The IBO Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. To learn more click here (IB).
MYP Partnership Mission Statement
The MYP Partnership provides an inclusive, diverse, and caring learning environment that develops critical thinkers and life-long learners in an ever-changing world.
MYP Curriculum Model
Students at this stage are in a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development.
The IB builds its MYP programme around these considerations - but it is also concerned that students develop a personal value system by which to guide their own lives, as thoughtful members of local communities and the larger world.
IB MYP Global Contexts - From Principles into Practice
Teaching and learning in the MYP involves understanding concepts in context. When teachers select a global context for learning, they are answering the questions:
- Why are we engaged in this inquiry?
- Why are these concepts important?
- Why is it important for me to understand?
- Why do people care about this topic?
The Design Cycle
In particular, students are encouraged to display ingenuity and creativity in devising practical solutions to given tasks. Students use the design cycle to:
This model is valuable for reinforcing and integrating skills learned in other disciplines, especially in the presentation and handling of data and the processes involved in the design and manufacture of a product. At the same time, it fosters awareness of the social and ethical implications of technological development.
The Fundamental Concepts
- Intercultural Awareness
- Holistic Learning
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
Life in the 21st century places many changing demands on students making the transition through adolescence. They are at a crucial period of personal, social, physical and intellectual development, of uncertainty and of questioning. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme is designed to help them find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing and increasingly interrelated world around them and to foster a positive attitude to learning.
The IB Middle Years Programme, for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.
The IB Curriculum (Video)
The program consists of eight subject groups:
- Language A (Language & Literature)
- Language B (Language Acquisition)
- Humanities (Individuals & Societies)
- Fine Arts
- Physical Education and Dance
- IB Design
These eight subject groups are taught through five areas of interaction (Video)
- Approaches to Learning
- Community Service
- Health and Social Education
- Human Ingenuity
In the final year of the program, students also engage in a personal project, which allows them to demonstrate the understandings and skills they have developed throughout the program.