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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Applications Now Open

January 12, 2018

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 Diploma Program?

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 Diploma Programme (DP) prepares 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.

Which courses and subject groups are incorporated into the IB Diploma Programme?

DP Courses offered at Carson include: Language & Literature, French, Spanish ab initio, Geography, History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Math Studies, and Visual Arts.
Diploma candidates study six subjects selected from each of the subject groups, including:

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

Students must also 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?

The IB Programme team will be present at the District Enhanced Programs Evening on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Sutherland Secondary School (1860 Sutherland Avenue).

There are also two IB Diploma Programme Information Evenings for interested Grade 10 students and their parents/guardians:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Windsor Secondary School
931 Broadview Drive


Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Carson Graham Secondary School

2145 Jones Avenue

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

"DP for a Day"
February 1 & 2, 2018
8:35 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To register, please email:


February 9, 2018

Application Requirements
Your application is a two-part process:

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

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 19, 4:00-5:30pm


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

Please register for one of the sessions via email to Jennifer Tieche, IB Coordinator, If you have a conflict with both session dates, please contact the email address noted above to make an alternative arrangement.

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

For more information on the program, please visit the International Baccalaureate page at