Welcome to IB!

What is IB? World School logo

IB stands for International Baccalaureate, which is an international organization that aims to develop students who are “inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people” and who are motivated to succeed. A unique aspect of IB is is their goal of developing “students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect” (IB Mission). IB is a holistic program that does not only focuses on academics, but believes students should be engaged in their school and the global community.

Students learn to problem solve, think and work independently, consider local and global context, and ask challenging questions. They also ‘learn how to learn’. An IB education is about more than marks: it is about using your strengths, improving areas of struggle, looking at things from a new perspective, and giving back to the community. IB supports the idea that learning should take place in all areas of a student’s life, not just in the classroom.

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IB students are expected to strive to improve in many areas of their life. The goal is for students to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

For more information about the IB Organization, visit the IBO website.

IB Programmes Offered at Pearson
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Lester B. Pearson High School runs the IB Diploma Programme (DP) for students in Grades 11 and 12. Students in IB work towards both their Alberta Education high school diploma, and an IB Diploma or Certificates. Students who wish to take the IB Programme in Grades 11 and 12 should attend Pearson for Grade 10, taking our prep-IB (PIB) courses.

NEW OFFERING September 2018: Career-Related Programme

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This new program allows students to explore an approved career, while still meeting the rigorous expectations of IB. Students will be working towards an Alberta Education high school diploma and the IB CP Certificate. Students who wish to take the CP Programme in Grades 11 and 12 should take Pearson’s prep-IB courses, as described on the Pearson IB CP page.

What Program is Best for You?


  • Preparation for many university-based careers
  • Exploration of multiple IB subjects
  • Develop theoretical knowledge for multiple fields of study


  • Preparation for a specific career that could involve post-secondary/apprenticeship
  • Exploration of IB subjects related to your career of interest
  • Develop practical career-specific skills


IB CP DP Comparison

Students in Grade 10 PIB take the following courses:

  • Math 10 PIB
  • Science 10 PIB
  • Social Studies PIB
  • English Language Arts PIB
  • French 10 and 20 PIB (*not mandatory for CP students)
  • Phys Ed 10 and CALM 20
  • Physics 25 and Biology 25 (*mandatory for IB DP, recommended for some CP pathways)

Students planning to enroll in the IB-CP in grade 11 (year 1 of IB CP) should enroll in the career course of interest in their Grade 10 (IB preparation year). For example: If you plan to focus on Engineering, enroll in Pre-Engineering 10.

Completing these courses allows students to choose an IB path that is right for them, whether this is an IB Diploma/Certificates or the Career-Related Programme. IB students in Grades 11 and 12 can choose from the following courses:

  • Math SL
  • Biology SL or Physics SL
  • Chemistry HL
  • History HL
  • Literature HL
  • French SL
  • Visual Art SL or HL

Students can also choose to complete IB Certificates and a French Immersion Certificate, if they attended a French Immersion Junior High School.

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