The TDSB is proud to have a number of authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Schools. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a recognized leader in the field of international education, encouraging students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens.
There are three IB programs:
- The Primary Years Program for students aged 3 to 12 focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.
- The Middle Years Program for students aged 11 to 16 provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills, achieved through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects.
- The Diploma Program for students aged 16 to 19 is a demanding two-year curriculum leading to final examinations and a qualification that is welcomed by leading universities around the world.
Each program includes a curriculum, pedagogy and student assessment appropriate to the age range, professional development for teachers and a process of school authorization and evaluation. Each IB Program is unique yet shares the IB Mission Statement and similar goals.
The International Baccalaureate Mission Statement:
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
IB Learner Profile
IB programs promote the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge. Underlying the three IB programmes is the concept of education of the whole person as a lifelong process. The ten characteristics of the IB Learner Profile, include: