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International Baccalaureate Programme

Learn all about the program, including; Why take IB? Is IB Right for My Child? What are My Choices as a Candidate for IB? And more...

International Baccalaureate Programme (IB)

Before Registering or Transferring

IB Programme Levels

Diploma Programme

Full Program

And includes completing:

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Course
  • Creativity Activity & Service (CAS) Component
  • Extended Essay
  • Regular Alberta Education Program

Course Programme

Two or More IB Courses

And includes completing:

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Course
  • Creativity Activity & Service (CAS) Component
  • Regular Alberta Education Program

A student receives a statement of results for each IB course successfully completed. 

Career Programme

Two or More IB Courses

And includes completing:

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Course
  • Creativity Activity & Service (CAS) Component
  • Career Related Courses
  • Language Development Portfolio
  • Reflective Project
  • Personal Skills

Program Fees

IB students will pay:

  • Exam and mailing fees of $200.00* for each IB course
  • Yearly IB student administrative fee of $25.00* (this includes additional materials, resources, professional learning opportunities)

For current information on registration and exam fees charged by the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Organization, visit their website at

If financial circumstances are a concern, principals work with families to create solutions, which may include waiving fees, in full or in part, or a partial payment schedule.

*Fees are subject to change

Exams & Recognition

When enrolled in IB, you are still required to write the Alberta Diploma Exams to obtain your high school Diploma.

To ensure you are not overloaded with Diploma and IB exams in your Grade 12 year, you take some Diploma courses in both Grades 11 and 12. IB Exams are set by the International Baccalaureate® Organization (IBO) and you write them in May.

The IBO provides official documentation, which you may choose to use with post-secondary institutions.


  • Alberta Education does not recognize IB courses on official student transcripts, e.g., Chemistry 30 (IB) appears as Chemistry 30 on your Alberta Education transcript.
  • You are evaluated on grade level outcomes from Alberta Programs of Study for Alberta Education transcripts.
  • Students also receive credit towards their Alberta Education high school diploma for locally developed courses they take as part of an IB Programme, e.g., Mathematics 25 (IB) or English 35 (IB)

Areas & High Schools

The IB Programme is available to students in each CBE Area.
Students attend and register for the IB Programme in English based on the Area in which they reside.

 To confirm the Area in which you live, call 403-817-4000 or find your school
Find A School

 International Baccalaureate Programmes High Schools

Select a school below to view the school profile:

Sir Winston Churchill High School

Western Canada High School

John G. Diefenbaker High School

Lester B. Pearson High School

Henry Wise Wood High School

IB Programme Registration Steps

To become a part of the IB Programme, follow the steps below.​


Complete the Expression of Interest Form

Review the information above before to help in completing the form.

Download IB Expression of Interest Form

*This form is only for currently enrolled students.
Not a CBE Student


Speak With Your Principal

Only exceptional case transfers are considered after March 15 for the following school year.

​Speak with the principal at your current high school to see if they can support meeting your academic request. ​

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