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The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Organization offers four high quality international education programmes to more than one million students in 144 countries.

At École Cedardale, we offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for all students in K through to Grade 7.

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IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

IB learners strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Open-minded
  • Knowledgeable
  • Caring
  • Thinkers
  • Risk-takers
  • Communicators
  • Balanced
  • Principled
  • Reflective
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Five Essential Elements

In terms of achieving this balance, the five essential elements of the written curriculum are emphasized.

  1. KNOWLEDGE – Significant, relevant content that we wish the students to explore and know about, taking into consideration their prior experience and understanding. Learn more…
  2. CONCEPTS – Powerful ideas that have relevance within the subject areas but also transcend them and that students must explore and re-explore in order to develop a coherent, in-depth understanding. Learn more…
  3. SKILLS – Those capabilities that the students need to demonstrate to succeed in a changing, challenging world, which may be disciplinary or transdisciplinary in nature. Learn more…​
  4. ATTITUDES – Dispositions that are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people. Learn more…​
  5. ACTION – Demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behaviour through action; a manifestation in practice of the other essential elements. In the PYP, every student should have the opportunity to be involved in authentic action either as an individual or in a group of students working collaboratively.
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Action and International Mindedness

Authentic and meaningful action is an important part of the learning journey. Through both individual and collective action, learners begin to see the difference they can make in the world, leading to international mindedness.

Action can take various forms including: a change in attitude; a consideration or plan for action in the future; a demonstration of responsibility, or of respect for self, others and the environment; a commitment to leading or participating in a youth advocacy group; an engagement in school decision-making or an expression of support in community, local and global decision-making.

For younger learners, action could look like small adjustments to behaviour, like making appropriate choices and developing a sense of responsibility. 

Ways to take action:

Participation – Being actively involved in the learning community and showing commitment to contributing as individuals and as members of a group

Advocacy – Taking action individually or collectively to publicly support positive social, environmental or political change

Social justice – Taking action for positive change relating to human rights, equality and equity. Being concerned with the advantages and disadvantages within society, and with social well-being and justice for all

Social entrepreneurship – Supporting positive social change through responding to the needs of local, national and global communities; applying prior knowledge and skills to identify and address challenges and opportunities in innovative, resourceful and sustainable ways

Lifestyle choices – Making positive lifestyle changes in response to learning

Primary Years Programme: The Learner, International Baccalaureate Organization 2018

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West Vancouver Schools is pleased to accept both in-district and out-of-district applications for registration.