Carson Graham Secondary
North Vancouver School District
The Diploma Programme Curriculum
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 Approaches to Learning (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: Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), Extended Essay (EE), and Theory of Knowledge (TOK). Both curricular and core aspects of the DP value the world as the broadest context for learning and promote the development of international-mindedness.


Diploma candidates study six subjects selected from each of the subject groups.  Generally, students will take three courses at the Higher Level (HL) (courses representing 240 teaching hours) and three courses at the Standard Level (SL) (courses representing a minimum of 150 teaching hours). 

IB DP Courses at Carson Graham

In addition to coursework, students must complete the core requirements; they will engage in critical thinking about knowledge in Theory of Knowledge (TOK), demonstrate the learning outcomes associated with Creativity Activity and Service (CAS) activities and 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.