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International Baccalaureate Programme (IB)

The IB programme is an internationally recognized enrichment option for high school students. The program develops "internationally minded people, who recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world" (IB mission).

The programme encourages participation in creative and service-oriented actions, as well as personal and academic reflection, addresses intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being and covers the curriculum required by Alberta Education and the IB programme.

Visit the IBO website to learn more about the IB programme.

Registration and Transfers

Registration for New Students

If you are not a current CBE student and want to apply for the IB Programme for the 2022-23 school year, you must begin by registering at your designated regular program high school. Once you have registered, you can complete the online transfer form to your designated IB Programme school and submit the IB Expression of Interest. Submissions must be made to your designated IB Programme school by March 15. Please submit an expression of interest to your designated IB Programme school only.

See our Registration for Grade 10 to 12 New Students page for an explanation of our online registration process and for more information.

​If your regular designated high school offers the IB programme, submit your registration to that school.

If your regular designated high school does not offer IB, you will need to:

  1. Submit your registration to your designated Area school for the IB programme. If you are unsure which school that is, ask your regular designated school.  
  2. Review the High School Transfer information and submit a transfer request form by March 15, 2022. ​The high school transfer process opens February 1 and closes March 15 for the following school year. This process will be online and a link will be available when the transfer process opens.​​

If you are not a current CBE student and want to apply for the IB Program for the 2022-23 school year, you must complete the IB Expression of Interest ​and submit it to your designated school offering the IB Programme by March 15. Please submit a registration package to one school only. 

See our Registration for Grade 10 to 12 New Students page for that process and information. 

Please note that most CBE schools that offer IB have a Closed enrolment status​for the 2021-22 school year. Closed enrolment status schools do have some transfer spaces available specifically for IB program transfers from resident CBE students for whom that school is their ​designated Area school for IB. (See the High School Transfer page for details.)

  • Henry Wise Wood (Open to transfers)​
  • Western Canada High School (Closed to transfers)
  • Sir Winston Churchill High School (Closed to transfers)
  • John G. Diefenbaker High School (Closed to transfers)
  • Lester B. Pearson​ (Closed to transfers)

In your planning and research, you may ​want to consider Advanced Placement (AP)​ ​courses, which are offered in more CBE high schools with an Open or Limited enrolment status.

For current Grade 10 or 11 students interested in transferring ​for IB next school year, please contact the school for more information. 

Why Take IB?

  • prepare for success at university and life by developing intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being
  • desire a demanding curriculum, like the Diploma Programme, which leads to final IB examinations and a qualification that is welcomed by leading universities around the world
  • receive recognition from institutions of higher education, such as scholarships

Check university websites and the IBO website for details and recognition of IB credentials.

Is IB Right for My Child?

Students and families interested in the IB programme should review the IBO website, attend IB open houses and regular high school open houses and consult with their Grade 9 teachers who know the students best as learners.

The IBO suggests IB learners strive to be:

  • “inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk takers, balanced, and reflective”
  • “internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world” (From:

What are My Choices as a Candidate for IB?

As an IB student, you can choose between the International Baccelaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), the IB Career Programme, or the Partial International Baccalaureate (Partial IB). All three of these choices ​make you eligible to request a high school transfer for the purposes of taking IB. 

Options* 1 | IB Diploma Programme

2 | IB Career Programme

3 | Partial IB

Students carry a full program of IB courses. They complete an Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge course, and the CAS (creativity, action, service) component, as well as the regular Alberta Education program.
Students may choose IB courses from the following Groups:

  • Group 1 English A
  • Group 2 Language B
  • Group 3 History, Business & Management, Philosophy, Global Politics
  • Group 4 Sciences
  • Group 5 Mathematics
  • Group 6 Fine & Performing Arts

Students take two or more IB courses; they complete the Theory of Knowledge course, the CAS component and Career-related courses, complete a Language Development Portfolio, a Service Learning Portfolio, a Reflective Project and Professional and Personal Skills (PPS).

Students take two or more IB courses; they complete the Theory of Knowledge course, and the CAS component, as well as the regular Alberta Education program.

A student receives a statement of results for each IB course successfully completed.

*If an IB high school has limited space, students registering for the full IB Diploma Programme are given priority over students requesting individual IB courses.

Can I take a single IB course?

No, it is not possible to take a single IB course. If you are interested in taking IB, you need to select one of the three choices in the chart above.

What happens if a student doesn’t complete the IB programme after they transfer high schools?

The high school transfer process was reviewed to ensure both transparency and consistency for principals and families. Students would be re-directed to their designated school should they not continue with the specific education program (such as IB) or sequence of courses which determined the reason for transfer.

Moving schools after either Grade 10 or 11 is a difficult transition for any student. For this reason, it is emphasized that students be very intentional when choosing the sequence of courses or program that require a transfer to another high school.

Almost all of our high schools offer internationally recognized enrichment options, including Advanced Placement or the IB Programme.

What is the difference between Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) IB courses?

  • SL and HL courses have a common core area of study and examination. There is greater breadth and depth of study in the HL course.
  • HL courses may be recognized for post-secondary credit.
  • See the curriculum at for further details about the differences

Do I still have to write Diploma exams and how are IB courses recognized?

  • IB exams do NOT replace diploma exams. If an IB course is attached to a diploma course, then writing the diploma exam is required.
  • Alberta Education uses official Alberta course names on official student transcripts
      • For example, Biology 30 is the official course name that will appear on your Alberta Education transcript even if your Biology 30 class is offered to a group of students in the IB programme
  • If you also take a locally developed and approved course, such as Biology 35 (IB), since IB is part of the official course name, it will appear on your transcript
  • To avoid being overloaded with Diploma and IB exams in your Grade 12 year, you take some Diploma courses in both Grades 11 and 12
  • IB Exams are administered by the IBO in May, and the IBO will provide you with official documentation to use with post-secondary institutions

What fees are involved for IB?

Students and/or parents/guardians are responsible for fees set by the IBO (subject exam fees) and courier costs, including:

  • $200 for each IB course (for exam and mailing fees)
  • $25 administrative fee (paid annually)

Open House Schedule

Information related to High School Open Houses can be found on our school websites.​​

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