International Baccalaureate (IB)

Becoming an IB World School
Around the globe, schools seek authorization to become IB World Schools, offering one or more of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes. IB World Schools have successfully completed an intensive, globally consistent process that enables them to deliver an outstanding IB education. Lester B. Pearson was selected to be an IB school.

As a result of this process, parents and students can be confident that each IB World School, no matter where it is located, has:

• commitment to the IB philosophy with a focus on international-mindedness
• a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum encouraging student curiosity and inquiry
• teachers, leaders, and staff trained in the IB programme and philosophy
• school leadership and administrative structures that serve its mission and support the IB programme
• a comprehensive plan for implementation and sustainability of the IB programme.


Applying for the IB Programme

At Lester B. Pearson, students must apply for the IB program while in Grade 9. Application forms are available here. Documentation is due January 15th, 2018.

The following characteristics make up the “IB Learning Profile”:

INQUIRERS: We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and
research. We know how to learn independently and with others.
We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning
throughout life.

KNOWLEDGEABLE: We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring
knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues
and ideas that have local and global significance.

THINKERS: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take
responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in
making reasoned, ethical decisions.

COMMUNICATORS: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than
one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively,listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

PRINCIPLED: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness
and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people
everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their

OPEN-MINDED: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as
well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

CARING: We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

RISK TAKERS: We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

BALANCED: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

REFLECTIVE: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and
experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses
in order to support our learning and personal development.

To learn more about the IB Programme at Lester B. Pearson, please click here.

For additional details on IB, please see their website:

Grade 11 IB: Important Dates for 2017-2018

  • October 19: Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • October 20: U of C visit
  • November 13-16: CAS check-in with Ms. Hage
  • January 16-30: Final Exams (semester 1)
  • January 22-30: Physics SL/Bio SL Tutorials
  • February 7-14: French B Written Exam (in-class)
  • February 26 – March 2: CAS check-in with Ms. Hage
  • March 6: Group IV Project (all day)
  • March 12-16: French Oral Assessment
  • March 22: Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • May—Exams
  • June 4-8: CAS Due -examples: PowerPoint, webpage/blog, scrapbook, memory box, collage, etc.
    • this can be in whatever format you wish to use
  • June 18-28: Final Exams (semester 2)

Grade 11 IB Exam Dates (May 2018)

Physics SL

May 10 (afternoon): Papers I and II

May 11 (morning): Paper III

Biology SL

May 14 (afternoon): Papers I and II

May 15 (morning): Paper III

French SL

May 17 (afternoon): Paper I

May 18 (morning): Paper II

Grade 12 IB: Important Dates for 2017-2018

  • October 19: Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • October 11-20: EE Check-in
  • October 20: U of C visit
  • October 24-27: CAS check-in with Ms. Hage
  • November 6: Chemistry IA Due
  • November 20: Math Project Due
  • December 11-15: EE Check-in
  • January 15-19: EE Draft due to Supervisor
  • January 16-30: Final Exams (semester 1)
    • Social 30-1 Part A Diploma: January 12 (morning)
    • Social 30-1 Part B Diploma: January 24 (morning)
    • Math 30 Diploma: January 25 (morning)
  • January 22-25: Math SL/Chemistry HL Tutorials
  • January 22-25: CAS check-in with Ms. Hage
  • February 5-9: EE due (final copy)
  • February 23: WIT due
  • February 28: TOK paper due
  • March 12-16: English Commentaries (in-class)
  • March 12-16: Art Show
  • March 22: Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • May—Exams
  • May 28-31: CAS Due/Class Presentations
    • Grade 12 IB students will present their CAS Portfolio to students, parents, teachers, and administrators
  • June 18-28: Final Exams (semester 2)

Grade 12 IB Exam Dates (May 2018)

Math SL

May 2 (afternoon): Paper I

May 3 (morning): Paper I

English HL

May 7(afternoon): Paper I

May 8 (morning): Paper II

History HL

May 8 (afternoon): Papers I & II

May 9 (morning): Paper III

Chemistry HL

May 16 (afternoon): Papers I and II

May 17 (morning): Paper III