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  • How is the IB Diploma Programme different from other high school advanced programs?
  • What are the advantages of enrolling in the IB Diploma Programme?
  • How many IB exams are there, and when do students take them?
  • Can an IB exam be “challenged”?
  • Does the IB Diploma satisfy Saskatchewan’s requirements for graduation?
  • Can students with special education needs participate in an IB programme?
  • Can students transfer from one Diploma Programme school to another?
  • How important is the IB Programme to universities?
  • Does an IB Diploma allow students to go abroad for university?
  • How are the students who do not earn the IB Diploma awarded?
  • How much does the IB Diploma Programme cost?
  • What preparation do students need in order to succeed/be accepted into the Diploma Programme?
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    The IB Diploma Programme is a two year programme that requires students to study courses across all
    disciplines.  Students have some flexibility to suit their curricular needs.  Regardless of course selection,
    all students explore the connections between the six major subject areas, will study each subject
    through an international perspective, will reflect critically on what it means to be a ‘knower’ (Theory of
    Knowledge) will pursue one subject in great detail through independent research (Extended Essay), and
    will have an opportunity to apply their knowledge/skills and interests locally (Creativity, Action, Service). 
    Only students enrolled in and attending an authorized IB World School may participate in an IB
    programme. 
     
    Assessment of student achievement happens in a variety of ways throughout the course of the two-year
    programme.  It includes assessment of student work both by outside examiners, as well as the students’
    own teachers.  All assessment undergoes careful review or moderation to ensure that a common,
    international standard is applied equally to the work of students around the world.  Each subject area is
    also in a five year cycle of renewal, guaranteeing the most relevant, contemporary high school
    curriculum anywhere in the world.  For these reasons, the IB Diploma is recognized as a superior
    education, preparing students to succeed at post-secondary institutions. 
     

    Students with IB Diplomas who now attend universities report that their involvement with IB has given
    then the tools needed to make the most of their post-secondary education.  In particular, students
    comment on their sense of preparedness, their self-confidence, their research skills, their ability to
    manage their time, and their willingness to be actively engaged in their own learning.  This confidence
    will manifest itself with superior critical thinking, reading, writing, organizational, and collaborative
    abilities.  These skills will serve someone seeking post-secondary study, but such skills will serve a
    person well in any life pursuit.   Even more importantly, they have developed a sense of the world
    around them, their responsibility to it, and the skills with which to embrace the complexities of life. 
     

    A Diploma student will sit for IB exams in most of his/her IB subjects, normally in May of the student’s
    grade 12 year.  A Diploma Courses (DCS) Student will sit for as many exams as he/she has IB courses.
     
     

    No.  A significant part of a student’s final grade comes from work done in the classroom (or “field”) and
    in collaboration with classroom peers. 
     
     

    Yes.  Students who succeed in receiving the IB Diploma will also receive a Saskatchewan High School
    Diploma.  Students who successfully complete select IB courses will supplement their graduation
    requirements with courses from the Saskatchewan curriculum. 
     
     

    The IBO has established policies for students with special assessment needs.  Contact the Diploma
    Coordinator for more information.  Schools are asked to notify the IBO of participating students whom
    they have identified as having special assessment needs.  This is especially important at the time
    student-learning plans are being developed. 
     
     

    Yes, but while the Diploma Programme itself is the same from school to school, the subject choices (and
    levels) available to students will vary.  Timelines and deadlines for a programme’s central elements –
    Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge (ToK), CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) – usually vary also. 
     
     

    The IB curriculum represents the highest level of rigor of ANY high school program.  Most well respected
    universities recruit IB students and offer special scholarships, transfer credits and other incentives.  Note
    that most of the time, you must actively seek out and apply for the scholarships available.  Click here for
    scholarship information.
     
     
    Admissions officers must look for other evidence than averages that a student will succeed in the
    challenges of a new academic environment.  Admissions officers look for such factors as the quality of
    the courses represented on a transcript, the balance of courses across all disciplines, the record of the
    student’s research abilities, and the details of school and community involvement – all requirements of
    the Diploma Programme.  Click here for information on IB Recognition in Canada and the United States.  
    Other world universities that have established IB recognition policies include United Kingdom:  Oxford
    University, The University of Cambridge; New Zealand:  University of Auckland; the Netherlands: 
    Erasmus University; France:  Université of Paris Sorbonne – Paris IV; Japan: Tokyo University of Science
    (Tokyo Rika Daiguku).  You can follow this link to search for IB recognition at other international
    universities. 
     

    Yes, in many cases.  One of the founding ideals of the Diploma Programme was to establish an
    internationally recognized system of curriculum and assessment that would be accepted by universities
    and ministries of education around the world.  Happily, the Diploma Programme is accepted by
    universities in 125 countries  Click here to research the IB recognition policies of post-secondary
    institutions throughout the world. 
     
     

    Students are awarded Diploma Courses Certificates for the examinations successfully completed, as well
    as a Saskatchewan High School Diploma.
     
     

    There is no cost for the student.  Different schools have different admissions requirements and many
    charge tuition.  Saskatoon Public Schools is committed to the IBO’s philosophy that any student who is
    motivated to take the challenge should apply.  (See Admissions tab regarding pre-requisites.)  All fess
    are covered by the Saskatoon Public School Division.
     
     

    Students prepare for the Diploma Programme in three ways:  1) Notify the IB Coordinator at ABCI as
    soon as possible.  Submit a Registration Form of Interest.  2) See the Admissions tab regarding pre-
    requisites.  3) While not mandatory, many IB Foundations (grades 9 and 10) students apply to our
    Advanced Program (locally developed).  This program is designed to assist students in developing a solid
    background in such subjects as languages and mathematics.  This program also helps students develop
    their sense of the connections between subject areas.