What Can IB at GNS?

The foundation of the GNS Experience is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. Comprised of three separate but complementary curricula – the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP), this modern, inquiry-based approach to learning is designed to enable students of all abilities to find success in their university studies and to develop the skills necessary to lead happy and rewarding lives.

Demistifying the Diploma Programme

Some parents have expressed concern about the Diploma Programme and its impact on the university application and acceptance processes. Speak to a GNS graduate who has completed the Diploma Programme and you will find that this challenging but rewarding course of studies prepared GNS students for great success in university endeavours.

Universities also recognize the value proposition of the DP, and the data in terms of acceptance rates speaks for itself. Consider that, in a recent survey of DP graduates, the percentage of students accepted to the various schools to which they applied were reported as follows:

  • University of Toronto – 90%
  • University of British Columbia – 86%
  • Queen's University – 80%
  • University of Western Ontario – 92%
  • University of Alberta – 98%
  • Simon Fraser University – 92%
  • University of Waterloo – 94%

The above evidence demonstrates that Diploma Programme recipients actually fare extremely well when applying to many of the top schools in Canada. There is every reason as a parent to be concerned about the "university equation," but rest assured that successful completion of the Diploma Programme is an absolute indicator that your child will be accepted into a great school doing the program of studies he or she desires.

Next week we'll focus our discussion on the reputation of the Diploma Programme at schools in the United States and around the world. In the meantime, if you'd like to share your own insight or observations I would be happy to hear from you.

by Glenn Zederayko, Head of School