IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate 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 organization 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.
Overlook Elementary School became an Authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in July 2017 and is officially authorized to offer the IB’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) to students in Grades Pre-K through 5. The school demonstrates its commitment to the PYP and continues to develop the required IB standards and practices, beliefs and values by using an action plan to ensure the ongoing development of the program. Overlook will prepare for their second IB evaluation in the year 2021, at which time the school will engage in a self study; a key element in the school's goal of sustained improvement. Parents and other community members are invited to learn about IB and interact with the school to help our students become global citizens able to take action to make the world a better place.
Upcoming School Events
IB philosophy and practices are part of all school events including the PYP Exhibition which will takes place in the last quarter of the school year. Students actively engage in their units of inquiry under the six(6) transdisciplinary themes; Who We Are, Where We Are In Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How the World Works, How We Organize Ourselves and Sharing the Planet. Students inquire into key concepts while gaining new knowledge and skills and looking to take meaningful action. These student-initiated actions in the past involved Grade 3 students painting the storm drains around the school to inform the community about the pollution of the Cheseapeake Bay and Grade 5 students writing letters to the WWF supporting wildlife conservation and creating informational brochures about melonoma cancer and displaying them in school.