BIBS K-12 Learning
IB Framework and Curriculum
BIBS is an IB World School authorized to offer the IB DP, and is a candidate for the IB PYP and the IB MYP. Each program emphasizes active, inquiry-based learning for the development of the whole person. Accreditation provides a measure of the educational standard of the school as well as a mechanism for ongoing review and improvement, and BIBS is proud to be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
BIBS is developing a focus on the incorporation of Information Communication Technology (ICT) as a tool throughout the curriculum. Our integrated curriculum develops attitudes of respect and responsibility, and provides opportunities for leadership, action and service. In addition, BIBS provides a bilingual English and Chinese language program and emphasizes the importance of visual and performing arts, physical and social development, and community service.
Elementary School – Kindergarten – Grade 6
The IB Primary Years Programme is designed for students aged 3 to 12, and addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being. The PYP encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning so that they can gain an understanding of the world and function comfortably within it. Students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness develops and flourishes.
The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subjects areas, as well as transdisciplinary skills, with an emphasis on inquiry.
The six subject areas identified within the IB Primary Years Programme are: language, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, personal, social and physical education.
The PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculums and provides the best preparation for students to engage in the IB Middle Years Programme.
Middle School: Grades 7 – 10
The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement – essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.
In the MYP students engage in a programme of study in 8 subject areas: Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Mathematics, Sciences, Physical and Health Education, Individuals and Societies, Design and the Arts.
In Grades 8 and 9 the community project encourages students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. Students may complete the community project individually or in small groups.
In Grade 10 each student develops a personal project independently, producing a truly personal and creative piece of work that stands as a summative review of their ability to conduct independent work.
High School – Grade 11 – Grade 12
IB DP students study:
- 6 courses covering major fields of learning* (i.e. one of each of the following: First and Second Language, Humanities, Experimental Science, Mathematics and an Arts course)
- Theory of Knowledge (TOK) – an interdisciplinary course
- Extended Essay – not more than 4000 words on a topic of the student’s choice
- Participation and completion in the Creativity Action Service (CAS) program
Usually 3 courses (not more than 4) are chosen at Higher Level (HL) to allow for specialization, and 3 courses at Standard Level (SL) to ensure a broad education.
The IB DP is a well rounded liberal arts and science program designed to prepare students for success in life beyond school. The IB’s reputation for rigorous assessment gives IB Diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities and solid preparation for high achievement once enrolled.
The major aims of the IB DP are to:
- Educate young people to act intelligently and responsibly in a complex society
- Ensure knowledge of traditional academic disciplines and the individual’s own heritage, while fostering inquisitiveness and openness to new ideas
- Equip students with a genuine understanding of themselves and others, heightening the capacity for tolerance and engendering respect for different points of view.
IB Learner Profile
Following the IB Learner Profile, BIBS learners strive to be:
Inquirers — who develop their natural curiosity and acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning.
Knowledgeable — by acquiring in-depth knowledge and developing understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
Thinkers — who exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex challenges.
Communicators — who understand and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language.
Principled — by acting with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for other people’s dignity.
Open-minded — by understanding and appreciating their own cultures and personal histories and by being open to the perspectives, values and traditions of others.
Caring — by showing empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others.
Risk-takers — who approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies.Balanced — by understanding the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being.
Reflective — by giving thoughtful consideration to their own learning experience.
More information on the IB Framework can be found at http://www.ibo.org/.