Rockridge Secondary granted authorization by IB Organization for Middle Years Programme

July 9, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Rockridge Secondary School was granted final authorization to offer the *International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in June, 2014.

Rockridge Secondary School underwent a rigourous candidacy process to become a member of the IB World School community. IB World Schools share a common educational philosophy and commitment to providing a high quality, challenging education recognized world-wide for excellence.

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) as IB World Schools can offer any of its four academic programmes: the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), the IB Diploma Programme and the IB Career-related Certificate of which WVSD offers the first three.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

To find out more about the philosophy and structure of the IB MYP, and the opportunities for individual achievement through this exemplary program, please contact:

Jeannette Laursoo
Rockridge Secondary School

T: (604) 981-1300

The four IB programmes

The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers four programmes of international education:

  • the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)
  • the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)
  • the IB Diploma Programme
  • the IB Career-related Certificate

While these programmes provide an opportunity for a continuous international education experience from early childhood through to school graduation, each programme is self-contained; there is no requirement for schools to offer or for students to take more than one programme.

There is, however, a common educational framework – a consistent philosophy about teaching and learning that focuses on the development of the whole child, and an overarching concept of how to develop international-mindedness.

The IB programmes in West Vancouver Schools

West Vancouver Schools offers the following three authorized IB programmes:

Diploma Programme
  • West Vancouver Secondary School (introduced in 1987)
IB Primary Years Programme
  • West Bay Elementary School (introduced in 2005)
  • Cypress Park Primary School (introduced in 2007)
  • Ecole Cedardale Elementary (introduced in 2016)
The IB Middle Years Programme

Unlike the Diploma Programme, which aims to provide students with the qualifications to gain entry to universities anywhere in the world and thus may not be the best fit for all students, the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is an inclusive programme with the flexibility to meet the needs of all students.

The MYP curriculum has eight subject areas:

  • Language A
  • Language B
  • Humanities
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Technology

While each academic discipline has its own methodology, body of knowledge and nuances, students learn better when meaningful connections are made between the disciplines.

Students become increasingly aware of the connections between subject content and the real world, rather than considering subjects as isolated areas unrelated to each other and to the world. As a result, students are expected to develop an awareness of broader, more complex global issues.


The learning environment: Active learning in a supportive

The IB approach to teaching and learning is described in three categories:

  • learning how to learn
  • structured inquiry
  • critical thinking

With the IB MYP, diverse learning styles are understood and accommodated. In this environment, students feel secure and their ideas are valued and respected.

Within the MYP, learning is engaging, challenging, rigourous, relevant and significant. Students are encouraged in everything they do in school to become autonomous lifelong learners.


More information:

International Baccalaureate

The IB Primary Years Programme at West Bay Elementary and Cypress Park Primary

Ecole Cedardale – (IB PYP French Immersion)

The IB Diploma Programme at West Vancouver Secondary

Rockridge Secondary School

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