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International Baccalaureate

About the International Baccalaureate (IB)

Upper elementary students in grades 5 to 8 pursue their studies using the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP). Wheatley is an authorized IB World School, and was granted full IB status in spring 2010. The school was fully reaccredited in 2014.

IB 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 programming of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme:

The Middle Years Program (MYP) is based on the premise that education can foster understanding among young people around the world, enabling future generations to live more peacefully and productively than we do today. Intercultural awareness is central in the MYP.

The programme’s focus is the student and takes into consideration their stage of development. This is a critical period of personal, social and intellectual development because they are making the transition from early puberty to mid-adolescence.

At this stage of their development, students require a programme that provides them with discipline, skills and challenging standards, but also with creativity and flexibility. It is also important that students develop a personal value system with which they may guide their own lives. Through the IB learner profile, the MYP aims to develop students who are thoughtful and compassionate members of local communities and of the larger world.

The MYP model presents knowledge as an integrated whole. Students acquire knowledge and skills through a careful study of eight disciplines:

Language acquisition
Language and literature
Individuals and societies
Sciences
Mathematics
Arts
Physical and health education
Design

The interrelatedness of subjects is highlighted but at the same time, the programme recognizes the importance of respecting the integrity of each discipline.

Using global contexts, MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations of:

  • identities and relationships
  • personal and cultural identity
  • orientations in space and time
  • scientific and technical innovation
  • fairness and development
  • globalization and sustainability

These global contexts are designed to make students increasingly aware of the authentic connections between the subject content and the real world. They are intended to help students develop an understanding of broader and more complex global issues.

 

Approaches to Learning Skills

A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning (ATL) provide the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these social, thinking, research, communication and self-management skills helps students learn how to learn.

Action and service have always been shared values of the IB community.

Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
Service as action is an integral part of the programme, especially in the MYP community project.