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Norgate Xwemélch’stn Community Elementary receives IB candidacy status

June 12, 2020

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June 12, 2020

The North Vancouver School District is pleased to announce that Norgate Xwemélch’stn Community Elementary is a candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme and will be pursuing authorization as an IB World School.

These are schools that share a common philosophy — a commitment to high quality, and challenging, international education that Norgate Xwemélch’stn Community Elementary believes is important for students.

Drawing on best practices in elementary instruction, the IB PYP is one of four programmes offered by the International Baccalaureate Organization for students aged 3 to 19. The programmes encourage both personal and academic achievement, and help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a globalized world.

Norgate Xwemélch’stn Community Elementary staff and administration will now continue their work through the candidacy phase to fulfill the requirements necessary to qualify as an IB World School offering the PYP. (UPDATE: The 2021/22 school year will be a transition year, with formal accreditation occurring the following school year.)

During this phase, Norgate Xwemélch’stn Community Elementary teachers will have access to high quality professional development opportunities with IB practitioners from around the world and our own school district.

In the spirit of collaboration, teaching staff and administrators at IB World Schools Carson Graham Secondary, Capilano Elementary and Queen Mary Community Elementary will continue to offer their support, expertise and guidance to their colleagues at Norgate.

“We are pleased to facilitate the growth and expansion of IB in the North Vancouver School District,” says Christie Sacre, chair of the North Vancouver Board of Education. “IB is an extremely popular program of choice for students and families in North Vancouver, and we are excited about its potential for the entire Norgate school community.”

“I’d like to acknowledge and commend school staff and administration on the progress they have made in bringing IB to Norgate Xwemélch’stn Community Elementary,” says Mark Pearmain, superintendent of North Vancouver schools. “Earning candidacy status is a major accomplishment, and Norgate Elementary is an ideal school to help realize the IB mission.”

* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, and the Career-related Programme. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

The North Vancouver School District serves over 16,000 K to 12 students with a vision to provide “world-class instruction and a rich diversity of engaging programs to inspire success for every student and bring communities together to learn, share and grow.”

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a non-profit foundation, motivated by its mission to create a better world through education. Founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968, the IBO currently works with over 5,000 schools in over 150 countries.

​For further information:

International Baccalaureate

Lisa Dalla Vecchia, Communications Manager
North Vancouver School District