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1 Community Consultation Wednesday May 16, 2012

2 Background IB program offered in Burnaby School District from IB Diploma Program Burnaby South Secondary School Program phased out in

3 Purpose Explore feasibility of offering an IB Program in the Burnaby School District Visit IB Programs in the Metro-Vancouver area Determine community interest

4 Process Community interest Board of Education Feasibility Explore existing IB program options Determine interest Community consultation Community information evening Community survey Review School district process IB World Organization process

5 The International Baccalaureate Program Supports the development of the capacity for problem-solving and communication skills Offers a comprehensive curriculum noted for its depth and its international perspective Program standards set and maintained by International Baccalaureate World Organization

6 IB Mission Statement The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right

7 IB programs promote the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge Learner Profile: Inquirers Thinkers Communicators Risk Takers Knowledgeable Principled Caring Open-minded Well-balanced Reflective

8 The International Baccalaureate Program IB World Organization develops and offers three programs Primary Years Program Middle Years Program Diploma Program Programs can be offered individually or as a continuum

9 The International Baccalaureate Program Primary Years Program Ages 4-11 years (elementary school program) No dual track. All students at the designated school participate in the IB program. Middle Years Program Ages years No dual track Diploma Program Ages years (grade 11 and 12 program) Optional program Diploma or Certificate Program

10 International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program Entire school participation (K-7) BC curriculum taught through the IB framework Focuses curriculum on whole child (academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs) Addresses 21 st Century challenges of learning Prepares students to be active participants in lifelong journey of learning

11 International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Entire school participation BC curriculum taught through IB framework Provides framework of academic challenge Encourages students to embrace and understand connections between core subjects and real world Fosters critical and reflective thinking

12 International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Optional program of choice District program students make application for program High degree of personalization and flexibility Rigorous pre-university program Challenging curriculum noted for depth & international perspective Designed to prepare students for success at university and life beyond Aimed at highly motivated students

13 What does the Diploma Program curriculum contain? Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) Encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service Education outside the classroom Development of the learner profile

14 What does the Diploma Program curriculum contain? Theory of Knowledge (ToK) Interdisciplinary Explores the nature of knowledge across disciplines Encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives

15 What does the Diploma Program curriculum contain? There are three core requirements The extended essay (EE): 4,000 words Offers the opportunity to investigate a research question of individual interest Familiarizes students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university

16 Some Costs Associated With IB IB World Schools pay an annual school fee for each program they are authorized to teach Annual School Fee Student Fees for Diploma Program Diploma program 12,480 (fees valid to August 2013) Middle years program 10,440 Primary years program 9,120 Annual student registration fee 161 Exam fee per course 110

17 Becoming an IB World School Interested School Form Application Form, Part A or Application for Candidate Status Application Form, Part B or Application for Authorization Authorization

18 Some Current Program Options in Burnaby Advanced Placement Program College/university level courses and exams Students can earn advanced placement and/or credit for college/university Honours Programs Enrichment opportunities in specific courses Advanced Learning Programs (K-7) Global, theme-based areas of study Inquiry/discovery-based programs which highlight problem-solving, creative and imaginative explorations Education Through the Arts Independent Directed Studies French Immersion Mandarin Language Arts Speciality Programs (Hockey, Soccer, Swimming) Career Programs (ACE-IT) Online Programs

19 What Similarities Exist Between the AP and IB Programs? rigorous programs devoted to educational excellence involve dedicated and creative teachers committed to their students attract highly motivated students value students doing independent research, thinking, and writing high degree of personalization and flexibility recognized credits for college and university entrance offer extensive professional development opportunities

20 What Differences Exist Between the AP and IB Programs? AP courses are taken independently, while the IB Diploma is a comprehensive two year program IB offers continuum of programs (elementary/secondary), while AP is secondary focussed Typically, AP credits for college/university recognized in North America, while IB recognized world-wide Districts and schools must undergo rigorous certification and accreditation processes to become IB certified Districts and schools are not charged annual fees for AP as per IB associated costs

21 Next Steps Community Survey respond by May 31, 2012 Survey results Burnaby Board of Education

22 Community Survey The Burnaby Board of Education approved the formation of a district committee to explore the feasibility of offering the International Baccalaureate Program in the Burnaby School District. In order to determine the level of community interest in the program, please respond to this survey by Thursday, May 31, The Board of Education appreciates your interest in public education.

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