Students are assessed on academic potential and motivation.  Strong grades are recommended; however, evaluation is holistic and considers report card grades, results on the critical thinking test, and an interview.

Most of our IB students are very involved in multiple activities from sports to clubs to drama to part time jobs and volunteer work. The IB Diploma Programme encourages students to pursue extra-curricular activities and community involvement and recognizes the personal growth that comes via participation through the Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) component of the programme. In IB students learn time management skills that help them learn to balance their academics, activities, social and work lives.

Students usually take three higher level courses and three standard level courses.  Students may take up to four higher level courses.  All classes in grade 11 are higher level apart from second languages and mathematics.  For these classes, students will select SL or HL.

Although we recommend students take the full Diploma Programme, students who excel in one or two areas can take IB Diploma courses a la carte in grades 11 and 12. These students register for our Course Programme and may take up to three individual Diploma Programme courses, based on availability.

To be considered a full PDP student, students must take PDP English, PDP Social Studies, a second language, and PDP Science.  Students are not required to take PDP Mathematics but may do so if they choose.  Students who take the full PDP Programme are given priority in the courses, but some students wish also to take only a few PDP classes.  If they qualify, these partial Pre-Diploma students will be placed in PDP classes after the full programme. PDP students are given priority.

IB Course students take 1 to 3 IB courses.  For each course taken, students are awarded a certificate and will get university credit if they perform well.  Students generally take HL classes if they are IB Certificate students as these are the classes which qualify them for university credit.

Students are required to take six IB courses in grades 11 and 12 plus Theory of Knowledge.  In Grade 11 students must take the following:

IB Language and Literature 11 HL

IB second language 11 (ab initio, SL or HL)

IB Geography HL 11 or History HL 11

IB Biology HL 11, Chemistry HL 11, or Physics HL 11

IB Mathematics HL 11 or SL 11

Theory of Knowledge 11

The first step in the process is to complete either the Pre-Diploma Programme Admission Application or the IB Diploma Programme Admission Application by Jan. 30, 2023.  Please submit the form and supporting documents to the IB Office via email to  ndehart@wvschools.ca.  You will then be contacted by the IB Coordinator to confirm the time and location of the IB critical thinking test in February, and what to bring.

There is an entrance test for our IB programmes.  All prospective PDP and DP students must write an IB critical thinking test which evaluates their ability to think logically.  Students cannot study or prepare for this test. There are three testing dates for Fall 2024 entry: Thurs., Jan. 25, 2024, at 3 p.m. in room W346, Thurs., Sat. Jan. 27, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. in room W346, and Tues., February 13, 2024, at 3 p.m. in room W346. (PDP students do not have to take the test again.)

No.  The test is a critical thinking test which assesses your ability to make logical conclusions.  It is not a knowledge or subject-based test, so you cannot prepare for it in advance.

For Fall 2024 entry, interested students from inside and outside of WVSS may select one of the following times to take the IB critical thinking test:

  • Thursday January 25, 2024, at 3 p.m. in room W346
  • Saturday January 27, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. in room W346
  • Tuesday February 13, 2024 at 3 p.m. in room W346

After the test, the IB Coordinator will contact you for an informal interview.  The IB Coordinator will ask you some questions about yourself and your interest in the IB Programme.  She will also answer any questions you might have about the programme at the interview.

The IB Coordinator at WVSS interviews all students applying for the full PDP Programme.  Students applying for one or two PDP courses are not interviewed and are evaluated based on report card grades and results of the IB critical thinking test.

Current PDP students do not need to be interviewed for admission to our Diploma Programme.  The IB Coordinator will contact other WVSS and outside students applying for the IB Diploma who will be required to do an informal interview.  Only students applying to the full IB Diploma Programme will be interviewed.  Certificate students will be evaluated based on the results of their critical thinking test and their report card grades.

For admission to our Fall 2024 programmes, students will be interviewed in the spring of 2024.  The IB Coordinator will contact students with the time and location of their interview.

You should write the critical thinking test in January and select IB courses in course planning.

Full PDP students will be notified of acceptance in May or June.

No, there are no fees for the PDP courses.

Future Course students who have selected one or two courses will be notified by the end of June.

Diploma Programme students will be notified by mid June.

Information on how to register as a student at WVSS and the process for IB course selection will be included with your letter of acceptance.

Yes! We invite prospective parents and students to please join us for our annual IB Information Night, Monday Jan. 22, 2024, at 7 p.m. at the Kay Meek Theatre, West Vancouver (ajoined to West Vancouver Secondary School).

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