International Baccalaureate

International Baccaleaureate

Roxborough Primary and Intermediate is an IB World School, authorized to teach the Primary Years Programme. IB World Schools share a common philosophy-a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Roxborough Primary and Intermediate believes is important for our students.

What is International Baccalaureate (IB)?

IB is one of the fastest-growing and most prestigious educational methods in the United States and is taught worldwide. There are more than 900,000 IB students in over 140 countries. This highly esteemed approach to learning, which began in 1968, is recognized for its rigor, high quality and global emphasis. An IB education requires students to learn on a deeper level, make connections to the world around them and ask questions. Students gain the skills, knowledge, concepts and attitudes to become critical and creative thinkers. IB students learn a second language, participate in community service and gain an understanding of cultures around the world.

What are the three IB programs?

Primary Years Programme (PYP): Kindergarten through 6th grade (Roxborough Primary and Intermediate School)

Middle Years Programme (MYP): 7th-10th grade (Ranch View Middle School)

Diploma Program (DP): 11th-12th grade (ThunderRidge High School)

The PYP and MYP are designed for all students, regardless of ability. The Diploma Programme (DP), started in 1968, is for motivated students in grades 11 and 12 who plan to attend college after high school. DP coursework leads to an IB diploma that is widely recognized by the world's leading universities. The elementary program is inclusive of all our students, kindergarten through sixth grade.

A driving force behind the PYP is a philosophy of international education. This education values opportunities for students to learn about the world around them. Furthermore, students are provided with opportunities to build meaning and refine understanding through structured inquiry. The IB program aims to develop "inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect." This is the mission of the IB program, and it translates into a set of learning outcomes referred to as the IB Learner Profile. The ten attributes of the Learner Profile express the values of an IB education, a set of ideals toward which both students and adults can strive. The Learner Profile states that all IB learners strive to be: caring, principled, balanced, reflective, inquirers, open-minded, risk-takers, communicators, knowledgeable, and thinkers.

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

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