In each school Origins Education develops, the goal is to establish the International Baccalaureate (IB) as the curriculum framework in combination with a custom-designed, vertically aligned curriculum that combines Chinese National Curriculum with leading international curricula.
The International Baccalaureate is more than its educational programmes, diplomas and certificates. At its heart it is motivated to create a better world through education.It promotes intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century.
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 IB 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, life-long learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The IB Primary Years Programme is designed for students aged 3 to 12, and addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being. The PYP encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning so that they can gain an understanding of the world and function comfortably within it. Students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness develops and flourishes.
The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subjects areas, as well as transdisciplinary skills, with an emphasis on inquiry.
The six subject areas identified within the IB Primary Years Programme are: language, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, personal, social and physical education.
The PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculums and provides the best preparation for students to engage in the IB Middle Years Programme.
The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement – essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.
In the MYP students engage in a programme of study in 8 subject areas: Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Mathematics, Sciences, Physical and Health Education, Individuals and Societies, Design and the Arts.
In Grades 8 and 9 the community project encourages students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. Students may complete the community project individually or in small groups.
In Grade 10 each student develops a personal project independently, producing a truly personal and creative piece of work that stands as a summative review of their ability to conduct independent work.
IB DP students study:
6 courses covering major fields of learning* (i.e. one of each of the following: First and Second Language, Humanities, Experimental Science, Mathematics and an Arts course)
Usually 3 courses (not more than 4) are chosen at Higher Level (HL) to allow for specialization, and 3 courses at Standard Level (SL) to ensure a broad education.
The IB DP is a well rounded liberal arts and science program designed to prepare students for success in life beyond school. The IB’s reputation for rigorous assessment gives IB Diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities and solid preparation for high achievement once enrolled.
The major aims of the IB DP are to:
The IB programmes develop learners who demonstrate the qualities of the IB Learner Profile:
|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 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||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.|
|Courageous||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 International Baccalaureate (IB) is unique because of its academic and personal rigor, challenging students to excel in their studies and personal growth. The IB aims to inspire a quest for learning throughout life that is marked by enthusiasm and empathy.
The IB aspires to develop well rounded students, who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations.
An IB education:
More information on the IB Framework can be found at http://www.ibo.org/.