IB Diploma Programme
The IB Diploma Programme is an internationally recognized, two year pre-university programme. The curriculum is rigorous, academically demanding and requires students to be highly motivated. To succeed in this program students must demonstrate commitment, ability and interest.
The IB Diploma Programme has six major academic areas (displayed in the model below). Students must take one subject from each of the six groups. This means that a science-oriented student is challenged to learn a foreign language and a natural linguist becomes familiar with laboratory procedures. At the core of the IB Diploma Programme are three unique curriculum requirements: a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, an Extended Essay and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS).
TOK activities and discussions aim to help students discover and express their views on knowledge issues. The course encourages critical thinking about different ways of knowing, such as perception, reason, emotion and language, as well as different kinds of knowledge, such as scientific, artistic and historical.
The Extended Essay is a 4000 word research paper that is intended to promote independent, high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity. It provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research on a topic of their choice, under the guidance of a supervisor.
CAS is a co-curricular program that enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning, lending an important counterbalance to the academic rigours of the rest of the IB Diploma Programme. Students participate in the following three components:
Creativity - arts and other experiences that involve creative thinking
Action - physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
Service - an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student
IB courses are offered at two levels: standard level (SL) and higher level (HL). SL courses are recommended to take 150 hours of instruction time whereas HL courses are recommended to take 240 hours of instruction time. Students are required to take at least three and not more than four courses at HL and the others at SL. By arranging courses this way students can explore some subjects in more depth while maintaining a broad program of study.
IB Diploma candidates at KCVI are required to make selections from the following six groups of subjects:
Group 1: Language A
• English HL
Group 2: Language Acquisition
• French SL
• Spanish SL
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
• History SL or HL
• Business & Management Studies SL or HL
Group 4: Sciences
• Biology SL or HL
• Chemistry SL or HL
• Physics SL or HL
• Mathematics SL or HL
• Math Studies SL
Group 6: Arts and Electives
• Film SL or
• Theatre SL or
• Psychology SL or
• one other subject from Group 4
KCVI offers this programme in addition to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). OSSD requirements and courses are integrated with the IB requirements so that upon successful completion of the programme a student is awarded both the IB Diploma and the OSSD.
In order to receive the IB Diploma students must:
successfully write IB examinations in six subject areas
successfully complete the IB course Theory of Knowledge
successfully write an Extended Essay on a topic of their choice
complete the Creativity, Action, Service component