Preparing for Success at University & Life BeyondGrade 11 & Grade 12
Meadowridge offers both of the IB Honours Programs: IB Course & IB Diploma
SO, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
IB Course Students have the option of choosing only Standard Level Courses, while IB Diploma Students must take at least three Higher Level Courses. As well IB Diploma students complete the Extended Essay, Theory of Knoweldge, and CAS.
See below for more details.
In a student’s Grade 11 year, they choose one subject for each of the six academic groups:
- Studies in Language & Literature
- Language Acquisition
- Individuals & Societies
- The Arts
During this time, they will also decide if they would like to pursue the IB Diploma Program or the IB Course Program; regardless of which route they elect to pursue, all Meadowridge students are enrolled in an Honours Program.
IB Diploma students take three subjects at Higher Level (HL), with the remaining subjects taken at Standard Level (SL). If a student opts to pursue the IB Course Program, they may take all subjects at SL, or take one to two HL courses.
Having the option to take the IB Course Program gives students who are heavily involved in extra-curricular activities (sports, dance, music, etc.) the chance to follow their passions while still graduating with IB designation.
IB Diploma students will complete three components that their IB Course peers will not:
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
TOK is an interdisciplinary requirement that teaches students to critically reflect on knowledge and experience that is gained inside and outside the classroom.
Creativity, Action, & Service (CAS)
CAS encourages students to be involved in creative, active, and service activities, both individually and in a group, that take place locally, nationally and internationally.
The Extended Essay
The Extended Essay is a 4,000-word essay which provides students the opportunity to investigate a topic of their choice and acquaints them with the rigours of independent research and writing skills required at university.
Academically Challenging, Globally Connected, Inquiry-Based, & Wholly-Balanced
More than Academics
Each Grade 12 student is matched with a Kindergarten student at the beginning of the year. From an Easter Egg Hunt, Pumpkin Carving, hanging out on the playground, and more, these buddies become fast friends.
Many Kinderbuddies even keep in touch long after graduation.
The Grade 12 Tie
At the beginning of each year our Grade 12 students are handed their Grade 12 Ties at the all-school assembly. The tie symbolizes their special place in the school as role models and leaders for the coming year.