The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program was founded over forty years ago. Since then, it has become what is considered the “gold standard” for primary and secondary education across the globe, offered to over 1 million students in 146 countries. Desert Academy’s IB Middle Years Program, serving grades 6 through 10, and our Diploma Program, serving grades 11 and 12, offer our students a comprehensive, challenging, integrated curriculum focused on developing their independent, critical thinking skills and a strong sense of global citizenship and personal responsibility.
The IB Diploma Program’s rigor and international standards inspire such regard from admissions offices at higher educational institutions that Diploma Program graduates are frequently offered up to a full year of college credit. College and university admissions officers know that IB students will be academically adept, excellent communicators, independent thinkers, and collaborative, creative problem solvers. At Desert Academy, our educators have mastered the art of teaching this outstanding curriculum so that our young learners emerge as committed and compassionate leaders with a deep understanding of our world’s increasing cultural interconnectedness.
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 programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Desert Academy students embody the IB learner profile. They are:
The IB learner profile:
For questions regarding the IB Diploma Program at Desert Academy, please contact our IB Diploma Program 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 curriculum is devised to help students develop the 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 academic subjects and the outside world, who can adapt to new situations and combine relevant knowledge, practical and social intelligence to solve authentic problems independently or within the collective context of a group.
How does that look and feel to our students?
Our commitment to the MYP’s fundamental principles of holistic learning, intercultural awareness, and consistency of course structure and delivery enable students to make connections between what they are learning across disciplines. MYP has established focus areas which are woven through each subject, functioning as the lens through which content can be viewed. One such focus area is Approaches to Learning, in which we explore questions such as: How do I learn best? How do I know? and How do I communicate my understanding? Students learn to observe their own learning styles, including how they work in groups, communicate ideas, perceive themselves and their interactions with others, as well as their levels of information literacy. This area is addressed in each class, at every level and will be a focus of our Advisory program.
For more information about the MYP Program, please feel free to contact our MYP Coordinator, Natalie Martino: firstname.lastname@example.org
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