CPA International Baccalaureate Programme

About the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a two year, grades 11 and 12, comprehensive academic programme, giving students an internationally recognized education. The programme originated in Europe in 1968 and was intended to establish a common curriculum and university entry credential for students moving from one country to another. There are currently over 5,175 schools in over 157 countries which offer the IB Diploma Programme and Charles P. Allen (CPA) was IB authorized in Spring 2007, with the support of the Halifax Regional Centre for Education (formerly Halifax Regional School Board) and the Education and Early Childhood Development department of Nova Scotia (formerly the Department of Education). In June 2019, CPA celebrated 10 IB graduating classes and we are looking forward to continued celebrations every June with our graduates.

The official IB Diploma Programme is two years, beginning in Grade 11. However, students considering entrance to the IB Diploma Programme are strongly suggested to enrol in CPA Pre-IB courses. There is a link above on this home page that explores this exciting opportunity.

Students who take the IB programme share the characteristics outlined in the IB Learner Profile (see link to the right). While it is an academic program, success in IB is the result of a commitment to learning and embracing challenges in the pursuit of a high quality education. There is an expectation that all students will develop essential connections to the community through unique opportunities for volunteerism, exploring one's creative side and an encouragement to remain physically active. This expectation begins the essential skill of portfolio building as a life long pursuit. The IB Programme at CPA can be tailored to a variety of students with the option to emphasize the arts (both fine arts and performing arts), languages, humanities and sciences.

The IB graduating class of 2019 were awarded over $975,000.00 in scholarships. There were 19 full diploma graduates in this cohort. This speaks to the value that post secondary institutions see in the qualities of the people that commit to the IB programme.

The IB programme offered at CPA is open access to all students. There are no entrance exams and there are no fees.

"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." IB Mission Statement 2019

Testimonial Highlight

...the teachers not only gave me an enhanced high school education, but taught me so many valuable life lessons, and above all else, how to be a good human. IB has helped me immensely in university ... and I am so grateful for the program.

CPA IB 2019 graduate

See link to the right for further testimonials.

Learner Profile link

Information Sessions

Stay Tuned for the 2020 Information Evening

Date: 19 February

Time: Doors open at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start

Keynote Speaker: Alex Lee--CPA IB 2012 Alumnus, Entrepreneur--Co-owner of Cortado Tasting Room, Sine Coffee Labs and Java Blend Coffee Roasters

Hear from former CPA IB graduates hosting breakout sessions

CPA - IB Orientation Night.mp4

CPA IB Information Evening

20 February 2019

Alyson Murray--Dalhousie University

If you could not attend the event, you will be able to hear a university's perspective of an IB graduate.

Gr 9 Parent Info session Jan 2020

Grade 9 Information Session January 21, 2020

Gr 10 Parent Info session Sept 2019
Grade 11 Parent info session 2019 Sept
Grade 11 Parent info session 2019 Sept
Grade 12 Parent info session 2019 Sept
Grade 11 Parent info session 2019 November
Parent info grade 12 November 2019