At TFS, students undertake the IB Diploma program during their last two years of high school, and have the unique opportunity to study for the bilingual IB Diploma.
Based on a liberal arts approach, students select subjects from a wide range of study areas in their program, after consultation with the diploma coordinator, guidance counsellors and teachers. The final course of study is designed with the input of both students and parents, and with an eye to what students might want to study once they enter university.
Subjects are studied over a two-year period, concluding with a final set of exams marked by external examiners, under the auspices of the IB organization.
Being part of the IB Diploma Program also means fulfilling the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) components. The CAS program requires students to be involved in creative pursuits, physical activities and community service over these two IB Diploma years.
Students also flex their writing and critical thinking skills as they undertake the Extended Essay. The Extended Essay is a 4,000-word, independently-written research paper on a thesis of the student’s choice, supported by a faculty supervisor.
The unique and highly regarded Theory of Knowledge course asks students to reflect critically upon knowledge claims and judgments made in a wide range of academic and experiential areas.
At TFS, students have the opportunity to study for and achieve the IB’s Bilingual Diploma, which has additional French-language requirements.
Is it rigorous? Yes. However, after leaving TFS, graduates tell us time and again how much of an impact the IB experience has had on their lives, and how well-prepared they felt as they began university.