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International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate

The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepare high school students for success at university and life beyond.

Information Meeting Night was on Thursday, January 9 at 7pm in the Auditorium.

The International Baccalaureate 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 school, 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."

The IB Learner Profile

In addition to the Mission Statement, the IB Organization has established ten Learner Profiles that as IB learners, IB students should strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-Minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-Takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

For more details about the individual learner profiles, see:


The Outcomes of an IB Education

Diploma Programme candidates are required to study six subjects and a programme core. Specialization is provided by requiring at least three [no more than four] of the six subjects to be studied at HL. Breadth is provided by studying three subjects [two if four HL subjects are taken] at standard level (SL).

Students choose courses from the following subject groups:

  • Group 1: Studies in language and literature
    • English A: Literature
    • French A: Language and Literature
    • Chinese A: Language and Literature
  • Group 2: Language acquisition
    • French B
    • Chinese B
    • Japanese ab initio
    • Japanese B
  • Group 3: Individuals and societies
    • Geography
    • History
    • Psychology
  • Group 4: Sciences
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Group 5: Mathematics
  • Group 6: The arts
    • Film
    • Theatre
    • Visual Arts

Students may opt out of Group 6 to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course. For more detailed descriptions of the IB courses offered at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, see the PDF attachments below.

The core of the Diploma Programme consists of the theory of knowledge (TOK), the extended essay (EE) and creativity, activity, service (CAS).

  • TOK provides a forum for discussion, reflection and instruction that considers the nature of human knowledge and supports the development of interdisciplinary understanding.
  • The EE provides the opportunity to investigate an academic research question of individual interest and in the process to develop the independent research and writing skills expected for further education.
  • Participation in the school’s CAS programme broadens the educational experience by expecting students to be involved in creative, physical and service activities.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School

Group 1:

Language A - Lang and Lit SL.pdf

Language A - Literature HL.pdf

Language A - Literature SL.pdf

Language A Lang and Lit HL.pdf

Group 2:

Language B HL.pdf

Group 3:

Geography HL and SL.pdf

History HL.pdf

History SL.pdf

Psychology HL.pdf

Psychology SL.pdf

Group 4:

Biology HL.pdf

Biology SL.pdf

Chemistry HL.pdf

Chemistry SL.pdf

Physics HL.pdf

Physics SL.pdf

Group 5:

Mathematics HL.pdf

Mathematics SL.pdf

Group 6:

Visual arts HL.pdf

Visual arts SL.pdf

Film Studies HL and SL.pdf



Application Forms

Applications are available below:

10 Jan 2020 IB Information Night: FAQs

IB Program Application Timeline:

10 Jan 2020: Application forms available online for current Prelude students and non-Prelude

  • Please print the application form and complete all steps accordingly
  • Follow instructions carefully


17 Jan 2020: Application forms due

  • Application forms and supplementary material due to Churchill’s Main Office or the IBO by 3:30pm


30 Jan 2020: Entrance Exams

  • Internal (Churchill) applicants (not for current Prelude students): 12:30pm to 3:00pm; Churchill cafeteria
  • External (non-Churchill) applicants: 4:00pm to 6:30pm; Churchill cafeteria
    • External applicants only: be sure to sign up for an interview


5 and 6 Feb 2020: Interviews

  • For external applicants only
  • Interviews take place at Churchill school; specific room TBD


6 March 2020: Letters

  • For internal applicants are available only at 3:30pm in the Superlab on the second floor at Churchill School
  • For external applicants, will be mailed out


13 March 2020: Notice of Acceptance

  • Must notify us if you are accepting your seat in IB; Year One Programme Costs and VSB Fees are due


7 April 2020: Course Selection

  • In Churchill Cafeteria from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Parents are welcome to attend.

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