Garibaldi is one of only 14 public British Columbia International Baccalaureate World Schools. The IB Diploma Program (IB DP) offers students the opportunity to complete their high school education in an internationally-recognized and internationally-focused program that will open many doors to the world of post-secondary education. Even more importantly, the IB Diploma Program exposes students to the wider, international world of lifelong learning by focusing on both depth and breadth of learning in all subject areas.
Students in the IB Diploma Program are given a unique education. They will:
- be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning.
- become knowledgeable, global minded citizens.
- become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language, and through the international focus of the curriculum.
- be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.
The IB Diploma Program is recognized worldwide as the very best preparation for university and college bound students. Students who participate in the Diploma Program unanimously report that their first year at university is much less difficult and stressful because of their experiences in IB DP.
Listen to the Stanford University Assistant Dean of Admissions discuss the value of an IB DP education:
Students report that their involvement with the IB has given them the tools needed to succeed at college. In particular, students comment on their sense of preparedness, self-confidence, research skills and their ability to manage their time. Even more important, they have developed a sense of the world around them and their responsibility to it.
Read these IB student testimonials from the Canadian IB alumni community:
- Susan – 2002 IB DP graduate – British Columbia
- Elise – 2002 IB DP graduate – Quebec
- Aly – 2008 IB DP graduate – Ontario
In short, the IB Diploma Program is a wonderful opportunity for students to complete secondary school in a friendly, fun, and challenging community of learners. It also allows students to participate as members of a learning community, made up of both students and teachers, that will give students access to an intense, collegial, one-on-one learning experience not available elsewhere. The people you meet, the skills you develop, and the depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding you learn in IB DP will be important to you for the rest of your life.