• Overview of the International Baccalaureate Program


    The mission of the International Baccalaureate (IB) is “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” IB programs provide an educational framework for establishing learning environments with similar philosophies, organization, and instructional practices where students learn about the world from both the curricula and their interactions with teachers, peers, and others within and beyond the school community.

    The Primary Years Program (PYP) is designed for students aged 3-12, the Middle Years Program (MYP) for ages 11-16, and the Diploma Program (DP) for ages 16-19. These programs provide curriculum frameworks and courses that offer a broad range of content and span academic subjects to develop both disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding. Each program focuses on developing learners’ inquiry and thinking skills, risk-taking, and reflection.

    An IB education is student-centered, emphasizing not only the intellectual, but also the physical and personal development of every child. Students are actively involved in their own learning, take responsibility for that learning, and as a result, develop an understanding of the world in a manner and at a rate that is unique to each child.



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    The 9 schools of Addison Central School District are candidate schools for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as IB World Schools. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

    ACSD's applications for candidacy to become an IB World District were approved near the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The candidacy phase is typically a two to three year process.