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International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

Saint Mary’s Catholic School Offers:

The Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organization for all enrolled students.

  • A strong academic program emphasizing holistic instruction, interdisciplinary curriculum, developmentally appropriate classroom practices, positive school climate, communication skills, and international mindedness preparing students to enter a global economy.
  • Opportunities to explore and develop proficiencies in technology, music, visual arets, physical education and health.
  • Two-period Language & Literature (English) instruction that emphasizes both literature (vocabulary) and writing (grammar) preparing students for the rigors of high school.
  • Language Acquisition (foreign language) instruction preparing students to earn a high school (Level 1 foreign language) credit.
  • All students are eligible to earn a high school credit (by passing the Diocesan examination in the subject) Algebra, World History, Geo Science, and either French or Spanish (level 1).

IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programs 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:

Inquirers We nurture our curiosity, developing skills inquiry and research and show independence in learning. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Knowledgeable We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Thinkers We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspective of other individuals and groups.

Principled 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.

Open-minded 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.

Caring We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Risk-takers 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.

Balanced We understand the importance of balancing different 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.

Reflective 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.

The IB Learner Profile represents ten attributes valued by IB world schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help people become responsible members of local, national, and global communities.

For more information on International Baccalaureate please go to IBO.org