Citadel High School


We are pleased to announce that Citadel High School is an IBO World School

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Citadel High School


As we enter the second semester of the 2006-2007 academic year we await the final approval from the International Baccalaureate Organization to become an IB school. This final step of our application process is expected in the spring and we will be set to begin our IB Diploma courses in September 2007.

We are excited to offer this internationally recognized curriculum to our community and to our students through the support of the Halifax regional School Board and the Nova Scotia Department of Education.

The IB Diploma Programme provides a rigorous academic experience for students in their grade 11 and 12 years that prepares them for success in university and beyond. This comprehensive and challenging program teaches students critical thinking, writing and research skills and requires that the students develop a community mindedness and value for others.

Am I the type of student who can do this?

If you are self motivated, organized, interested in being challenged and have a commitment to succeed then the Diploma Programme could be for you. Hard work, diligence and time management are important skills to have when working on the IB Diploma. The course work requires that you are a competent reader and an effective communicator. You will be asked to problem solve and to think critically and to become involved in the community.

What courses do I take?

To receive an IB Diploma you must complete 1 course from each of the following subject areas

1.      Languages (English Literature)

2.      Second Language (French)

3.      Individuals and  Society (Economics or History)

4.      Experimental Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

5.      Mathematics

6.      The Arts (Theatre)

(please see the specific course descriptions listed below)

Three of the six must be taken at the Higher Level and three are taken at the Standard Level. Higher Level courses require 240 hours of study and will be completed over 3 semesters (grade 11 and 12) while the Standard Level courses are 150 hours in length and will be completed over 2 semesters. You should note that a regular Academic course at Citadel will require 110 hours of study. 

Do I write exams in these courses?

Yes. You will write two exams at the end of grade 11 in two of the Standard Level courses and then you will write exams in the remaining four courses at the end of  grade 12. The exams are all marked externally by examiners from all over the world. This is what makes the IB Diploma so unique and so valuable students from around the world are measured against the same criteria which provide a clear bench mark of success.

Does the Diploma require anything else?

Yes. There are three central elements to the IB Diploma Programme. They are

  1. The Creativity, Action and Service Program (CAS). Students are expected to complete a total of 150 hours of extra-curricular service hours. These activities help students develop self-confidence, initiative, responsibility, concern for others and the ability to work cooperatively with other people. They also provide an important balance to the academic requirements of the programme.
  2. Theory of Knowledge (TOK). This course requires 100 hours of study an will be taken over two years 50 hours at the end of grade 11 and the remaining hours at the beginning of grade 12. It is a course designed to teach students to think critically about what they are learning and to appreciate other cultural perspectives.
  3. The Extended Essay. Students will write this formal research paper on a topic of their choosing from within the areas of study in their course work. The 4000 word paper, like the examinations will be externally moderated.


Tell me more about assessment and evaluation.

Each of the IB courses is evaluated on a scale from 1 7 (7 being excellent). To receive the IB Diploma you must achieve a total score of 24 points over the six courses you take in other words an average of 4 in each of the courses. In addition, you must complete requirements of the CAS program, TOK course and Extended Essay. The maximum number of points available to a student is 45 which includes a possible 3 bonus point from the Extended Essay and TOK course.

While most of the mark you achieve is derived from externally marked exams, the teachers also mark you on lab work, oral commentaries and day to day course work. These internal assessments are designed to meet criteria established by the IBO, so you are prepared to write the exams.

Is there an opportunity to take only one or two of the IB courses?

No..  Please note that these Certificate courses will only be made available if there is room in the class. Students who receive a certificate do not complete the Extended Essay, TOK or CAS requirements.

What courses do I take in grade 10?

We strongly recommend that you take the IB Diploma Preparation courses that you will find described fully in specific course listings later in this document, but for now these are the 5 diploma Prep courses


  1. English 10 IB Diploma Prep
  2. French 10 IB Diploma Prep
  3. Math 10 IB Diploma Prep
  4. Science 10 IB Diploma Prep
  5. History 10 IB Diploma Prep


Each of the Diploma Prep courses is designed with the purpose of developing skills that are needed for the successful completion of the IB Diploma. While these courses parallel the regular academic courses in grade 10 curriculum is covered more quickly and a greater emphasis will placed on independent work, research, writing, oral communication and experimentation.

French Immersion students will note that grade 10 Diploma Prep courses are offered in French.

What would my course selection look like over my 3 years at Citadel?


  • As one example if you are a math/ science student



Grade 10


Grade 11


Grade 12


Math 10 IB prep

Science 10 IB prep

English 10 IB Prep

French 10 IB Prep

History 10 IB Prep

Adv Math 11

Biology 11


Math SL

History SL*

Chemistry HL

Physics HL

French SL*

English HL



Math SL

Chemistry HL

Physics HL

English HL


*exams are written in grade 11 for these two courses


What are the benefits of the IB Diploma?

The IB Programme is a comprehensive international curriculum with an emphasis on critical thinking, intercultural understanding, citizenry and extracurricular activities.  Students are exposed to a broad range of subjects, but study several subjects in great depth. The ultimate benefit of this program is that IB graduates are literate, articulate, adaptable, confident young adults with expertise in at least two languages and a global understanding of issues.  In addition to just wanting to participate in this excellent program, many students take the IB Diploma to improve their chances of university admission.  Graduates of the IB Diploma Programme consistently perform well at university. Because of this, the IB Diploma is recognized by a growing number of universities in Canada, the United States, and further abroad.  At some universities, graduates with an IB Diploma may receive preferred entrance status, scholarships and possibly advanced credit or transfer credits for IB courses in which sufficiently high results were achieved. Many Canadian universities have entrance scholarships created specifically to attract IB Diploma graduates.

A note to Parents and Families -

We are very much looking forward to your involvement in the IB Programme at Citadel High School since this educational experience will benefit our entire community. A committee of interested parents and community members will greatly enhance the success of our programme and we would like to hear from you if you are interested in being part of this group.


If you are interested in being part of this parent group or if you have questions about the IB Diploma ate Citadel High School, please contact Ian Morrison, IB Coordinator (