Post-Secondary Entry and Counselling

At Stratford Hall, our post-secondary advisors work closely with students to help guide them on their journey of self-actualization. As they explore who they are, we encourage students to carefully reflect upon their interests and strengths and how these might inform their choice of pathways after graduation. Through celebrating student achievements, and encouraging students to explore their passions while assisting them in acknowledging their limitations, we hope that they emerge with a clear sense of self. Once realized, our aim is to help students find the post-secondary opportunities that fit their unique set of interests, strengths and goals.

Recognizing that each student is unique, we begin working with them in Grade 8 and 9 to assist them on their path to self-discovery. This process is further personalized beginning in Grade 10, as we meet and build rapport with students individually to discuss strategies, options and resources to assist with selecting programs and/or post-secondary opportunities that are in line with their individual goals and abilities. Ultimately, it is our goal to impress upon students the importance of taking personal ownership over the post-secondary selection process, which includes honest reflection, open-mindedness, and taking the initiative to research, pose questions and apply to programs of interest.

Final exams for IB students happen in May of the Grade 12 year and assess the full two years of each course. These exams are then sent from Stratford Hall to DP teachers around the world for assessment, a process that ensures a reliable entrance standard for universities. Final marks are available on July 6th, well after universities want to receive grades for admissions purposes. As a result, post-secondary institutions will admit IB students based on Stratford Hall’s predicted grades – what we expect students will achieve at the end of the Diploma Programme. This presents a significant challenge for students: they need to quickly improve their academic knowledge and AtL skills in order to be ready for mock examinations, held in June of the Grade 11 year and in February of the Grade 12 year.

Predicted grades are first based on the mock exams held in June of the Grade 11 year. Some universities outside Canada, particularly in the United States, require predicted grades at the beginning of Grade 12, so these June exams in Grade 11 are crucial. In Grade 12, predicted grades are reestablished after the February mock exams. Universities in Canada are sent predicted grades at the end of February. Therefore, students must perform as well as they can throughout the entire programme – not only on final exams at the end of Grade 12.

It is equally important to understand that universities reserve the right to refuse admission – even if admission was initially granted – if students do not, on their final exams, maintain their predicted grades.

In May of the Grade 12 year, students receive a final Written Report. This report is based on the mock exams in February, and also includes marks for all internal assessment projects and Approaches to Learning grades. Including provincial exam marks, this report is then translated into percentages for students’ British Columbia Ministry of Education transcripts. Students earn a BC Dogwood Diploma based on this transcript.

To give you a clearer idea of what an IB education means, listed here is chart converting IB scores to BC Ministry of Education scores:

IB Mark

BC Minister of Education %

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This means that when a student earns a 5 in a course, they are what would classically be called an A student.

University Entrance Requirements
Stratford Hall will provide guidance to students concerning university admissions via Caitlin Shepard and Brett Williams, our post-secondary advisors. However, this is primarily the responsibility of our students. When choosing courses, please review different post-secondary institutions’ admissions requirements concerning prerequisite IB courses; universities’ websites typically list information about IB admissions. Please see Ms. Shepard for guidance.