International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate

Education for a better world

What is the IB?

The IB (International Baccalaureate) is an esteemed organisation that offers four globally recognised, high-quality and challenging educational programmes to a worldwide community of schools, with the aim of creating a better, more peaceful world.

For 50 years, the IB has delivered programmes designed to engage students from 3 to 19 years of age in educational exploration that equips them for life in the 21st century.

These four programmes are:
Primary Years Programme (PYP) - for students aged 3 to 10
Middle Years Programme (MYP) - for students aged 10 to 15
Diploma Programme (DP) - for students aged 16 to 19
Career-related Programme (CP) - for students aged 16 to 19

IB students embrace their own culture, while remaining open to other cultures and views. They are fully engaged, ever-curious learners for life.
At the heart of all our programmes is the IB Learner Profile, a long-term, holistic vision of education that underpins the IB continuum of education and puts the student at the centre of everything we do. The Learner Profile is the IB mission statement in action and provides a set of learning behaviours that aims to inspire, motivate and focus students, teachers and the entire IB School community, uniting them in a common purpose.

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The IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who aim to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end, the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students all over the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners.

The PYP curriculum is both concept and inquiry-based, with the class teacher - a mother tongue English speaker - developing students' knowledge through six interdisciplinary themes, in order to foster their communication, research, thinking, social and self-management skills, as well as numerous mindsets: "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".

For each unit, teachers decide what the central idea will be, i.e. the topic on which the class will focus during their inquiry (Unit of Inquiry). The first step is to foster the children's natural curiosity and encourage them to ask questions and challenge them to find answers using the resources available. According to the IB, the first step towards learning is represented by the learner’s interest and passion for learning.

Each unit covers different concepts in every subject area (Physical Social and Personal Education, Language, Social Studies, Mathematics, Arts and Science). This way, students will become both fully competent and will acquire a learning approach they will be able to apply throughout their whole educational journey.

The final desired result is that the children take action, reflect on their learning and choose to use this knowledge to make the world a better place. At the end of Year 5, students partecipate in the "Exhibition", an event in which they exhibit the process and result of a personal research project.

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The Middle Years Programme, during its five year duration, uses concepts, ideas and issues related to a wide range of topics, addressing them from the local, national and global point of view, in order to achieve growth by learning to reflect critically on today's society.

The latest IB research shows that students who have taken part in the IB's MYP not only know how to manage their learning autonomously, but they also develop thoughts, arguments and critical opinions much more easily than their peers.

The Middle Years Programme curriculum is divided into a three-year and a two-year period. Throughout the programme, students are required to receive instruction in all eight subject groups determined by the IB: Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, Arts, Design, Physical and Health Education (PHE). For each of these areas, the school can choose the topics they teach within each subject group.

During the first three-year period (grades 6-8), the MYP subjects are approached in their entirety, while in the second two-year period (grade 9-10), students have the flexibility, for 6 hours a week, to focus on subjects of their choice in collaboration with teachers, parents and the school's academic counselor.

Service as action

Serving as volunteers in hospices or youth groups, reading to young children, attending school activities, tutoring younger students, collaborating with local associations or charity fundraising. The IB curricula expects that some of the MYP students' hours be devoted to "Service as Action", i.e. service to the community that they live in, under the direction of a supervising teacher. Service can be done at a private or public level, locally or regionally, nationally or internationally.

In helping where it is needed most, students gain a greater understanding of how a community works and what problems it has to deal with. And learn that together people can make the difference.

During the last six months of the MYP5 programme, students prepare their final Personal Project.

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