International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

The International Baccalaureate (IB) 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.

General Information

For a general overview of the IB Program and it’s required elements, please have a look at the IB Open House powerpoint from November 2017.

For information on the required courses for IB, please reference the following IB Course Calendar.

Application Process

To apply to our Grade 9 Pre-IB program, please carefully read, complete, and submit the application forms by the designated deadlines.

The S3A Pre-Admission Questionnaire Checklist must be completed by all new students applying to the school, except students attending associate schools (St. Francis Xavier, St. Benedict, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Mother Teresa, Sir Richard W. Scott)

TCH 19A must be completed by all new students applying to Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy who live out of boundary or out of region.

Once you are accepted to the Grade 9 FMM Pre-IB Programme, please complete and submit your course selection form and Special Programmes Fee. Also, if not already submitted, everyone must complete and submit the S1A Secondary Student Application FMMCA with the Student Activity Fee. All forms and fees are due within 1 week of receiving the letter of acceptance.

Extended Essay

The extended essay is an in-depth study of a focused topic chosen from the list of available Diploma Programme subjects for the session in question. This is normally one of the student’s six chosen subjects for those taking the IB diploma, or a subject that a course student has a background in. It is intended to promote academic research and writing skills, providing students with an opportunity to engage in personal research in a topic of their own choice, under the guidance of a supervisor (an appropriately qualified member of staff within the school). This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject chosen.

Here is your access to the FMM Extended Essay Website.  Feel free to browse it to gain further insights into the EE process and timelines.

The CAS Guide

CAS is intended to move the IB student out of the academic arena and help them learn through life experiences.   The CAS Programme aims to develop students’ capacities and allow them to demonstrate attributes of the IB learner profile in real and practical ways, to grow as individuals and to recognize their roles in relation to others.  CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development.

Here is your access to The FMM CAS Guide (for IB 2017 Graduates and beyond).  It is a very thorough document walking you through the elements and expectations of the CAS Programme.