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


Since 2004, GNS had been officially authorized to offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP teaches our students to think critically and ask fundamental questions. The learning environment challenges them to strive for their personal best and develop a zest for learning.

Our MYP graduates leave the program as confident, capable learners who relish the process of discovery, thrive in interdisciplinary studies, and show commitment to improving our global classroom.

The MYP is both an approach to learning as well as a rigorous academic programme that is designed to enhance the BC provincial curriculum. Developed specifically for grades 6 to 10, the MYP does more than teach facts, figures, and formulas; it shows students how their interests and inquiries shape the process of their learning and how what they learn explains the world around them, the world they are eager to understand and eager to enjoy.

The MYP centres on the philosophy that students learn their best when their natural curiosity guides them. It follows that students in an IB classroom are prompted to ask challenging questions that will direct their research and learning, ultimately teaching them the concepts prescribed by the provincial curriculum in addition to showing them the value of being a stakeholder in their own education.

This inquiry-based approach fits in well at the Middle School level, particularly as students are coming into an age where they become more aware of society and how everything fits together, including their current roles and the roles they will carve out for themselves over the course of their lives.