The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a two year, standardized curriculum and system of assessment intended for students heading to university. This internationally recognized program emphasizes critical thinking, intercultural understanding and exposure to a variety of points of view. It is designed for motivated students who enjoy academic challenges and wish to become involved in the community. There are currently over 3500 schools in over 144 countries which offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme.

Operating now for over forty years, the IB Diploma Programme is highly regarded at universities all over the world. The comprehensive program emphasizes academic excellence and fosters personal development by encouraging community service and participation in creative and physically active pursuits. Assessment in the IB program includes standardized exams written and graded by trained teachers from many countries as well as work marked by the students’ own teachers, but moderated by international markers.

Halifax West received authorization from the IBO in 2007 to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma. A student in the IB Diploma Programme at Halifax West will take IB courses in Grades 11 and 12, instead of courses from the Nova Scotia curriculum (PSP). A student intending to enroll in IB Diploma courses in Grade 11 and 12 would prepare by taking the Halifax West Pre-IB Program in their Grade 10 year.

IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate 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 organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes 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

The IB Learner Profile describes the characteristics that IB hopes students will acquire during their studies in the IB Diploma Programme (through academic courses, extracurricular/CAS activities, school activities, Extended Essays, TOK and every day interactions). The aim of the IB Diploma Program is to develop internationally minded people who strive to be: inquirers, knowledgeable, critical thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, reflective.