Cypress Park Primary authorized as IB World School

September 6, 2011 – We are pleased to announce that Cypress Park Primary School has received authorization as an IB World School by the IB Organization.

This significant accomplishment is the result of three years of dedicated preparation and endeavour by Cypress Park staff, students and parents during the IB Organization’s rigorous accreditation process.

Cypress Park Primary joins West Bay Elementary in West Vancouver Schools to offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), an inclusive programme aimed at all students in the three to 12 age group.

Cypress Park Primary enrolls children in Grades K to 3. Students at Cypress Park may continue their IB PYP program studies at the Grade 4 level at West Bay Elementary.

For more information, please contact Principal Judy Duncan at (604) 981-1260 or

The IB PYP Programme in West Vancouver Schools

West Bay Elementary and Cypress Park Primary schools are designated “schools of choice” within West Vancouver Schools offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP).

Since 2005, all students from Kindergarten to Grade 7 attending West Bay Elementary have taken part in the IB PYP. In addition, West Bay Preschool (“Early Inquirers”) offers inquiry-based activities for three- and four-year-olds.

Developed by the IB Organization specifically for this pre-K to 12 age group, the IB PYP integrates the BC curriculum into a framework of inquiry with a global perspective.

This inclusive, enriched program ensures students are challenged to think and question critically. Research skills and sophistication in writing and presenting are significant outcomes of the program.

West Bay and Cypress Park’s IB PYP also offers second language instruction beginning in Kindergarten.

The IB PYP Goal

The IB PYP’s goal is to deliver citizens who are well-balanced, principled inquirers with an understanding of their responsibilities to our society and a commitment to academic excellence.

What Makes the IB PYP Unique?

Through the IB PYP, students acquire and learn to apply transdisciplinary skills to perform well across a spectrum of challenges – from academics to arts and culture, from athletics to citizenship.

The results, documented throughout the world, are:

  • motivated, happy learners
  • students who have learned how to learn
  • learners who can apply critical analysis skills
  • children who take risks to seek deeper understanding of concepts with a global significance, and
  • students who are involved in responsible action and social service.


We are pleased to accept applications from families residing both within and outside of West Vancouver Schools (space permitting). For more information about how to register, please click here.

You are welcome attend one of our information sessions and find out more about the IB Primary Years Programme. For more information, please contact Cypress Park Primary at (604) 981-1330 or West Bay Elementary at (604) 981-1260.

More information

West Bay IB Primary Years Programme Brochure