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Academics

International Baccalaureate


St. Andrew’s is currently a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (grades 11 and 12) and Middle Years Programme (grades 6 to 10).

What is IB?
IB is a renowned, research-based curriculum framework offered at more than 5,000 schools in 150 countries. IB World Schools share a common philosophy — a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programs of international education.

Why IB at St. Andrew’s?
The IB approach aligns with our commitment to offer an educational experience that emphasizes both academic mastery and personal growth — asking students to think critically about why they learn, what they learn, and how they learn. By joining a global network of schools and educators, we will gain access to innovative tools and resources to support and amplify the extraordinary personalized teaching already happening at St. Andrew’s — and offer our students new pathways for success.

The IB Middle Years Programme
Serving students in grades six through ten, the IB MYP is a challenging program that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The MYP is inclusive by design, with students of all interests and academic abilities benefiting from their participation. Interdisciplinary teaching and learning addresses the developmental needs of students in this age group and prepares them for further academic study and life in an increasingly interconnected world.

The program culminates in a long-term independent project that offers students the opportunity to individually demonstrate their skills in self- management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking, and collaboration.

The IB Diploma Programme
This academically challenging and balanced course of study for students in grades eleven and twelve prepares them for success in college and life beyond. Students take courses from six subject groups: sciences, mathematics, language and literature, individuals and societies, the arts, and world languages.

Over two years, students develop both a breadth and depth of knowledge. They are challenged to think critically, rather than simply being able to recall facts. And ultimately, they acquire the type of “soft” skills — such as teamwork, communication, self-motivation, and cultural awareness — that universities look for in applicants.

All St. Andrew’s students in grades six through twelve will take IB courses. Students who opt to pursue an IB Diploma, in addition to the St. Andrew’s diploma that all graduates receive, will sit for assessments that are externally marked by the IB.

Learn more about International Baccalaureate.




IB Learner Profile


The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. These reflect the qualities that we aim to instill in all graduates from St. Andrew's.

Inquirers
We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others.

Knowledgeable
We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life. 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 consequences.

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.