International-mindedness is more important than ever.
The International Baccalaureate is a framework for education. It does not tell us what to teach. Instead, it guides how we teach. It provides our team with ongoing inspiration and professional development, as well as the accountability, moderation, and regular evaluation of the most rigorous curriculum in the world. IB is always under construction - it’s designed and revised based on ongoing educational research, practice, and the needs of our future world. Definitively, the IB is three things:
IB is a comprehensive learning experience and curriculum that is relevant, rigorous, and applicable to children’s current and future lives. We define rigor as the degree to which students are asked to think for themselves, critically and creatively. The test of relevance for each and every IB unit of study is whether it can be taught to students anywhere in the world and still be relevant to their context.
IB is an educational model built on the developmental stages of childhood. Primary classrooms are designed to nurture children’s natural curiosity and use an inquiry-based approach. Middle years classrooms tap students’ emerging sense of social justice and penchant for exploration of debatable and ethical questions, in order to build analysis and synthesis skills.
- IB is a program designed to help students learn how to learn. IB has embedded curricular elements called Transdisciplinary Skills (PYP) and Approaches To Learning (MYP) to develop and reinforce children’s executive function skills: organization, time management, communication, research, among other skills.