Andrew Arida, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UBC, talks about a few of the benefits of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Our IB Advantage

Since 1996, GNS has been proud to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) World Continuum School. As one of only fifteen schools in Canada authorized to offer three IB programs, GNS is proud of its unique 'IB Advantage': a 21st-Century approach which educates the whole child and creates global thinkers.

The IB is a world-renowned educational programme for students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Through inquiry-based learning and hands-on experience, the IB offers challenging classroom syllabi delivered by specially trained educators and prepares students to be committed, creative and compassionate citizens of the world.

The IB has three divisions: the Primary Years Programme (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5), the Middle Years Programme (Grades 6 to 10), and the Diploma Programme (Grades 11 and 12).

Within the framework of the Primary (PYP) and Middle Years (MYP) Programmes, our teachers follow with the prescribed British Columbia curriculum using an approach to teaching that engages the learner. The Diploma Programme (DP) is a set, enriched curriculum that includes first-year university concepts and material.

Students' learning in the IB is inquiry based and focussed on critical thinking, allowing them to develop not only their academic skills, but also their character. The IB Learner Profile aims to develop internationally minded people, who strive to be: inquiring, knowledgeable, thinking, communicative, principled, openminded, caring, risk-taking, balanced, and reflective.

Overall, the IB nurtures a commitment to learning as a life-long process, challenging students to take thoughtful action with their newly-acquired knowledge and skills.

check markOver 2000 universities worldwide offer advanced credit to IB Diploma students including Harvard, McGill and UBC.

The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous, internationally-recognized two-year course of study with a variety of both internal and external evaluations, and is an excellent indicator of success at university. Students who graduate with an IB Diploma often gain advanced standing and credit for up to one full year at university.

IB Contacts

Angela Girard
IB Diploma Coordinator

Rhona Crossley
IB MYP Coordinator

Leanne Giommi
IB PYP Coordinator

Andrew Arida, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UBC, explains how many universities draw equivalencies between IB scores and letter grades.

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