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Day in the Life – IB. The 5 W’s of the IB at AHS? (International Baccalaureate). IB is a two year program (begins in grade 11) that leads to exams in 6 different subjects.

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day in the life ib
Day in the Life – IB

The 5 W’s of the IB at AHS? (International Baccalaureate)

what is ib

IB is a two year program (begins in grade 11) that leads to exams in 6 different subjects.

  • A rigorous program designed to offer a balanced inquiry based curriculum that is known for its depth, challenge and international perspective.
  • students will be making connections between all subject disciplines as the programme subjects are not learned in isolation
  • Students embark on a journey that aims at developing life long learners and global citizens.
  • to prepare students for the IBDP, AHS offers the International Studies Preparation Programme in gr. 9/10
  • this 2 year prep programme is designed to gradually introduce knowledge and skill that will ready students for the challenge that begins in grade 11.
Contents: What does the Diploma Programme curriculum contain? The curriculum contains six subject groups and a core of three parts.

Students study concurrently:

  • three subjects at higher level (240 hours each).
  • three subjects at standard level(150 hours each).
  • all three parts of the core.

The IB Learner Profile and the core are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme.


Who is it for and what are the benefits for me?

  • Because the IB Diploma Program in Grades 11 and 12 is externally assessed, it provides an unequalled level of quality control over skills assessment and curriculum depth. Welcomed into the best universities world-wide Diploma Programme graduates are sought after because they are "committed, self-confident, highly organized and risk-taking individuals with multi-tasking capabilities.” (
  • University Preparation Program
    • Studies continue to provide evidence that IB graduates have higher than average success rates in university. More specifically, time management skills, critical thinking and writing skills, and being that strong independent adult learner. Students will gain a sense of self and move forward with confidence.
  • Transfer Credit
    • Students can apply for University credit based on their results in IB examinations. Most Ontario universities allow students to gain up to 3 university credits from scores of 5 or higher in IB. Some universities offer 2nd year status upon entering university as they consider your IB scores/diploma.
  • Two Diplomas = 2 different academic scores to apply for your university program of choice (SEE NEXT SLIDE FOR EXAMPLE)

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International Studies Preparation Program

How do we prepare our students?

  • IB League of Parents Meetings so parents can be informed to help IB students make good choices, develop organizational and time management skills, and to be their NUMBER 1 support system.
  • Students travel as a separate cohort (group) in 4 of 8 in grade 9 and 6 of 8 in grade 10 classes. Developing that ‘team’ atmosphere is a goal for all our IB teachers.
  • Grade 10 IB Parent and Student Evening – November of each year
  • One to one meetings with IB Coordinator – December before winter break
  • IB counsellors trained to help with academic and social/emotional questions.
  • IB mentors (year 2 IB students attached to year 1 students)
  • IB retreat days in Spring and Fall for team building and Core Component teaching

Why do Universities like IB Diploma Holders?

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Awareness of holistic nature of learning
  • Good time management & study habit skills
  • Can work independently
  • Mature and responsible
  • Oral presentation skills
  • Accept challenges
  • Strong academic preparation
  • Externally validated performance
  • Internationally-minded
  • Excellent research and writing skills


  • Jess, Arjuna and Fawad:

Who are we outside of IB?


What is it?

TOK Framework




Ways of Knowing



Areas of Knowledge



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attention exercise
Attention Exercise:

Goal: Count the times the basketball is passed by the students wearing ‘white’ shirts.


What some other IB kids are saying about TOK…

  • TOK will challenge what you know about our how our world works, and will reveal to you what you didn’t know about yourself. –Avian
  • It’s mind blowing – Farida
  • You learn how to think and apply your thinking skills to everyday life- Sachin
  • You gain a whole new perspective on the world – Steven
  • It interconnects all the subjects together and makes you think about how the acquiring of knowledge and understanding has evolved over – Mr Foot
  • It changes how you think about life – Manjeet

By Arjuna Maharaj


Who here is creative?


Who here is active?


Who here has volunteered?


IB is not just studying!


What is IB creativity?

Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts


What is IB creativity?

Design and Implement a Project

Organizing a peer tutoring group in a neighborhood

Planning an activity to help middle schoolers prepare for high school

Plan a project to address a global issue


What is IB Action?

Sports and Physical Activity


What is IB service?

Doing things for others



  • Why did we choose IB?
  • What are the courses like? Homework? HL vs SL courses?
  • How do we balance school and our life outside of school?
  • How has being an IB student affected us?
  • Overall summation of IB from a student’s perspective


  • Is IB hard?
  • Why did you choose to do IB?
  • How do you have time for a social life/sports/other extracurriculars if you’re in IB?
  • Is IB really worth it?