Garibaldi Secondary School is an International Baccalaureate World School for the IB Diploma Programme. The first International Baccalaureate diploma classes will start in 2008. At this time Garibaldi is the only school in Maple Ridge to offer the IB Diploma Programme. The school also offers courses in the junior grades to help prepare students for the IB Diploma Programme.
In addition to its academic programs Garibaldi is known for its Fine Arts program (Drama, Video Editing, Music and Art), its Technical program (Automotive, Woodwork and Drafting)and its Business and Information Technology program (Accounting, Economics, Business Computer Applications, Desktop Publishing, Marketing, Tourism and Information Technology).
The school has been involved from the start in the District's Distance Learning Program the Connected Learning Community(CLC) which offers courses online to students all over British Columbia. Several teachers conduct online courses using various programs including Moodle and recently Second Life.
The original school was built in 1956 when it was named after Garibaldi Provincial Park which was just to the North of the school. Later this part of the park became a separate park known as Golden Ears Provincial Park but the school kept the name Garibaldi Secondary School, so it is also named after Giuseppe Garibaldi. The school is beginning a building program which will eventually see the original building completely replaced. This program was scheduled to start in November 2007 but has since been pushed back to the summer of 2008. And are going to be working on it to approximitly 2010.