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

Our IB Advantage

Every GNS student is an IB student!

Since 1996, GNS has been proud to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) World Continuum School. 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 and experiential learning, the IB continuum offers an enriched course of study delivered by specially trained educators and prepares students to be committed, creative and compassionate citizens of the world.

GNS is authorized to offer three IB programmes:

Within the framework of the PYP and the MYP, our teachers follow the prescribed British Columbia curriculum using an approach to teaching that engages the learner. The DP is an internationally standardized, 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.

In 2018, the IB celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Pioneering a movement of international education in 1968, the non-profit foundation now offers four high quality and challenging educational programmes to students aged 3 to 19 years old. The IB currently engages with more than 1.4 million students in over 4,896 schools across 153 countries. To find out more, please visit

IB Contacts

Angela Girard
IB Diploma Coordinator

Gina Simpson
IB MYP Coordinator

Leanne Giommi
IB PYP Coordinator

1.4M+ students attend over 4,896 schoolsacross 153 countries