Salisbury Composite High students learn about chemical reactions as they conduct a science experiment.

Salisbury Composite High students learn about chemical reactions as they conduct a science experiment.

Sherwood Park, AB. — Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) students looking for an academic challenge can cultivate their active, compassionate and lifelong learning in the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. “The IB programme is great because it creates a community of people who understand you,” says Bella Groten, a Grade 11 student at Salisbury Composite High. “The IB programme is very challenging, but you’re surrounded by students and friends who push you to succeed and teachers who care and try to make you your best self. Problem-solving is also a huge part of IB—not just using a conventional strategy but looking from multiple angles and taking different paths to get to an answer.”

The IB programme is an academically and creatively challenging course of studies for students. IB is an excellent choice for those who are seeking a heightened level of preparation for post-secondary education and beyond.

“While I’m not out of high school yet, I know people who have taken IB courses that found the transition into university much easier and allowed them to really succeed in their classes. For those who are thinking of applying outside of Canada—particularly the US—the IB programme is highly recognized and respected, which definitely gives you a leg up on other applicants,” adds Groten.

The IB programme’s overall aim is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. “The literature within the IB programme cultivates a thoughtful comprehension and empathy crucial for fostering a more harmonious global society,” says Jeneen O’Donnell, an English literature teacher at Salisbury Composite High. “Through an exploration of diverse time periods, countries and situations, students are immersed in narratives that promote reflection, challenge preconceived notions and expand their awareness of the world.”

Interested students and families are invited to attend an upcoming IB information session:

International Baccalaureate Programme Information Session:
Date: Feb. 6, 2024
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Salisbury Composite High
                20 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, AB

The IB programme is currently offered in grades 11 and 12 at Salisbury Composite High. New and returning students may apply to the IB programme during the registration process beginning in February. For key registration dates, see the EIPS Guide to Registration 2024-25.


Elk Island Public Schools is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,750 students in 42 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.


EIPS Academic Programs
Salisbury Composite High: International Baccalaureate



For more information contact:
Laura McNabb, Director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902