Transition from International Baccalaureate to Advanced Placement
To better meet the educational needs of the community we serve, the St. James-Assiniboia School Division (SJASD) will be offering the Advanced Placement (AP) Program at all high schools effective September 2023. In our commitment to providing educational enrichment opportunities, the flexibility of Advance Placement structure and diverse course selection empowers students to tailor their educational goals.
Due to the growing student demand for flexible learning options, and the lack of interest and student commitment to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, the IB Program will be suspended effective September 2023 and efforts reprioritized to growing the AP Program. With the AP program, students can continue to develop a deeper understanding of the subjects that interest them through individual courses.
Students enrolled in the IB program for 2019-20 will continue to have the opportunity to complete their IB studies until June 2023. Students in grade nine in the 2019-20 school year will be required to be in a minimum of three IB credit courses to be eligible for the IB program. Students born in 2006 and later will be able to take AP courses at all high schools, providing enrolment is aligned with class size variance expectations.
The SJASD will offer a variety of AP courses with the potential to add subjects based on student interest. Many of these courses are also popularly utilized as post-secondary entrance requirements. The Division will continue to monitor and ensure our course offerings are responsive to the learning needs and demands of our students.
Click here for information from the University of Manitoba Admissions regarding AP and IB credits
Click here for a presentation outlining the AP program and it's benefits.
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.
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).
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.