content in isolation; they must use their content knowledge to solve problems, make conjectures and inferences, and think deeply about the big questions of the disciplines. The IB standards seem to be particularly well suited to achieving these aims.” The goal of the project was to develop a set of standards that represented the knowledge and skills students learn in the curriculum of the IB Diploma Programme by reviewing course documents for Language A1, Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, Math Studies, Math SL, Math HL, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The study utilized a criterion-based expert judgment decision-making model that employed successive reviews by experts to reach findings on the relationship of the IB standards to the Knowledge and Skills for University Success. Founded in 1968, the IB works with 2,668 schools in 137 countries to develop and offer three challenging programmes to over 725,000 students aged 3 to 19 years. The IB encourages students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens. It also serves in an educational advisory capacity to other educational organizations. To learn more about the IB, please visit: To view the executive summary and the full report, please visit: