Norgate Xwemélch’stn Community Elementary
North Vancouver School District
International Baccalaureate

IB Primary Years Programme - Candidate School


Norgate Xwemélch’stn Community Elementary is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and will be pursuing authorization as an IB World School during the 2022/23 school year.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

Mission Statement from the IB

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

More information about the IB

We invite you to learn more about:

NXCE's Programme of Inquiry

The school's programme of inquiry is comprised of the units of inquiry for each grade level.  At Kindergarten, children develop their understandings by engaging in four units of inquiry and students in Grades 1-7 engage in six units of inquiry.  These units are collaboratively developed and reflected on by our teaching team; therefore, year-over-year, there might be changes to the units.  To view each grade's current programme of inquiry, please click on the links below:

KindergartenGrade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7

NXCE's Policies

Inclusion Policy

Assessment Policy

Language Policy

Academic Honesty Policy


Please contact:

Glenda Robertson

Karen Birchenall
IB PYP Coordinator & Vice Principal