International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

IB Curriculum

The range of choices within Trinity’s  IB curriculum gives students the opportunity to both pursue and enhance their individual areas of strength and interest.
Six Subject Groups are offered at two levels of achievement.  Each diploma candidate must pass IB examinations in all six subjects.  Half of the courses are taken at Higher Level (HL) and half at Standard Level (SL).

The IB Core

The Extended Essay (EE) is a supervised 4,000-word academic research paper on a specialized subject. Students develop advanced skills in independent research and writing.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) emphasizes critical thinking skills. TOK encourages students to be aware of subjective biases, to analyze evidence, and to appreciate other cultural perspectives.

Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) is a fundamental part of the Diploma Programme that provides a balance to academic studies. The CAS requirement encourages personal growth and development and the acceptance of new challenges.

Standard Level (SL)

Courses go beyond the rigor of traditional college preparatory courses and represent 150 teaching hours.

Higher Level (HL)

Courses encompass material requiring 240 teaching hours and two years of extensive study.

Trinity's Curriculum

GROUP 1 - Language A
English A: Literature HL
School supported Language A: Literature Self-taught SL

GROUP 2 - Language B
French B SL, HL
Latin SL, HL
Spanish B SL, HL

GROUP 3 - Individuals and Society
Environmental Systems and Societies TSL
Geography HL
Global Politics HL
History Europe HL

GROUP 4 - Experimental Sciences
Chemistry SL, HL
Environmental Systems and Societies TSL
Physics SL, HL
Biology SL, HL

GROUP 5 -Mathematics
Mathematics Analysis and Approaches SL

GROUP 6 - Electives
Music SL, HL
Visual Arts HL
A second course from Group 3 or Group 4

IB Information Brochure

IB Glossary

IB Diploma Candidate: A student pursuing the IB Diploma, taking at least 6 IB courses (one from each subject group) and the IB Core.
IB Course Candidate: A student taking any IB course or completing the IB Core.
IB Core: Extended Essay (EE), Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)


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    Elizabeth Kelley 

    International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Coordinator
    (804) 327-3118