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International Baccalaureate

IB Application (Dec 2)

Due to the Main Office by 3:30pm on December 14. There is a Word Document and PDF available, only one needs to be completed. Please follow all of the instructions with care and thank you for your interest in our program.

IB Application 2022.pdf

IB Application 2022.docx

IB Application Important Dates - For September 2023 Admissions

December 1:  General public IB Application Information Night, 7pm, Churchill Auditorium

December 2: IB Application/Portfolio is live on the Churchill website by 3:30pm

By December 14: IB Applications/Portfolio are due to the Main Office at Churchill School no later than 3:30pm

By February 16: IB Letters to all applicants are posted (in the mail/Canada Post)

By February 23: Notice of Acceptance letters are returned to the Main Office at Churchill School, 3:30PM

March 2: IB Course Selection for successful applicants in Churchill's cafeteria starting at 4:00pm. Students and parents are welcome. 

IB Application Information Night VIDEO (Dec 1)

IB Application Information Night - UPDATE (Nov 29)

The application process will be explained on December 1 at the IB Application Information Night. This session will no longer be held in person. A video will be posted on Thursday, December 1st in the evening. Families interested in joining our IB Program at Churchill School should watch the video before downloading the IB Application. The IB Application will be available here on December 2nd at 3pm. Applications will be due by December 14, 3:30pm in the Main Office, please follow all instructions as noted in the application package.

IB Parent Information Night 

October 20 for parents of currently enrolled IB students. The information night will take place in the Auditorium:

Year 1 Parents: 6pm to 7pm

Year 2 Parents: 7:30pm to 8:30pm

IB Application Important Dates - For September 2023 Admissions

December 1:  General public IB Application Information Night, 7pm, Churchill Auditorium

By December 14: IB Applications/Portfolio are due to the Main Office at Churchill School no later than 3:30pm

By February 16: IB Letters to all applicants are posted (in the mail/Canada Post)

By February 23: Notice of Acceptance letters are returned to the Main Office at Churchill School, 3:30PM

IB Application Package

The application process will be explained on December 1 at the IB Application Information Night. The session begins at 7pm in the Auditorium at Churchill School and will run until about 8:30pm.  This has been updated: there will be a video, no in-person session this year. 

Only information posted here about IB at Churchill School is updated. 

Reminder: Prelude students are not automatically considered for the IB Program and must complete the application process the same as all other interested applicants.

Application Package will be made available by Friday, December 2, 3:00pm. 

The International Baccalaureate

The IB Diploma Program is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program that encourages community involvement and service while also preparing students for success at university. The IB values 21st century learning, there is a focus on the development of specific skills: communication, social, self-management/executive, research and thinking.

 In the IB Program, we strive to meet the goals of the IB Mission Statement and to help our students develop the IB Learner Profile.

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 - curious
  • Knowledgeable - well-read, aware
  • Thinkers - rational, critical
  • Communicators - collaborative
  • Principled - honest, act with integrity
  • Open-Minded - non-judgmental, unprejudiced
  • Caring - compassionate
  • Risk-Takers - resilient
  • Balanced - mindful
  • Reflective - thoughtful

For more details about the individual learner profiles, see:  learner-profile-en.pdf

The Outcomes of an IB Education at Churchill School

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).

Below are the subjects we offer at Churchill, but please note that these offerings can change. 

Please note that students who enroll in the IB Program at Churchill are also required to complete the new Contemporary Indigenous Studies course on time-table. This means that Grade 11 students cannot have an on time-table elective. This course must be completed, on timetable as an IB student even if the student has already completed the course. It is a part of our core program. 

Students choose courses from the following subject groups:

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

Students may opt out of Group 6 to study an additional Group 2, 3, or 4 - depending on the timetable. We highly recommend that students consider taking a Group 6 rather than replacing it because it provides the best IB experience and balanced course load. 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

Most IB subjects are blended HL/SL in Year 1 (Grade 11). This means that HL and SL students are in the same classroom. Decisions about HL/SL status is made at the end of Grade 11 up to October of Year 2 (Grade 12). 

All IB Group Subjects are completed on timetable over two years.

Please note: we do our best to accommodate all course requests; however, there may be restrictions in the timetable and students may not get all the courses and/or levels they request.

Group 1:  English

All candidates will complete English A.

Group 2: French Immersion A 

French A is for candidates admitted to the IB French Immersion Programme. 

French B

For candidates with grade 10 level ability in the language. There will be a language placement test for French B.

Japanese & French ab initio

For candidates who are interested in learning a new language from the beginning (ab initio) or for candidates who do not qualify for French A or French B, French ab initio or Japanese ab initio may be the right fit for you. Our Japanese Language teacher, Ms Wakabayahsi, will be available for questions at the Course Selection session as will Mme Kung for French. There will also be language placement exams for French B, French ab initio and Japanese ab initio

Group 3:

Candidates select one Group 3 subject (can select two if they elect not to complete a Group 6 subject). If a candidate chooses IB Psychology, in order to graduate high school, the candidate must also complete a Social Studies 11 (SS11) equivalent course online or in summer school as IB Psychology does not meet the requirements for SS11. If a candidate completes either IB Geography or IB History, the requirements for graduation are met and no online or summer school SS11 equivalent course needs to be completed. 


History HL

History SL


Group 4:

Candidates select one Group 4 subject (can select two if they elect not to complete a Group 6 subject).

NB: Most Canadian post-secondary institutions require students complete two sciences for admissions into their Science faculties. Also, most Canadian post-secondary institutions require that students complete Provincial-level (i.e. not IB) Chemistry 11 and Physics 11. IB candidates taking one of these (IB Chemistry or IB Physics, but not both) and IB Biology (thus completing the two required sciences) will need to complete the other (Chemistry or Physics) at the Provincial grade 11 level only. This should be done online or during summer school.

NB: Engineering programs vary in their requirements and IB candidates should examine what they will need for admissions before course selection. Most engineering programs require both Chemistry and Physics at the grade 12 level too; in that case, IB candidates completing one of these course requirements in IB (i.e. IB Chemistry or IB Physics) ought to complete the grade 11 and 12 at the Provincial level online or in summer school.

IB candidates can request to complete IB Chemistry and IB Physics; however, we encourage candidates to also follow their interests. If a candidate is interested in a future in medicine, they really ought to take IB Biology! The universities do not care if the required Physics and Chemistry 11 classes are IB or not. Many of our IB candidates complete the other required science at the provincial level online or during summer school. 

Biology HL

Biology SL

Chemistry HL

Chemistry SL

Physics HL

Physics SL 

Group 5:

With the IB Curriculum changes implemented recently, IB at SWC is approaching admissions to IB Math differently. Candidates who have successfully completed Math 10 will be placed in one cohort and candidates who have successfully completed Math 11+ will be placed in another. The cohort for Math 10 candidates will be learning Analysis and Approaches (AA) SL. The cohort for Math 11+ candidates will be learning AA blended HL/SL. The difference between the dedicated AA SL and blended AA HL/SL cohorts will be content and speed with which units will be taught. Essentially, the AA HL/SL cohort is a year ahead.  

Candidates will work throughout the year in their designated cohorts to demonstrate their ability and upon their teachers’ recommendation and a minimum required IB score achieved by the end of term 2, candidates from both cohorts will either:

  • Continue in AA SL
  • Enter a new stream available in Year 2 only: Applications and Interpretations (AI) SL.
  • Enter a new stream available in Year 2 only: Analysis and Approaches (AA) HL

NB: Candidates interested in admissions to Commerce, Sciences, or Engineering faculties in university must complete AA SL or HL to be considered for admissions. Candidates interested in Arts faculties will be considered for admissions with the completion of AI SL.

Math Analysis and Approaches SL & HL (HL Year 2 Only) 

Math Applications and Interpretations SL only Year 2 Only  

Group 6:

For candidates to have the true IB experience and a most manageable course load, they ought to complete a Group 6 subject. However, IB recognizes some of the limitations post-secondary institutions have placed on admission requirements and Group 6 is optional.

NB: Group 6 is a perfect outlet for creativity, it adds balance and structure to the IB candidates overwhelming schedule, and significantly develops the critical skill of critical thinking. FYI: candidates interested in architecture ought to consider completing Visual Arts! 

Film HL/SL

IB Dance.pdf

IB Dance SL.pdf

Theatre HL

Theatre SL

Visual Arts HL

Visual Arts SL


Successful completion of the IB Programme depends on the successful completion of its core.

CAS and the EE are completed off-timetable with the guidance of the CAS Coordinator, Ms Waight, and the Diploma Coordinator, Ms Puzio.

TOK, or Theory of Knowledge, is completed on-timetable over the two years. 

Core CAS

Core Extended Essay

Core TOK 

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