International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme

The IB Programme is a Program of Choice in the Calgary Board of Education and is offered at five CBE High Schools.  Henry Wise Wood High School is your designated IB School for all interested families currently living in Areas 5 and 6.  The IB Programme is a rigorous and challenging program that is perfect for students who are passionate and very interested in specializing in at least one or possibly all subject areas.  We offer a wide variety of IB courses to meet the needs and interests of students. The IB Programme is proven to prepare students extremely well for university as well.

The IB has always championed a stance of critical engagement with challenging ideas, one that values the progressive thinking of the past while remaining open to future innovation. It reflects the IB’s commitment to creating a collaborative, global community united by a mission to make a better world through education. As the IB’s mission in action, the learner profile concisely describes the aspirations of a global community that shares the values underlying the IB’s educational philosophy. The IB learner profile describes the attributes and outcomes of education for international-mindedness. The aim of all IB programmes is 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.

In our highly interconnected and rapidly changing world, IB programmes aim to develop international mindedness in a global context. The terms “international” and “global” describe that world from different points of view—one from the perspective of its constituent parts (nation states and their relationships with each other) and one from the perspective of the planet as a whole. Sharp distinctions between the “local”, “national” and “global” are blurring in the face of emerging institutions and technologies that transcend modern nation states. New challenges that are not defined by traditional boundaries call for students to develop the agility and imagination they need for living productively in a complex world.

If Grade 9 students and parents are interested in the IB Programme for Grade 10, please register with us at Henry Wise Wood High School by completing the IB Expression of Interest Package including all supporting documents listed on the EOI package. 

Any questions about the IB Programme – please contact Mr. Scott Garen, our IB Coordinator.

Significant Content in IB

An IB education provides opportunities to develop both disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding that meet rigorous standards set by institutions of higher learning around the world. IB programmes offer curriculum frameworks and courses that are broad and balanced, conceptual and connected. An IB education represents a balanced approach, offering students access to a broad range of content that spans academic subjects. IB Learner will acquire subject-specific knowledge and skills with increasing sophistication. 

Students will be exposed to mature content in a purposeful and meaningful way to expose them to different cultures and world views as a means to broaden perspective. They reach beyond national and cultural boundaries. Concepts help to integrate learning, add coherence to the curriculum, deepen disciplinary understanding, build the capacity to engage with complex ideas and allow transfer of learning to new contexts. Students encounter many subjects simultaneously throughout their programmes of study; they learn to draw connections and pursue rich understandings about the interrelationship of knowledge and experience across many fields. 

An IB education is unique because of its rigorous academic and personal standards. IB programmes challenge students to excel not only in their studies but also in their personal growth. The IB aims to inspire a lifelong quest for learning hallmarked by enthusiasm and empathy. To that end, the IB gathers a worldwide community of supporters who celebrate our common humanity and who share a belief that education can help to build a better world.

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