International Baccalaureate (IB)


The International Baccalaureate Mission

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 schools, 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.    

East Side High School is an authorized IB Diploma Program school. The diploma program is a comprehensive and challenging pre-university course of study leading to examinations. The IB

program is a rigorous two year curriculum that encourages intellectual thinking and has an international perspective. In addition, IB students must also engage in community service,

research and an inquiry to the nature of knowledge.

IB Diploma Program Overview  

Students in the IB learn more than a body of knowledge. The Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to: Ask challenging questions, Learn how to learn, Develop a strong sense of their own  identity and culture, and develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.

Students should be aware that IB courses are challenging and rigorous. Rather than the teacher up at the front of the class every day, the teacher serves as a guide through student inquiry. Teachers expect students to take responsibility for their academic experience.  

Students can expect an increase in their homework and studying expectations and will have the additional requirements of CAS and Extended Essay.  Needless to say, full diploma students are very busy! Time management, realistic expectations, stress coping skills, and self-advocacy are important skills with which to approach and IB academic schedule.

The IB Student

The Learner Profile:

The IB Learner profile describes both characteristics of students entering the program and characteristics that students will gain throughout their experience in East Side High School’s IB program.

Inquirers:  Our natural curiosity is nurtured. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct constructive inquiry and research, and become independent active learners. We actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable: We explore concepts, ideas and issues which have global relevance and importance. In so doing, we acquire, and are able to make use of a significant body of knowledge across a range of disciplines.

Critical thinkers: We exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to approach complex problems and make reasoned decisions.

Communicators:  We understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication.

Courageous: We approach unfamiliar situations with confidence and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. We are courageous and articulate in defending those things in which they believe.

Principled: We have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning. We have integrity, honesty, a sense of fairness and justice and respect for the dignity of the individual.

Caring: We show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. We have a personal commitment to action and service to make a positive difference to the environment and to the lives of others.

Open-minded: Through an understanding and appreciation of our own culture, we are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures and are accustomed to seeking and considering a range of points of view.

Well-balanced: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives–intellectual, physical, spiritual, and emotional– to achieve well-being for themselves and others. We demonstrate perseverance and self-discipline.

Reflective: We give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and personal development. We are able to analyze their strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.

Diploma Program Course Outlines

Language A: Literature & Language

Math Studies SL

Film HL

History SL



Environment and Society

Theory of Knowledge

Recommended Pre IB Course sequence

East Side High School Sample Pre IB and IB schedule

Grade 9

Pre IB

English I Honors

French I Honors

World History Honors

Science Practices

Geometry/ Algebra I

Video Production I

Health/ PE

Elective – Philosophy/ Ethics I(theory of knowledge)