THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMME
The goal of the International Baccalaureate Program is as follows:
"By focusing on the dynamic combination of knowledge, skills, independent critical and creative thought, and international-mindedness, the IBO espouses the principle of educating the whole person for a life of active, responsible citizenship. Underlying the program is the concept of education of the whole person as a lifelong process."
At Salisbury, the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) is a two-year course of study offering academically motivated students a comprehensive, rigorous approach to learning in Grades 11 and 12. Students taking IB courses take both the Alberta Education and the IB curricula. The IB program encourages students to develop the full range of their academic abilities, in addition to promoting community involvement and intellectual creativity. Its emphasis on a global learning environment promotes international understanding and provides students with the opportunity to develop the skills which will make them successful in an increasingly competitive world.
A general description of the IB Program can be found at the IB website at http://www.ibo.org/diploma.
A sample of the increased recognition of the IB Diploma at the University of Alberta may be found at http://www.registrar.ualberta.ca/IB
Exam Schedule: 2017 Examination Schedule
THE I.B. LEARNER PROFILE
The following table is a profile of the Honours/IB student. It encompasses the programme's philosophy and the general learner outcomes for all of our students.
Inquirers They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
Knowledgeable They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
Thinkers They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
Principled They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
Open-minded They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
Caring They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment
Risk-takers They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
Balanced They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
Reflective They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.