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International Baccalaureate (IB) Candidate

Baltimore International Academy West is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes, and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. 

IB
Mission

 

"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."

Philosophy

Baltimore International Academy West is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes, and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. 

 

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.*

 

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme 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 https://ibo.org

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IB Teaching and Learning

The IB provides Programmes that challenge students to excel in their studies and encourage academic and personal achievement. The organization’s programmes are evidence based instructional best practices, centered on inquiry based learning.

Curriculum

Our curriculum is defined through a variety of transdisciplinary themes, giving our students a broad and diverse perspective on the world around them. 

Primary Years Program (PYP)

An International, transdisciplinary program designed to foster the development of the whole child,  the Primary Years Program (PYP) is used not just in the classroom, but through other means of learning. The PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child, encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare.

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IB Teaching and Learning

 

The IB provides Programmes that challenge students to excel in their studies and encourage academic and personal achievement. The organization’s programmes are evidence based instructional best practices, centered on inquiry based learning.

 

Inquiry-based learning is a form of active learning that starts when a teacher poses questions, problems, or scenarios—rather than simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge. The teacher functions as a facilitator, rather than a subject matter expert who provides all the knowledge. Click on the link below for a brief video of teachers explaining how students learn at an IB World School.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdYev6MXTOA

 

Learning through the IB encourages students to:

  • think critically and challenge what they are told

  • consider both their local and international environments

  • think independently and drive their own learning

  • achieve international mindedness, understanding the self in order to effectively connect to others

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) at BIA West is for students in Kindergarten through 5th grades.


What is the Primary Years Programme (PYP)?​

  • PYP combines best research and practices from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant and engaging educational framework for all children.

  • Provides an opportunity for learners to construct meaning, principally through concept-driven inquiry.

  • Traditional academic subjects are part of the PYP, but it emphasizes the interrelatedness of knowledge and skills through a transdisciplinary programme of inquiry.

  • The PYP focuses on the heart as well as the mind and addresses social, physical, emotional and cultural needs as well as academic ones.

  • Promotion of international-mindedness

The PYP Framework

  • Transdisciplinary Themes (6 themes, established by IB)

  • Programme of Inquiry (established by teachers)

  • Central Idea

  • Lines of Inquiry

  • Transdisciplinary Lessons (established by teachers)

  • Learner Profile (Established by IB)