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International Baccalaureate


The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme is an inclusive model of learning that focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both at school and beyond.

All students at Southlands Elementary School are part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), which is an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary programme that is designed to foster the development of the whole child.  PYP schools aim to develop students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values.  PYP schools nurture independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning.

The PYP uses structured, concept-based inquiry as the main vehicle for learning and incorporates local and global issues into the BC Ministry of Education Curriculum.  There are no external IB examinations in the PYP.

Kindergarten Application:

To apply for the program first register at your local catchment school between Nov 1 and Jan. 31.   Those who are applying out of catchment will need to submit a cross boundary application. Note: This is not a district program; therefore there is no need to fill out a Choice Application form.

Gr 1 - 7 Application:

First register at your catchment school.  If Southlands is not your catchment school, submit a cross boundary application to attend the program.  

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