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International Baccalaureate World School

Every student at GNS is an IB learner. Every teacher at GNS is an IB educator.

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A GNS education is intended, and designed, to open the universe of possibilities to every student and to ignite their passion for their own unique futures. We focus on child-centred learning that emphasizes strong academics balanced with co-curricular enrichment and authentic opportunities for service learning.

Building on a foundation of over 25 years of training and experience, our teachers have made a strong commitment to delivering the IB curricula as they believe it equips our students with the higher-level skills of inquiry, analysis and innovation, which will help them have a positive affect on the world around them.

We pride ourselves on delivering programs that teach students how to learn, not just what to learn. Over time, our students develop a deeper understanding of their own learning styles and how to define, and achieve, their own version of success. They also become critical and creative thinkers who can apply the knowledge and skills they have developed to real-world situations.

GNS is authorized to offer three IB programmes:

Our Approach

Within the framework of the IB, our PYP and MYP teachers follow the prescribed British Columbia curriculum using an approach to teaching that engages the learner and emphasises the acquisition of learning skills.

The DP is an internationally standardized, enriched Grade 11 and 12 curriculum that includes first-year university concepts and material. Because we support students to create personal pathways to graduation, in Grades 11 and 12 they can choose to:

  • Study only IB Diploma curriculum courses
  • Take a mixture of IB Diploma and Provincial curriculum courses, or
  • Work towards the full IB Diploma.

IB Facts


Number of years GNS has been an IB World Continuum school


Average percentage of Grade 12 students taking the full IB Diploma


Number of IB Diploma course options at GNS


GNS 5-year average IB Diploma pass rate


World 5-year average IB Diploma pass rate


Number of IB World Schools in the world

The IB Learner Profile places the student at the centre of their learning and aims to develop internationally minded people, who strive to be: inquiring, knowledgeable, thinking, communicative, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-taking, balanced, reflective and persevering.

On their journey from PYP to MYP to DP, the IB Approaches to Learning framework helps students develop competencies for research, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, communication and self-management.

Overall, the IB programmes at GNS nurture in students a commitment to learning as a life-long process, challenging them to take thoughtful action with their newly-acquired knowledge and skills.

Our IB Programmes

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Primary Years Programme

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Middle Years Programme

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Diploma Programme