What is an IB education?
The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations. Informed by the values described in the learner profile, an IB education:
- focuses on learners - the IB’s student-centered programs promote healthy relationships, ethical responsibility and personal challenge
- develops effective approaches to teaching and learning - IB programs help students to develop the attitudes and skills they need for both academic and personal success
- works within global contexts - IB programs increase understanding of languages and cultures, and explore globally significant ideas and issues
- explores significant content - IB programs offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected. IB learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. These attributes represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success.
What is the IB Primary Years Program(PYP)? The PYP is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry. Each theme is addressed each year by all students. (Students aged 3 to 5 engage with four of the themes each year.) In addition all PYP students have the opportunity to learn more than one language. These themes help teachers to develop a program of inquiries–investigations into important ideas, and requiring a high level of involvement on the part of the students. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks.
(Pre-K works on four themes ( #’s 1, 3, 4, 5)
- Who We Are
- Where We Are In Place and Time
- How We Express Ourselves
- How the World Works
- How We Organize Ourselves
- Sharing the Planet