The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

A comprehensive two-year university preparation programme for highly motivated students (grade 11-12), the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) curricula emphasizes international mindedness, rigorous academic standards, critical thinking, and leadership. The NorKam IB team encourages students to 'think globally, act locally'.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

IB Diploma is the best preparation for university.

A recent UK University Admissions Officer survey ranked the IB Diploma as the best education preparation for university. The report found that the International Baccalaureate Programme prepared students well on the factors that led to success in post-secondary institutes. Click on the image below, for a full look at the infographic summarizing the results.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

My second "derivative" blog post

The students are preparing for their first IB assessment in differential calculus.  Using the research concept of non-permanent vertical work-spaces, developed by Dr. Peter Liljedahl of SFU, the students work through problems on the whiteboards that are mounted throughout the classroom.  For more information about Dr. Liljedahl's research go to his website at:

Friday, 16 September 2016

My first "derivative" blog post

It is an exciting time for the second year students in the IB program.  Not only do they get to graduate this year, but they also get to learn and interact with differential and integral calculus.  IB math SL takes the students on a math-magical ride to infinite values, convergent points and through two and three dimensional spaces they thought only existed in science fiction.  All kidding aside, students will work with concepts that are usually seen for the first time in university.  Having experience with calculus in the IB program will be a benefit to students who will need to take calculus in university.  Even the students who will not need calculus in university will take pride in knowing that they studied mathematical concepts that are academically challenging.

Monday, 5 September 2016

IB Retreat 2016

This year's version of the IB Retreat was held at the end of August up at McQueen Lake. The purpose of the retreat was to introduce first year students into the NorKam IB community through team building activities and introductions to two important components of the core: Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS). The second year students and a couple of recent graduates of the DP Programme were able to share their experiences with the new students and provide tips on how to succeed in the next two years.  
Students take part in various activities at the IB Retreat.