What is the International Baccalaureate?

“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.” ~ibo.org

The IB Advantage

At Brookes Westshore we are committed to delivering a world-class education in line with the values and goals of the IB programme.

The IB programmes offer an academic approach with an unprecedented emphasis on personal development, equipping you well for post-secondary education and life beyond Brookes.

Self-Driven Learners

You’ll be motivated to drive your own learning. Before you know it, you’ll be trailblazing the path to your own success at university and beyond.

Respect for Other Cultures

In classrooms with students and teachers from around the globe, you’ll be encouraged to view the world through a culturally inclusive lens.

Well-Rounded Characters

You’ll focus on your academic, social and emotional skills, graduating with a well-rounded character and strong foundation for learning.

Stress Management Skills

You’ll be better prepared to navigate the strenuous academic requirements of university with advanced planning, time-management and study skills.

University Credits

With well-planned classes, your high school credits could be applied to first-year university studies—saving you as much as one year’s tuition.

Joy of Learning

With an interactive, personalized, supportive environment, learning will feel more fun, and you’ll be challenged to find opportunity within failure.

Be Your Potential

At Brookes Westshore, we deliver excellence and provide opportunity.

An IB World School offering the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme from Grades 6-12, Brookes Westshore supports students in their journey to unlock their potential. Expert faculty collaborate and connect to bring learning alive, in a personalized classroom settings, and provide outstanding academic challenge tempered with the care and support of a true family.

IB Learner Attributes

The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We support our students in fostering these attributes to help them become more responsible members of local, national and global communities.


We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.


We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.


We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.


We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.


We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.


We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.


We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.


We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.


We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives —intellectual, physical, and emotional— to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.


We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

— Madeleine, Victoria
"[The IB] was the best thing I could have done to prepare me for university. Because of the IB, I was able to skip first-year university and go straight into second year."
— Sumika, Japan
"The IB at Brookes prepared me well to be organized and independent. My two years in the IB Diploma Programme were the first time I actually enjoyed studying!"
"I was a student at the University of Victoria, and am thankful for the tools that the IB taught me; it was evident that I was incredibly well prepared for the rigour of university courses."
"Effective time management skills and prioritization of information that I learned in those IB classes really helped me to get through my first year classes with success."
"I am a full IB graduate. It was the best thing I could have ever done to prepare me for university. It was because of IB that I was able to skip first year and university and go straight onto second."
"I attribute my foundational knowledge of science, and thus my success in university, to the IB program at Brookes."
"The IB program prepared me a lot for my university life. For example, it taught me the importance of research, the way to present in front of many people, think more deeply about social issues or news and being more active in different communities."
"I am studying Medicine - the IB programme has definitely helped me develop a fantastic work ethic. And big IB assignments, such as the Extended Essay and Internal Assessments, have also prepared me well for the assignments I now have in medical school."
"The IB program was hard, but it did prepare me for all of the essays and research assignments that I need to write as part of my Asian Studies program (Australian National University)."
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