Alumni

The IB program at Semiahmoo is a challenging but rewarding curriculum that helps students adapt to the difficulty and workload of their post secondary studies. The IB teachers are some of the best at Semiahmoo who teach you not only advanced course material, but also valuable study habits that are essential to a good performance in university.

Bob Cui, University of Toronto

Although the IB was a challenging program, I benefited enormously from what I learned. I would say that the three main things that I got from IB were: 1) Getting into University, specifically in the States and 2) Being prepared for university and 3) gaining broader knowledge and meeting the best teachers ever!

Julia Han, Wellesley College

We weren’t just taught and then tested, following the learning outcomes - we were asked to go the extra mile. We had to be creative in completing our investigations and extended essays, and were encouraged to make social/cultural connections in all of our classes. [IB gave me] the motivation to take personal responsibility for my own learning, and time-management skills.

Colleen Xie, University of British Columbia

For me, the IB program was an opportunity to explore and push past my limits both in the academics and as a citizen – and I was very pleasantly surprised to discover just how far I could go. I am thankful for everything IB had to offer, including extremely dedicated teachers, academic rigour, and an appreciation for well-roundedness and critical thinking. I feel that my experiences with the program have prepared me for success in post-secondary education and beyond.

Peter Lee, Harvard College

I would wholeheartedly recommend the IB program to anyone who is passionate about the subject that they want to study, who has the dedication and time management skills needed to keep up in the very intensive programme of studies.

Lloyd James, Imperial College London

IB is an experience that makes you question on a daily basis “why am I doing this?” and I believe you won’t even know until you’re done because you can’t justify taking IB simply with credits you receive for university. The experience as a whole, TOK, the essays, the friends, the teachers, the readings - the programme is really life-changing.

Jannie Chien, University of Toronto

IB gave me the means to demonstrate my academic capability. IB allowed me to stand out - IB made me feel good about myself.

Fred Zhu, University of Cambridge

The IB program was challenging, but what I gained proved it to be more than worth it. The academic challenge was to handle the large amount of work that is similar to university; and now I am breezing through first year as a result of the time management skills that I obtained. The other challenges include IA, CAS and EE; now, with many references from past volunteer supervisors, and research writing experience in almost every field, I have had no trouble finding new commitments and also research opportunities, giving me a significant advantage over other first years who struggle to even keep up with school. Lastly, please be reminded that Semiahmoo is one of the best, if not the best, Canadian school for the IB programme (judging from the other IB students I have met in university); the teachers are stellar and as long as you meet them half way, they will provide you with top quality education.

Miya Wang, Western University

To me, IB was an extensive program that covered many areas of learning and helped me become a more internationally knowledgeable student and young adult.

IB also prepared me for university life in more practical terms. For example, through IB I learned essential skills such as how to accurately cite work and how to balance a heavy workload, extracurricular activities and a social life. In some ways, the environment that IB Students are put into for two years is very similar to the university environment.

Lisha Huang, Rice University

I value an IB education because it challenges me both intellectually and academically. Through TOK, I learned about epistemology, an area of study I didn't know would be so interesting and relevant for our day-to-day lives. Through the Extended Essay, I had the chance to receive guidance from teachers to work on a project in a manner similar to graduate research. Last but not least, through the rigorous curriculum I gained an appreciation of the knowledge acquired in the classroom by placing it within the broad context of the real world. My two-year experience with the IB Diploma Program has shaped me immensely; the lessons I have learned will definitely benefit me for years to come.

Emerson Hsieh, University of California Berkeley