International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB)

The District is proud to offer the IB program to students in grades 11 and 12. The IB program is housed at Parkland Secondary School in North Saanich and is available through application to all grade 11 and 12 students in our district (out of district students may also be accepted if space permits). Students graduating from the IB program at Parkland will graduate with two diplomas—A BC Dogwood Diploma and an International Baccalaureate Diploma.

The IB diploma program strives to develop enquiring, knowledgeable and caring students that are curious, hard working and interested in contributing to the world around them. The IB Diploma Program is a rigorous academic program that prepares students well for University. Most, if not all, Canadian Universities award first year equivalency and/or first year credits to IB higher level courses.

Students can participate in the full Diploma Program or they can take individual IB courses alongside their BC courses. Students taking the full Diploma Program are required to take 6 courses that span their grade 11 and 12 years—three courses are at the Standard Level and three courses are at the Higher Level. All students take Math, English, French, one or two Sciences, one or two Humanities and an optional Art course. In addition to the academic courses, students take a course called the Theory of Knowledge, participate in CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) and write an Extended Essay.

French Immersion and the IB

For students who have taken French as a Second Language throughout elementary, middle and secondary school IB French (Standard Level) would be the appropriate French course to take. French 9 and French 10 (or the equivalent) are mandatory prerequisites for this course.

For French Immersion students that have been in French Immersion through to the end of grade 10, IB French (Higher Level) would be the appropriate IB French course to take. IB French (Higher Level) spans grade 11 and 12 and enables French Immersion students to continue developing their French language skills while also studying French works of literature. It is recommended that students have received a B or higher in Francais Langue 9 and 10 as a prerequisite for IB French (Higher Level).

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