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Carson IB applications now accepted (deadline Feb 10, 2017)

January 03, 2017
​Current Grade 10 students are invited to apply to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a North Vancouver School District Enhanced Program option, offered at Carson Graham Secondary School.


WHAT IS THE IB?  The IB Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year, university preparatory curriculum that leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world's leading universities. Student learning extends beyond a body of knowledge. The DP prepares the students for university and encourages them to 

      • think critically and ask challenging questions
      • learn how to learn, through ATL skill-development in thinking, research, communication, social and self-management
      • develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, and
      • develop the ability to communicate with and understand perspectives of people from other countries and cultures.

The curriculum contains six subject groups together with a common core: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), the Extended Essay (EE) and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS). Both curricular and core aspects of the DP value the world as the broadest context for learning and promote the development of international-mindedness.


DP Courses offered at Carson:


1 – Language & Literature

2 – French SL, Spanish ab initio

3 – Geography, History

4 – Biology, Chemistry, Physics,

5 – Math, Math Studies

6 – Visual Arts​


Diploma candidates study six subjects selected from each of the subject groups.

  • three courses at the Higher Level (HL) (240 teaching hours) 
  • three courses at the Standard Level (SL) (150 teaching hours)

Students must complete the core requirements

  • engage in critical thinking about knowledge in Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • demonstrate learning outcomes associated with Creativity Activity and Service (CAS) 
  • write an Extended Essay (EE) of 4000 words in an area of interest 

Throughout the curriculum, global perspectives and international-mindedness guide the approaches to teaching and learning within the IB Diploma Programme.


Would you like to learn more? 

We will be present at the District Enhanced Programs Evening:


Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Sutherland Secondary School

1860 Sutherland Avenue


We are also pleased to host two IB Diploma Programme Information Evenings for interested Grade 10 students and their parents/guardians:


Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Carson Graham Secondary School

2145 Jones Avenue


Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Windsor Secondary School

931 Broadview Drive




Your application is a two part process;

Part 1. Application Package – due February 10th, 2017


Part 2. Admission Interview Session - each local student is asked to attend one of the admission interview sessions.




As a part of the application process, students are asked to register for one of the following two interview sessions held at Carson Graham Secondary School:

Monday, February 20, 4:00-5:30pm


Thursday, February 21, 4:00-5:30pm


Please register for one of the sessions via email to Liz Thornhill, IB Coordinator,

If you have a conflict with both session dates, please contact the email address noted above to make an alternative arrangement.


Would you like to learn even more?


Interested Grade 10 students can spend a day in our Diploma Programme classrooms!

"DP for a Day"

February 2 & 3, 2017

8:35 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To register, please email:



February 10, 2017

Who are ideal IB candidates?

IB DP students are students who:​

  1. Want to be IB DP students
  2. Engaged academically and high achieving but motivated by more than grades
  3. Self-motivated and hard working
  4. Organized and manage time skillfully
  5. Able to manage stress and show resilience
  6. Are willing to challenge themselves and their ideas
  7. Are willing to trust the process and show humility to the learning
  8. Able to present ideas and express themselves clearly
  9. Think critically (or have the potential to do so)
  10. Balance academics with life outside of school