International Baccalaureate 
 

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program has been adopted as a district program to ensure that all highly motivated and talented secondary students in School District #43 have equal access to the opportunities provided through this internationally renowned program. This is a district-wide program that offers a coordinated curriculum from grade 9 through grade 12 for talented and highly-motivated students. IB includes appropriately challenging experiences in an environment of positive stimulation that comes from working within class groupings of similarly motivated and talented students.

The IB is offered as an integral part of the broad educational program at Port Moody Secondary. A high degree of flexibility is built into the program to ensure that students have the opportunity to individually make choices and selections that provide maximum personal benefits.

IB is recognized throughout North America as equivalent to first year university courses. Students who achieve well in IB subjects will generally receive university credit for their efforts.

For Grades 9 and 10:
The IB Foundations offerings include Art, English, French, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science. Each IB Foundations Course will include the material required for the BC Ministry of Education curriculum, but because of the selected nature of the students, the learning environment will be distinctly different and more emphasis will be placed on higher level skills including analysis, research, writing, problem-solving and working in cooperative groups. The grades in IB and Pre-IB Courses are adjusted to reflect the same achievement levels required for Ministry courses. Prospective I.B. diploma students will be expected to complete the entire set of foundations courses in most cases.

IB for Grades 11 and 12:
Each IB course will encompass all requirements of the Ministry course. The enriched learning environment will provide the opportunity for much more in-depth study with a continued emphasis on higher level skills.

IB Diploma or IB Certificate:
Students ideally will choose to complete the entire IB Diploma. This requires IB subjects including: English Literature, one language acquisition course (French, Spanish, Japanese or Mandarin as a second language), one individuals and societies course (Economics, Geography or History), one experimental science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics), one of the three Mathematics courses and one other subject (any one from the previous list or Visual Arts or Film). The IB Diploma also requires the Theory of Knowledge course and the completion of an independent 4000 word research essay, as well as a commitment to creative, active and service endeavors (CAS Program) to be completed throughout grades 11 and 12. Many students will find that taking a partial program of Diploma Courses better meets their personal, educational and career goals. These students choose only the IB subjects that best meet their personal learning needs and complete other graduation and post-secondary requirements in BC Dogwood classes. IB Diploma Courses students will be permitted where space is available after the full Diploma students are registered.

Registering For the IB Program
Make yourself familiar with the IB program by exploring the information available online at www.ibo.org and on the Port Moody Secondary website. Attend an information session at Port Moody Secondary. Decide if the IB program is right for you, and then contact the IB coordinator at Port Moody for more information and to ensure that all your questions are answered.For Application for Admission to International Baccalaureate Program Contact:

Sean Lenihan
slenihan@sd43.bc.ca
Port Moody Secondary School
300 Albert St.
Port Moody, BC V3H 2M5
ph: 604.939.6656  Fax: 604.939.5833

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