The International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) at Desert Academy provides students with the opportunity to participate in a challenging, internationally recognized curriculum based in a mission and educational philosophy that mirrors Desert’s own commitment to valuing the individual, teaching the whole student, and privileging inquiry and process over absolutes and products.
As an International Baccalaureate World School, Desert delivers a challenging, internationally recognized curriculum that values inquiry and process, illuminating the woven fabric that connects all subjects.
The IB Mission: 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.
The IB learner profile:
The IB works with 3,290 schools in 141 countries to offer the three IB programmes to approximately 962,000 students.
IB WEBSITE FOR IB FAMILIES
For questions regarding the IB Diploma Programme at Desert Academy, please contact our IB Diploma Programme Coordinator:
Isabelle Thiebaut: email@example.com
IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)
As of May, 2011, Desert Academy is officially an authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme School.
What is MYP?
MYP students are at an important age of transition of personal, social, physical and intellectual development, of uncertainty and questioning, of searching for relevance and meaning. Emerging adolescents, influenced by their years of primary schooling, are entering a phase where their social and cultural experience in and outside school have a determining impact on their perception of themselves, their self-esteem, their sense of identity and their capacity to relate to others. The MYP programme is devised to help students develop knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world.
The MYP is designed to teach students to become independent learners who can recognize relationships between school subjects and the worlds outside, who can adapt to new situations and combine relevant knowledge, practical and social intelligence to solve authentic problems alone or in groups.
How does that look and feel to our students?
This school year, your teachers will be working to incorporate MYP into their existing teaching, and the whole school community will be committing to its fundamental principles: holistic learning, intercultural awareness, and communication. Students will continue to be held to the IB Learner Profile Traits and their subjects will be increasingly connected through curriculum alignment and use of the areas of interaction (AOI’s). The areas of interaction are themes that are woven through the subjects, like the lens through which the content of the class can be viewed. Students will begin to see the consistency in how their subjects are structured and facilitated and make connections between what they are learning across disciplines. One of the areas of interaction that is incorporated into all lessons is Approaches to Learning (ATL). This area answers questions such as: How do I learn best? How do I know? and How do I communicate my understanding? Approaches to Learning addresses issues such as student organization, working in groups, communicating ideas, self-awareness, and information literacy. This area is addressed in all classes at all levels and will be a focus of the Advisory program.
For more information about the MYP Programme, you can access the www.ibo.org website or email our MYP Coordinator.
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