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International Baccalaureate at ISB

An International Baccalaureate® (IB) education aims to transform students and schools as they learn, through dynamic cycles of inquiry, action and reflection. Teachers enable and support students as they develop the approaches to learning they need – for both academic and personal success.

IB programmes aim to help students explore and construct their own personal and cultural identities.

An IB Education…

  • Centers on learners
  • Puts the learner at the helm of his or her learning
  • Develops effective approaches to teaching and learning
  • Works within global contexts, helping students understand different languages and cultures
  • Explores significant content, developing disciplinary, and interdisciplinary understanding that meets rigorous international standards

The IB is different from other curricula because it…

  • Encourages students to think critically and challenge what they are told
  • Is independent of governments and national systems, and therefore able to incorporate best practice from a range of international frameworks and curricula
  • Encourages students to consider both their local and international environment

Watch these videos to learn more about the IB.

Preschool & Lower School: The Primary Years Programme

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is the curriculum framework for International Baccalaureate primary schools, designed for students in Preschool through 5th Grade. The curriculum and teaching approaches seek to grow the intellectual, emotional, and physical potential of each child in a secure and stimulating environment. Founded on a philosophy that recognizes a child’s natural curiosity, creativity, and ability to reflect, the PYP generates a stimulating and challenging learning environment to nurture those assets and foster a lifelong love of learning in every child. The PYP fosters the development of thinking, communication, socializing, research, and self-management skills in addition to academic skills.  The PYP also prepares students to become active, caring, learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world. Students are encouraged to put the knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes they have learned into action via projects, service, presentations, and application to real life contexts.

 

In the PYP, students explore units of inquiry through key concepts. Units of Inquiry interweave core subject areas such as mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, arts, and physical education. The six transdisciplinary themes that guide units of inquiry and compose a year of study are:

Who we are

Where we are in place in time

How we express ourselves

How the world works

How we organize ourselves

Sharing the planet

Middle School: The Middle Years Programme (MYP)

Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a curriculum framework designed by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and implemented at ISB for students in 6th through 8th Grade. A challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, the IB’s MYP is inclusive by design — students of all interests can benefit from their participation and develop strong critical skills. Our MYP classrooms are student-centered and interdisciplinary, and learning is explicitly linked to the world around them. Participation in a target language is required, and a variety of formal and informal assessments are used to inform teaching and learning. MYP learning experiences use global points of view to promote awareness and understanding of other cultures, the human condition, and the shared human experience. ISB’s MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents. Students take the core courses of Language and Literature, Individuals and Societies, Mathematics, Sciences, Physical Education and Health, Language Acquisition, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Design. Students also complete the Community Project, the 8th Grade culminating project that is related to a service they are providing in their community.

Developing the Whole Child

Each of the IB’s programmes is committed to the development of students according to the IB learner profile.

It describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go hand in hand with academic success, and implies a commitment to help all members of the school community to learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them.

The learner profile aims to develop students who are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

To learn more about IB and its programmes, please visit the International Baccalaureate website

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