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Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School


Diploma Program School

Cardinal Carter Catholic High School is an authorized IB World School offering the Diploma programme in Grades 11 and 12. IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education - that we believe is important for our students. 


Integrity, loyalty, discipline and understanding are values which empower us at Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ, to nurture a love of lifelong learning and to serve others.


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IB Diploma Requirements

Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School offers this program in addition to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. OSSD requirements and courses are integrated with the International Baccalaureate requirements so that upon successful completion of the program, a student is awarded both the IB diploma and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. 


The IB Diploma program has six major academic areas (see below) as well as:

  • a course in Theory of Knowledge;
  • the Extended Essay;
  • the Creativity, Activity, Service requirement.

Diploma candidates are required to select one subject from each of the six subject groups. Three of the six courses are taken at the higher level (HL), and three at the standard level (SL)

Group 1: Language A: HL English
Group 2: Language B: SL French
Group 3: Individuals and Societies: HL History of the Americas
Group 4: Experimental Sciences: SL Chemistry, HL Biology
Group 5: Mathematics: SL Mathematics, SL Math Studies
Group 6: Optional: SL Music or Alternative choice made from above

In order to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma a student must:

  • Successfully write IB examinations in six subject areas;
  • Successfully complete the Theory of Knowledge course;
  • Successfully write an Extended Essay, which is defined as an in-depth study of a limited topic within a subject;
  • Complete the Creativity, Activity, Service requirement.

How to register

Students who wish to take IB courses in the final two years of secondary school must apply for admission when registering for high school (grade nine). Students are required to carefully plan their schedules in grades nine and ten so that they have the prerequisites to participate successfully in the International Baccalaureate Program in grades eleven and twelve. Please contact the coordinator Rita Taouil (519) 322-2804  ext. 2411.


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