International Baccalaureate Curriculum


What is The International Baccalaureate?

International Baccalaureate is a curriculum and diploma developed in the 1960s by educators from around the globe. The IB gives students a truly international education and prepares them for universities around the world. The programme encourages a spirit of inquiry, where students don’t merely memorize knowledge; they construct it on their own by asking ‘why’ and ‘how.’

Does the implementation of the IB Curriculum mean students are not taught provincial standards?

No, the IB is committed to making sure that all IB programmes meet and exceed provincial standards. The curriculum is carefully examined regularly to ensure that it is aligned with local and/or national standards.

four educational programmes

The IB offers four educational programmes to more than 1.95 million students aged 3 to 19 across the globe. The IB programmes can be offered individually or as a continuum of international education.

Educating Over 1 Million Students

More than one million students are being educated by over 70,000 educators in International Baccalaureate schools worldwide.

More than 5,000 schools Worldwide

More than 5,000 schools so far have chosen to teach International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes, with only 383 currently offering one or more of four IB programmes in Canada!

IB Continuum School

Aspengrove School is the only school on Vancouver Island offering the full International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum Programme and only one of two schools on Vancouver Island offering International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes.

Fully Accredited

Aspengrove is fully accredited as an International Baccalaureate World School for their Primary Years (Jr. Kindergarten-Grade 5), Middle Years (Grade 6-10) Programmes, and Diploma Programmes (11-12).

The Prestigious IB World School Designation

 Aspengrove is one of only twelve (12) schools across Canada to receive the prestigious IB World School designation.

International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.


The International Baccalaureate® works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

LEArner Profiles

The learner profile serves as a compass for all aspects of the IB, making it a coherent experience. It offers a vision of the ‘whole student’ and is focused on ten key characteristics of lifelong learners. IB learners strive to be:


They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.


They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.


They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems and make reasoned ethical decisions.


They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.


They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.


They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values, and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view and are willing to grow from the experience.


They show empathy, compassion, and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.


They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas, and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.


They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.


They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

The Programmes

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children in Junior Kindergarten (3 years old) to Grade 5 nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.

Middle Years Programme (MYP)

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is for students in Grade 6-10 and is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. 

Diploma Programme (DP)

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is for students in Grade 11-12 and  aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.


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