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 programmes 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.
What is so special about IB programmes?
- IB programmes are recognized around the world and ensure an increased adaptability and mobility for IB students.
- IB programmes focus on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language.
- IB World Schools undergo an exhaustive authorization process in order to offer IB programs, including a study of the school’s resources and commitment to the IBO mission and philosophy.
- IB teachers participate in extensive professional development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world.
- Many students graduating from the IB Programmes find that it enhances their college opportunities.
- The core components of IB programmes encourage students to participate in creative and service-oriented activities, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of reflection on a personal and academic level.
"IB in a Nutshell"
The International Baccalaureate Organization was formed in 1968, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a non-profit, mission-driven foundation.
Schools must undergo a rigorous application process to become an IB World School and the implementation of the program is continually monitored by the IBO to ensure that their high standards and quality practices are being met.
While the IB programmes cultivate internationalism and respect for other cultures, they also adapt to the local environment and allow students to maintain a strong sense of cultural identity. Students are taught to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged citizens, who gain practical experience of being part of an international community.
IB Fast Facts
· As of 22 May 2015, there are 2,795 schools offering the DP, in 143 different countries worldwide.
· There are 1677 World Schools in the United States. 868 of these schools offer the Diploma Programme.
· 92% of Diploma Programme schools in the United States are public.
· Between December 2009 and December 2014, the number of IB programmes offered worldwide grew by 46.35%.
IB offers four programs for students aged 3-19:
- PYP: Primary Years Programme (grades 3-5)
- MYP: Middle Years Programme (grades 6-10)
- DP: Diploma Programme (grades 11-12)
- CP: Career-related Programme (grades 11-12)
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland, is a recognized leader in the field of international education.
The IBO aims to:
- Provide rigorous and broad-based curricula and assessments
- Maintain high academic standards common to schools world wide.
- Allow students to develop individual talents.
- Foster critical and compassionate thinkers.
- Open the window of the classroom to the outside world.
- Foster a lifelong interest in learning as well as informed and responsible citizenship.
- Promote international understanding and respect for the variety of cultures.
- Facilitate university entrance around the world.
The goal of the entire IB Program is to foster the following ten characteristics in all students, known as the Learner Profile.
As IB learners we strive to be:
- INQUIRERS: We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
- KNOWLEDGEABLE: We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global signicance.
- THINKERS: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
- COMMUNICATORS: We express ourselves condently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate eectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
- PRINCIPLED: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
- OPEN-MINDED: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
- CARING: We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive dierence in the lives of others and in the world around us.
- RISK-TAKERS: We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
- BALANCED: We understand the importance of balancing dierent aspects of our lives intellectual, physical, and emotionalto achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
- REFLECTIVE: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.
The IB learner profile represents ten attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.
The Diploma Programme (DP)
The Diploma Programme encompasses the 11th and 12th grades. Courses are offered at either the Standard Level (SL) or the Higher Level (HL). The majority of our DP courses are two years in length. Students apply to be a Full Diploma Candidate, meaning they take and test in 6 courses (3 HL and 3 SL), complete an Extended Essay (EE), take the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, and complete 150 community service hours (CAS).
All IB exams occur in May of the student’s year. The schedule is dictated by the IBO, and the Winter Park IB DP Coordinator organize the examination process according to strict IB regulations.
Internal Assessments (IAs)
Each DP subject incorporates one or more Internal Assessments into the curriculum. The IAs are mandatory for all students participating in the course. A certain number of students from each course will be chosen by IB to have their IAs sent to an international location for further assessment (this is called moderation).
The Extended Essay (EE)
This is a 4000 word essay that all Full Diploma Candidates do on a specific topic of their choosing. Work begins in the junior year and is completed senior year.
TOK (Theory of Knowledge)
TOK is a one year critical thinking course that teaches students how to analyze information, reflect on their thinking, and clearly articulate their positions. All Full Diploma students must take this course.
CAS (Creativity, Action, Service)
CAS is the community service requirement for all Full Diploma students. Students are required to volunteer 150 hours over the 2 year DP in the areas of creativity, action, and service.
The Career Programme (CP)
The Career-related Programme is an option for students interested in pursuing a more career-oriented path in their junior and senior year. As part of this program, students take a minimum of two DP courses, engage in 50 hours of service learning, and complete all of the items listed below. We currently have two pathways for interested students to choose from: Biomedical Sciences and Digital Video Production.
Each CP student will spend at least 4 semesters in career related studies, with the potential to receive transcripted college credits. The CP Biomedical Sciences program currently requires enrollment in the WPHS PLTW Biomedical Sciences program as a 9th or 10th grader. Digital Video Production is a 3 to 4 year program.
The reflective project emphasizes the ethical dilemma associated with a particular issue drawn from the student’s career-related studies, including their coursework, service learning, and/or internships. This Reflective Project is sent to the IB Organization in spring of senior year for official scoring.
Each CP student must keep a portfolio of Language Experiences that they are engaged in through their two years of the CP, community and service experience, internships and/or self study situations. It is required of all ICP students to improve their language proficiency in a target language other than their mother tongue language.
ATL Course (Approaches to Learning)
This class is taken during the second semester of the junior year and first semester of the senior year. It explores professionally and ethically based circumstances that will promote career related competencies.
IB exams are taken in May of senior year. All IBCP students are required to test in at least 2 subject areas of their choosing.