International Baccalaureate (IB) is a set of international educational programmes developed by International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), an international educational foundation headquartered in Geneva Switzerland and founded in 1967. Like the United Nations, the IBO is a completely international organization that does not belong to any country. The educational philosophy upheld by the IB is Education for Life, which is represented through the following three IB programmes.
The IB/PYP is an educational programme for students aged 3 to 12 with the focus on providing a complete education that enables students to be inquirers both inside and outside of the classroom.
The IB/MYP is a challenging academic framework for students aged 11-16 that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world so as to enable them to become critical and reflective thinkers.
The IB/DP programme is a challenging and balanced educational programme for students aged 16-19, in which students are required to pass the unified final examinations to prepare themselves for university study and future success.
· Focus on Learner: Learner-centered IB programmes promote various healthy and beneficial relationships, ethical responsibilities and personal challenges.
· Develop Effective Teaching and Learning Methods: IB programmes help students to develop the attitudes and skills, which they required to ensure successful academic and personal development.
· Works within a Global Context: IB Programmes help student to enhance their understanding of languages and cultures, and explore on ideas and issues of global importance.
· Explores Significant Content: IB programmes provide a curriculum that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected.
Different from the exam-oriented education that places exam scores above everything, the IB education places students at the center of learning. With the understanding that knowledge and skill acquisition are not the whole content of education, the IB education focuses on the mission of ‘person’ and encourages students to mind the ideal of cultivating their morality, contributing to the country and bringing peace to the world.
Unlike some international educational programmes that promote Westernization, the IB educational programmes focus on the inheritance and development of traditions. The IB students are encouraged to learn their mother tongues, love and share their cultures. For Chinese students, a truly ideal international education can only be achieved when they are able express themselves in the way that belongs to the Chinese nation.
The school was authorized by the IBO to implement the IB Diploma Program in 1997, which enabled it to become the first IB school in Mainland China that was allowed to admit Chinese students. Following that, the school was again authorized to implement both the IB Primary Years Programme and the IB Middle Years Programme and thus becoming one of the few IB World Schools in Mainland China that are allowed to admit Chinese students and conduct the full set of IB educational programmes using bilingual teaching method.
The IB education advocates the preservation of each country’s own traditions by encouraging students to learn their mother tongues and love their own cultures. What the IBO provides at the PYP and MYP stages is not specific syllabus or learning materials, instead, it provides a complete set of evaluation system and teaching framework, which enables Huijia to integrate the learning materials and syllabus prescribed by the Ministry of Education with the IB educational objectives, and conduct teaching and evaluation following the IB framework. At the DP stage, Huijia School provides students with challenging and balanced educational programmes with graduate exams following the IB/DP syllabus.
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.
This 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 aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. As IB learners, we strive to be:
We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global signi cance.
We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
We express ourselves con dently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate e ectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive di erence in the lives of others and in the world around us.
We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
We understand the importance of balancing di erent aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical and emotional—to achieve well- being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.
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