International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


CAIS is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School to deliver the full IB Diploma Programme (IBDP).

The IBDP is an academically challenging two-year pre-university program for students in Grades 11 and 12. It is recognized globally as an outstanding international education programme on developing students intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically.
Students at CAIS will be given the option to undertake IBDP from the start of 2021 academic year.

Upon successful completion of the two-year IB Diploma Programme, students are eligible to apply to colleges and universities worldwide.

The IBDP will be offered alongside the current Alberta curriculum and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Program length: 2 years 

Grade levels: Grades 11 and 12 

Qualities and skills IB students graduate with:

  • thinking skills
  • communication skills
  • social skills
  • self-management skills
  • research skills.


The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education, with final examinations, that prepares students aged 16 to 19 for success at university and in life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

CAIS provides students with a transformative educational experience that stretches them to think differently and motivates them to learn new ideas beyond the traditional classroom, aligning with the IB mission for an inquirybased learning. CAIS is proud to provide a supportive and enabling learning environment for all students. We have a well-developed counselling and academic support programs that help students identify the learning stream that matches with their own interests, aspirations, strengths and weaknesses. Classes at CAIS are kept small to facilitate a more engaged and dynamic learning environment where teachers and students have the chance to discuss and reflect on everything from academic, stress to time management. 

Students are required to study six subjects from the six subject groups concurrently over two years which include two languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics, a curriculum core and possibly art.  One subject is chosen from Group 1 to Group 5.  The sixth subject could be taken from either Group 3, Group 4 or Group 6.  Of these six subjects, students are required to choose three subjects with Higher Level (HL) and the remaining three subjects with Standard Level (SL). The core requirement of the Extended Essay (EE), Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) broadens the educational experience and challenges students to apply their knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts

 Core  

The Core consists three components: (i) Extended Essay, (ii) Theory of Knowledge, and (iii) Creativity, Activity, Service. 

Group 1 – Studies in Language and Literature  

  • English A: Literature (HL/SL)  
  • English A: Language and Literature (HL/SL)  
  • Chinese A: Language and Literature (HL/SL) 

Group 2 – Language Acquisition  

  • Mandarin B (HL/SL)  

Group 3 – Individuals and Societies  

  • Economics (HL/SL) 
  • History (HL/SL) 
  • Psychology (HL/SL)  

Group 4 – Sciences 

  • Biology (HL/SL)  
  • Chemistry (HL/SL) 
  • Physics (HL/SL)  

Group 5 – Mathematics  

  • Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (HL/SL)  
  • Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (HL)  

Group 6 – The Arts  

  • Visual Arts (HL/SL)  

Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examinersThe diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the CAS requirement. The highest total that a DP student can be awarded is 45 points.  

IBDP provides a truly unique opportunity for CAIS students to not only take ownership of their learning, but also keep their options open by studying a larger breadth of topics. Like other curriculum, IBDP is academically demanding and students are motivated to challenge their strength and resilience, while developing their personal, emotional and social skills.

- Dr. Richard LeeIB Coordinator and Principal (IB & Projects)

Get a taste of IB education at CAIS

A IB Mathematics Sample Lesson and a fireside chat presented by Ms Prudence Yeung, IB Maths Teacher and Mr Charles Grayson, Senior Student Services Manager

FAQs

Students who are independent and self-motivated for they are required to fulfill the subject  requirements such as submissions of Internal Assessments in all subjects.

Students who want to keep options open, and are keen to develop research skills while taking on a comprehensive program with a focus on a larger breadth of topics, are more suitable.

Students who are confident in writing and/ or have good work ethics to overcome the challenges in writing for interdisciplinary learning, due to the demand of writing components ranging from 800 to 4000 words.

A lot of assessments are in the form of projects and essays which do not have closed form answers. Students who really want to drill deep into one or two subject areas exclusively are not advised to take IBDP.

Yes, we understand the questions students and parents often ask when it comes to choosing the right curriculum. CAIS Student Services is a dedicated team working with students closely to help them achieve their academic goals along their CAIS journey. University guidance and academic counselling are provided for high school students to help them identify their academic pathway in CAIS to pursue their tertiary education and future goals.

CAIS is best known for our caring, safe and dynamic learning community supported with Christan education. The IBDP is a two-year diploma course and students will undergo an intensive learning experience – with teachers and guidance counsellors accompanying them every step of the way providing academic and emotional support – while developing important transferrable skills: critical thinking, communication, social, self-management and research skills.

CAIS provides support beyond just academics, students are offered a safe and caring space and a unique learning experience for personal development that they most likely would not have experienced at other schools.

All DP teachers receive professional development in the IB’s approaches to teaching and approaches to learning from certified IB workshop leaders. This is a requirement for IB World Schools implementing the DP. 

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


CAIS is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School to deliver the full IB Diploma Programme (IBDP).

The IBDP is an academically challenging two-year pre-university program for students in Grades 11 and 12. It is recognized globally as an outstanding international education programme on developing students intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically.
Students at CAIS will be given the option to undertake IBDP from the start of 2021 academic year.

Upon successful completion of the two-year IB Diploma Programme, students are eligible to apply to colleges and universities worldwide.

The IBDP will be offered alongside the current Alberta curriculum and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Program length: 2 years

Grade levels: Grades 11 and 12

Qualities and skills IB students graduate with: 

  • thinking skills
  • communication skills
  • social skills
  • self-management skills
  • research skills.


The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education, with final examinations, that prepares students aged 16 to 19 for success at university and in life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

CAIS provides students with a transformative educational experience that stretches them to think differently and motivates them to learn new ideas beyond the traditional classroom, aligning with the IB mission for an inquirybased learning. CAIS is proud to provide a supportive and enabling learning environment for all students. We have a well-developed counselling and academic support programs that help students identify the learning stream that matches with their own interests, aspirations, strengths and weaknesses. Classes at CAIS are kept small to facilitate a more engaged and dynamic learning environment where teachers and students have the chance to discuss and reflect on everything from academic, stress to time management. 

Students are required to study six subjects from the six subject groups concurrently over two years which include two languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics, a curriculum core and possibly art.  One subject is chosen from Group 1 to Group 5.  The sixth subject could be taken from either Group 3, Group 4 or Group 6.  A student can choose Chinese A in Group 1 to replace Mandarin B in Group 2.  Of these six subjects, students are required to choose three subjects with Higher Level (HL) and the remaining three subjects with Standard Level (SL).  The core requirements of the extended essay (EE), theory of knowledge (TOK), and creativity, activity, service (CAS) broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts.  The IBDP subjects offered by CAIS are:

Core

  • The Core is consisted of three components: (i) Extended Essay, (ii) Theory of Knowledge, and (iii) Creativity, Activity, Service.

Group 1 – Studies in Language and Literature

  • English A: Literature (HL/SL)
  • English A: Language and Literature (HL/SL)
  • Chinese A: Language and Literature (HL/SL)

Group 2 – Language Acquisition

  • Mandarin B (HL/SL)

Group 3 – Individuals and Societies

  • Economics (HL/SL)
  • History (HL/SL)
  • Psychology (HL/SL)

Group 4 – Sciences

  • Biology (HL/SL)
  • Chemistry (HL/SL)
  • Physics (HL/SL)

Group 5 – Mathematics

  • Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (HL/SL)
  • Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (HL)

Group 6 – The Arts

  • Visual Arts (HL/SL).

Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examinersThe diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the CAS requirement. The highest total that a DP student can be awarded is 45 points.  

IBDP provides a truly unique opportunity for CAIS students to not only take ownership of their learning, but also keep their options open by studying a larger breadth of topics. Like other curriculum, IBDP is academically demanding and students are motivated to challenge their strength and resilience, while developing their personal, emotional and social skills.

- Dr. Richard LeeIB Coordinator and Principal (IB & Projects)

Get a taste of IB education at CAIS

A IB Mathematics Sample Lesson and a fireside chat presented by Ms Prudence Yeung, IB Maths Teacher and Mr Charles Grayson, Senior Student Services Manager

FAQs

Students who are independent and self-motivated for they are required to fulfill the subject  requirements such as submissions of Internal Assessments in all subjects. 

Students who want to keep options open, and are keen to develop research skills while taking on a comprehensive program with a focus on a larger breadth of topics, are more suitable.  

Students who are confident in writing and/ or have good work ethics to overcome the challenges in writing for interdisciplinary learning, due to the demand of writing components ranging from 800 to 4000 words.  

A lot of assessments are in the form of projects and essays which do not have closed form answers. Students who really want to drill deep into one or two subject areas exclusively are not advised to take IBDP.  

Yes, we understand the questions students and parents often ask when it comes to choosing the right curriculum. CAIS Student Services is a dedicated team working with students closely to help them achieve their academic goals along their CAIS journey. University guidance and academic counselling are provided for high school students to help them identify their academic pathway in CAIS to pursue their tertiary education and future goals.  

CAIS is best known for our caring, safe and dynamic learning community supported with Christan education. The IBDP is a two-year diploma course and students will undergo an intensive learning experience – with teachers and guidance counsellors accompanying them every step of the way providing academic and emotional support – while developing important transferrable skills: thinking, communication, social, self-management and research skills.  

CAIS provides support beyond just academics, students are offered a safe and caring space and a unique learning experience for personal development that they most likely would not have experienced at other schools. 

All DP teachers receive professional development in the IB’s approaches to teaching and approaches to learning from certified IB workshop leaders. This is a requirement for IB World Schools implementing the DP.