Recruitment for Britannia’s IB Diploma Program starts in January 2017. An information evening for parents and Grade 10 students will be held in our staffroom (Room 304) at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday January 17th. Interested students from grade 9 may also find the meeting informative for future plans.
The IB provides an excellent preparation for university study. The program offers significant challenge and tremendous opportunity for students of good ability. Over the two years of the program students will develop their communication skills to be able to write at a university level, and to study some material generally reserved for first-year classes. Students can take a full Diploma program or do some IB courses as partial program candidates. Diploma students will develop their research skills through the production of an Extended Essay in a topic of their choice related to one of their courses, participate in the Theory of Knowledge class (a broad-based investigation of “knowing”), and take part in a variety of Creative, Active, and Service activities as a part of their CAS program.
Universities value the IB experience and will offer early admission and scholarships for good scores, including a full year of credit at some institutions. More, the student who completes an IB diploma will find university much easier and start off their post-secondary careers on a successful note with less stress. It’s as if you brought much of first-year university into the last two years of high school!
If you or a friend is looking for more out of school then the IB may be for you. Applications are available online or in the IB office at Britannia, and are due January 27th, 2017. Applicants will undergo a critical thinking test and a writing exercise in February. Diploma applicants will also undergo an interview. Take a risk; you’re worth it!