The IB is more than its educational programmes and certificates. At our heart we are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education. We value our hard earned reputation for quality, for high standards and for pedagogical leadership. We achieve our goals by working with partners and by actively involving our stakeholders, particularly teachers. We promote intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century. All of this is captured in our 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.
IB Middle Years Program Overview
The middle years are a very special time. Children are making the transition into adolescence, an important period of personal, social, physical and intellectual development filled with uncertainty and questioning. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program is designed to help students find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing and increasingly interrelated world around you and to develop a positive attitude toward learning.
IB MYP Pipkin/Central
The IB MYP is a five-year program for students aged 11 to 16 that provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and to become critical and reflective thinkers. Pipkin Middle School and Central High School are authorized as IB World Schools and are partners in providing the IB MYP for Springfield Public School students. Students complete the first three years of MYP at Pipkin Middle School (grades 6-8) and the final two years of the program at Central High School (grades 9-10).
IB-MYP is designed to teach students to become independent learners able to recognize relationships between school subjects and the world outside, adapt to new situations and combine relevant knowledge, practical and social intelligence to solve authentic problems alone or in groups.
The program aims to enable students to:
• build upon their spirit of discovery to develop an understanding and enjoyment of the process of learning, independently and in cooperation with others
• acquire knowledge and understanding and prepare for further learning
• recognize the extent to which knowledge is interrelated
• learn to communicate effectively in a variety of ways
• develop a sense of personal and cultural identity and a respect for themselves and for others
• acquire insights into local and global concerns affecting health, the community and the environment, and develop a sense of individual and collective responsibility and citizenship.
IB MYP Curriculum
The MYP places the student at the center of teaching and learning in the prescribed eight content areas. Pipkin Middle School students are required to study Communication Arts, Language B (foreign language), Humanities, Science, Mathematics, Arts (Visual Art, Vocal Music, Band, or Orchestra), Physical Education and Technology. Teachers often plan integrated units where students study the same concept in two or more subject areas. The focus of the MYP curriculum framework is to help students see that what they learn in school impacts their lives outside the classroom and to help students learn how to solve problems and develop critical thinking skills.
Being internationally-minded means being aware of and understand issues and concerns in your local community, the national community, and in the international community. An internationally-minded student is able to listen to and understand issues from another person’s point of view. He or she feels a responsibility to look for solutions to local, national, and international problems.