Westwood Collegiate is proud to be an IB World School.
International Baccalaureate: The IB Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year pre-university curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It leads to a qualification (the IB diploma) that is widely recognized by the world's leading universities. The curriculum contains six subject groups together with the Diploma core: creativity, activity, service (CAS); the extended essay (EE); and Theory of Knowledge (TOK). This is illustrated by the Diploma Programme modeled below.
In the 2018 – 2019 school year, students at Westwood had the following IB course options:
Group 1 Language A Literature HL
Group 2 Language B Spanish or French SL
Group 3 Psychology HL or History HL
Group 4 Biology HL, Physics SL, and Chemistry SL
Group 5 Mathematics SL
Group 6 Visual Arts SL
In addition, those looking for the full diploma also needed to complete a 4000-word extended essay, a Community Service requirement and successful completion of a Theory of Knowledge course.
Last year Westwood had 48 total students who were registered as certificate candidates (those looking to complete just individual course requirements). As well, four students attempted and successfully completed the full IB Diploma (course requirements & extended essay & CAS & TOK).
In 2018-2019, Westwood Collegiate students averaged above World Average in 7 out of 9 subject areas. Highlights include six scores of 7 out of 7, which is the highest mark that can be awarded in a subject area. These scores took place in Mathematics and Physics.
Depending on final marks, many Westwood students chose to use their IB course marks to obtain equivalent transfer credits at various universities across Canada. The International Baccalaureate® (IB), and the Diploma Programme (DP) in particular, enjoys a high level of respect and recognition among the world's higher education institutions. For students, success in the IB often results in advanced standing, course credit, scholarships, and other admissions related benefits at many universities.
In addition, students can opt to complete individual courses within each group with the aim of completing a Standard Level of Achievement resulting in IB Certificate status.