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STS first full IB World School in Southern Alberta

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS) is proud to announce that it has been accredited as Southern Alberta’s first full IB World School, and Alberta’s only independent school, authorized to deliver IB Programmes in Grades 1 through 12. STS is now amongst a select group of six percent of IB World Schools across the globe, and 1 percent of North American IB schools, offering a continuum of all three levels of IB programming.

“The STS mission of developing well-balanced students for a life of purpose strongly aligns with the IB philosophy,” says William Jones, STS Head of School. “As a dynamic and forward-thinking school, one that focuses not only on personal success, but also on the betterment of our community as a whole, the IB provides a frame work for success in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world – combining community action, service learning and a challenging academic program,” says Jones.

Through the IB Programme, STS encourages students to become active and compassionate life-long learners – developing their own cultural and national identity, then broadening their intercultural understanding and respect – helping to create a more peaceful world, where they understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

“The lasting benefit to our students, and society, makes the intensive and challenging authorization process well worth it, and puts us in excellent company with only a handful of IB continuum schools across the globe,” says Jones.

The IB continuum also prepares students for success in post-secondary studies. Leading universities and colleges actively recruit IB graduates, often offering them credit or advanced standing for their work. IB is accessible to students in a wide variety of schools – national, international, public and private – and offers high-quality international education programmes to more than one million students, in 146 countries.