• Why IB?


    IB Mission Statement

    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.

    These 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. (ibo.org, mission)

    The International Baccalaureate is a curricular framework that focuses on big-picture concepts and promotes an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning.  It emphasizes student agency (voice, choice and ownership) in local and global contexts as it seeks to help students understand themselves, others, their communities, and the world beyond. IB’s emphasis on student agency and self-assessment aligns with Vermont’s commitment to personalized and proficiency-based learning.  

    The continuum of IB programs from the Primary Years Program (PYP) to the Middle Years Program (MYP) to the Diploma Program (DP) provides a consistent, shared vision between schools, with the unified goal of cultivating caring, responsible, and knowledgeable life-long learners. The IB framework guides ACSD teachers in collaboratively writing, reflecting, and revising the curriculum for all students. 

    The IB framework requires a plan for teachers and administrators to engage in ongoing professional development as well as a plan for supporting teachers who are new to IB. The commitment to ongoing professional learning ensures that teachers understand and use research-based best practices in teaching and learning.

    IB World Schools are involved in a cyclical process of self-study/reflection, evaluation, and revision.  IB routinely monitors, provides feedback, supports, and evaluates our written, taught, and assessed curriculum.  Middlebury Union High School was authorized as a DP (grades 11-12) school in the summer of 2019. Middlebury Union Middle School and Middlebury Union High School became authorized MYP (grades 7-10) schools in December 2019.  Our seven elementary schools are on track for authorization as PYP (grades PK-6) schools in the summer of 2020. 

    For further information about the IB and its programs, visit www.ibo.org.