IDEATE Diploma Program

The IDEATE (ID8) program empowers students to take charge of their learning and thrive in an ever-changing world.

IDEATE is a parallel program to the IB Diploma Programme and offers students voice and choice their final two years of the BCIS Diploma.

IDEATE challenges students to pursue their own ideas and transform their learning through meaningful educational pursuits. It is designed to celebrate and develop students’ strengths, talents, and skills in ways that will support any future aspirations. Flexibility within the program allows for a personalized avenue towards post-secondary education and a chance to focus on areas of their choosing. IDEATE will challenge and inspire students to achieve their potential.

Profile of an IDEATE Graduate

We empower students by developing and demonstrating their skills and dispositions in IDEATE’S Impacts.

IDEATE students thrive through learning environments and experiences that blend:

  • Experiential Learning:Learning by doing
  • Transfer of Learning: Using what we learn with new and challenging concepts and contexts
  • Self-Directed Learning:Taking control of our learning and growth through voice and choice
  • Social-Emotional Learning: Developing the inter- and intra-personal attributes for successful, happy living.

Core Program Components:


The learning environments of IDEATE courses develop the following Impacts:

• Critical Thinking

• Creative Thinking

• Purposeful Doing

• Connected Learning

A variety of assessment tools are used such as investigations, portfolios, projects, exhibitions, tests, experience and problem-solving activities.

IDEATE Project

All IDEATE students complete the IDEATE Project Course in grades 11 and 12.

The course builds students’ skills, interests and strengths in order to pioneer an entrepreneurial project.

Wen Xing Zhong Xin Portfolio

Wen Xing Zhong Xin (WXZX) 文行忠信 is the philosophy that highlights what we value as learners at BCIS. Students will curate a collection of portfolio entries to showcase learning and character development.


All students are expected to fulfill the requirements for Service Learning and Work Experience. These provide students opportunities to apply their learning in authentic contexts.

University Entrance

It is important that families determine the requirements of the Universities of interest with regard to the IDEATE Diploma program as early as possible. As a part of the enrollment and admission process into grade 11, all students will be supported by the University Guidance Counsellor and program coordinators to guide a best-fit approach to completing their High School Diploma and pursuing post secondary opportunities.

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