All IB Diploma Program courses are taught and assessed with the rigor essential to preparing students for success at highly competitive universities. Each IB course is built around proven pedagogical methods, and because all IB World Schools are re-accredited every five years, IB approaches to teaching and learning are centered around the best, and most-up-to-date practices in every course. The combination of relevance and rigor offered by each IB course ensures that St. Edward High School students are able to compete in college and beyond.
To be eligible for the IB Diploma, each student is required to follow six IB courses, with one subject taken from each group in the curriculum model:
Language A (literature and/or language),
Language B (second language acquisition),
Individuals and Societies (history and social studies)
Arts (or one subject from groups 1-4)
In addition they must take a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, write a 4,000-word Extended Essay and complete a Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) Programme.
All IB Diploma students must choose three courses at Higher Level (HL) and three courses at Standard Level (SL).
Each of the six group subjects is assessed both internally - with external moderation - and externally by examiners around the world and are graded on the IB 7-point scale.