IB Learner Profile
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
IB learners strive to be:
Inquirers They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
Knowledgeable They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
Thinkers They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators They understand and express ideas andinformation confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
Principled They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
Open-minded They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
Caring They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
Risk-takers They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
Balanced They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
Reflective They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
The IB Middle Years Program (MYP) is designed for students aged 11 to 16 (grades 6-10). MYP students are making the transition from early puberty to mid-adolescence, which is a crucial period of personal, social and intellectual development, of uncertainty and questioning. The MYP is designed to guide students in their search for a sense of place in their natural and social environments. Through highlighting the importance of ‘Approaches to Learning’ (ATL) the MYP focuses students on how they learn, and helps them find out about themselves as learners so that they can develop learning skills. The program consists of eight subject groups integrated through 6 Global Contexts that provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects and are designed to encourage the students to make worthwhile connections between the real world and classroom learning, and become critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP identifies prescribed key concepts and related concepts that ensure the development of a rigorous curriculum and promote a shared community of IB World Schools offering the MYP.
The eight subject groups offered are as follows:
- Language and Literature (Language A – English)
- Language Acquisition (Language B – Polish, German, French, Spanish)
- Experimental Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
- Arts (Visual Arts, Drama, Music)
- Physical and Health Education (P.E., Swimming Pool)
- Design (ICT, Technology)
- Individuals and Societies (Humanities – History, Social Studies, Geography)