Academics & the IB MYP
Glenlyon Norfolk School is proud to be authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) from Grades 6 to 10.
The IB Middle Years Programme at GNS is intended to help students aged 11 to 16 years develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. It is designed to teach students to become independent learners who can recognize relationships between school subjects and the world outside. While the programme requires a thorough study of various disciplines, it focuses on their interrelatedness. Assessment of student work is carried out by teachers using criteria established by the International Baccalaureate; the IB does not set or mark Middle Years' examinations but provides external moderation to validate the school’s assessment standards. Authorized schools are visited and evaluated regularly.
Students advance into the Middle School at a crucial time in their transition to adolescence. Accordingly, our academic program recognizes that students of this age are in a period of flux; on their path to independence, they must cope with personal, social, physical, and intellectual changes.
Following both the BC Curriculum and the IB Middle Years framework, the Middle School’s rich academic program is designed to shape our students into reflective, critical thinkers as well as confident, capable global citizens. The students take part in a well-rounded educational program, including maths, sciences, language arts, fine arts, and physical education, enriched with co-curricular clubs and activities to suit all interests. By providing students with opportunities to thrive, the GNS academic program helps our Middle School students find their place and gain the confidence to take the next steps toward adulthood in the Senior School.
We wish to acknowledge and respect the Lekwungen-Speaking Peoples on whose traditional territory we stand, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and Wsáneć Peoples whose historical relationships with the land, where we live, work, play and learn, continue to this day.