A World Education
What is an International Baccalaureate education?
As an International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum World School, we are proud to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP) to students in Junior Kindergarten through to Grade 12 – that means that all of our students, from our youngest learners through to our graduating class, are enrolled in a challenging curriculum, developed to shape students into well-rounded leaders, thinkers, and global citizens. The IB is holistic in nature, and concerned with the whole person.
Woven through our day-to-day interactions, larger lesson plans, and school curriculars and co-curriculars are the IB Learner Profile traits; they are skills and dispositions which our students both model and aspire to, shaping how we live and learn.
A Continuum of Learning from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12
How does the IB Continuum at Meadowridge benefit the child?
Our students strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. We apply each of the leaner profile traits in shaping our students’ heads, hearts, and hands. It goes beyond intellectual development and academic success.
As Continuum leaners, students across programmes are provided an education which is broad and balanced, conceptual, and connected: each programme builds upon itself.
The transition to becoming an IB Continuum World School was a natural one for our community. The IB Mission fully supports our the Mission Statement and Vision of Meadowridge, and the Learner Profile encapsulates those characteristics that we want to develop in order to prepare our children for an uncertain global future.
Inquiry Learning: Learning Through Discovery
Broad and Balanced
An IB education represents a balanced approach, offering students access to a broad range of content that spans academic subjects. In the PYP, learning aims to transcend boundaries between subject areas. As students develop in the MYP, DP and CP, they engage subject-specific knowledge and skills with increasing sophistication.
Conceptual learning focuses on broad and powerful organizing ideas that have relevance within and across subject areas. They reach beyond national and cultural boundaries. Concepts help to integrate learning, add coherence to the curriculum, deepen disciplinary understanding, build the capacity to engage with complex ideas and allow transfer of learning to new contexts. PYP and MYP students encounter defined sets of key concepts, and students in the DP and CP further develop their conceptual understanding.
IB curriculum frameworks value concurrency of learning. Students encounter many subjects simultaneously throughout their programmes of study; they learn to draw connections and pursue rich understandings about the interrelationship of knowledge and experience across many fields. Course aims and programme requirements offer authentic opportunities to learn about the world in ways that reach beyond the scope of individual subjects.
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.