INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) PROGRAM
AT ST. FRANCIS XAVIER SECONDARY SCHOOL
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International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of studies, leading to examinations, designed for highly motivated secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 19 years. Conceived as a comprehensive two-year curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfill requirements of various national education systems, the diploma model is based on the pattern of no single country, but incorporates the best elements of several.
The IB diploma candidates are required to select one subject from each of six subject groups.
Subject briefs are available at the following address: http://www.ibo.org/university-admission/ib-recognition-resources-and-document-library/#briefs
Group 1: Studies in language and literature
We offer Language A: Literature (Standard Level and Higher Level)
More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/language-and-literature/
Group 2: Language acquisition
Language B courses are intended for students who have had some previous experience of learning the language. They may be studied at either higher level or standard level.
Our school offers French B only at the Standard Level for this group.
More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/language-acquisition/
Group 3: Individuals and societies
Economics (Standard and Higher Levels); History (Standard or Higher Levels) and Philosophy (Standard Level) are offered in our school.
More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/individuals-and-societies/
Group 4: Sciences
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Computer Science at both SL and HL levels are offered in our school.
More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/sciences/
Group 5: Mathematics
Students must study at least one course in Mathematics. Our school offers Mathematics at both levels (SL and HL).
More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/mathematics/
Group 6: The Arts
We offer Music and Visual Arts (at both levels) in this group.
More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/the-arts/
NOTE: Students are required to choose one subject from each of the six academic areas, including one from Group 6 although instead of a group 6 subject they can choose a second from groups 1 – 5. In our school the choice is from groups 3 and 4.
The programme offers special features in addition to the strengths of a liberal arts curriculum.
- Diploma candidates are required to undertake original research and create an Extended Essay of some 4000 words. This project offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and acquaints students with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected at university.
More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/extended-essay/
The grading system used by the International Baccalaureate Organization is criterion referenced. This means that each students performance is measured against well-defined levels of achievement consistent from one examination session to the next. Top grades are not simply awarded "on a curve" to a certain percentage of candidates, but rather reflect attainment of knowledge and skills relative to set standards equally applied to all schools. Validity, reliability and fairness are the watchwords of the IBO's international examining board. More at: http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/assessment-and-exams/
ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY TO THE PREPARATORY PROGRAM (Grades 9 and 10) AND TO IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM (Grades 11 and 12) AT ST. FRANCIS XAVIER SECONDARY SCHOOL
Students from Catholic, public and private schools who reside within the city of Mississauga, north and west of Highway 403 and Highway 410 and north to Highway 407 are eligible to apply to St. Francis Xavier SS Pre-International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
If you reside south of the 403, east of the 410 and south of the 401, please contact St. Paul S. S. at (905) 278-3994
If you reside north of Highway 407 including Holy Cross and St. Raphael, please contact Notre Dame S. S. at (905) 840-2802
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