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Toronto Catholic District School Board


The IB Advantage

Reasons for advocating the IB programme:

Focus on Student

  • Teaches Time Management Skills, Application Skills, Organizational Skills, Communication Skills, and Problem Solving Skills,
  • Student better prepared for university
  • Theory of Knowledge concentrates on Critical, Logic and Analytical skills
  • Extended Essay prepares student for research done at university level

High Academic Standards

  • The IB curriculum in all disciplines has established--and maintains--the highest international standard of university preparatory education, comparable to the leading national systems such as the British Advanced Level, the French Baccalaureate, and the German Abitur.

The Development of Independent Learners

  • The volume and advanced nature of the course content in all IB subjects means that students must learn to work independently, under the guidance of
  • their teachers and with the assistance of fellow students.
  • This is a stage of intellectual development which most students do not reach until they are part way through--sometimes most of the way through--their undergraduate degrees.

Development of Well Rounded Individuals

  • The Creativity/Activity/Service component of the IB Diploma ensures that graduates have had a variety of significant extracurricular experiences.
  • Universities assume that they will continue to be involved in a number of out-of-class activities during their undergraduate years.
  • The fact that IB schools form a global network of students all following the same curriculum means that those working toward the Diploma also develop a truly international perspective, a very desirable characteristic in an Information Age characterized by vanishing political boundaries.