Carson Graham Secondary
North Vancouver School District
IB Diploma Programme Courses

IB Diploma Programme classes are two-year courses that may be taken as an IB Certificate course for students in regular stream courses who wish to extend their learning to a first year university level. At certain institutions (students must research the transfer credit policy of their university-of-choice), students who achieve a score of 5, 6, or 7 as their final grade may receive university transfer credit for a first year course. ​


IB ENGLISH 11 (HL) 4 credits
IB ENGLISH 11 (SL) 4 credits

IB ENGLISH 12 (HL) 4 credits
IB ENGLISH 12  (SL) 4 credits

English A: Language and Literature is a two-year course that focuses on the study and appreciation of language and literature across our culture and the cultures of other societies. Parts 1 and 2 are intended to broaden the students’ perspectives and develop their skills in analysis and language production through the study of a wide range of text-types. Students are given opportunities to explore how language develops in specific cultural contexts, how it affects the world and how it shapes both individual and group identity. Students are also asked to consider the way language is used in the media and address the issue of how the production and reception of texts is influenced by the medium in which they are delivered. Parts 3 and 4 focus on the detailed study of literature. Students are asked to consider the changing historical, cultural and social contexts in which particular texts are written and received, to demonstrate how form, structure and style influence both meaning and context and to understand the attitudes and values expressed by texts and their impact on readers.

DP Course Outline - Language and Literature.pdf

IB FRENCH 11 (SL) 4 credits
4 credits

IB FRENCH 12 (SL) 4 credits
4 credits

French B is a two-year course that aims to develop the students’ linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.  The language skills developed will enable the student to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences. Authentic materials will be used in order to maximize the student’s exposure to the target language and to model the appropriate use of the language in a range of situations, contexts and, purposes while investigating a variety of themes or subjects. French will be the main language of communication in the class between the teacher and the student, as well as among the students themselves. This course gives the student the opportunity to reach a high degree of competency in French as well as a wide exposure to the international Francophone community. There is a common syllabus at SL and HL (with literature as an additional component of the HL course).

IB SPANISH 11 ab initio (SL)  4 credits
IB SPANISH 12 ab initio (SL)
  4 credits

Spanish ab initio (SL) is a two-year course that has been designed for students who do not have any prior knowledge of the language but wish to study Spanish as their Language B. The language ab initio course is organized into three themes; individual and society, leisure and work, and urban and rural environment.  Each theme has a list of topics that provide the students with opportunities to practise and explore the language as well as to develop intercultural understanding. Through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills, students should be able to respond and interact appropriately in a defined range of everyday situations.

DP Course Outline - Spanish ab.pdf

IB HISTORY 11 (SL) 4 credits
4 credits

IB HISTORY 12 (SL) 4 credits
4 credits

IB History is a two-year course that focuses on 20th Century World History based upon the Diploma Program Course Syllabus. The course provides students with a broad comparative analysis of many countries’ responses to the forces, events and personalities of the 20th Century. The topics and subjects of study selected for this course, including an investigation of the rise and development of democratic states in the twentieth century, their interdependencies, challenges and tensions, will be explored in detail within the context of attempts at peacemaking and peaceful coexistence in international and cultural relations. The students are encouraged to reflect on the role of the historian. Does the historian record history or create it? Can the historian be free of bias in the selection and interpretation of evidence? Could it be reasonably argued that the individual perception of the historian, despite possible bias, is necessary or even desirable in the interpretation and recording of history?  Students who choose the Higher Level (HL) option will be exposed to an additional historical focus on the History of the Americas.

DP Course Outline - History.pdf


IB Geography 11 (HL) 4 credits
IB Geography 11 (SL)
4 credits

IB Geography 12 (HL) 4 credits
IB Geography 12 (SL)
4 credits

Geography answers where and why human activities occur across the global. It is a critical study of the human experience and the origins of cultural and economic patterns. Throughout this two-year course, students analyze the relationship between human activities and their impact on the environment. It also encourages the development of international awareness by examining contemporary issues such as poverty, sustainability and resource consumption. As the course progresses, students deepen their understanding of the challenges the world faces by exploring themes such as urbanization and the uneven access to health and food. Students who choose the Higher Level option continue their studies by examining global interactions: our place in a complex and shrinking world. While thinking globally, students act locally to build an awareness of their own responsibility to their community. Supporting this, the fieldwork component of the course will be on a local scale where students collect and analyze data then present their work in a written report. 

DP Course Outline - Geography.pdf


IB BIOLOGY 11 (HL) 4 credits
IB BIOLOGY 11 (SL) 4 credits

IB BIOLOGY 12 (HL) 4 credits
IB BIOLOGY 12 (SL) 4 credits
IB Biology is a two-year course of study designed to provide students with an understanding of the important underlying biological themes through a focus on acquiring a body of factual knowledge. Four basic biological concepts run through this body of knowledge: the relationship between structure and function; the theme of universality versus diversity; the occurrence of equilibrium within living and non-living systems; and, evolution as an underlying concept for understanding life on Earth. Students will become knowledgeable about the ideas and concepts fundamental to biology and will be challenged to think about how biology and emerging biological technologies exist within a global context.
Laboratory work forms an integral part of the course.

DP Course Outline - Biology.pdf

4 credits
IB CHEMISTRY 11 (SL) 4 credits

IB CHEMISTRY 12 (HL) 4 credits
IB CHEMISTRY 12 (SL) 4 credits
IB Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition and development of practical and investigational skills. This two-year course aims to balance the needs of a content-oriented syllabus with the development of the critical-thinking skills required by the experimental scientist. The course reflects the need to ensure that the qualifications will be met for students wishing to enter university study in the sciences; it will also develop students’ investigational skills in the use of the scientific method, involving the formation, testing and modification of a hypothesis through observation and measurement, under the controlled conditions of an experiment. The course will also allow students to develop their problem-solving and analytical skills, as well as provide opportunities for students to become more aware of the moral, ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of using science and technology.
Laboratory work forms an integral part of the course.

DP Course Outline - Chemistry.pdf

4 credits
4 credits

IBPHYSICS 12 (HL) 4 credits
4 credits

The purpose of this two-year course is to provide students with an understanding of both the theoretical and practical nature of physics and to increase facility in the use of mathematics, which is the language of physics. This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore physics as it was developed historically from about Galileo’s time up to the present. A key objective is to challenge students to think about how physical principles have been applied to construct and alter the material world to suit our needs. This raises the issue of the impact of physics on society, the moral and ethical dilemmas, and the social, economic and environmental implications of the work of physicists. These concerns have become more prominent as our power over the environment has grown. Students will also explore the international context within which physics exists and examine issues from more than one side.
Laboratory work forms an integral part of this course.

DP Course Outline - Physics.pdf


12 (HL) 4 credits​

IB Mathematics contains a broad range of mathematical concepts and caters to students who anticipate a need for a sound mathematical background in preparation for future studies in subjects that have significant mathematical content, such as chemistry, economics, geography, psychology and business administration. The nature of the subject is such that the curriculum focuses on the introduction of important mathematical concepts through the development of mathematical techniques. The majority of concepts are included because they underpin important mathematical processes. In many cases, concepts are included because they are essential to any further study in mathematics. Students taking this course are expected to possess a ready knowledge of basic concepts and to be equipped with the skills needed to apply mathematical techniques correctly.  Students who choose the HL option in mathematics will delve deeper into complex mathematical problems and topics such as matrices, vectors, statistics and calculus.

 DP Course Outline - Math.pdf

12 (SL)
4 credits

This course is available only at standard level, and is equivalent in status to mathematics SL, but addresses different needs. It has an emphasis on analytical approaches to mathematics, and the largest section is on statistical techniques. It is designed for students with varied mathematical backgrounds and abilities. It offers students opportunities to learn important concepts and techniques and to gain an understanding of a wide variety of mathematical topics. It prepares students to be able to solve problems in a variety of settings, to develop more sophisticated mathematical reasoning and to enhance their critical thinking. Its intent is to allow students to learn through inquiry and investigation. The individual project is an extended piece of work based on personal research involving the collection, analysis and evaluation of data. Students taking this course are well prepared for a career in social sciences, humanities, languages or arts.

DP Course Outline - Math Studies-1.pdf


IB VISUAL ARTS 11 (SL) 4 credits
4 credits

The impulse to make art is common to all people. From earliest times, human beings have displayed a fundamental need to create and communicate personal and cultural meaning through art. The process involved in the study and production of visual arts is central to developing capable, inquiring and knowledgeable young people, and encourages students to locate their ideas within international contexts. Engagement in the arts promotes a sense of identity and makes a unique contribution to the lifelong learning of each student. Study of visual arts provides students with the opportunity to develop a critical and intensely personal view of themselves in relation to the world (IBO).

IB Visual Arts 11 and 12 is a two-year course where the students work with a variety of materials and concepts, exploring their own art making practice and developing an understanding of other art forms and artists. Emphasis will be on expanding student understanding of communication in the arts, developing a body of work that is personally meaningful and understanding how art production reflects both their own and others’ worlds, ideas and experiences. A sketchbook is mandatory for recording ideas, process work, art criticism, visual explorations, as well as the further development of technical skills. Field trips to galleries and/or artists’ studios are a part of the curriculum.​

DP Course Outline - Visual Arts.pdf


Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a two-year course that is central to the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme; it is a core requirement for all Diploma candidates. In the TOK classroom, emphasis is placed not on what one knows, but on how one knows, and on the role that knowledge plays in an increasingly global and technological society. Both students and their teacher must be willing to reflect critically on the diverse ways of knowing (perception, language, emotion and reason) and on the varied but interconnected areas of knowledge (Mathematics, Natural Science, Human Sciences, the Arts, History, and Ethics). With thoughtful inquiry as its foundation, TOK is composed almost entirely of questions, both ageless questions on which thinkers have been reflecting for centuries, and new ones, often challenging to accepted belief, which are posed by contemporary life. A specific aim of TOK is to enable students to appreciate the multiplicity of cultural and historical perspectives and to challenge and broaden their global understanding.

 DP Course Outline - Core.pdf

Creativity Activity Service (CAS) is the heart of the IB Diploma Programme.  CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experimental learning from September of Year 1 to March of Year 2.  In CAS, Creativity encompasses participation in the fine and performing arts, as well as other experiences that involve creative thinking; Activity involves physical exertion that contributes to a healthy lifestyle; and Service and service learning encompasses the unpaid, voluntary efforts that have benefits for both the student and others.  This core component provides an important counterbalance to the academic requirements of the Diploma Programme, as a strong CAS programme should be both challenging and enjoyable; CAS is a personal journey of self-discovery.

CAS is available only to Diploma Programme candidates.


EXTENDED ESSAY 11 4 credits
4 credits​

The Extended Essay is a core component of the IB Diploma; it is an in-depth study of a focused topic chosen from one of the student’s six chosen Diploma Programme.  It is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity.  It provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research in a topic of their own choice, under the guidance of a supervisor (a teacher in the school).  This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing of approximately 4,000 words, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject chosen.  The extended essay is externally assessed by examiners around the world using common and subject specific criteria.

The Extended Essay is available only to Diploma Programme candidates.