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

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2019-20 Programme of Inquiry






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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. Learn more…

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

KNOWLEDGE – Significant, relevant content that we wish the students to explore and know about, taking into consideration their prior experience and understanding .Learn more…

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…

APPROACHES to LEARNING – The capabilities that the students need to demonstrate to succeed in a changing, challenging world, which may be disciplinary or transdisciplinary in nature. Learn more…

ATTITUDES – Dispositions that are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people. Learn more…

  • Appreciation
  • Empathy
  • Commitment
  • Enthusiasm
  • Confidence
  • Independence
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Creativity
  • Respect
  • Curiosity
  • Tolerance

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.

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

2020-21 Registration (Kindergarten and Catchment Grades 1-7) will be accepted online as of 8am on Tuesday October 15, 2019. Read more