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Glenforest Secondary School

International Baccalaureate





Diploma Programme


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International Mindedness


The aim of the DP, like all IB Programmes, is to develop internationally minded people who,

recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet,

help to create a better and more peaceful world.


IB - DP curriculum that meets the rigorous

standards set by institutions of higher learning around the world:


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The IB Diploma Programme


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of studies, leading to examinations, that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 19 years. Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfill requirements of various national education systems, the Diploma Programme model is based on the pattern of no single country but incorporates the best elements of many. The Diploma Programme is available in English, French and Spanish. (Please note that here at Glenforest S.S., English HL and French SL are the IB Programme languages studied)


The programme model is displayed in the shape of a hexagon with six academic areas surrounding the core. Subjects are studied concurrently and students are exposed to the two great traditions of learning: the humanities and the sciences.


Diploma Programme students are required to select one subject from each of the six subject groups. At least  three  and  not  more  than  four  are  taken  at  higher  level  (HL),  the  others  at  standard  level  (SL). HL courses represent 240 teaching hours; SL courses cover 150 hours. By arranging work in this fashion, students are able to explore some subjects in depth and some more broadly over the two-year period; this is a deliberate compromise between the early specialization preferred in some national systems and the breadth found in others.


Distribution requirements ensure that the science-orientated student is challenged to learn a foreign language and that the natural linguist becomes familiar with science laboratory procedures. While overall balance is maintained, flexibility in choosing HL concentrations allows the student to pursue areas of personal interest and to meet special requirements for university entrance.


Successful Diploma Programme students meet three requirements in addition to the six subjects. The interdisciplinary theory of knowledge (TOK) course is designed to develop a coherent approach to learning that transcends and unifies the academic areas and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives. The extended essay of some 4,000 words offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and  acquaints  students  with  the  independent  research  and  writing  skills  expected  at  university. Participation in the creativity, action, service (CAS) requirement encourages students to be involved in creative pursuits, physical activities and service projects in the local, national and international contexts.

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IB University of British Columbia Presentation

Does the IB Diploma prepare students for university?
A view from the flip side: Top university admission director talks IB.
Andrew Arida, Associate Registrar
and Director of Student Recruitment and undergraduate admission at the
University of British Columbia will discuss the value of the IB
in the university admissions process.
We want everybody to have a chance to see this important presentation.
Presentation at UCC
 Link: http://tinyurl.com/p4la6ad

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