Sullivan Middle School
IB at a Glance
What is IB? The Middle Years International Baccalaureate Programme “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 program is for students in grades 6-8 and has been offered through the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) since 1994. Middle Years IB is not a curriculum nor is it a set of standards; it is a framework for collaboration. While many students may decide to pursue an IB diploma, this program stands alone. It is for all students in middle school – not just those who are academically advanced.
What makes us different from other non-IB middle schools? We emphasize the whole child through the development of the Learner Profile Qualities, we help students become more internationally-minded, we believe all students should learn a second language, and we teach the state standards conceptually through the Global Contexts.
What are the Learner Profile Qualities? IB recognizes ten qualities to develop in all students. These LPQs are emphasized in all levels of IB. We help students become: inquirers, balanced, caring, open-minded, reflective, thinkers, communicators, knowledgeable, risk-takers (academically), and principled.
What are the Global Contexts? Teachers create units of study and relate them to a single Global Contexts. The six contexts help frame new understanding through an internationally-minded lens. Each Global Context has focus questions that help frame its meaning.
- Identities and Relationships - Who am I? Who are we?
- Orientation in Space and Time - What is the meaning of "where" and "when"?
- Personal and Cultural Expression - What is the nature and purpose of creative expression?
- Scientific and Technical Innovation - How do we understand the world in which we live?
- Globalization and Sustainability - How is everything connected?
- Fairness and Development - What are the consequences of our common humanity?
Where can I get more information? International Baccalaureate’s website is ibo.org. You can contact Mrs. Rebecca Shackleford, MYP-IB Coordinator, at email@example.com or 981-1474.
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.
To this end the organization 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.