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What is an IB Program In North Vancouver?

Ashley Nielsen Vancouver Real Estate - North Vancouver IP schools - Pemberton Heights, Capilano, Edgemont, Carson, Marine

As Described By The North Vancouver School District

"Over the past 45 years, the International Baccalaureate (IB) non-profit foundation has established a reputation for its high academic standards, preparing students for life in a globalized 21st century community, and helping to develop future citizens who will create a better and more peaceful world. 

The IB offers high quality educational programmes spanning the years from pre-kindergarten to pre-university to a world-wide community of schools.  The programmes can be offered individually or as a continuum:

    • The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside - more information
    • The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and to become critical and reflective thinkers - more information
    • The IB Diploma Programme (DP), for students 16 to 19, is a leading, internationally recognized pre-university qualification that symbolizes academic excellence worldwide.  The student that satisfies its demands demonstrates a strong commitment to learning, both in terms of mastery of subject content and in the development of wide-ranging skills.  Diploma Programme students are also encouraged to appreciate the universal value of human diversity and its legitimate boundaries, while at the same time understanding the common humanity that we all share - more information.

Capilano Elementary and Queen Mary Elementary Schools offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP).  Carson Graham Secondary School offers the Middle Years (MYP) and Diploma Programmes (DP).

Carson Graham Secondary and Capilano Elementary Schools are accredited International Baccalaureate World Schools.  Queen Mary Elementary School, currently located at the Cloverley School site, is an International Baccalaureate Candidate School.

International Baccalaureate Organization

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) was founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland as a non-profit educational foundation.  Its original purpose was to facilitate the international mobility of students preparing for university by providing schools with a common pre-university curriculum, a common set of external examinations, and a diploma recognized by universities around the world.

The IBO does not own or manage any schools; it works with more than 3,600 schools in 145 countries.  IBO North America was established in 1977 and works with schools in the USA, Canada, and the Caribbean.  Over 1,116,000 students worldwide are enrolled in IB programmes. 

The IB Programmes encourage students to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand and practise global citizenship.

North Vancouver School District's International Baccalaureate

As the IBO grew, the North Vancouver School District was attracted to the philosophy and methods of the IB Programmes.  In 2005, the North Vancouver Board of Education requested a study proposal from an IB Study Group, which was tabled in June 2006.  The proposal called for the implementation of the IB Programme in a limited number of North Vancouver schools and also set out the parameters of supporting the implementation.

The IB is implemented over a five-year period with schools being externally adjudicated at the three and five year points.  Teaching at both the PYP and MYP levels can begin almost immediately after the investigation phase, the first of a three-stage application process.  At the DP level, a school must develop and establish the programme's framework, train teachers, establish course outlines, and be authorized by the IBO before it can begin teaching the Diploma Programme.  Once through the implementation and candidate phases, IB schools are externally accredited every five years.

In both the PYP and MYP, teachers integrate the BC curriculum and teach through the lens of the IB framework of inquiry with a global perspective and sense of international mindedness.  Students in the DP are challenged by incredibly rigorous, but rich, international curricula.  These enriched programmes are designed to ensure students are challenged to think and question critically.  Research skills and sophistication in writing and presenting are significant outcomes of the programmes.  IB reflects the best of current research and teaching practices. 

The International Baccalaureate's goal is to deliver citizens who are well-balanced, principled inquirers with an understanding of their responsibilities to society and a commitment to academic excellence. "

"International Baccalaureate Programmes - North Vancouver School District." International Baccalaureate Programmes - North Vancouver School District. North Vancouver School District, n.d. Web. 06 Nov. 2013.