5-10 mins Talk about programs What it is: started in Switzerland in the late 60s. PYP (1997), MYP (1994). - The objective of this program was to "provide an internationally acceptable university admissions qualification by offering standardized courses and assessments for students aged 16 to 19. -PYP: ages 3-12 -MYP: ages 11-16 (8 subject groups: LA, LL, IS, A, Sci, Math, Phys./HE, Design -DP: ages 16-19 Mission Today: “To develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” The underpinning for this mission is their so-called Learner Profile, a set of key terms that that IB strives for its learners to be: inquirers, communicators, open-minded, caring, principled, risktakers, reflective, just to name a few. There are about 5,000 schools world-wide that have one or more of these programs. IB World Schools: If you were to walk into an IB World School today, you would see interdisciplinary work going on, you would see a common lesson plan model, you would see classrooms built on inquiry-based learning, you would see student-lead projects, and you would see a whole-school effort to implement, sustain, and improve all of these things. Becoming an IB World School: The process is a bit arduous because there are requirements that have to be met. But, we have successfully become a candidate school. We have been assigned a consultant by the IB. We are working to get all faculty trained (as required).