I.B. Diploma Overview

Richmond Secondary School is proud of the very large selection of IB Courses that it offers to students each year, and the rich opportunities that these IB Courses afford our students to personalize their learning pursuits. Current Richmond Secondary School students going into Grade 11 are eligible to enroll as either IB Diploma Candidates, or as IB Course Candidates.

Transfer Requests from students living outside Richmond Secondary’s catchment area will only be considered from students who are interested in enrolling as IB Diploma Candidates.

Please be aware that, in the event that there is insufficient initial enrollment in IB Courses offered in the Grade 11 Course Selection process, some IB Courses and/or Levels may not run in each IB Cohort.  On such occasions, in order to remain eligible for an IB Diploma, students may be required to select an alternate Course and/or Level.

Please note carefully that all IB Courses are two-year learning commitments.

IB Diploma Candidates:

IB Diploma Candidates are students pursuing and meeting all requirements of the full IB Diploma. Students must enroll in six IB Courses, three or four of which must be at the Higher Level. This means that two or three IB Courses must be at the Standard Level.

IB Diploma Candidates must enroll in one course in each of Groups 1 thru 5. For their sixth course, students may freely choose from Groups 2 through 6.

For timetabling reasons, IB Diploma Candidates at Richmond Secondary School may only take one Higher Level Group 4 Course.

IB Diploma Candidates are also required to enroll in and fulfill the three additional IB Core elements: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity-Activity-Service (CAS), and the 4000 word Extended Essay (EE).

An IB Diploma will be awarded to students who successfully undertake the demanding Internal Assessments in each subject area, and sit comprehensive final exams in May of their Grade 12 year and achieve a minimum score of 24. The three IB Core Courses (TOK, CAS, and EE) are central to the growth of students in the IB Diploma Programme and are defining elements of a genuinely successful IB Diploma.

IB Course Candidates: 

IB Course Candidates are Richmond Secondary School students who choose to take IB Courses without pursuing the full diploma. While IB Course Candidates receive a certificate from IB upon successful completion of their coursework, they will not receive an IB Diploma.  Please note - first preference for seats in all IB courses will be reserved for students completing the IB Diploma.  Course candidate students will be enrolled if classes have space, but can be displaced if classes fill up - and placed on a wait list.  Course Candidate students can transition to parallel courses in the Provincial program.

For More Information on the RHS I.B. Diploma Programme:

Contact the I.B. Coordinator Mr. Miller at: dmiller@sd38.bc.ca and read our website: https://rhsib.wordpress.com