IB Programs: A Brief Explanation

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Education is much more than just learning facts and figures. To be a well-rounded person in the world today, students need the opportunity to experience education with a global focus. IB programs are one way for students to have this opportunity. If you are unfamiliar with IB programs, you are not alone. Read on to learn more about this curriculum and how it is a part of St. Cecelia School.

What are IB Programs?

The International Baccalaureate, or IB, is an education program for children aged 3 to 19 that teaches students to think critically and independently. IB Programs promote understanding and respect across countries and across cultures, creating compassionate and lifelong learners “who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

What is an International Baccalaureate World School?

The International Baccalaureate offers four programmes for different age groups. Schools that have achieved certification from the IB are referred to as International Baccalaureate World Schools. At Saint Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School, we offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) for our pre-K and elementary students and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) for our middle school students.

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Benefits for Elementary Students

As we mentioned above, the IB Primary Years Programme is for our pre-K and elementary aged students. Elementary students in our IB programs gain a strong foundation for a lifelong journey of learning. Children learn to think for themselves and take responsibility for their education from a young age. Students in the IB PYP develop knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and actions that help them grow as a whole person.

Benefits for Middle School Students

The IB Middle Years Programme, as mentioned above, is for our 6th to 8th-grade students. Students in the IB MYP will study eight main subject groups: language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and societies, science, math, art, design, physical and health education. Through this IB program, students connect what they learn in the classroom to their lives and experiences to create a better understanding of the world and our responsibilities as humans.

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Saint Cecelia: An International Baccalaureate World School

For more information on our IB Programs or our admission process, contact the St. Cecelia school office today, or check out our website to learn more. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 727-461-1200.

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