INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)

The IB program is recognized around the world  for its inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning, strong professional development for staff, and development of international mindedness in students. Spokane International Academy is a candidate school for the PYP and MYP. The full process of authorization as an official IB World School takes approximately 2-3 years to complete.

SIA's IB programme will emphasize an "IB for All" mentality, meaning all students at SIA are considered IB students. This philosophy is consistent with our mission statement and honors the fact that all of our students are valuable members of our community. These standards are high, but we believe all students who are committed to being successful will find joy and challenge in this program.

Students in grades K-5 will participate in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and grades 6-8 will participate in the Middle Years Programme (MYP)

 

*This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education - that we believe is important for our students. Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.

IB Learner Profile

At the center of international education in the IB are students with their own learn learning styles, strengths and limitations. Students come to school with combinations of unique and shared patterns of values, knowledge and experience of the world and their place in it.

Promoting open communication based on understanding and respect, the IB encourages students to become active, compassionate lifelong learners. An IB education is holistic in nature - it is concerned with the whole person. Along with cognitive development, IB programs and qualifications address students' social, emotional and physical well-being. They value and offer opportunities for students to become active and caring members of local, national and global communities; they focus attention on the processes and the outcomes of internationally minded learning described in the IB learner profile.

The learner profile is the IB's mission in action. It requires IB learners to strive to become inquirers, knowledgable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. These attributes of internationally minded people represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond a concern for intellectual development and academic content. They imply a commitment to implement standards and practices that help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves and the world around them. (What is an IB Education, MYP: from principles into practice)

IB Learner Profile Traits Include:

  1. Inquirers - We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. Principled - We act with integrity, 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.

  6. 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. 

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.