Basics of the IB program
The International Baccalaureate curriculum requires students to complete study in six core subject areas. Those are language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and society, sciences, math, and the arts. Students in the IB secondary school program must also write an essay of up to 4000 words, submit two formal projects, give 50 hours of community service, and take an exam.
All levels of the IB program give kids a uniquely international take on studies and a solid foundation for the pursuit of post-secondary studies. Students come out of the program uniquely prepared for an increasingly globalized world. The IB curriculum gives them a well-rounded advanced course of study that delivers the core material while challenging them to become better communicators, learners, and collaborators.
Accreditation in the program is granted through the International Baccalaureate in Geneva, Switzerland. Schools that offer an IB programme must undergo an authorization process that often takes three to four years. Schools accredited to offer any of the four core IB programmes are known as IB World Schools.
There are now more than 5,000 schools worldwide that offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP). Schools in BC and other provinces will offer this diploma in addition to regular diplomas. Students can choose which they’d like to have.
International Baccalaureate studies and university acceptance
Universities in BC and the rest of Canada set their own admissions standards. They assess candidates based on their own criteria. An IB diploma is widely accepted as an admission credential if student scores meet certain targets. IB courses and exams also often qualify for transfer credit within an institution and can apply to the fulfillment of university degree requirements or some course prerequisites. University admissions departments can provide details on their admission and course prerequisite requirements as they pertain to the IB diploma. One of the basic aspects of the program is that it is globally recognized. IBO.org offers a list of universities that recognize the diploma.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many British Columbia International Baccalaureate schools are there?
There are 11 British Columbia International Baccalaureate schools that are Our Kids trusted members.
How much is tuition at British Columbia International Baccalaureate schools?
Tuition fees for British Columbia International Baccalaureate schools range from $9,800 to $73,145 per year with an average tuition of $31,259 per year.
What’s the largest school?
Of the British Columbia International Baccalaureate schools, the largest is Mulgrave School with 1030 students in Grades PS to 12.
Are British Columbia International Baccalaureate schools good?
We interviewed both parents and students. You can read reviews about British Columbia International Baccalaureate schools on this page.
Is there a private school expo where I can meet with British Columbia International Baccalaureate schools?
Yes. You can meet with private schools and education experts at the Our Kids Private School Expos held every year in September and October. These events are designed for both parents and students. Find event details and ticket info here.