What is an IB Education?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program aims to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. Informed by these values, an IB education:
• centres on learners
• develops effective approaches to teaching and learning
• works within global contexts
• explores significant academic content
Working together, these four characteristics define an IB education.
Click here to read the IB Mission Statement
Click here to learn more about the attributes of an IB learner: learner-profile-en.pdf
The IB Diploma Program, which is for Grade 11 & 12 students, includes the following components:
- One course from each Subject Group: Language & Literature, Language Acquisition (French), Individuals & Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics, The Arts
- 3 Core Elements: Extended Essay, CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) & Theory of Knowledge
An IB Diploma is recognized and valued at universities worldwide. Students who pursue an IB Diploma at Leamington District Secondary School will also earn credits toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
The International Baccalaureate Program is offered at over 4700 schools in 142 different countries, including 78 Ontario schools.
LDSS's Preparatory Program for the IB Diploma
Our Grade 9 & 10 Preparatory Program was developed by LDSS teachers trained to deliver both the Ontario curriculum and IB Diploma Program curriculum. This program aims to prepare students for the content, thinking and rigour of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program., which takes place in Grades 11 & 12. Students in the Preparatory Program will be enrolled in some accelerated learning while earning Ontario Secondary School Diploma credits. Four Grade 9 and 10 courses have been developed as part of the Preparatory Program: Mathematics, English, Science, and French. These courses will have a specific IB focus on content and skills.
The goal of the Preparatory Program is to enable students to have as much choice in their electives as possible to encourage a broad base of interest and understanding while encouraging involvement in school activities and the community.
Who Can Apply?
All interested Grade 8 students can apply. Students who thrive in this program are: open-minded, academically motivated, balanced, resilient and love to learn.
For more information about admission to the LDSS Preparatory Program, see Admissions.
Enrichment Opportunities for students in the LDSS Prep Program for the IB Diploma include Engineering Day at the University of Windsor