What does it mean to be an International Baccalaureate School?
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) offers a series of three programs: the Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP), and the Diploma Program (DP). The PYP is currently offered at Marshpoint Elementary. The DP is currently offered at Johnson High School. Becoming authorized as an IB MYP World School, Coastal Middle School is the bridge between the the PYP and DP program. This bridge will enable teachers, students, and parents to draw confidently on a recognizable common educational framework, a consistent structure of aims and values, and an overarching concept of how to develop international-mindedness.
The IB Learner Profile
The IB Learner Profile serves as the heart of the entire IB program, grades kindergarten through twelve. It describes the attributes of the 21st century student who is a committed global citizen. The Learner Profile states that IB learners strive to be:
Inquirers – developing natural curiosity; research skills; independent learning
Knowledgeable – exploring concepts, ideas, issues; acquiring in-depth knowledge
Thinkers – exercising initiative in applying thinking skills both critically and creatively
Communicators – expressing ideas confidently and creatively; use of more than one language; effectively collaborating
Principled – acting with honesty, integrity and fairness; respect for the individual; tolerance
Open-Minded – appreciating their own and others’ cultures; respecting other points of view
Caring – showing empathy, compassing and respect
Risk-Takers – approaching unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought
Balanced – understanding the importance of physical intellectual and emotional balance
Reflective - giving thoughtful consideration to their own learning experiences
Fundamental Concepts and the Areas of Interaction (AOI)
At the core of the IB MYP program are three fundamental concepts:
Communication Intercultural Awareness Holistic Learning
These three basic principles reflect the core of the IB philosophy. They form the basis of the IB curriculum and are shared by all IB schools throughout the world.
Communication is fundamental to learning and IB encourages a variety of methods for students to share their learning. These approaches can include writing, speaking, visual or musical expression and more. The MYP places particular emphasis on language acquisition. Coastal Middle School’s requirement, that all students have world language opportunities, is a result of this focus.
Intercultural Awareness is concerned with the development of student awareness, attitudes, and knowledge about their own culture as well as the social and national cultures in other parts of the world. This global perspective is taught with the hope that a more thorough familiarity with the positive aspects of different cultures will lead to student behavior that is more tolerant, respectful, and understanding of cultural differences.
Holistic Learning emphasizes the link between disciplines. Interdisciplinary learning looks for connections between subject areas. As Coastal Middle School grows in its implementation of the IB program, this emphasis will allow students to see common themes and issues throughout their learning experience. They should become more aware of the relevance of their learning as it applies to real-world issues and gain an understanding that knowledge and learning are not done in isolation, but rather are connected to their roles in society.
There are five Areas of Interaction (AOI’s) that give the IBMYP its distinctive core. The AOI’s help teachers and students to focus their learning so that the subject content becomes “real” to the student. Through emphasis on at least one of these areas, teachers are able to provide the framework for students to understand the fundamental concepts. They help to integrate the curriculum at Coastal. The AOI’s are not the content of the class, but are “lenses” that help teachers and students approach the Coastal curriculum in a meaningful way. The five AOIs are: Approaches to Learning
Community & Service
Health & Social Education