The IB Advantage

We live in an increasingly global, interconnected world and the Halifax Grammar School recognizes the need to prepare students for success in that world. Critical thinking skills and a sense of international-mindedness are at the core of what students learn and fully understand through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. It is an advanced university preparatory curriculum offered in Grades 11 and 12 that provides the best possible preparation for post-secondary success. Since 1993, the Grammar School has offered the International Baccalaureate program. The Grammar School is widely recognized as the leading IB World School in Atlantic Canada. We seek to produce students who strive to be: active inquirers, independent thinkers, effective communicators, intellectual risk-takers, and principled individuals who are open-minded, caring, balanced and reflective.

What is the IB Program?

The IB Program is:
  • an internationally recognized university preparatory education that balances subject breadth and depth and exposes students to the challenge of exploring cross-disciplinary approaches to issues that matter;;
  • an internationally-focused curriculum that encourages the study of other languages;;
  • a stimulating intellectual journey that promotes a positive attitude toward learning and the exciting possibilities of university studies;;
  • a program that sets high international standards as reflected in its externally assessed examinations, essays, and projects
  • a broadening education for the whole student that encompasses creative pursuits, physical activity, and service to others.

Broadening Choices for Students

Students can also choose the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, the school’s current program, or they may choose to complete IB diploma courses. Students graduating from either program will receive IB course credits and a Grammar School graduation certificate. Diploma Program students will also receive a DP certificate. Universities currently recognize diploma courses, and most Canadian universities offer university credit as well.

The Extended Essay: 

This component of the IB Diploma Program is often seen as daunting but the following article helps de-mystify the essay.  

'What did the extended essay do for you?'
For more information about the International Baccalaureate visit

IB Learner Profile

Who to Contact

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    Ms. Laura Brock 

    Director of Academics and University Counselling

IB Mission

The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

What do Students Say?

I'll always remember the times with my friends at Grammar. During my last year when everybody was preparing for the IB exam, it was really a communal effort. Everybody was helping each other. Although you wrote separate exams on the exam day, everybody helped each other to prepare for it and the teachers were always there to assist us, to fill whatever need we requested. It was a very helpful atmosphere to prepare for something that would probably be one of the largest things we’d ever encountered in our lives.

-Michael Song '09

(Read more about Michael's story and what hapenned to him next...)