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International Baccalaureate Primary Years

Program Description

International Baccalaureate (IB) programming challenges students to be successful in school, prepare for post-secondary education and to be an active lifelong learner in a global society.


  • Develop skills and knowledge from a variety of subjects that explore global themes
  • Create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural respect and understanding 


  • Improved ability to question, seek answers and make discoveries 
  • Development of independence and responsibility for learning 
  • Improved understanding of using different approaches to learning and understanding concepts
  • Awareness of, and sensitivity, to different cultures

Program delivery

  • Enrolment in IB Primary Years, IB Middle Years, IB Certificate, IB Certificate Career-Related or IB Diploma
  • Curriculum that explores local and global issues
  • Opportunities to study another language other than English
  • Instruction that demonstrates how concepts learned in one subject could apply in other subject areas
  • International Baccalaureate organization sets specific learning standards and practices

Alberta curriculum

All Edmonton Public Schools programming is based on curriculum determined by Alberta Education. Students enrolled in International Baccalaureate will receive the same high-quality education offered in all of our programs.


Some yellow busing options are available. For more information about busing, contact a school offering International Baccalaureate or call Student Transportation at 780-429-8585.


Elementary 2019-20

Junior High 2019-20

Senior High 2019-20