Created in Switzerland in 1968 for students in international schools, IB is now offered in 3,460 schools across 143 countries — with 1,370 public and private schools (and counting) in the US.
IB has gained popularity for setting high standards and emphasizing
creative and critical thinking. IB students are responsible for their
own learning, choosing topics and devising their own projects, while
teachers act more as supervisors or mentors than sources of facts. IB
emphasizes research and encourages students to learn from their peers,
with students actively critiquing one another's work. Beyond preparing
students for critical thinking and college-level work, the full IB
program calls for students to express themselves through writing,
requires community service, and aims "to develop inquiring,
knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and
more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
At its heart, the IB is a student-centered non-profit working to develop
intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills for students that
live, learn and work in a rapidly changing world.
District 49 offers its community three World Schools, each an important part of the IB Continuum (Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program and Diploma Program):
The Learner Profile is the cornerstone of the IB Continuum (PYP, MYP and DP), which supports the intellectual and social development of all of our amazing students. The aim of all IB program is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing our common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. IB learners strive to be:
Inquirers: Students 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: Students 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: Students exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators: Students understand and express ideas and information 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: Students 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: Students 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: Students 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: Students 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: Students understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well being for themselves and others.
Reflective: Students 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.