What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme brings students, teachers, and families together as part of a world-wide community of learners. With the support of a curriculum developed by educators from around the world, teachers from all subjects work together to create experiences that help students build life-long skills. Within each experience students become historians, scientists, and artists to explore new ideas and look at those ideas from different points of view. Through constant reflection, students will practice understanding “the problem” and appreciating the “wonders” of the world.
What are the goals of the IB Programmes in ACCPS?
- Help students become empathetic learners who are able to consider problems from many different points of view.
- Build a community that recognizes, respects, and values differences between people and cultures in their own neighborhood and around the world.
- Support students in their development of the IB Learner characteristics so that they are prepared to navigate and contribute to the global society. These characteristics include: open-minded, principled, reflective, risk-taker, thinker, caring, communicator, inquirer, knowledgeable, and well-balanced.
How do the IB Programmes benefit schools?
- Schools are connected to a network of learners from around the world so that teachers and students can collaborate and communicate with other people and cultures.
- Everyone in an IB community—from students to teachers to families—is a learner and is challenged to step outside of his/her comfort zone, get out of the classroom/home, and explore as much as possible.
- The IB Programmes embrace everyone and give students a family within the school building.